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10:20 AM ET, September 29, 2008

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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War  —  Windows laptops only had about 80 percent unit share at online and brick-and-mortar retail stores in June and July, according to NPD.  But measured in dollars, market share was much lower: 65 percent.  The difference in both categories largely belonged to Mac laptops.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking  —  In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile.  Since then, the average subscriber's volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Coakley, Apple agree on iTunes access for blind  —  After a gentle nudge from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Apple Inc. is redesigning its popular iTunes music software to make it easier for blind people to use.  —  “Blind residents seek to live independently and be active members …
Discussion: AppScout
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Associated Press:
Apple faces iTunes test case in Norway  —  OSLO, Norway - Norway's top consumer advocate said Monday he is taking Apple Inc. to the government's Market Council in a test case seeking to force the American company to open its iTunes music store to digital players other than its own iPod.
Discussion: Guardian
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
The Perfect Apple for the Living Room  —  Apple's bland launch of a thinner Nano left the Mac faithful craving more.  Now rumors are flying around the Net about a new device, with Apple retailers being asked to return their existing Apple TVs by Sept. 30 and mysterious placeholder SKUs showing up in Futureshop's inventory system.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government  —  The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture.  Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore  —  Monday, Sprint will launch wireless WiMax services in Baltimore, marking the beginning of what could become a new era in mobile broadband.  —  The mobile data network — which will be marketed under the Xohm brand name …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook hires general counsel as it continues to grow  —  Young upstart Facebook is growing up at Internet speed.  —  The latest sign: Its freshly installed management team has hired a legal gun with a loaded resume that includes serving as a White House lawyer who helped coordinate …
Discussion: Epicenter and All Facebook
The Sun:
Spies on Facebook  —  The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has begun advertising on the popular social networking website as part of its campaign to recruit operational officers.  —  The Facebook adverts were launched a few weeks ago in a bid to reach a large and wide variety of people, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Want To Be a Trendsetter on Twitter?  Follow CareerBuilder Example  —  I like checking out current Twitter trends from time to time to see what topics get the most attention in the twitterverse.  While Google Trends are also interesting and often show some very interesting things …
Terry Retter / InfoWorld:
Road test: Does WiMax work in the real world?  —  San Francisco - Just a couple short years ago, many people were abuzz over metro Wi-Fi experiments in Philadelphia, Houston, and San Francisco, only to see those efforts largely collapse as slow speeds, expensive deployments …
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
jQuery and Microsoft  —  jQuery is a lightweight open source JavaScript library (only 15kb in size) that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the web.  —  A big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to elegantly (and efficiently) …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder  —  NEW YORK - TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to announce Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box.  —  The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Top 100 Media Companies Revs Slowest Since 2001  —  AdAge has just come out with its annual top 100 media companies rankings, and according to its analysis, they only saw a 4.6 percent revenue boost in 2007, their slowest growth since 2001.  No surprise that digital was growing fastest …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and AdAge
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
How to Make Business More Interesting: Video Games  —  How can colleges attract information-technology students?  By using video-game-like technology to trick them into thinking the assignments are cool.  —  That's the approach San Francisco State University is taking, according to Sam Gill, a professor of information systems there.
 
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Hoping Apple's ‘Brick’ Is First All-Screen Laptop
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Raw Feed
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Vysr widget platform to support Open Social apps
Discussion: Mashable!
Dorian Benkoil / CNET News:
ABC's digital frontier: Closed is open
Discussion: Beet.TV
Richard Bennett / CircleID:
Comcast is Right, the FCC is Wrong
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow
Discussion: Inquirer
Christopher Null:
GPS on your windshield re-legalized in California
Anita Huslin / Washington Post:
Iridium to Get $500 Million Cash Infusion
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: SkyFire browser brings Gecko to Windows Mobile
Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Hitwise in the Phorm biz?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Tests User-Defined Blurb Length In Search Results