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6:50 PM ET, September 26, 2007

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Up next for Apple: the return of the Newton  —  Apple Inc, which helped spawn the PDA market with its Newton MessagePad line in the early '90s, plans to give the concept another go with a modern day reincarnation of the old fan favorite based on the company's new mutli-touch technology, AppleInsider has learned.
David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update  —  Yesterday we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535.  The Excel team would like to provide a description of the issue and explain what we're doing about it.  —  Background
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Close Its Podcasting Site  —  Two years to the month after launching its large podcast search and listening site, Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo! Podcasts will cease operation on Halloween, October 31st.  The site never came out of Beta before the plug was pulled.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks  —  I've had it with all the hype about mobile being the next big thing — more to the point, I've had it with the mobile web.  Here are five reasons why the web on the go still has a long way to go.  —  1. Wireless carrier networks are SLOW
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future  —  There are big changes underway over at MSN Video, some of which represent a real look forward for the industry.  It's hard to believe, and it isn't pretty, but this is a site you've got to check out.  The site's design, full screen player and advertising model are big.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sends takedown notice to iPod hacker's ISP  —  Yesterday, Erica posted in her state of the iPod touch jailbreak that a hacker named "Martyn" had obtained a broken iPod touch, and was planning to dive in and download every bit of code on it in the increasingly complicated effort to put 3rd party applications on the iPod touch.
Official Google Blog:
A new caffeine-free way to stay alert  —  Since new videos are constantly appearing all over the web, it's difficult to keep tabs on all of them.  But now Google Alerts will make it easy for you to add video to your other Alerts: News, Web, Blog and Groups.
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Video Alerts
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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
MIT students turn famed Harvard statue into 'Halo' chief  —  It goes without saying that in addition to a stellar reputation for academic innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is renowned for its geeky pranks.  The best-known of these was perhaps the time when students decorated …
Discussion: Joe Duck and CNET News.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
When wireless > DSL: Sprint, Motorola show off WiMAX on the Chicago River  —  On a muggy early-autumn evening, I set sail down the Chicago River with a group of Motorola and Sprint executives, marketing people, analysts, and journalists.  Everyone was there to see one thing: Mobile WiMAX …
Rubicon White Papers:
Growth of web applications in the US: Rapid adoption, but only when there's a real benefit  —  Status and implications for the tech industry September 25, 2007 Summary: Adoption of web applications is moving faster than most observers realize The rise of web applications …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Ars Technica
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Free Wi-Fi Still an Elusive Goal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The same forces slowing development of single-city wireless Internet networks are now overwhelming their supersize versions that cover thousands of square miles and scores of municipalities.  —  A telling example of the malaise can be found …
Inside Google Book Search:
New ways to dig into Book Search  —  Posted by Pramod Sharma and Garima Sahai, Software Engineers  —  Every time I go into a bookstore or library, I go straight to the sports section, to check out the newest books on running.  In my spare time I'm a runner, and I like to be up on the latest developments in marathon training.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Widgetbox's App Accelerator turns widgets into Facebook apps  —  Widgetbox today announced App Accelerator, a step-by-step guide and tool for creating Facebook apps from Widgetbox widgets.  The blandly named App Accelerator shrewdly connects the community developers of Widgetbox's widget marketplace …
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Tech giants chart research goals  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - Power consumption, parallelism, and the rapidly-expanding world of mobile communications are among the leading areas of research and development currently being investigated within some of the IT world's largest companies.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
The Age:
Bloggers go armed with mobile phones  —  YOUNG student bloggers are risking years in prison by breaking the junta's stringent internet controls to post descriptions and photos of the biggest anti-government protests in 20 years.  —  Known as "citizen journalists", the students are leaking videos …
 
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
A Car In Every Garage, Fast Internet On Every PC
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Schizophrenia: NBC Adds Two New Series to iTunes, Makes Us Go WTF
Discussion: paidContent.org and iLounge
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Pondering Google 2.0: How will it get to $100 billion in revenue?
Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com:
Gizmo Project Releases VoIP and IM Solution for BlackBerry
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Sharp Blu-ray Recorders Include 1TB Storage
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The Pirate Bay Details Charges Against Media Companies
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