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4:30 PM ET, September 18, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Offer Office Software Free in Challenge to Microsoft's Line  —  I.B.M. plans to mount its most ambitious challenge in years to Microsoft's dominance of personal computer software, by offering free programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
IBM's free Symphony hopes to drown out Office's brass band
Discussion: InfoWorld
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40 Session 5: Productivity & Web Apps  —  We're live blogging each session, adding to the summary of each company direct from the floor of TechCrunch 40.  Click Refresh to view.  —  Xobni  —  Xobni products aim to improve the way users organize, search and navigate their email.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mint: Solid but incomplete online personal finance
Discussion: Download Squad
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mint: The easiest way to manage your personal finances
Discussion: PC World: Techlog
Attila Bodis / Official Google Blog:
Our feature presentation  —  In April we announced that we were working to bring presentations to Google Docs.  (Astute readers may recall learning about this even earlier, which caused a bit of excitement around here.)  And today we're unveiling the new Google Docs presentations feature …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
O.J. volunteers to search for the real Office killers
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adam Howorth / Apple:
Apple Chooses O2 as Exclusive Carrier for iPhone in UK  —  Apple® and O2 announced today that O2, the leading wireless carrier in the UK, will be the exclusive UK carrier for Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in the UK on November 9. iPhone combines three devices into one …
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Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Apple unveils launch of £1,000 UK iPhone
Discussion: p2pnet and Financial Times
Nick Baum / Official Google Reader Blog:
Breaking up isn't hard to do  —  We don't know how to tell you this, but it's time that we break up.  It's just that we're different now.  People can search.  They can share what they read.  They can even see trends about what they read, and how often they do it.
Intel:
Intel Demonstrates Industry's First 32nm Chip and Next-Generation Nehalem Microprocessor Architecture  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today outlined new products, chip designs and manufacturing technologies …
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple to Introduce Faster iPhone Next Year  —  Apple (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) will deliver the next version of the iPhone early next year, TheStreet.com has learned.  —  A faster third-generation, or 3G, iPhone will be available sometime in the first quarter, say people familiar with the production plans.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
31% of Social Network Users Enter False Information  —  A new survey by emedia suggests that 62% of social networking users are concerned about the security of their personally identifiable data.  The fears run so high that 31% of social network users have already entered false information to protect their identity.
Discussion: WebProNews and Inquirer
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releases feed for emedia:
Social networking sites: Almost two thirds of users enter false …
Discussion: Virtual Economics
Fred / A VC:
Tough Times Ahead For The Web?  —  I was meeting with a web entrepreneur yesterday.  It's something I do at least five to ten times a week.  —  This entrepeneur said 'but I worry that the coming downturn might have a negative impact on my business plan.'  —  Not 'a possible coming downturn', it was 'the coming downturn.'
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nokia:
Nokia delivers simplicity and productivity with stylish new Nokia E51  —  Stylish smartphone performer comes equipped with essentials for business and private life  —  London, UK - Nokia today bolstered its Nokia Eseries portfolio of business devices with the introduction of the new Nokia E51 device.
Google:
Google AdSense for Mobile unlocks the potential of the mobile advertising market  —  The mobile device is fast becoming the world's most popular gateway to information.  In fact, there are currently more mobile devices worldwide than personal computers and televisions combined.
Mozilla:
Mozilla Launches Internet Mail and Communications Initiative  —  David Ascher joins Mozilla to lead new organization  —  Mozilla today announced a new initiative to stimulate innovation in Internet mail and communications.  Mozilla plans to develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code and brand.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund  —  Angel investor and startup advisor Jeff Clavier (pictured with Digg founder Kevin Rose) just announced a new $12 million early stage venture fund today at the TechCrunch40 conference.  The new fund will be called SoftTech VC II.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch40 Session 6: Revenue Models & Analytics  —  We're live blogging each session, adding to the summary of each company direct from the floor of TechCrunch 40.  Click Refresh to view.  —  Spottt (Adbrite)  —  Spottt (Adbrite) helps like-minded sites promote each other for free.
Brian Briggs / BBspot:
Vista SP1 Will Install XP  —  Redmond, WA - In response to customer demands Microsoft announced that instead of patching bugs and improving features of Windows Vista in the next service pack release, they would just install XP.  —  "We're focused on giving the customer what they want …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Hot or Not Abandons Free Dating Experiment  —  After being overrun with spam and fake profiles, Hot Or Not has decided to reverse course and end their free dating experiment.  According to an email from founders Jim and James: … The site will return to a model of free memberships …
 
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Reuters:
CBS says staying out of iTunes pricing battle
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
IPhone Enters Its European Phase
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Eclipse PHP Tools
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Threat of Reputation-Based Attacks
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
AMD To Offer Three Core Chip
Discussion: New York Times and Ubergizmo
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Hands-on with the O2 iPhone
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report:
Facebook Considered Harmless
 Earlier Items: 
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Big Changes Afoot at SEOmoz
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
More TechCrunch: New Approaches to E-Mail
Discussion: VentureBeat
Marcel Laverdet / Facebook Developers News Feed:
Javascript on Facebook  —  Today we are moving Facebook Javascript …
Discussion: Ajaxian
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! launches widget badges
Discussion: Mashable!
Karl / dslreports.com:
Comcast Testing New '750kbps' Tier - Targeting the 'price sensitive'....
Discussion: IP Democracy
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Cheap-to-Build nano
Discussion: Macsimum News
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Accel and Founders Fund Launch fbFund; To Give Grants …
 

 
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