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10:05 AM ET, September 17, 2008

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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Google to buy Valve  —  Austin GDC 2008 Steaming away  —  WELL PLACED SOURCES tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.  If you have to stop and think about why, you probably are not aware of Steam, Valve's amazing content distribution platform.
Joshua Goldman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Popular Canon SD870 IS gets fresh  —  The most exciting thing about the new Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH camera is that it's an update to the really popular SD870 IS.  However, that doesn't mean Canon didn't try to improve on its past success.  —  The new model features …
Discussion: Canon U.S.A, Electronista and Gizmodo
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Guru Riles the Industry By Seeking Huge Patent Fees  —  Millionaire Nathan Myhrvold, renowned in the computer industry as a Renaissance man, has a less lofty message for tech companies these days: Pay up.  —  Over the past few years, the former Microsoft Corp. executive has quietly amassed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 hits Milestone 3  —  I have seen the future — specifically Windows 7 Milestone 3 (Build 6780).  —  I got a gander at the latest test build of Windows 7 briefly (courtesy of a source of mine) and was not allowed to take any screenshots.  But it is real, it does exist and it is …
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Stephen Chapman / UX Evangelist:
Windows 7 Paint and WordPad: New UI, New Functionality  —  UPDATE: If you're coming to this page via a direct link, I've since received a screenshot I could make public.  Scroll up and click “Start”.  It'll take you to my main page.  —  Yes, both Paint and WordPad have finally received the royal treatment.
Discussion: Redmond Pie and Teching It Easy
Bryant / AeroXperience:
Hypothetical thoughts on what Windows 7 Milestone 3 might have.
Discussion: UX Evangelist and SuperSite Blog
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps like Whrrl preview the power of location, but there is far greater potential  —  With a global positioning system (GPS) chip now in the iPhone 3G, location services are becoming important to many mobile application developers.  Each day, we're seeing new iPhone apps launch which …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Inside the iPhone App Store acceptance process
Discussion: Ryan Block and Unwired View
Chris / LiveSide:
New Windows Live Betas - Download Wave 3 Now!  (Updated With International Goodness)  —  With the Windows Live Wave 3 beta due to start today, we thought we'd provide our readers with a small headstart on the rest of the world.  Here's the download links for the new Wave 3 suite of applications …
Digital Photography Review:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies  —  Pre-Photokina 2008: After a week or so of teaser ads Canon has finally unveiled the successor to the venerable EOS 5D, the world's first ‘compact’ full frame digital SLR.  The EOS 5D Mark II boasts a new 21MP CMOS sensor, an expanded ISO range …
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras
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Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Going Contract-Free?  —  According to an inside source, it looks like Verizon Wireless will be offering contract-free services as of September 21.  Much like T-Mobile's FlexPay, the option will be available to those who pay full, unsubsidized prices for phones or for folks who want to bring in their own devices.
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Can games make your kid a better citizen?  —  Study: Game experiences can provide hands-on learning opportunities  —  Can playing “Madden” or “World of Warcraft” encourage your kid to be more engaged in public life?  Believe it or not, yes.  —  Parents of video-gaming children, take heart …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile Android phone to hit stores on Oct 17, Sprint Android phone coming next year  —  Android, Google's new operating system for devices, will be officially unveiled as part of the HTC “Dream” phone launch on T-Mobile on September 23rd, at a press conference in New York.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two New Visual Tools To Make Craigslist Even Better  —  We've come across two new services that help make perusing Craigslist even easier by focusing on the images that are included with many listings.  Craigslist notes which listings have images attached to them, but you must click through to the listing to actually see them.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's 12 Hour (and counting) Custom Search Outage  —  Google's Custom Search product, a customizable search engine for sites, has been down for at least some users for more than twelve hours.  The popular service lets websites tailor Google search results and customize the results screen for their own look and feel.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Google opening Lively to game developers  —  It was a surprisingly lightly attended session that initiated Austin GDC's WorldsInMotion virtual worlds focused conference track - surprising because you'd imagine that the entrance of a company with the massive resources and cultural ubiquity …
Discussion: videogaming247
James Sherwood / The Register:
HTC's Touch Diamond is all-white  —  “Ice Ice Baby...”  —  HTC has announced three phones yesterday: the Touch HD, the Touch 3G and the Touch Viva.  But it rounded the day off by adding a fresh lick of paint to one of its older phones.  —  HTC's Touch Diamond, in white
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
 
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PR Newswire:
FairPoint Extends Systems Cutover to January 2009; Next Earliest Possible Date
Discussion: Telecompetitor and DSLreports
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Review: EFiX Dongle Perfectly Transforms PC to Mac
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
After strong initial sales, iPhone *not* so big in Japan
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hugh Cornwell Is Still Not A Taxi Driver; Musician Learns To Embrace Free
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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Grant Gross / PC World:
Group: US DHS Should Lose Its Cybersecurity Authority
Discussion: CircleID
John Callaham / Big Download Blog:
Rumor: No Mirror's Edge PC in 2008?
Discussion: Maximum PC all, CrunchGear and Kotaku
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Sept. 16, 1985: Jobs Quits Apple Sept. 16, 1997: Jobs Rejoins Apple
Discussion: TUAW and Pulse 2.0
Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
Could terrorists use “World of Warcraft” to plan nefarious deeds?
Discussion: Destructoid and Gizmodo
 

 
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