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5:35 PM ET, September 10, 2008


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Face(book)lifts All Around!  And A Bit of Botox for AOL Too!  —  Although about one-third of its user base-30 million people-has already switched over to its new design, which has been opt-in since July, Facebook will now officially start to move the entire site and the other 70 million Facebookers.
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook rolls out new redesign, 2.5 million users are already protesting
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook
Sanjay Nayar / Portalblog:
Yahoo, GMail and Hotmail on!!
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.]  —  Carriers have long worried that they'll be relegated to being …
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Gearlog
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.
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Brings a Social Address Book to the iPhone
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 …
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 …
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 at $299.99 each.  While there's no shipping date, I presume either would arrive in time for a holiday a delivery.
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 …
YouTube Draws 5 Billion U.S. Online Video Views in July 2008  —  Americans Watch 558 Million Hours of Online Video During the Month, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released July 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
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, HDNet, and several other companies.  He has also been an angel investor for several startups including SlideShare …
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
Dan Farber /
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Takes Another Jab at Developers  —  Many developers were surprised this morning to find out about the new header that is now showing up on Facebook.  Facebook was first testing the headerlast night and it went live within hours of us first writing about it.
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
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”.
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.
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.
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
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Lawsuit claims Nvidia hid serious flaw in graphics chips
Discussion: Electronista, Inquirer and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Flickr revamp spotlights photos, social features
Discussion: Flickr Blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
ATI launches new HD 4000 series at sub-$100 prices
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and AMD
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is Apple's Genius a music subscription service in disguise?
Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Smartphones gobbling up ever more market share
Discussion: msearchgroove
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Let's Snooze: Apple Rebounds Slightly After iPod Refresh
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Boomers Get Hip to This Crazy ‘Internet Video’ Stuff
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Amilo Mini Netbook. Coffee Shop Encounter And Hands-On.
Discussion: Liliputing
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StackOverflow: A Teeming Beehive of Programming Q&A
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Revolution Health in Merger Talks
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Gets an External Microphone?
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Kindle Gets Exclusive On First-Lady Bios
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Shows Off 10-inch Netbook. The Next Mini-Note?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Blogger's Arrest Resulted In Much More Downloading Of GNR Music
Discussion: AppScout
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
iTunes 8 Causing Huge Problems, BSOD for Vista Users
Mohsin /
T9 inventor now brings us Swype - simply slide to type