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1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2008

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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
AOL Beta Central:
AIM® for Mac Beta  —  We are pleased to announce the Beta 1 release of AIM® for Mac!  —  AIM for Mac continues our commitment to the growing Mac market by delivering a new AIM experience that's built from the ground up for the Mac platform.  AIM for Mac is one of the most requested applications …
Discussion: MacUser and Insanely Great Mac
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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
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: TECH.BLORGE.com and Oatmeal Stout
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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Frank Vinluan / bizjournals:
Sony Ericsson to lay off 450 RTP employees
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
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
GamesIndustry.biz:
Console installed base almost doubles in UK  —  New figures from data specialist GfK Chart Track have revealed the current installed base for console hardware in the UK.  —  As of September 2008, the PlayStation 3 has reached 1.4 million units, the Xbox 360 2.3 million and the Wii 3.6 million units.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and videogaming247
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
BBC:
Venezuela splashes out on laptops  —  Venezuela is ordering one million low cost laptops for its school children.  —  The machines will be based on the Intel Classmate laptop that has been designed for school children.  —  Many see the deal as a blow for the One Laptop Per Child organisation …
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” …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Pursues Security-Unit Sale
Discussion: FierceWireless and CNET News
Chris Colin / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nasty as they wanna be? Policing Flickr.com
Greg Miller / Google Mac Blog:
Revving software with Update Engine
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Long-Term Questions for Apple
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Sean Hollister / GameCyte:
PS4 Based On Existing Cell Processor?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yahoo's Zimbra e-mail program exposes passwords
Discussion: bit-tech.net, TechSpot and webmonkey
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Purveyors
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
T-Mobile stops taking Android phone orders
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