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6:20 PM ET, September 15, 2008

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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  —  After weeks of developer seeds, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.5 to customers.  The latest upgrade to Leopard is available through your Mac OS X Software Update.  —  The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Apple and CNET News
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 …
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One
Discussion: PC World, TG Daily and Infinite Loop
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac sales see slowdown in August, but still up 23 percent
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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon Blackberry Storm talking points slip out  —  We're still waiting on Verizon's official launch of the Blackberry Storm, but the anticipation is running high, especially since we just received a list of specs and talking points distributed to store reps about RIM's first touchscreen phone.
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
More Verizon BlackBerry Storm Images...
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!
Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution  —  Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”.  —  The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore.
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust watchdogs are looking into a planned deal between Internet giants Google Inc and Yahoo Inc to share some advertising revenue.  —  “In mid-July, we decided to open a preliminary investigation …
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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 …
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 …
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
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance  —  We love getting your feedback, and one of the themes that has cropped up in the Google Desktop Help group is that you want a lighter, faster product.  We heard the message loud and clear and decided that the Google Desktop 5.8 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Best Buy Acquires Napster: But Why?  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy today announced that it plans to acquire music retailer Napster for $121 Million.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal values Napster at $2.65 a share, almost double its closing price on Friday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Minnov8
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
The Next Chapter: Best Buy To Acquire Napster For $121 Million
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
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” …
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
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,
 
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
HP's Hurd on EDS, job cuts
Discussion: Tech Beat
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter will come to Current TV for debate chitchat
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple to Podcaster: No App Store for you
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Peru to try out Windows on XO laptops
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comScore:
comScore M:Metrics Reports Mobile Search Grew 68 Percent in the U.S …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Former Martha Stewart CEO Susan Lyne To Run New York Startup Gilt Groupe
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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 …
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