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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Oh, RSS Is Definitely Dead Now: Feedburner CEO Dick Costolo To Become Twitter COO  —  Former Google exec and the cofounder/CEO of RSS service Feedburner Dick Costolo is Twitter's new chief operating officer, we've heard from multiple sources.  Costolo, who sold Feedburner to Google for $100 million in 2007, left Google in July.
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube in Talks to Stream Rental Movies  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is in discussions with major movie studios about allowing users to stream movies on a rental basis, according to people familiar with the company's plans, marking one of the video giant's first moves towards charging …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sony announces VAIO X ultraportable  —  Sony just announced the VAIO X at IFA 2009, a half-inch thin ultraportable with an 11.1-inch screen and a new all-day battery that “will set the new standard for stamina.”  The machine's built of carbon fiber, so it weighs just a pound and a half …
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
More Nokia Booklet 3G specs emerge at Nokia World 09  —  STUTTGART, Germany - Since news of the new Nokia Booklet 3G first emerged early last week, the mini laptop PC has become the most keenly discussed Nokia product we've ever written about here on Conversations, with a continuous stream …
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia Booklet 3G Hands-On and First Impressions  —  Nokia completed its announcement of the Booklet 3G today at Nokia World and I've got to play with it briefly.  Take a look at some of the hands-on photos and my first impressions.  I'll have access to a Nokia Booklet 3G spokesperson later this afternoon …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Most Profitable Business Gets New Leadership  —  Google (GOOG) exec David Fischer is moving on as the search leader's quiet sales shake-up continues.  —  David is an exec who, from 2002 on, helped build Google's self-service advertising business into a 4,000 employee-strong powerhouse …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google and Others Fish for Acquisitions: Here's What They Might Be Looking For  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave what he just had to know would be a much quoted comment to the Nikkei today, explicitly saying that the company had “begun seriously looking into acquisitions again.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Patents World's Simplest Home Page  —  After a five-and-a-half-year fight, Google and its attorneys have managed to convince federal bureaucrats to bestow a patent on the company's iconic home page.  We always thought the page was brain-dead simple, but apparently it's an innovative “graphical user interface.”
Bill Thompson / BBC:
Keeping Google out of libraries  —  Google is in the process of scanning millions of books  —  The proposed settlement between Google and US publishers must be resisted, argues Bill Thompson.  —  Google is in the middle of a massive project to scan and digitise every book it can get its hands on …
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Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
SFO boarding passes go paperless  —  San Francisco International Airport has become the first airport in the Bay Area to allow paperless boarding passes on a limited basis.  —  The experiment may go a long way to reducing the anxiety for air travelers who fear losing their boarding passes.
Andrew Donoghue / CNET News:
Microsoft pushes for single global patent system  —  A senior lawyer at Microsoft is calling for the creation of a global patent system to make it easier and faster for corporations to enforce their intellectual property rights around the world.  —  In a blog posting on Tuesday …
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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Improving Global Patents: Think Locally, Act Globally
Discussion: The Register and BBC
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Google Chrome Turns One: A Few Questions and Answers  —  One year ago today, Google released Chrome, a day after the news-at once startling and inevitable-feeling-leaked that it had decided to get into the browser business.  (Lest we forget, Chrome remains the only major software product ever to be announced via comic book.)
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Sources confirm no Apple TV at Apple's September event  —  Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst, Gene Munster, on Tuesday said he feels an Apple TV may be introduced at next week's Apple event.  However, that is not going to happen.  —  The Loop has learned through very reliable sources …
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora One gets an upgrade: Desktop App 2.0  —  I'm pleased to announce that we've released version 2.0 of the Pandora One desktop app.  You've been telling us that the desktop app is one of your favorite features of Pandora One and it's great to have the chance to begin the process of refining that experience.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
More Chrome OS clues - and it's sure sounding like a bootable browser  —  After a second (or is it third?) round of possible Chrome OS images captured by the ever-popular A. Nonymous Tipster on his trusty-but-low-res digital camera, speculation around Google's ethereal OS is bound to keep heating up.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:downloadsquad
INTEREAD:
COOLERBOOKS.com announces Google partnership  —  ...More than a million titles now available from COOLERBOOKS.com, the first ebookstore outside the US to partner with Google Books... Reading, England, ISSUE DATE: GMT 10:00am, 2 September 2009: British company Interead announces that COOLERBOOKS.com …
Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Current Zunes are discontinued; Zune HD is it going forward  —  I met with the Zune folks today and one bit of information than I can discuss immediately is that the Zune HD will be the only device type going forward: The current Zune models, the Zune 8, 16 80, and 120, have all been discontinued.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The Race to Be an Early Adopter of Technologies Goes Mainstream, a Survey Finds  —  For decades, the adoption and use of the latest technologies was limited to a subculture: Whether called “tech enthusiasts” or “gadget geeks,” the implication was that most of the world got along fine with older …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
About 24 percent of Xbox 360 game consoles fail within two years  —  It looks like the Xbox 360 is the most unreliable video game console in history.  Most gamers already know that.  Microsoft acknowledged the “red ring of death” failures in 2007 and took a $1.15 billion charge to deal with warranty replacement costs.
blog.nielsen.com:
Three Screen Report: Media Consumption and Multi-tasking Continue to Increase Across TV, Internet, and Mobile  —  Americans are increasing their overall media consumption, and media multi-tasking is part of the equation, according to new data from The Nielsen Company's most recent Three Screen Report.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Take-Two pays $20 million to settle litigation that sprang from game's hidden sex scenes  —  Take-Two Interactive Software said today that it reached an agreement to settle a securities class-action lawsuit that stemmed from its infamous “hot coffee” incident involving hidden sex scenes in a Grand Theft Auto video game four years ago.
Steve Perlman / OnLive Blog:
OnLive Opens the Beta Program  —  Hey there...  It's been a very busy and productive few months for OnLive.  We've been focused on evolving the OnLive technology, installing lots of servers in our data centers and tuning the OnLive® Game Service based on feedback from our internal Beta testers.
Discussion: VentureBeat, MediaFile and Joystiq
Tim Nufire / Backblaze Blog:
Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage  —  At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Web meeting startup Dimdim goes big with Dimdim Webinar  —  Dimdim, the startup taking on established web meeting providers with its low cost, open source meeting service, said today that it's adding a service for webinars, big online events that could end up being quite lucrative for both the event host and Dimdim.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
NFL bans tweeting before, during, after games  —  The National Football League has had a love-hate relationship with social media.  —  Some teams tweeted to fans while choosing players at the NFL draft back in April.  But then last month, a few NFL teams told players they couldn't tweet or text-message during a team function.
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Nokia creates 3D mobile phone  —  Stereoscopic display hits handhelds  —  At the Nokia World event in Stuttgart the Finnish phone maker is demonstrating a Nokia device that boasts a no-glasses-required 3D display.  —  Running on a Nokia N810 Internet Tablet - not the planned launch platform for the tech …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC Touch2 launching October 6th with Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Hey, HTC — pull up a chair.  Listen, we admire your tenacity and all, but did you realize that both Nokia World and IFA kicked off today?  Cool, just making sure.  Now that we're past that, we'd like to introduce you (as in …
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Zynga Blows Past 100 Million Users Thanks To FarmVille's Dominance
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Now Plays Foursquare Too
Discussion: Social Business and DailyFinance, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Producteev Now Lets You Crowdsource Your Tasks On Twitter
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:ilan
Brad Reed / Network World:
Qwest upgrading backbone to 100Gbps
Discussion: eWeek
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Creative Zen X-Fi 2 Trades Buttons for a Touchscreen, High Price for Low
Discussion: PRWeb, Anything But iPod and Engadget
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Apple's Stealth China Mobile Plan?
Discussion: IntoMobile, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
John Poirier / Reuters:
Key U.S. broadband official: More spectrum needed
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Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
DDR2-DDR3 crossover draws near
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's fight against Apple ads seen as waste of money
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Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bits
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Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?
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