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6:00 PM ET, September 22, 2008

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
On Android Eve, Co-Founder Andy Rubin Predicts The Future Of Mobile  —  Tomorrow is widely anticipated to be the day when T-Mobile announces availability of the first Android phone.  The phone is reportedly an HTC “Dream,” which will apparently sell for $199 with a two year contract.
Discussion: AndroidGuys and InformationWeek
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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.
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Android: Google's Dream, Apple's Nightmare?  —  T-Mobile will unveil the first Android handset on Sept. 23  —  A new smartphone is debuting on Sept. 23, and, no, it's not just another iPhone clone.  The HTC Dream from T-Mobile will be the first handset to run Google's new mobile operating system, Android.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
AndroidTunes?  Amazon launching a mobile music/movie store for Google's platform  —  We're a day away from the official announcement of the first phone running Google's Android mobile platform, T-Mobile's HTC-built G1.  While the phone won't be out until next month (October 17 remains the date we're hearing) …
Scott Moritz / Techland:
T-Mobile's Google phone may offer free e-mail
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Verizon:
No Contract Required — New Month-To-Month Agreement Gives Verizon Wireless Customers Even More Freedom  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers who want to enjoy …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Say Hello To The $520 BlackBerry And The $600 iPhone  —  Wireless carriers are starting to deliver on their yearlong promises of “open access” to gadgets and mobile applications that the carriers don't sell themselves.  One of the first steps: Setting prices for new service offerings, which Verizon Wireless did today.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and TG Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Music On microSD: I Can't Believe The Labels Fell For This  —  Forget buying an album on a USB stick, SanDisk just convinced the big labels to release (DRM free, thankfully) music on a 1 GB 15mm x 11mm x 1mm microSD card.  And then they convinced Best Buy and Walmart to sell these things.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SanDisk SlotMusic Cards Are Destined to Fail
Sandisk:
“slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards
Google Book Search Blog:
Book Search everywhere with new partnerships and tools  —  Posted by Alex Diaz, Product Manager, Google Book Search  —  Today, we're taking a big step towards bringing more books, across more sites, to more people online.  —  We're launching a set of free tools that allow retailers …
Zephoria / apophenia:
I will be joining Microsoft Research in January  —  Guess who has a post-dissertation job?  [Yes, that implies I'm actually going to finish this *#$@! dissertation.] ::  bounce::  In January, I will be joining the newly minted Microsoft Research New England in Boston, MA. w00000t!!!!!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Makes Key Hire in Researcher Danah Boyd  —  Microsoft Research has hired social network researcher danah boyd, probably the most high profile academic in the world focused on the emerging web and its social consequences.  —  Who is danah boyd?  (She spells her own name with lower case letters.)
Discussion: Valleywag
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Developer: I Just Made $250K From App Store In Two Months (AAPL)  —  Steve Demeter developed the iPhone puzzle game Trism as a side project, but now he's quitting his day job.  Why?  Because he says he's generated $250,000 in profits since he started selling the $4.99 game on iTunes this summer.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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.
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Daya Baran / WebGuild:
GE Drops Google, Selects Zoho  —  General Electric has decided to forgo a partnership with Google and has formalized a strategic partnership with Zoho for its 400,000 desktops.  GE made the decision after a vigorous evaluation of both products.  “GE is a master at taking costs out of established processes …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live + Outlook: Shared Calendaring that Just Works  —  A few days ago, Omar Shahine wrote about the new features of Windows Live Calendar in a post entitled Windows Live Calendar gets To Dos where he writes … One thing has been frustrating me for months is that there was no easy …
Discussion: LiveSide
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Hotmail update coming this week
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Oracle Enters the AWS Cloud  —  We've been working with Oracle to bring a number of their products into the cloud.  The first fruits of this work are now ready: cloud-compatible licensing, EC2 AMIs preloaded with a variety of Oracle products, support programs, backup to the cloud, and a cloud management portal.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Reset: What's Next for Yahoo?  (Merging With AOL?  New Execs?)  —  When Yahoo holds its first board meeting tomorrow-with three new board members, including shareholder activist Carl Icahn-there will be little time for getting-to-know-you chitty-chat.  —  In fact, it should be all business …
Maggie Shiels / BBC NEWS:
Google throws down open source gauntlet  —  Google founder Larry Page wants the world to know that he and the company are serious about open source, unlike others who shall remain nameless.  Alas for this reporter all I got for my attempts to dare the man to out any of these companies was a stare and a hint of a “Yeah right!”
Discussion: Open Source and OStatic blogs
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Picture This: Bank of America online banking not “online” anymore  —  As if financial customers weren't skittish enough, now Bank of America customers are unable to log into the bank's online banking site.  Upon clicking the “Sign In” link on the front page of BankofAmerica.com …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV Networks buys Social Project platform  —  NEW YORK—Viacom division MTV Networks announced Monday that it has turned its minority stake in software company Social Platform into a full acquisition: Social Project, formerly known as Tagworld, is the basis for Viacom's Flux.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Technorati releases data on state of the blogosphere: bloggers of the world have united  —  Technorati has searched through its own search index of the world's blogs and released new data on the state of the blogosphere in 17 months.  And my, there are a lot of us bloggers out there.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jay Adelson Hints That Facebook Connect Is the Future of Digg  —  A few select partner sites are beginning to roll out their integration with Facebook's ID system through Facebook Connect.  Last week, a CBS site was the first one to do so, and more are expected to go live soon.  Digg will be one of them.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA rejects damage award, forces trial, looks hypocritical  —  What price innocent infringement?  That's the question a San Antonio jury will have to address in mid-November, as the RIAA and 20-year-old Whitney Harper will battle in court over the amount of damages Harper will have to pay …
Discussion: Digg
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
I'm A PC: The Originals?  —  The new Microsoft “I'm a PC” advertising campaign, which has all sorts of people proclaiming their PC preference, has started a small trend on the side which I'll dub the “the original I'm a PC” ads.  Thanks to the encouragement provided by these new ads …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Windows 7 must appeal to geeks—or else  —  Windows Vista has been a tragedy on many levels for Microsoft.  First, it was marked with compatibility issues and annoyances with its User Access Control feature that started a firestorm of epic proportions.  But once those issues improved …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL CEO Falco: Mobile Video Will Save Us, Someday (TWX)
Discussion: Valleywag
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Will Microsoft ever get the web?
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
CBS Moves Further Into Citizen Journalism with “EyeMobile” for iPhone
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Scribblar Lets You Socially Scribble
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T To Offer Three HD Streams …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Is ShareThis the next Digg?
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
The Pirate Bay Is Getting Into Streaming?
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How Yahoo could have protected Palin's email
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