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2:15 PM ET, September 19, 2007


 Top Items: 
Apple and T-Mobile Announce Exclusive Partnership for iPhone in Germany  —  Apple® and T-Mobile today announced that T-Mobile, the leading network operator in Germany, will be the exclusive German carrier of Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in Germany …
Caroline Bruneau / Agence France Presse:   Apple unveils German winner of iPhone contract
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg Goes Deeper with Social Networking  —  With its audience expanding and interests diversifying, the popular site is launching new features to help users find like-minded friends  —  When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Digg Getting More Social
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look: Go, Go, Google Gadget Ads!  —  Google has just announced the limited launch of Google Gadget Ads, a new interactive ad format that will run on their content network.  Unlike Google AdWords' existing array of text, video and graphical ads, Google Gadget Ads are designed to be interactive …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Google Program Enlists Mini-Sites as Selling Tool for Advertisers  —  Google is seizing on the popularity of widgets — small online tools that function like mini-Web sites — for its latest push into advertising.  —  The online giant will announce today a Gadget Ads program that will provide tools …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune 2 "source" leaks launch date and specs  —  Heads up, Zune fans — some new product is heading your way sooner rather than later, and we suspect there's more than a couple of things to get jazzed about.  According to reports from a "source" inside Microsoft, a new batch of Zunes …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intel to straddle fence, offer native support for both HD DVD and Blu-ray  —  The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD isn't just playing out on store shelves and within the movie industry, although those are the two most visible battlegrounds.  The giants of the tech world are also taking sides …
Laptop vendors to offer Centrino with WiMax next year  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Several laptop vendors plan to announce support for an upcoming version of Intel's Centrino platform that uses WiMax wide-area networking technology — but Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple are not expected to be among them.
Discussion: Computerworld
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
AT&T Brings Out The BlackBerry 8820  —  Look at what the cat dragged in.  It's the BlackBerry I've been waiting for, the 8820.  GPS and Wi-Fi.  Can it get any better?  Once it moves over to T-Mobile, then yes.  Specs here, but I'm sure you know them already.
Discussion: Computerworld
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mint Wins TechCrunch40 Top Company Award; Takes $50,000 Prize  —  Jason Calacanis just announced that Mint was chosen as the best presenting company at TechCrunch40.  The provider of an impressive personal finance application will receive $50,000 as part of the award.
Industry Leaders Develop Superspeed USB Interconnect  —  Popular USB Computer Connection Technology Expands performance with Proposed USB 3.0 Specification  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation and other industry leaders have formed the USB 3. Promoter Group …
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch hasn't completed his purchase of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, but already Mr. Murdoch and Dow Jones executives are debating a key strategic question: Should the Journal fall in line …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
HP plans solid-state drives in future business laptops  —  (InfoWorld) - Hewlett-Packard plans to offer solid-state drives (SSDs) as an option in all professional series laptop PCs starting from next month because the drives operate faster, conserve battery life, and are more durable than hard disk drives.
Discussion: and DailyTech
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
DigiTimes: Google will definitely launch its own branded handset  —  Citing sources at "Taiwan handset makers," DigiTimes is reporting that "Google will definitely launch its own branded handset."  However, the Googlephone's OS, hardware specs, production contractor and operating partners have still not been finalized.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and
iPhone v1.1.1 Feature Breakdown  —  Apple recently held their "Mum is longer the word" event in London.  Nothing too crazy, basically just announcing that O2 will be their UK carrier for the iPhone.  Of interest to me was the fact that every unit on display was running the upcoming firmware version 1.1.1.
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iPod games must be repurchased for new iPods
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Silicon Valley throwing in towel on pan-WiFi project?
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated
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Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Goog-411 rolls out bill boards in the hinterlands?
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Virtual worlds opened up to all
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Mac OS X version of OpenOffice slated for next September
Discussion: Compiler and Macsimum News
The Register:
Irish firm launches 'global' mobile phone
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Ogilvy New York Co-President Andy Berndt Goes to Google
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Jobs Says Apple Will Fight iPhone Unlocking Hacks
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