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8:35 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
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: The Register, BBC and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Always On Laptops  —  Road warriors, rejoice!
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and USA Today
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.
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: The Register 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” …
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
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple stock plunging, Google stock diving, Yahoo stock melting  —  It appears as if the bad overall economy is nailing some key tech stocks this morning.  Apple, Google and Yahoo are all down significantly right now in early afternoon trading on the stock market.
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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
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Sprint Xohm Plans to Limit Bandwidth for Heavy Internet Usage  —  In Sprint Nextel's unveiling of its new Xohm WiMax service in Baltimore, it also revealed rules for using its service that one public interest group warns may prevent users from full and unfettered access to the Web.
Discussion: Technologizer and TECH.BLORGE.com
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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.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
What happened to Hotmail?  —  Last week, after receiving a “tip” from Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom, we posted on the coming rollout of a new version of Hotmail.  Our readers were quick to try and catch the new version in the wild, checking out different Bay numbers like the junior sneaky geniuses we know you are.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Larry Borsato / Industry Standard:
Cloud computing: Trap or treasure?  —  Richard Stallman thinks that free software is a good thing.  But when it comes to free Web-based software, it's a different story.  He thinks it's a trap, and “worse than stupidity”.  —  It helps to know that Richard Stallman is the founder …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple shares took a nosedive  —  Apple shares suffered their sharpest fall in eight years Monday morning on the word of two analysts — including one whose record predicting the company's performance is mixed at best.  —  By 10:30 a.m ET the stock had dropped 16%, wiping out more than $18 billion …
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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Nokia CTO Bob Iannucci to step down
Discussion: Engadget and mocoNews.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ukrainian Startup MP3Count Springs Up To Sell Music For Pennies
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and hypebot
Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with PlayFirst's John Welch on making game consoles obsolete …
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Nice timing: Microsoft discloses executives raises, bonuses
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The Pirate Bay Clashes with Book Publishers
Discussion: Epicenter and Digg
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft, Xerox Invest in Innovation
Discussion: Paul Mooney
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