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12:40 PM ET, September 10, 2008

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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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AOL and RIM to Bring AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ Services to BlackBerry Smartphones Worldwide  —  NEW YORK and WATERLOO, ON - AOL and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of AOL's leading AIM and ICQ instant messaging services as well as AOL Mail on BlackBerry® smartphones.
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
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Event Fails to Dazzle  —  The new iPods feature cosmetic changes and lower prices, but Steve Jobs didn't announce any game-changing innovations many have come to expect  —  Apple watchers have high expectations for the company's signature events.  There's always a palpable buzz …
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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 …
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
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.
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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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
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 …
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
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.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Kindle Gets Exclusive On First Lady Bios  —  Assuming you want to be among the first to read new bios of the potential first ladies, you will need a Kindle.  The ebooks are being released starting today, and only for Amazon's ebook.  —  In fact, if you want to read Cindy McCain's story …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM Extends Losses; Stock Now Under A Buck
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban: “When I die, I want to come back as me”
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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
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Defense Dept. committee has open-source leaning
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Bill Ray / The Register:
US Senate wants answers on soaring text rates
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Microsoft to sell Greenfield survey business to ZM Capital
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Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Comcast says wireless deal could close this year
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceWireless
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
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia sued for violations of federal securities law
Discussion: Macworld
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