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5:50 AM ET, September 23, 2008

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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) …
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David / TmoNews:
Confirmed info leaks...  “Available in all stores within 3G boundary area, regardless of whether or not store is in a 3G dead spot.  Available in some locations directly outside of the 3G boundary area due to the fact that some customers who live in the 3G boundary area shop within a 2 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Leaked MySpace Music Screenshots
Discussion: Coolfer
Scott Moritz / Techland:
T-Mobile's Google phone may offer free e-mail
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
E-mail, photo programs stripped from Windows 7  —  Microsoft has decided that Windows 7 won't include built-in programs for e-mail, photo editing, and movie making, as was done with Windows Vista, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The software maker included Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Mail …
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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 …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live to replace Mail, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker in Windows 7
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Adobe uses graphics chip for faster Photoshop CS4  —  Photoshop is a famously taxing piece of software, but beginning with the upcoming CS4 version, it'll be able to employ the muscle of your computer's graphics chip for the first time.  —  The new version of Adobe's flagship software product takes …
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Adobe:
Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4 Product Family
Discussion: InsideRIA and Boy Genius Report
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe launches Creative Suite 4; Likely to top low expectations
Discussion: Adobe
Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
Adobe releases Creative Suite 4
Discussion: Electronista
Drpizza / Ars Technica:
Chrome antics: did Google reverse-engineer Windows?  —  In the sandbox  —  Since its release a few weeks ago, curious developers have been sniffing through the source code for Google's new Chrome web browser.  Chrome's source is interesting for a variety of reasons: there's …
Discussion: Digg
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.
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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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State Of The Blogosphere: Get To 100K Uniques, Make $75K/year  —  Technorati, the blog search engine, put out Part I of its sporadic (now-annual?)  State of the Blogosphere report this week.  This year, it conducted a random survey of 1,079 random bloggers (a statistically significant sample) …
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
WHY GOOGLE'S ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA WILL NEVER BE AS GOOD AS WIKIPEDIA.  —  There are two articles about Sarah Palin on Google Knol, the search company's abysmal new Wikipedia-like reference guide.  One of them is a mess: Just a few hundred words long, the article is fraught with factual and grammatical errors.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Android's 10 Most Exciting Apps  —  Amid the iPhone 3G launch hysteria, we made a pronouncement that, looking back now long after the dust has settled, pretty well nailed it: forget hardware, it's code that counts.  Code via the juggernaut that is the App Store, which allowed the iPhone to truly came into its own as a mobile platform.
Discussion: Digg
GigaOM:
The Rise of the Superphone  —  To describe the segmentation of the mobile phone marketplace, analysts and industry professionals use a common lexicon to group similar devices by their relative features and capabilities.  The majority of mobile phones that have graced retail shelves …
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 …
Bill Snyder / Stanford Graduate School of Business:
Businesses Can Win the Competition Against Open-Source Technology  —  STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—How can a business compete with a free product?  It's not easy, and it's more than just a theoretical question.  U.S. newspapers are finding it difficult to compete with free news …
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
TimesPeople, The New York Times' Social Network, Launching Tonight  —  The New York Times (NYT) is launching its “TimesPeople” social network tonight, which lets you recommend stories to your friends and see what they're recommending and commenting on — a useful, unintrusive feature that makes sense.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Mashable! and Beet.TV
Ian Kennedy / everwas:
It's not Information Overload.  It's Filter Failure  —  Thank you Daniela for pointing me to Clay Shirky's keynote at Web 2.0 Expo last week in New York.  In it, Clay gives a talk on Social Networks, Lifestreaming, and Privacy.  It's a timely talk as lifestreams go mainstream.
Waxy.org:
Cheap, Easy Audio Transcription with Mechanical Turk  —  After recording last week's interview, I was left with a 36-minute MP3 and a profound feeling of dread.  You see, I hate transcribing audio.  I used to transcribe interviews in high school, and it's always tedious, taking upwards of eight times the length of the clip itself.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Expanded Powers to Search Travelers at Border Detailed  —  The U.S. government has quietly recast policies that affect the way information is gathered from U.S. citizens and others crossing the border and what is done with it, including relaxing a two-decade-old policy that placed a high bar …
Mark Ballard / Inquirer:
Open Source makes historic UK breakthrough  —  Roll out the barrel, innit?  —  OPEN SOURCE companies have been granted official permission to supply software to the UK public sector for the first time in British history.  —  At least two Open Source software suppliers have been awarded places …
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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 …
 
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
It's alive!: Ars reviews AmigaOS 4.1
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why Isn't Facebook Making More Money? …
Dan Tynan / InfoWorld:
Angry IT workers: A ticking time bomb?
Discussion: Careers and Slashdot
Rob Williams / Techgage News:
HP Rumored to be Closing VoodooPC
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Survey Says: BlackBerry To Keep Dominating Microsoft, Apple …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Zoli Erdos / CloudAve:
How Software Can Be Resilient to Recession
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Is Latency Crippling Yahoo's Right Media? Yep.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live + Outlook: Shared Calendaring that Just Works
Discussion: LiveSide
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
I'm A PC: The Originals?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jay Adelson Hints That Facebook Connect Is the Future of Digg
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Ryan Merket's Blog
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Will Microsoft ever get the web?
Discussion: The Universal Desktop