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5:45 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google/DoubleClick Deal in Trouble  —  Confirmed?  No. But sure feels that way.  —  As Google and Microsoft execs head to Washington to plead their respective cases, a Microsoft-funded 51-page "research paper" on the legal aspects of the fight is making the rounds.  (PaidContent has a brief summary).
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Senator Says Google Deal Merits Scrutiny
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate ponders Google-DoubleClick deal as report raises antitrust concerns
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Palm press conference at DigitalLife  —  Well folks — we're here at the Palm / Sprint press event at DigitalLife, so get ready to have your heads go popping off your neck in a matter of moments.  We're going to be liveblogging the whole nasty affair — so keep your browser tuned in for the action.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and PalmAddicts
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Palm aims new Centro smartphone at students, 'CEOs of households'
Discussion: Reuters
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:   Palm launches Centro smart phone for mass market consumers on Sprint Nextel
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple releases iPhone firmware 1.1.1  —  Yes yes, friends.  The day has finally arrived.  Apple dropped a new iPhone firmware revision, bringing the official software notation up to version 1.1.1.  This new software brings a host of changes and upgrades.  Here's a rundown of some of the more significant changes:
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Tim Wu / Slate:
WHY MUNICIPAL WIRELESS NETWORKS HAVE BEEN SUCH A FLOP.  —  It's hard to dislike the idea of free municipal wireless Internet access.  Imagine your town as an oversized Internet cafe, with invisible packets floating everywhere as free as the air we breathe.  That fanciful vision inspired …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search (http://www.live.com) centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Causes US Navy To Change Its Swastika Building  —  You have to feel a bit sorry for the US Navy.  They have a building in California that looks like a swastika from the air.  But who looks at buildings from the air?  Until Google Maps popularized easy access to aerial views, only the occasional bored air traveler.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook CEO visits Seattle, Microsoft schemes  —  An investment by the software giant seems likely - Facebook is the ideal testbed for the future of advertising.  —  (Fortune) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted Tuesday in Seattle, headed for meetings with executives at Microsoft.
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Jessihempel / The Browser:
Are we already moving on from traditional social networking?
Discussion: Computerworld
Vince Broady / Yodel Anecdotal:
Finding focus in Hollywood  —  BusinessWeek just released its annual "Best of the Web" user survey.  Among the most beloved sites are some of the properties housed at our Santa Monica operations — Finance, Games, Health, Music, News.  Since opening our office here five years ago …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Leadership Meeting Tomorrow; Premium Music Services to be "De-emphasized"
Discussion: Valleywag
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
PCs: Gateway One Unboxed (Verdict: So Shiny and Sweet, It Gives Windows a Good Name)  —  Normally I don't get this jazzed about desktop PCs, but the Gateway One is special.  From the sleek yet substantial design to the quiet, powerful core, it's a real statement, especially from the cow-pocked South Dakota underdog.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Extenders for Windows Media Center and Internet TV Beta — Connected Entertainment Comes Home for the Holidays  —  New devices from Cisco's Linksys division, D-Link, HP and Niveus Media deliver new video formats, form factors and HD TV over wireless home networks …
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Uh, oh. Now anyone can jam your cell phone
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words  —  We're excited to announce that starting tomorrow (Friday 28, 2007) LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.  —  Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features …
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Royal Pingdom:
Google availability differs greatly between countries  —  Google Search users in the United States are 10 times more likely to encounter a problem than users in Brazil, according to this unique one-year survey from Pingdom.  —  Google has a large number of localized versions of their Google Search homepage.
Discussion: WebProNews, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: Disney Mobile Closing; Second Disney MVNO To Shutter; WDIG Will Explore Licensing A La ESPN  —  Later this morning, sources close to the situation tell mocoNews.net, the Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) Company will announce that it is closing its second MVNO in as many years rather than continue to invest in the expensive service.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO  —  What's behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately?  New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T-EchoStar Talks Heat Up  —  AT&T's (T - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) long-running discussions with EchoStar (DISH - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) seem to be heating up.  —  The most recent talks have AT&T offering $55 a share with EchoStar hoping to hold out for $65 a share, say people familiar with the companies.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FRIENDSTER, IN A BID FOR POPULARITY, INTRODUCES 'FAN PROFILES'  —  Onetime social-networking leader Friendster has announced a new feature called "Fan Profiles," which is essentially a way for celebrities, bands, companies, nonprofit organizations and other entities to self-promote.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WiMAX backers positioning 802.16e as an alternative to municipal WiFi
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Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:
Taxman goes browsing on eBay
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Podcasts To Close; The Sorry State Of Podcast Search
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