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10:50 AM ET, September 22, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Music On microSD: I Can't Believe The Labels Fell For This  —  Forget buying an album on a USB stick, SanDisk just convinced the big labels to release (DRM free, thankfully) music on a 1 GB 15mm x 11mm x 1mm microSD card.  And then they convinced Best Buy and Walmart to sell these things.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SanDisk SlotMusic Cards Are Destined to Fail  —  SanDisk, a flash memory chip maker that has been fighting off competitor Samsung's bid to acquire the company, has launched SlotMusic MicroSD memory cards that will carry full-length music albums just like a music CD or a vinyl.
Discussion: p2pnet
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
SanDisk, Record Companies Plan New Music Format  —  In the latest attempt to shore up sales of music on physical media, SanDisk Corp. and the four major music companies plan to announce Monday a new format called slotMusic.  —  SlotMusic is be introduced in mid-October at retail outlets …
Sandisk:
“slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  Music, Retail and Tech Leaders to Offer “slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  (Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Milpitas, CA - September 22, 2008) - Leaders in music …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SD: the new CD?  —  With CD sales dropping despite …
Discussion: TOYS and GADGETs
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Authorizes A Big $40 Billion Buyback; Ups Dividend  —  Well, that's one thing they can do with all their cash... Rather than buy anyone else, the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) board has authorized the company to spend $40 billion on buying its own shares through September 30, 2013.
Discussion: CNBC and TG Daily
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Microsoft announces $40 billion stock buyback  —  Microsoft on Monday announced a new stock buyback program of up to $40 billion, sending its stock up more than 5 percent in premarket trading.  —  The software giant said it would repurchase up to $40 billion worth of its shares through September 2013.
Discussion: Techland
PR Newswire:
Microsoft Announces Share Repurchase Program and Increases Quarterly Dividend  —  $40 billion authorized for share repurchase; Dividend increased 18 percent  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to an additional $40 billion …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Searches Apartment of Tennessee Student Suspected of Palin Hack  —  FBI agents executed a search warrant Sunday at the apartment of University of Tennessee student David Kernell in connection with the hack of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's private Yahoo account.
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Laura Rich / Portfolio:
Palin Hacker's IP Address Linked to Tennessee College Dorm
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Why Google Isn't Enough  —  Web 2.0 has annoyed legions of information technology professionals by providing an experience for consumers that, in many ways, is just plain better than what everyone gets at work.  At some point after the year 2000, consumer companies grabbed the ball …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile's Dream Is a Distraction  —  Google's Android OS is really about ruling the world of feature phones, not the world of smartphones.  —  You're about to be bombarded by a rush of coverage about T-Mobile's G1, aka the HTC Dream, the first Google Android smartphone.  Don't ignore it.
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Samsung Introduces M75500 Night Effect with Emporio Armani  —  Unveiled at a press event held in Milan, Italy on Sunday, Samsung and Armani introduces the M75500 candy bar with a nickname called Night Effect.  The Night Effect is the first mobile phone with Emporio Armani branding (it was Giorgio Armani last year) for Samsung.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Cellpassion
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A New Kind of Venture Capitalist Makes Small Bets on Young Firms  —  From the day he founded Etsy in 2005, Rob Kalin refused to raise money from venture capital firms to expand his company, which hoped to bring the sale of handmade crafts from small local fairs to the international marketplace of the Web.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fake celebrity websites infecting the unwary with malware  —  By all rights, using fake websites as a malware attack vector should have died out long ago, around the time Britney Spears was cavorting in a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform and was actually the right age to wear.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm OS II-based smartphones now due H2 2009  —  Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.  —  The company said the Linux-based system software known as Palm OS II and ‘Nova’ is “on track” for completion by the end of calendar 2008.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
McAfee offers $465 million for Secure Computing  —  Security specialist McAfee on Monday announced that it has a deal in place to acquire Secure Computing.  —  The merger offer is pegged at $5.75 per common share in cash, which McAfee says represents a total equity value of about $413 million.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Tech Trader Daily
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple will sell 5 million iPhones in Q4  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, one of the most bullish — and closely watched — of the more than two dozen analysts who track Apple Inc., has raised his estimates for the company's fourth quarter, which ends next Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Discussion: AppleInsider
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
‘home’ activation no signal of unlocked US iPhone sales
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Drop.io puts blogging, file sharing on a map—literally
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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Ben Dobbin / Associated Press:
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Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Why Google needs better antitrust advice
Joscelin Cooper / The Official Google Blog:
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Hal Varian / The Official Google Blog:
The democratization of data  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
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New Comcast plan has ‘disconnect user’ option
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