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2:40 PM 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 …
Rafe Needleman /
Best of Shows: Top 10 from DemoFall, TechCrunch50  —  Correction at 7:30 a.m. PDT: The current name for the GPS-based ride-sharing product is Mapflow's Avego.  —  Note: CNET's judges for this article were Dan Farber, Josh Lowensohn, Elinor Mills, Rafe Needleman, and Daniel Terdiman.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Nontechies, This One's for You  —  There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't.  —  That old cliché is more true than ever.  Red state/blue state.  Pro-choice/pro-life.  Mac/Windows.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Coolest Gadgets
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Email Gadget Peek Starts Selling Online, Gets NYT Pogue Slobbering  —  NY-based gadget startup Peek — whose mobile device does email, and nothing else — has started selling its gadget on the Web ahead of its nationwide launch at Target stores next Monday.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Engadget Mobile
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Docs Goes Back to School: Built-In Dictionary and Encyclopedia  —  Just in time for the back-to-school season, Google added some new features to Google Docs.  Among these are a built-in version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and thesaurus, as well as the ability to look up any term in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Back to school with a bunch of new features
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical to fund upstream Linux usability improvements  —  Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Wednesday that his company, Canonical, will hire professional designers and interaction experts to improve the usability of the Linux desktop software ecosystem.
Discussion: TechSpot
Mark Shuttleworth:
Design, user experience and development at Canonical
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen Nike+ system with GPS, wear sensors  —  A new filing from Apple describes a future generation Nike+ system that would be capable of more accurately monitoring athletic performance in real-time, providing feedback on wear of athletic gear, and even conveying advertisements …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Seth MacFarlane's AdSense Cartoons Now Available  —  A while ago the New York Times reported creator of US series “Family Guy” Seth MacFarlane would create some cartoons to be distributed on Google's AdSense ad network.  The NYT wrote that “Advertising will be incorporated into the clips in varying ways.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
TiVo control coming to BlackBerry  —  TiVo and Research In Motion are teaming up to enable BlackBerry users to remotely schedule recordings of TV shows on their digital video recorder, the companies announced Thursday.  —  Under the partnership, BlackBerry users will be able to use …
Peter Judge / ZDNet:
Red Hat: Virtualization will be free  —  Red Hat has predicted that virtualization will be included in all operating systems for free, while setting out the roles of the two hypervisors it is working on for its own product range.  —  Red Hat is making a kernel-based hypervisor using KVM, developed by its new acquisition, Qumranet.
Discussion: Datamation and
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Red Hat sprints past ESX on VM running
Discussion: The Open Road
tomD / Making Waves:
Less toxic iPods rock  —  Yesterday Steve Jobs announced Apple new iPod line up.  Here's the bit that really got our attention about the new models:  —  • Arsenic-free glass  —  • Brominated flame retardant-free  —  • Mercury-free  —  • PVC-free
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
BlackBerry Mobile Bonanza: Microsoft Launches Live Search, Google Introduces New Search Client & AOL Launches MapQuest 4 Mobile  —  At the CTIA wireless trade show today Microsoft announced an extension of its existing relationship with BlackBerry maker RIM.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Trustbusters divided on next move on Google  —  Go big or go small.  —  That's the question facing lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice investigating Google.  Sources who have provided testimony to the government say a departmental debate revolves around whether antitrust regulators …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Ars Technica
Classical download store opens  —  Classical music lovers in the UK will now be able to download their favourite works from the web, thanks to a new resource launched today.  —  Passionato is providing the world's biggest collection of high-quality classical downloads, first in the UK and later worldwide.
Discussion: Lockergnome
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
What's happening in Mobile: a peek at new products, services  —  Last night, I had the chance to meet with some companies who are exhibiting at this week's CTIA Wireless conference in San Francisco at a press-only event called Mobile Focus.  It was a good show - food and drink alongside …
Discussion: Gearlog and AppScout
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Apple gave in to NBC over pricing on iTunes
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Tricia Duryee /
@ CTIA: T-Mobile USA Details Dev Program; Android, Sidekick Not In Plans At Start
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Didn't Dump Silverlight for Flash
Discussion: Beet.TV
The Return of PhoneSaber
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Will World's Second Richest Man Bring Magic Touch to NYT?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The start of reverse syndication (and end of the AP?)
Samsung Netbook official photos...
 Earlier Items: 
Hans Sandberg / The Nordic Link:
Gizmondo 2 Is Here - Sales Start In November/December
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
ScanScout Taps New CEO
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Confirmed: iPod Touch Can Support VoIP Calls
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
SanDisk CompactFlash gets bigger, faster
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Gizmodo
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Zune exec on phone future, new iPods
Discussion: Electronista and DailyTech
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
E-books: The flexible future
Discussion: broadstuff and TeleRead
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Court bans VoIP app on iPhone
Stuart Houghton / Kotaku:
Xbox 360s Flying Off The Shelves After Price Cut