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12:15 PM 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
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Zoho launches app marketplace; Aims to rally developers
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.
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
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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: WinExtra
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
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.
Graham Webster / CNET News:
Man in China fined $277 for porn on drive, then forgiven  —  [UPDATE: I wrote the below before seeing an update on Danwei noting that the fine was canceled.  This only underlines the power of online controversy, especially considering that the cancelation notice says the man was still guilty …
Discussion: techblog86, The Inquisitr and Danwei
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” …
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
Greg Miller / Google Mac Blog:
Revving software with Update Engine  —  We ship a wide variety of Mac software ranging from simple Cocoa applications that anyone can use to sophisticated ones that require admin privileges.  The complicated requirements of each application, combined with the need to occasionally update more than one at a time, made for a tall order.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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 …
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
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
T-Mobile stops taking Android phone orders
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Sprint Xohm Plans to Limit Bandwidth for Heavy Internet Usage
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Nero's LiquidTV, TiVo for your PC
Paul McNamara / PC World:
Google Has Gone and Redefined ‘Beta’
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Nice timing: Microsoft discloses executives raises, bonuses
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