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5:30 PM ET, September 15, 2008

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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile  —  Given Apple's super-secretive ways, it's quite a shock to find a company engineer disclosing something about the iPhone's future innards on a public social networking site.  —  Wei-han Lien, the senior manager of Apple's chip team …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Everyone but Apple joins new “buy once, play anywhere” group  —  Buying a movie online is simple; it's watching it on the device you want that's hard.  The movie studios have been reluctant to allow DVD burning from online stores (and when they do, it doesn't always work) …
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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.5
Discussion: CNET News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests; Contends Shipments Have Begun On New MacBooks  —  Citigroup's Richard Gardner asserted in a research note this morning that Apple's September quarter is tracking in line with his above-consensus revenue estimate of $8.3 billion …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac sales see slowdown in August, but still up 23 percent
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One
Discussion: Infinite Loop, PC World and TG Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There  —  A controversy is brewing over a popular Facebook application called PackRat, where users collect sets of illustrated cards for points and levels.  The company behind the application, Alamofire …
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:   Facebook: no social networking here
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari  —  We're really excited to announce the official release of Gears for Safari on OS X (minimum requirements are Leopard 10.5.3 or Tiger 10.4.11).  —  You can download it today from http://gears.google.com.  —  This means that you can now access all the Gears-enabled sites …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The future of online is offline: Gears for Safari gets official
Discussion: Mashable!
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
More Verizon BlackBerry Storm Images...  The news keeps coming in fast and furious on the Verizon Storm.  If you haven't read the BlackBerry Storm Minute with Mike details, go ahead and check that out here.  We've just received some new internal photos of the device... Check them out after the jump >
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Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal  —  European Union competition watchdogs are looking into a planned deal between Internet giants Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to share some advertising revenue.
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News
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Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Giga Omni Media Acquires The Apple Blog  —  In November of 2004, a few months after I got my first Mac (a PowerMac G5), I registered theappleblog.com not really having any big plans of what I'd do with the site.  I was a senior design student in college and just wanted a new site to design and something to write about.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giga Omni Media Acquires TheAppleBlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC's Touch HD unveiled in very much official glory  —  We're still sans a press release, but a friendly tipster found this quite official page at HTC's very own site, depicting the sexy Touch HD from every angle, with every spec exposed.  The rumors were naturally spot on …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Q&A  —  Via email, I've asked Google group product manager Brian Rakowski a couple of questions in regards to Google's web browser.  Chrome has been in development for 2 years... did the initial designs resemble what has been released now, or were there a lot of interface …
Discussion: TG Daily
louisgray.com:
As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls  —  Over the last few months, Twitter's challenges have been well documented, here and elsewhere.  Between issues with uptime, occasional data loss, a reduced feature set, and a difficult relationship with its developer community …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
The Next Chapter: Best Buy To Acquire Napster For $121 Million  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has fallen into the arms of a surprise buyer: Best Buy.  The big-box electronics giant will pay $121 million or $2.65 per share.  Shares of Napster closed at $1.36 on Friday, so this is nearly double …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Best Buy Acquires Napster: But Why?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Minnov8
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements to go live in coming days  —  Last month, we posted about upcoming Quality Score improvements — and today, we're following up to notify you that these changes will take effect in all advertisers' accounts over the next few days.  In addition, we'd like to answer …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wall Street's meltdown and the potential technology hit  —  Folks are waking up Monday to a Wall Street meltdown as Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch and companies ranging from Washington Mutual to AIG are on the ropes.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA  —  Ubuntu users are up in arms at Canonical after it added a Firefox 3.0.2 end user license agreement (EULA) to its upcoming release, Intrepid Ibex, without first seeking consent from openistas.  —  Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Mozilla Demands EULA on First Lanuch: Linux
Discussion: ZDNet and Hardware 2.0
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Stack Overflow Launches  —  You know what drives me crazy?  Programmer Q&A websites.  You know what I'm talking about.  You type a very specific programming question into Google and you get back:  — A bunch of links to discussion forums where very unknowledgeable people are struggling with the same problem and getting nowhere,
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP To Cut Workforce By 7.5%, Or 24,600, Over 3 Years  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) this afternoon said that that as part of its plan to absorb newly acquired EDS it will cut the combined company's workforce by 7.5%, or 24,600 people, over three years.  The company said “nearly half” …
Discussion: CNET News and Techland
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago Google released the beta of Google Chrome, a new Web browser based on WebKit.  Since then there has been a lot of interesting hype and backlash against the hype about Chrome.  Two great examples of the hype and the corresponding backlash …
Discussion: Open Source
 
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Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Former Martha Stewart CEO Susan Lyne To Run New York Startup Gilt Groupe
Discussion: paidContent.org
Guardian:
Peter Moore Interview: Part One
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MTV Wants To Sell Ads On Like-Minded Sites
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance
Discussion: TechCrunch and InformationWeek
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NEC tees up six-core Intel Dunnington server
Bloomberg:
Take-Two Falls After Electronic Arts Ends Merger Bid
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Trying To Patent Not Letting You Use Your Nike+iPod With Non-Nike Shoes
Discussion: Ars Technica
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Wallop Takes A Leap Into the Deadpool
Fred / A VC:
Zemanta  —  I wrote this post for the Union Square Ventures blog …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware (and Citrix) get cloud friendly
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Latest iPhone Sees Slow Japan Sales
Vindu Goel / Bits:
New WSJ.com Builds on Its Community of Subscribers
Discussion: GMSV and Valleywag
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Don't Buy That Textbook, Download It Free
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