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1:00 PM ET, September 10, 2008

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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
VideoSurf: New, Genuinely Radical Video Search  —  I'm generally not given to hyperbole or breathless enthusiasm when writing about a new search service.  Quite the opposite, in fact—over the decade I've covered search I've seen so many so-called “radically new” approaches that are simply updates …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
VideoSurf Launches Way Cool Visual Video Search
Discussion: Contentinople and VentureBeat
Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the First BlackBerry Flip Phone  —  New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Brings The Industry's Leading Mobile Messaging Solution To Consumers Who Prefer Flip Phones  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today unveiled the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 2.1 software update announced (update: $10 for some iPod touch owners)  —  Ah, bug fixes galore.  Apple just announced firmware 2.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch.  “No crashes,” says Steve.  He's calling it a big update with the promise of fewer dropped calls, big battery improvement, and faster backups.
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Event Fails to Dazzle
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Gets an External Microphone?
Discussion: The Apple Core, MacUser and Crave
Bill Ray / The Register:
US Senate wants answers on soaring text rates  —  The chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee in the Senate Judiciary Committee has written to the four largest US network operators demanding they explain why the cost of texting has doubled since 2005.  —  Text messages have been a nice little earner …
Discussion: Digital Daily and WebProNews
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Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Text-Messaging Rates Come Under Scrutiny
Discussion: DSLreports
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senator examining rising text messaging rates
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and mocoNews.net
GamesIndustry.biz:
Phil Spencer: Ensemble closure is “right thing for our business”  —  Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, has told staff that the closure of Ensemble Studios - the team behind the Age of Empires titles and the forthcoming Halo Wars - was a difficult decision, but “the right thing for our business at this time”.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and *Shacknews* Games
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:   Nokia offers Microsoft e-mail on smartphones
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces launch dates for Xperia™ X1  —  Sony Ericsson today announces 30 September 2008 as the official launch date for the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 - initially available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden.  The handset will be available …
Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Sprint first to offer HTC Touch Pro  —  Unlike last week's slip up, Sprint managed to keep this bit of news under wraps and announced on the opening day of CTIA Fall 2008 that it will offer the HTC Touch Pro starting in October (exact date is TBA).  The ultimate replacement for the Sprint HTC Mogul …
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: 3 experiments with labels  —  Since launching our first batch of 13 Gmail Labs features, we've received a lot of suggestions for more experimental features you'd like to see — plus, we've had some of our own ideas.  Today, there's a new batch of labs features to play with.
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
iTunes 8 Causing Huge Problems, BSOD for Vista Users  —  Looks like iTunes 8 is really not playing so well with Windows.  Users of both 32-bit and 64-bit Vista are reporting getting the blue screen of death whenever they plug in an iPod or iPhone.  Downgrading back down to 7.7 appears to solve the problem …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Blogger's Arrest Resulted In Much More Downloading Of GNR Music  —  Last month, of course, there was a big story around the FBI arresting a blogger who was accused of posting the music files from Guns N' Roses latest album.  He now faces many years in jail, despite simply being a fan helping to promote GNR.
Discussion: AppScout
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
State looks at antitrust in Google-Yahoo deal  —  California Attorney General Jerry Brown's office is reviewing documents related to an advertising partnership announced in June by Google and Yahoo, the No. 1 and No. 2 search engines on the Web, in preparation for a possible investigation of the deal.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils World's Most Advanced Tracking Technology  —  Microsoft's proprietary BlueTrack Technology sets new industry standard, surpasses optical and laser to track on virtually any surface.  —  REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 9, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the world's …
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Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's BlueTrack Mouse Technology
Discussion: Engadget
Mohsin / Newlaunches.com:
T9 inventor now brings us Swype - simply slide to type  —  You may not know who Cliff Kushler is, he is the inventor of the T9 Keyboard technology, and he has now come with another revolutionary technology to make our texting even easier.  The new technology called Swype is as simple as tapping …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, TeleRead, Gizmodo and Crave
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AOL rolls out one-stop e-mail service  —  AOL on Wednesday unveiled a new e-mail feature designed to allow users to access multiple e-mail services from one location on the site.  —  The e-mail service is part of AOL's plans to debut new features to the site over the coming weeks …
Discussion: AppScout
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
What do CIOs Think About Social Media?  —  The internal IT department, headed by the CIO, no longer acts as the gatekeeper for all new technology coming into the enterprise.  IT may stand at the gate to the castle, but SaaS and social media startups are swimming across the moat.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban: “When I die, I want to come back as me”  —  To round out the day's schedule at TechCrunch50, Jason Calacanis interviewed Mark Cuban, the founder Broadcast.com, HDNet, and several other companies.  He has also been an angel investor for several startups including SlideShare …
Discussion: Valleywag
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The open-source add-on economy
AMD:
AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google-backed project aims to give 3 billion more people Net access
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM Extends Losses; Stock Now Under A Buck
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Kindle Gets Exclusive On First Lady Bios
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Shows Off 10-inch Netbook. The Next Mini-Note?
Sony Ericsson:
Showcase snaps stylishly with Sony Ericsson's first digital photo frame
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
AOL Pushes to Win Back Lost Subscribers
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Defense Dept. committee has open-source leaning
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Microsoft to sell Greenfield survey business to ZM Capital
Discussion: paidContent.org
BBC:
Laptop delivers all-day computing
Discussion: Slashdot
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Twitter, Qik, Flip - how to cover news?
Michael Robertson / The Register:
Legal digital music is commercial suicide
Discussion: MediaFuturist and Slashdot
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