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4:55 PM ET, September 10, 2008

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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Carriers begin to believe in data revenue, as Android's puzzle pieces come together  —  [Editor's note: We'll be updating this story with extensive reporting we've been doing on Android.  For starters, here's the breaking news from CTIA.]  —  As mobile software becomes increasingly accessible …
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Gearlog
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Reuters:
T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources
Discussion: Reuters and Engadget Mobile
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo announces social networking app for iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo on Wednesday released a preview version of a free new iPhone application called OneConnect that can centralize communications and social-networking activity.  —  “OneConnect allows everybody to keep connected to the persons they care about.
Discussion: The Register, Wap Review and WebProNews
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Brings a Social Address Book to the iPhone
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 …
Senator Herb Kohl:
KOHL CALLS ON CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO JUSTIFY RISING TEXTING RATES  —  In Three Years, Text Message Charges Have Doubled for Wireless Customers  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Today, US Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, asked the presidents and chief executive officers …
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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 …
Sanjay Nayar / Portalblog:
Yahoo, GMail and Hotmail on AOL.com??!!  —  We realize that AOL.com is not the only web site that you use and that you may, like many of us, have multiple email accounts with different providers.  We received a lot of positive feedback from many of you on the AOL Mail Preview and the convenience of that experience.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AOL rolls out one-stop e-mail service
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Let's Snooze: Apple Rebounds Slightly After iPod Refresh  —  Apple's (AAPL) much-anticipated “Let's Rock” media event yesterday featured a group of largely expected announcements on updates to iTunes, the iPod Nano and the iPod Touch that left investors distinctly uninspired.
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Email becomes a dangerous distraction  —  Back in the early 1990s, email was a privilege granted only to those who could prove they needed it.  Now it has turned into a nuisance that's costing companies millions.  We may feel that we have it under control, but not only do we check email …
Discussion: Negative Approach and Slashdot
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD Available for Pre-Order  —  Well lookee here, both Sling Media's SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD are now available for pre-order (!) from Amazon and SlingMedia.com at $299.99 each.  While there's no shipping date, I presume either would arrive in time for a holiday a delivery.
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
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”.
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
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Fotonauts crafts Wikipedia for photos  —  An estimated 500 million images are captured every day, but less than 5 percent end up on major photo sharing sites.  Uploading photos is not the easiest task and most photos are locked into a specific photo sharing service and have all rights reserved licenses.
Discussion: TechCrunch and bub.blicio.us
The Official Google Blog:
More eye candy for iGoogle  —  In case you're looking for some more personality to add to your iGoogle page, we've just launched a fresh collection of iGoogle artist themes — an ongoing project we launched in April for which we invited world-class artists to design dynamic themes for your iGoogle homepage.
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
Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Smartphones gobbling up ever more market share  —  The mobile web is looking a bit smarter lately.  AdMob, a mobile ad platform we've covered before, put out its metrics for August, and it's clear that smartphones are quickly becoming mainstream.  Drawing on data from the over 5,000 mobile websites …
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HP Shows Off 10-inch Netbook. The Next Mini-Note?
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