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8:30 AM ET, September 11, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Takes Top Prize At TechCrunch50  —  Three jam-packed days, and 52 startup demos later, we finally have a winner for this year's TechCrunch50.  Every day, the presentations just seemed to get stronger and stronger.  There were so many strong contenders this year that we are awarding …
The Official Google Blog:
The future of search … I am a search addict.  I'm naturally inquisitive - I've always liked finding things out.  Plus, I've worked at Google on search for the past 9 years and 3 months.  Of course I search - a lot.  Yet I would guess that on any given day, I only do about 20% of the searches that I could.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Clarifies: Search Is Only 10% Done, Not 90%  —  I spoke to Google's Marissa Mayer at TechCrunch50 on Monday (a little after she we celebrated Google's 10th birthday with cupcakes) and asked her about the search is “90-95%” solved story over the weekend.
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
A Stock-Killer Fueled by Algorithm After Algorithm  —  What made a six-year-old article about a bankruptcy filing by United Airlines reappear on Wall Street traders' screens on Monday as if it were fresh news, prompting a sell-off that erased $1 billion in the company's market value in a matter of minutes?
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Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Exclusive Interview: Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista, and How They Fixed It  —  We sat down with Microsoft to hear the company's side of the Vista story.  What lessons have been learned following the worst Windows launch in the company's history?  Is Microsoft doing enough to regain PC users' faith?
Discussion: Slashdot
Camille Sweeney / New York Times:
Twittering From the Cradle  —  IT would be easy to assume that the first month of Cameron Chase's life followed the monotonous cycle of eat-sleep-poop familiar to any new parent.  But anyone who has read his oft-updated profile on Totspot, a site billed as Facebook for children, knows better.
Discussion: SocialTwister 2.0 and Social Media
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
An In-Person DEMO and Techcrunch50 Comparison  —  I think I am the only person to attend both DEMO and TC50 this year.  I'd like to share my thoughts on both events.  This is only a logistics comparison — not a startup comparison.  My thoughts on all of the startups will come later this week.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Final thoughts on a packed DemoFall
Discussion: Webware.com and bub.blicio.us
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for BlackBerry: faster, stronger, better  —  Today we're pleased to launch Google Mobile App for BlackBerry.  It's a free download and it looks like this:  —  To download the App, visit m.google.com on your BlackBerry device.  —  Once it's installed you'll have faster search …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Notes and Observations Regarding Yesterday's 'Let's Rock' Apple Special Event  —  OVERALL SCOPE  —  The overall takeaway from yesterday's news is that Apple's music and iPod business is right on track.  There was nothing exceptional or particularly surprising, but the incremental improvements and changes were significant.
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Stuart Houghton / Kotaku:
Xbox 360s Flying Off The Shelves After Price Cut  —  Well, that seems to have done the trick.  Following last week's Xbox 360 price cut in the US, the console has seen a big spike in sales.  —  Some retailers are reportedly showing 100% increases in sales of all Xbox models with up to six times …
Reuters:
T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources  — T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources  —  FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile unit is set to start selling a mobile phone based on Google Inc's Android software within weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
App stores and APIs: It's the ecosystem, stupid  —  If you make a web application or mobile platform, one of the trendiest things you can do is add APIs and a software marketplace to it so developers will extend your product.  Google is previewing its application market for Android (link) …
Andy Robinson / ComputerAndVideoGames.com:
Levine: “I got some nasty f***ing threats”  —  BioShock designer Ken Levine has revealed that he received some “nasty f***ing threats” over the controversial PC copy protection of his underwater FPS.  Calm down, PC gamers...  Speaking to PC Zone, Levine said that as Irrational Games' front man …
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Kim: We Still Believe in PC Games  —  On Tuesday, rumors swirled and were quickly confirmed that following the release of Halo Wars, Microsoft would close the venerable Ensemble Studios.  But Microsoft corporate vice president of interactive entertainment Shane Kim says not to read …
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Court bans VoIP app on iPhone  —  A ruling was just issued by the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) of Hamburg, Germany banning VoIP on the Apple iPhone.  Specifically, the sipgate VoIP app (image right) has been banned - all part of T-Mobile's ongoing fight to block VoIP on the iPhone.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo announces social networking app for iPhone  —  Updated at 3:50 p.m. PDT with further detail and information about Blueprint programming tools for mobile devices.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo on Wednesday released a preview version of a free new iPhone application called OneConnect …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites  —  Websites used for email, banking, e-commerce and other sensitive applications just got even less secure with the release of a new tool that siphons users' authentication credentials - even when they're sent through supposedly secure channels.
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy Is Ready For Its Close-up  —  First mentioned a few months ago as a way for Google to increase its video revenue and start its push for more professional content, Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy promised 50 mini-webisodes specifically designed …
 
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Mini-Laptops Fuel PC Sales Growth
Discussion: eWeek
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Proposed Copyright Law a ‘Gift’ to Hollywood, Info Groups Say
Discussion: Techdirt and Imaging Insider
Wesley Yin-Poole / VideoGamer.com:
Newell confirms Left 4 Dead demo details
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Marillion One-Ups Radiohead, Releasing Free Album On To P2P
Discussion: P2P Blog and Ars Technica
Microsoft:
Microsoft Focuses on Bringing Modeling Mainstream, Improves …
Ross Wolinsky / Cracked.com:
The 10 Commandments of Facebook  —  The rise of social media …
Discussion: Techmamas
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpaceTV now allows direct uploads
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is this what online news has come to?
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Amazon.com to uncork wine sales
Victoria Ho ZDNet Asia / ZDNet:
Microsoft on IE8—speed not top priority
Discussion: TechSpot
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Opens Itself Up Tomorrow-Literally
Discussion: Valleywag
Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
There's No Place Like Home
Howard Anderson / GigaOM:
5 Reasons to Move Your Startup Out of Silicon Valley
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is Apple's Genius a music subscription service in disguise?
 

 
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