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Around the Web 5.19.09: Daimler invests in Tesla, Palm Pre due June 6, exercise games overwhelm

May 19, 2009 |  7:29 am
Tesla received an investment from Daimler
Tesla Motors, which makes the all-electric Tesla Roadster, sold a 10% stake in the Silicon Valley company to auto giant Daimler. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

-- The Palm Pre gets a launch date: June 6. The company's best hope for competing in the smartphone market will cost $199.99 after rebates with a two-year contract. CNet

-- Er, yeah, June 6 is two days before the Steve Jobs-less Apple developers conference. Is Palm trying to own the news cycle? CrunchGear

-- The movie industry is booming. Video games based on movies? Not so much. Company Town

-- Boston loses more relevance in the high-tech ecosystem as Greylock Partners moves to Silicon Valley. Bits

-- Old meets new: Automaker Daimler took a nearly 10% stake in Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric car company. Wired

-- Can an algorithm help stem an employee brain drain? Google is trying to find out. Silicon Alley Insider

-- Wolfram Alpha, a new kind of search engine supported by 10 terabytes of data from thousands of sources, finally launched. LAT

-- How many exercise video games is too many? VentureBeat

-- Chris Gaither