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2:40 PM 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.
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Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Valve: Rumors of Google Buy-Out Are ‘Complete Fabrication’  —  Did your heart skip a beat this morning when you saw the report that Google was planning to buy Valve?  The makers of one of the biggest web companies on earth buying the makers of “Half-Life” and Steam?
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View and walking directions come to Google Maps for mobile  —  This July, Street View went international for the Tour de France, and in August, expanded coverage to Japan and Australia.  Now, Street View is coming to another new frontier: your phone.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Street View goes mobile  —  Street View endows Google Maps with a driver's-eye view of the world, and now people actually on the street will be able to use it, too.  —  The company announced a new version of its Google Maps for Mobile software that includes support for Street 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 …
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John OBrien / LiveSide:
Wave 3: Windows Live Movie Maker Beta
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Mysterious new 4GB iPod nano 4Gs begin appearing on store shelves  —  Now this is an interesting development.  According to two separate tipsters (with two sets of photos) Apple has released a third version of the new multi-hued iPod nano to the world — a 4GB model.
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 …
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Want To Know Why Apple TV Is Still Steve Jobs' “Hobby”?  —  Want to know why Steve Jobs is still calling Apple TV his “hobby”?  —  New research by The NPD Group offers an explanation:  — 41 percent of dollars budgeted for movies and video is spent on DVD movie purchases;
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 details emerge  —  Adobe next week will unveil Creative Suite 4, a new version of its media design bundle set to ship the following month with features such as enhanced options for working with 3D objects in Photoshop, new Flash document exports from within InDesign …
Discussion: Contentinople and MacRumors
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.
louisgray.com:
Bret Taylor on FriendFeed's Road to Monetization, Early Surprises  —  This evening, at a panel on lifestreaming put on by the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor spoke about the popular aggregation and lifestreaming service's early months, explained what he and the team …
Discussion: BoomTown and Sexy Widget
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Audio Indexing  —  As the Web becomes more sophisticated and audio and video becomes a more important part of our online lives, we need something that will help us sift through the junk and find what we're looking for in all that content.  To address that, Google announced Wednesday …
Wired News:
Run Mac OS X on an Eee PC  —  Feel like stepping beyond the limits of Apple hardware?  Want a Mac netbook for under $650?  How about an EeePC running Mac OS X?  —  At least part of the appeal of the dimunitive EeePC netbook is its hackability — from Linux to Vista, intrepid hackers …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Guardian:
Peter Moore Interview: Part Three  —  Why Rare are a spent creative force... and other shocks from the Xbox backroom...  Yesterday, we followed Moore from Dreamcast to Xbox 360.  Today, there's more from the Microsoft years, including a damning indictment of UK developer, Rare.
Discussion: Tech Tracks, Edge Online and Kotaku
 
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iomega ‘eGo Helium’ drive for MacBook Air owners
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Waxy.org:
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: Some Kind Of AOL Decision “Soon” (TWX)
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Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Bandcamp Offers Free Indie Download & Viral Tools
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's North American notebook share jumps 60 percent
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
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LinuxDevices.com:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget HD
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Plans Classifieds Buyouts
Discussion: Epicenter, Screenwerk and Valleywag
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps like Whrrl preview the power of location, but there …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile Android phone to hit stores on Oct 17, Sprint Android …