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12:40 AM ET, September 12, 2008

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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 …
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.
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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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Cade Metz / The Register:
BlackBerry redoubles iPhone challenge
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo gives a taste of its ‘open’ overhaul
AppleInsider:
New iPod touch, iPod nano gutted in disassembly photos  —  Both Apple's second-generation iPod touch and fourth-generation iPod nano are expected to be widely available at Apple Retail stores today.  The folks at iFixIt have already snagged one of each, tore them down, and weighed in with some observations.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Cult of Mac and Digg
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Waiting for the Zune Generation
Discussion: Digital Noise, Gizmodo and Electronista
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 …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
100Mbps.  2010. Over The Air.  Don't Be Surprised.  —  What if WiFi could square off or even beat WiMax or other approaches to broadband access to the Internet, over the air?  —  If you listen to comments from Tom Rutledge, the chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems Corp. …
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RS-DVR Debut: ‘Early Next Year’
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iPod 2.1 offers promise for Friday's ‘big’ iPhone software update  —  Apple on Friday will unleash iPhone Software v2.1, a major bug fix release for all iPhone owners that will include a number of other improvements that iPod touch users are discovering as part of yesterday's similarly number iPod touch update.
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 and Digg
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Ubuntu to work more with larger Linux community
Discussion: Mark Shuttleworth and Slashdot
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 …
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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.
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: everwas, paidContent.org and CNET News
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Jeff Bezos's moneyman says he's backing startups Finsphere and Aviary  —  The founder of Amazon.com is usually pretty tightlipped about his personal investments, which he makes through a vehicle called Bezos Expeditions.  Stephen Campbell, Bezos's chief investment officer …
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 …
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
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T stores recommending RIM over the iPhone  —  In resuming its coverage of Apple, JMP Securities has issued a note warning of slower growth due to global economic factors and indicating that AT&T retail stores were quick to recommend RIM BlackBerry phones over the iPhone 3G, particularly for email.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
F# to Join VB and C# in Microsoft Language Stable  —  Microsoft will deliver a new general-purpose language known as F# to developers next year.  F# supports financial modeling and analysis, scientific data analysis, algorithms and academic computing.  F# is a functional programming language for .NET.
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
iTunes 8 Adds Per-Podcast Settings  —  Three years after adding podcast support to iTunes (with iTunes 4.9 in mid-2005), Apple has finally given us the ability to control podcast download and retention settings on a per-podcast basis.  Until now, you could set what iTunes would do when new episodes …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Infinite Loop
 
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Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
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Gnip More Than Ping Spelled Backwards
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Google Docs Goes Back to School: Built-In Dictionary and Encyclopedia
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Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
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