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1:30 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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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.
Scott Moritz / Techland:
T-Mobile's Google phone may offer free e-mail  —  Android lands at T-Mobile Tuesday, and as part of the effort to deliver the Google phone to the mobile market, T-Mobile is considering including free e-mail access.  —  The new Android-powered phone will have Google's (GOOG) Gmail service built in …
David / TmoNews:
Confirmed info leaks...
Discussion: Engadget and PalmAddicts
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
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Adobe launches Creative Suite 4; Likely to top low expectations
Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
Adobe releases Creative Suite 4
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Embeddable Google Books
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
State of the Blogosphere 2008: Technorati Numbers Indicate Blogging Is Niche and Slowing  —  Technorati says blogs are mainstream, we think the numbers indicate otherwise.  —  Blog search engine and ad network Technorati released its 5th annual State of the Blogosphere report and the numbers are quite interesting.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Technorati releases data on state of the blogosphere: bloggers …
Discussion: Webware.com, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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 …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why Isn't Facebook Making More Money?  (Hint: Advertiser Value and User Value Are Not Aligned)  —  I happened to visit Facebook's Business Solutions page, and was struck by how, at least on the surface, these advertising formats seem like exactly the kind of innovation that should be helping …
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: Mashable! and Beet.TV
Dan Tynan / InfoWorld:
Angry IT workers: A ticking time bomb?  —  IT workers are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.  What can you do to keep things from reaching the point of no return?  —  It was 9:30 on the morning of March 4, 2002, and something was terribly wrong at the offices of PaineWebber UBS.
Discussion: Careers and Slashdot
Rob Williams / Techgage News:
HP Rumored to be Closing VoodooPC  —  According to an insider close to the situation, VoodooPC as we know it might not be around for much longer.  An e-mail is apparently being circulated throughout the company noting layoffs, although the number of people to be culled is unclear.
Discussion: Gizmodo, VentureBeat, Crave and Gadget Lab
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Alltop Launches Redesign To Cover More Topics With Less Clutter  —  It wasn't too long ago that Guy Kawasaki announced Alltop, a news aggregation site that tries to make it easy to find the top stories on a slew of topics (212 at last count) from some of the better sources on the Web.
Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Is Latency Crippling Yahoo's Right Media?  Yep.  —  Right Media, an online ad exchange that Yahoo acquired in 2007, is having some serious technical hiccups, sources within the online ad world tell us.  This is leading to problems with capacity and latency.
 
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Pirate Bay Imposters Launch Streaming Video Site, Get Media Attention
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Slyck
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Survey Says: BlackBerry To Keep Dominating Microsoft, Apple …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Tim Anderson / The Register:
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Maggie Shiels / BBC NEWS:
Google throws down open source gauntlet
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Developer: I Just Made $250K From App Store In Two Months (AAPL)
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