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1:40 PM ET, September 30, 2008

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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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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Widget Platform Clearspring Acquires AddThis
Kristen Nicole / VentureBeat:
Clearspring acquires AddThis, moves towards universal sharing widgets
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Oatmeal Stout
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.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
AOL releases AIM for Mac 1.0 beta; world asks why  —  AOL hasn't really been a household name on the Mac for quite a while.  Since the ISP-cum-media-company's Mac download section began collecting dust long ago, Apple took up the task of building its own (great) AIM client that became a staple …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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AIM® for Mac Beta
Discussion: MacUser and Insanely Great Mac
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 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Superhero support available at Dell  —  ‘Iron Man’ can be preloaded on newly purchased PCs  —  PC manufacturer Dell and Paramount Pictures are opening a new front in digital distribution Tuesday with an offering allowing consumers to order “Iron Man” preloaded into newly purchased computers.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Playing Iron Man for a day
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Facebook Home Page, New Facebook Tagline Means Too Many Marketing Meetings At Facebook  —  Facebook launched more than a new iPhone app this evening - they also have a new home page (the page you see when you aren't logged in) and a new tagline.  Gone is all the descriptive language suggesting …
Discussion: RotorBlog.com
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD says new ‘Shanghai’ chip is ready to go  —  AMD said Monday it is set to roll out its next-generation “Shanghai” chip—minus the mistakes of the last generation.  —  The No. 2 processor maker wants to make one thing crystal clear: Shanghai is not Barcelona.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will Xbox 360 fans go for Jasper?  —  Xbox 360 consoles have been notoriously unreliable.  But some of the more hopeful observers think that the newest models might be more consistent.  (We've had a story or two that talks about this problem, you might recall).
Discussion: CNET News, JOEyGADGET and Engadget
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Console installed base almost doubles in UK
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and videogaming247
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
RealNetworks Files Suit Against Hollywood Over RealDVD  —  RealDVD hasn't even been available for more than an hour and already Hollywood studios are upset about the ramifications it could have on the industry.  —  According to a statement released by RealNetworks, it has filed suit …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The survey that squashed Apple  —  When RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky downgraded his Apple rating on Monday — helping spark the sharpest selloff in the company's shares in eight years — he cited a survey that RBC conducted with ChangeWave that suggested that sales of Apple's hot-selling computers were cooling off.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Next iPhone software update to deliver Safari, App Store tweaks  —  Apple last week began testing iPhone Software v2.2 beta 1, the next software update for the iPhone and iPod touch that will deliver, among other things, subtle interface changes to Safari and a new version of the company's App Store application.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM White Paper: The Facts & Fiction of Bandwidth Caps  —  Beginning on Wednesday, Comcast, the largest broadband service provider in the U.S., is going to start capping the total amount of data you can transfer using their broadband connection — to 250GB per month.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Wins Deal on Album and Game  —  Just as Wal-Mart solidifies its power as a music industry hitmaker with an exclusive album from the rock band AC/DC, the chain is getting its first major exclusive video game to go with it.  —  MTV plans to announce on Tuesday that it has made a deal …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Ballmer sees global crisis hitting Microsoft  —  OSLO (Reuters) - Microsoft (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday the global financial crisis will sap consumer and business spending, affecting all companies, including his own.  —  “Financial issues are going to affect …
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.
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
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit: NFLPA conspired with EA to cheat retired players  —  EA Sports makes what can only be described as mountains of money from the Madden NFL series.  An update is released for every console platform on a yearly basis, and the title continually sells in the millions.
Discussion: GamePolitics News
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Logging On for a Second (or Third) Opinion  —  When Terri Nelson learned she had a large fibroid tumor in her uterus, she went online.  —  There is nothing new in that, of course.  The intrepid and the adept were going to the Web for health information as long ago as the 1980s …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of iPhone Satisfaction  —  The agony (occasionally) and ecstacy (frequently) of using an iPhone, as reported by 2150+ respondents to our exclusive survey.  —  It's one of the most popular phones in history.  It's also one of the most controversial.
Mark Evans:
Is Anything Off the Record?  —  A little while ago, I was quoted in a blog post following an e-mail exchange.  —  At first, I was a little surprised because the exchange wasn't an interview or a Q&A. But then I realized that I was talking to a blogger, and the rules of engagement are different.
Discussion: Toronto Star and WinExtra
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 …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Broadcom and Skyhook Wireless Partner To Bring Wi-Fi Positioning …
Discussion: GigaOM and Electronista
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Pursues Security-Unit Sale
Discussion: FierceWireless and CNET News
BBC:
Venezuela splashes out on laptops
Chris Colin / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nasty as they wanna be? Policing Flickr.com
Discussion: Valleywag
Greg Miller / Google Mac Blog:
Revving software with Update Engine
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CNET News
Sean Hollister / GameCyte:
PS4 Based On Existing Cell Processor?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yahoo's Zimbra e-mail program exposes passwords
Discussion: bit-tech.net, TechSpot and webmonkey
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
China wins, Symbian loses in Sony Ericsson reorg
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Purveyors
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Thinkism
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Why Android Will Soon Kick Ass
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