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9:45 AM ET, September 30, 2008

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolls Out Version 2.0 of their iPhone Application  —  After Facebook released v1.1 of their iPhone application, they promised that a bigger, badder v2.0 was in the works for September.  They cut it pretty close, but they've kept their word.  Just a few hours ago …
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Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Facebook v2 for iPhone goes live
Discussion: iPhone Savior and PalmAddicts
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Clearspring Plus AddThis-But Does That Add Up to a Real Business?  —  In a move to dramatically increase its traffic and give it more tools to offer publishers, Clearspring Technologies said it will acquire AddThis, the top bookmarking and content-sharing tool on the Web.
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Kristen Nicole / VentureBeat:
Clearspring acquires AddThis, moves towards universal sharing widgets  —  Clearspring, the widget creation platform, has acquired AddThis, the bookmarking and sharing button, for an undisclosed amount.  The acquisition moves Clearspring closer to becoming a service that allows any users to share content from any website.
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Puts iPhone in the Lotus Position  —  Apple's push to make the iPhone a desired device among the world's largest companies should receive a boost this week thanks to I.B.M.  —  At long last, I.B.M. has issued software which will bring the e-mail, calendar and contacts functions handled …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Launches Its Application Marketplace  —  Zoho continues to carve a niche for itself among the giants in the software-as-a-service market.  The three-year old online application suite, which started off as a basic online version of Word, has grown to 1.2 million registered users and 500,000 unique monthly logins.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Which way to the mobile web?  —  How do you get the mobile internet?  Via wi-fi - or perhaps through one of those dongles that you plug into a laptop?  —  Wi-fi and 3G have been battling it out for the last few years to be the technology that keeps you connected on the move.
Discussion: BBC, The Register and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Always On Laptops  —  Road warriors, rejoice!
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and USA Today
GSMArena.com:
LG KC780 makes a go at the thinnest 8-megapixel cameraphone title  —  The LG KC780 8 megapixel cameraphone is now officially confirmed, as we managed to snatch a press photo of the upcoming slider.  We don't have the specs of the KC780, but we know that it's being touted by LG as the slimmest 8 megapixel phone to-date.
Business Week:
The 25 Most Influential People on the Web  —  Each year, we turn to readers and BusinessWeek staff for the Best of the Web list, asking them to contribute names for a list of the Internet's movers and shakers.  Take a look at the slide show to see which people have the most impact on the Web these days.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Why Android Will Soon Kick Ass  —  When the T-Mobile G1 was shown off in NYC last week, it didn't have the gusto of a Stevenote.  There was no “boom!”—no “one more thing!”  And as a result, many (including us) felt a bit underwhelmed, and were quick to interpret the device's inconsistent GUI …
Discussion: Digg
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
SocialText 3.0 blends Facebook, Twitter, and the Enterprise  —  SocialText 3.0 is (or will be in the near term) an enterprise mashup of Facebook, FriendFeed, enterprise microblogging, and the wiki.  If you were to take any one of these constituencies - social networking, conversation aggregation …
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
House Web site overwhelmed as bailout bill fails  —  WASHINGTON - The House Web site was overwhelmed Monday as millions of computer users sought information about the financial bailout bill rejected by the House.  —  “We haven't seen this much demand since the 9-11 commission report” …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Nasty web bug descends on world's most popular sites  —  ING, New York Times bitten hard  —  Underscoring the severity of of an exotic form of website bug, security researchers from Princeton University have cataloged four cross-site request forgeries in some of the world's most popular sites.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Purveyors  —  Microsoft Corp. and the state of Washington this week filed lawsuits against a slew of “scareware” purveyors, scam artists who use fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for worthless computer security software.
Discussion: Technologizer
LG:
Full Touch Screen Handsets are No Longer Untouchable  —  Seoul, Korea, September 30th, 2008- LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, announces the launch of LG KP500 with an affordable introduction price never offered before.
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget
Franz Josef Och / Google Research Blog:
Doubling Up  —  Machine translation is hard.  Natural languages are so complex and have  —  so many ambiguities and exceptions that teaching a computer to  —  translate between them turned out to be a much harder problem than  —  people thought when the field of machine translation was born over 50
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
China wins, Symbian loses in Sony Ericsson reorg  —  The UI moves East  —  Sony Ericsson announced a company reorganisation yesterday, intended to rationalise its R&D investment.  The 2,000 job losses had been announced after another brutal quarter back in July, so yesterday's announcement tells us where these will fall.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yahoo's Zimbra e-mail program exposes passwords  —  Passwords used to access Yahoo mail through the Zimbra client are sent over the Internet in clear text, a Canadian programmer says.  —  Holden Karau stumbled upon this problem while participating in the Yahoo University Hack Day at the University of Waterloo last week.
Discussion: bit-tech.net, TechSpot and webmonkey
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Long-Term Questions for Apple  —  Apple investors freaked out Monday, in part because two Wall Street analysts downgraded the stock.  They are worried that margins will be compressed and sales of Macintosh computers and iPhones will be less than expected.  —  Apple's shares fell by $22.34 (or 17.4 percent) to $105.90 Monday.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yusuf Mehdi Gets a Big New Job at MSN-But Still No Digital Head in Sight  —  Longtime Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi (pictured here) is taking over a big part of Microsoft's online services portfolio-including marketing, online audience business development and product management for MSN and the search properties.
Sean Hollister / GameCyte:
PS4 Based On Existing Cell Processor?  —  Japanese tech news site PC Watch is reporting that as a cost-saving measure, Sony “has begun seriously considering” basing the upcoming PlayStation 4 on the same Cell processor that currently powers the PS3.  —  Though citing no sources in particular …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
The Technium:
Thinkism  —  Here is why you don't have to worry about the Singularity in your lifetime: thinkism doesn't work.  —  First, some definitions.  According to Wikipedia, the Singularity is “a theoretical future point of unprecedented technological progress, caused in part by the ability …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
T-Mobile stops taking Android phone orders  —  It looks like T-Mobile customers trying to get one of the initial models of the first phones powered by Google's Android operating system will have to wait a bit longer.  —  “Sorry!  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the new T-Mobile G1, upgrades are temporarily unavailable.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and InformationWeek
Paul McNamara / PC World:
Google Has Gone and Redefined ‘Beta’  —  The question of why so many Google products are classified “beta” — and classified thusly for so long — has knocked around the tech press for some time.  However, no one really seemed to know the answer, at least no one outside of Google.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Nero's LiquidTV, TiVo for your PC  —  Nero today announced LiquidTV, a combination software and hardware product that brings the entire TiVo experience out of the living room and onto Windows PCs.  Offered as a mix of TiVo software and a handful of unique features …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
How start-ups can survive  —  In 2001, the first dot-com economy collapsed.  New companies couldn't raise funds to continue operating.  Existing companies couldn't go public or get bought.  My employer (Red Herring) folded, as did hundreds of other businesses.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Nice timing: Microsoft discloses executives raises, bonuses  —  The big winner this year appears to be Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, who received the biggest bonus and salary award.  —  But all the top executives at Microsoft received raises and higher bonuses in fiscal 2008 than in fiscal 2007.
Discussion: Reuters
 
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Mobile technology taught to turn on thieves
PC Pro:
Council sells security hole on Ebay
Discussion: Slashdot
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
An Investigation Into Communication Between NSA and Google
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NIN Edition of Tap Tap Revenge Brings Licensed Content To Apple's App Store
Discussion: Touch Arcade and Gizmodo
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Whole Travel launches good site at bad time
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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Reuters:
Nokia CTO Bob Iannucci to step down
Discussion: Engadget and mocoNews.net
Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with PlayFirst's John Welch on making game consoles obsolete …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Clashes with Book Publishers
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