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2:00 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Apple:
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 …
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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.
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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 …
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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 …
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
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PR Newswire:
New BlackBerry 8820 From AT&T Hits the 'Hot Spot' With Wi-Fi  —  New Global Handset Complements and Extends AT&T's Industry-Leading International Wireless Reach With Both Cellular and 802.11 Features  —  SAN ANTONIO, and WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Jobs Says Apple Will Fight iPhone Unlocking Hacks  —  It's the first time the company has officially said it would fight attempts to use the popular device on unauthorized networks.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs said Tuesday that it's his company's job to stymie hackers …
Discussion: Compiler
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Apple promises 3G iPhone for 2008
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.
Intel:
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 WSJ.com?  —  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: eWEEK.com and DailyTech
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iPod games must be repurchased for new iPods  —  It looks like those hoping to port their collection of iPod games over to their shiny new iPod nano or iPod classic are going to be out of luck, unless they fork over the cash for new "reformatted" versions of the games.
Discussion: iLounge and Mobility Site
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 mocoNews.net
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley throwing in towel on pan-WiFi project?  —  Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, the project that once proposed an ambitious region-wide WiFi network, now says it may not happen.  —  "Now, I just don't know," says Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, to Dow Jones.
 
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Mac OS X version of OpenOffice slated for next September
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