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1:50 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
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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”.
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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 …
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's iPod event: 800-pound gorillas don't need buzz
Discussion: Between the Lines and Crave
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
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
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.
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Text-Messaging Rates Come Under Scrutiny  —  The top four wireless providers in the U.S. are being asked by a senior senator to account for their text-messaging prices.  —  Sen. Herb Kohl (D., Wis.), who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, sent letters Tuesday to Verizon Wireless …
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senator examining rising text messaging rates
Discussion: Engadget and mocoNews.net
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StackOverlow: A Teeming Beehive of Programming Q&A  —  Digg for programming questions?  Joel on Software and Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror start letting users into their well built site.  —  The highly anticipated general release of StackOverflow, the social site for programming questions developed …
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
AMD:
AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses, Delivering Up To Double the Game Performance of the Competition at the Same Price1  —  − HD gaming gets easier with the ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 series, setting a new standard for mainstream graphics …
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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The Official Google Blog:
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD Available for Pre-Order
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Kevin Young / BBC:
New Marillion album free to share
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Revolution Health in Merger Talks
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Gets an External Microphone?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM Extends Losses; Stock Now Under A Buck
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Shows Off 10-inch Netbook. The Next Mini-Note?
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
AOL Pushes to Win Back Lost Subscribers
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AOL rolls out one-stop e-mail service
Discussion: AppScout
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Microsoft to sell Greenfield survey business to ZM
Discussion: paidContent.org and WinBeta
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
What do CIOs Think About Social Media?
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
State looks at antitrust in Google-Yahoo deal
BBC:
Laptop delivers all-day computing
Discussion: Slashdot
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Twitter, Qik, Flip - how to cover news?
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Thunder / Storm CAUGHT ON VIDEO!
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Censors Force Fallout 3 Changes