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2:55 PM ET, September 10, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Will digital distribution doom the likes of GameStop?  —  GameStop is easily the king of specialty gaming retail in the US.  With thousands of stores, a huge workforce, and the ability to push specific games via in-store promotions, it may not be well loved, but it is well traveled.
Discussion: Digital Download and Joystiq
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 …
 
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Brings a Social Address Book to the iPhone
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Canadian Press:
Air Canada partners with U.S. Aircell to offer some inflight Internet services
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Boomers Get Hip to This Crazy ‘Internet Video’ Stuff
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Nicole Lee / CNET News:
Virgin Mobile Shuttle is the carrier's first 3G handset
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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Amilo Mini Netbook. Coffee Shop Encounter And Hands-On.
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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?
 Earlier Items: 
AMD:
AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards …
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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AOL rolls out one-stop e-mail service
Discussion: AppScout
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 2.1 software update announced (update: $10 for some iPod touch owners)
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
What do CIOs Think About Social Media?
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com and broadstuff
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
State looks at antitrust in Google-Yahoo deal
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: 3 experiments with labels
 

 
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