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2:05 PM ET, August 18, 2009

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Event Scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 9-Music, NO Tablet  —  It has happened every September since 2005, and in a few short weeks it will happen once again.  Apple (AAPL) is indeed planning a keynote event for the week of Sept. 7, as reported by my colleague, Peter Kafka.
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Report: Steve Jobs “very likely” to make appearance at Apple's special media event on September 9  —  You can now pencil in September 9th on your calenders as the day Apple will announce a refreshed lineup of iPod's and perhaps a new version of iTunes as well.
Discussion: I4U News
Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
Bring Us Your Apps, and Sell Them, Too  —  Submit your webOS applications today for the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta starting in mid-September  —  Starting today, you can submit your apps via email for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Tops In Search Satisfaction According To Pre-Bing Survey  —  On an annual basis the University of Michigan puts out the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business report, sponsored and administered by Foresee Results.  Among the things the index examines is consumer satisfaction with search engines.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sale of iLike to MySpace-$13.5 Million in Cash, $6 Million for Talent Retention-Delayed Over Tax Issues (Really!)...  Plus, the List of Other Suitors!  —  The board of iLike planned a meeting earlier tonight to go over a buyout offer by MySpace, several sources close to the situation said.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Deal Puts Facebook In Lose/Lose Situation
Discussion: TechFlash, hypebot and Music Ally, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PS3 price cuts appear in print, must be real (update: 'new exciting Playstation 3')  —  As the story goes, a Kotaku reader just received these PS3 posters (now posted after the break) into the FYE shop where he works.  You'll notice that the “new low price” is augmented with a “while supplies last” …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
And Google Said, Let There Be Chrome Bookmark Sync  —  As promised, Google has just launched bookmark syncing for users on the dev channel of its Chrome web browser.  This allows you to keep your browser bookmarks in sync no matter which of your computers you are using.
Ian Hamilton / App Advice:
First Look: Facebook 3.0  —  Joe Hewitt, the developer behind the iPhone version of Facebook, just graced my inbox with a copy of the Facebook 3.0 app he submitted to the App Store.  —  It feels more like the full Facebook than ever before and the whole interface is cleaner …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Report: One in four songs sold in U.S. is from iTunes  —  The NPD Group reported Tuesday that Apple's iTunes Store is responsible for selling one in four songs in the United States.  —  NPD MusicWatch's report indicates that audio CDs remain the dominant format, responsible for 65 percent of all music sold in the first half of 2009.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Apptio raises $14 million from Andreessen fund  —  August is supposed to be a quiet month, but the tech deals just keep coming.  —  Whether it marks a recovery or not, money's starting to flow, including a $14 million financing round that Bellevue enterprise startup Apptio is announcing today.
Google Research Blog:
On the predictability of Search Trends  —  Posted by Yossi Matias, Niv Efron, and Yair Shimshoni, Google Labs, Israel.  —  Since launching Google Trends and Google Insights for Search, we've been providing daily insight into what the world is searching for.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple, RIM, Palm Get Wet Kiss From RBC  —  As smartphone sales soar — “the new world order” — Apple, RIM, and Palm are positioned for leadership, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky said today, jacking estimates and price targets for all three companies.  —  Abramsky increased his forecast …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
New Privacy Lawsuit Throws The Kitchen Sink At Facebook  —  A new lawsuit filed against Facebook in the Superior Court of California in Orange County is one of the more entertaining documents we've had the pleasure of reading recently.  A lot of lawsuits against Facebook are fairly serious …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires  —  Exclusive: An Australian Federal Police boast, on the ABC's Four Corners program, about officers breaking up an underground hacker forum, has backfired after hackers broke into a federal police computer system.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Wi-Fi via White Spaces  —  A network design that uses old TV spectrum could produce better long-range wireless connectivity.  —  Long-range, low-cost wireless Internet could soon be delivered using radio spectrum once reserved for use by TV stations.  The blueprints for a computer network that uses …
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
Lenovo Reveal Their First Home Server - The IdeaCenter D400  —  Looks like Lenovo just spilt the beans on their first Windows Home Server model, the IdeaCenter D400.  The company just posted a teaser image of the product and have promised more information will be released this week.
Qwest Communications:
Qwest Issues 60-Day Notice to Qwest Wireless Customers  —  Effective Oct. 31, Qwest Wireless Service Will No Longer Be Available  —  Starting today, Qwest Wireless customers will begin to receive notification that they have 60 days to switch their Qwest Wireless service to another wireless provider.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI to be first to launch Pine Trail-M netbooks in December, claim sources  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) has decided to take the initiative among global vendors to launch netbooks based on Pine Trail-M in December 2009 although Intel reportedly has decided to postpone offering …
EU Press Room:
EU invests a fresh € 18 million in future ultra high-speed mobile internet  —  As of 1 January 2010, the EU will invest € 18 million into research that will underpin next generation 4G mobile networks.  The European Commission just decided to start the process of funding research …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry App World Web Portal Launched  —  Good news, everyone!  RIM has launched a web site featuring the full BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) App World library for easier perusing.  We had heard this feature would be launching with the latest update to the on-device software portal …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing Search Share Rises Modestly In July  —  Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing gained share i the search market for the second month in a row.  A good trend, but nothing that is going to make Google (GOOG) nervous yet.  And neutral to modestly negative for Yahoo (YHOO).
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
What Europeans do at Night  —  The New York Times recently had an interesting piece on the changing daily Internet usage patterns in the US.  The basic gist of the article was Americans are using the Internet more than in the past and starting to twitter / surf / email much earlier in the day.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst: Apple to Sell 80+ Million iPhones in 2012, Snag 5.7% of Total Mobile Phone Market  —  In an extensive research report on the smartphone industry released this morning, RBC Capital Markets reveals a “new world order” in which smartphones embracing the convergence of communication …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and I4U News
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Xbox 360: Played x5 more than Wii, x5 more likely to fail that PS3  —  According to a poll carried out by Game Informer of some 5,000 readers, the Xbox 360 is played some five times more than the Wii, but has a failure rate that five times as much as that of the PlayStation3.  —  Some data:
Discussion: TechSpot and Consumerist
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Smartphone wars - BlackBerry's plan to win  —  Locked in an epic battle with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion has managed to grow bigger and more dominant than ever.  But the competition is about to get tougher.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — For two Canadian guys who've spent …
Discussion: mocoNews and MobileContentToday, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
And Now a Service to Roll Your Own iPhone Apps  —  Sweb Apps publicly launched an eponymous web site today where small- and medium-sized businesses can create their own iPhone applications, providing a new way for them to market their services and promotions to the increasing number of smartphone users.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
SpinVox: Patricia Russo joins, quits almost immediately  —  Short stay parking for ex-Alcatel-Lucent chief  —  Free whitepaper - Reducing messaging and web security costs with managed services  —  Exclusive SpinVox recruited former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo as a director in June …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
David Kaplan / paidContent:
CBS Interactive's Smith: Authentication's Not Around The Corner  —  The concept of “TV Everywhere” won't reach critical mass until perhaps 2014, according to some players, and even that date is uncertain, said CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS) CEO Quincy Smith, speaking on the B&C/Multichannel News …
Discussion: Contentinople
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jambool Raises $5 Million For Its Social Gold Micropayments Platform  —  Jambool, the startup behind the Social Gold micropayments platform, has closed a $5 million funding round led by Madrona Venture Group, with Bay Partners participating as well.  The company has now raised around $6 million, after a $1 million round in Q3 2008.
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
New York Times Invites Public Discussion of Paid Content  —  The New York Times is going public with discussion of paid content options — sort of.  —  According to an e-mail newsletter sent from the Times Monday evening, more than 3,000 readers have joined The New York Times Insight Lab …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Can the Apple Touch Sell the Tablet?  —  The Mac and iPhone maker may join a host of tech players hoping to win big in tablet PCs, an area where some of the industry's biggest names have failed  —  Apple may be at the forefront of a renewed effort to bring back the tablet.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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