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9:25 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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yammer: This thing is a prize winner?  —  Like more than a few people (as far as I can tell by reading through my blog and other feeds) I confess that I was more than a little gobsmacked to find out that Yammer had won the TechCrunch50 prize.  It may well have been a tough field for the judges …
Discussion: Joe Duck, WinExtra and Beet.TV
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
TC50: Twitter-for-business startup Yammer wins TechCrunch50, I may eat my hat  —  When Yammer presented at TechCrunch50, I wasn't so sure about it.  The company offers a service that's the business version of micro-messaging company Twitter.  You leave short messages about what you're doing …
Discussion: Blogspotting, PC World, ben barren and i-boy
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Best of shows: Top 10 from DemoFall, TechCrunch50
Discussion: Beet.TV
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
RIM announces ‘lifestyle’ apps for BlackBerry  —  Research in Motion is loading BlackBerry devices with what its co-CEO Jim Balsillie calls ‘lifestyle’ applications.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In what looks like an attempt to compete toe-to-toe with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion announced …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
TiVo control coming to BlackBerry
Cade Metz / The Register:
BlackBerry redoubles iPhone challenge
Discussion: CNET News and TG Daily
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
IPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do  —  Your iPhone is watching you.  —  If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on your handset has been temporarily stored as a screenshot that hackers or forensics experts could eventually recover, according to a renowned iPhone hacker …
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Mobile Search with My Location  —  From time to time, we all need information about local businesses when we're away from our computers — like confirming the address of a bar while on the way to meet friends.  Today we're introducing Search with My Location …
Nick / Rough Type:
Apple declares war on sneaker hackers  —  It was painful to watch, at Apple's big media event on Monday, Steve Jobs attempting to pawn off a retread music-recommendation system as some sort of great technological breakthrough.  Yes, iTunes will now be able to suggest songs you might like based …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen Nike+ system with GPS, wear sensors
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and Gizmodo
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Opens Early Inquiry Into UAL Glitch  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission opened a preliminary inquiry into the circumstances around UAL Corp.'s stock drop, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The inquiry is in early stages and may not result in a full investigation, one person familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: paidContent.org, everwas and CNET News
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Liveblogging From Yahoo's “Open House”: Sexy Email and Barbara Mandrell!  —  Okay, BoomTown arrived late to Yahoo's media event this morning to show off its “open” strategies across its properties (I had a most excellent excuse in that it was my youngest son's very first day of school).
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo to open music site to other services
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.
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, take two: Bill's mother ship over Seattle  —  Now we know what they're up to.  —  The second Bill Gates-Seinfeld ad that's debuting tonight during “Big Brother” on CBC is a million times better than the freaky churro spot that kicked off the $300 million Windows campaign last week.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Net-talking toaster to burn news onto bread  —  Many things have appeared on toast before: Marmite, Vegemite, jam and even Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.  Now a designer's invented a toaster that's able to burn pretty much anything onto your morning slice, including the news.
WhatLaptop:
Samsung Netbook official photos...  The Samsung Netbook isn't vapourware, as these official shots of the Netbook prove.  —  The still unnamed Netbook is set for launch at the end of October, and orders are already in place with resellers.  Demand has been so positive that Samsung UK has rushed these first shots of the device to us.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil's VP Product Bails Out A Month After Launch  —  Louis Monier, Cuil's VP Product, quietly resigned from the newly launched search engine last week, we've heard from a reliable source.  —  This is a big blow to the troubled search engine - Monier was recruited away from Google a year ago …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Interview With Skype CEO — Where is Skype for the iPhone?  —  Do You Want Skype on Your iPhone?  — Oh god yes... I can't wait.  — Not Really.  — In this era of flat rate plans from mobile companies, does anyone need Skype?  —  That's exactly the question …
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.
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Genius makes iTunes 8 a worthy upgrade  —  Although I was expecting more from Apple's latest announcements, I've had a few days to play with the Genius feature introduced in iTunes 8 and I'm quite impressed.  Pick any song, and it builds a playlist of other songs that fit well with that one.
 
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