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8:25 PM ET, September 2, 2009

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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 …
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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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 …
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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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.”
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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Mercury News and Macworld
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Improving Global Patents: Think Locally, Act Globally
Discussion: BBC and The Register
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.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Alternative Line2 Is Now Live On The App Store  —  The Apple/Google Voice fiasco just got more interesting.  Toktumi, a startup that lets small businesses build office-caliber phone systems with their mobile phones and computers, just had its application Line2 approved by Apple …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and PhoneDog.com
Edible Apple:
Apple responds to Psystar lawsuit, calls it a delaying tactic  —  Last week, Psystar filed a lawsuit against Apple in the state of Florida alleging that Apple's tying of Snow Leopard to Apple hardware is anti-competitive, restricts trade, and is ultimately in violation of anti-trust regulations.
Discussion: Psystar and OSNews
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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 …
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.
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.
Erin Pettigrew / Gawker Advertising:
Then and Now, Seven Years of Blogging as Business  —  When Nick Denton launched the proto gadget blog Gizmodo in August 2002, it arrived on scene to a milieu of early web confusion.  Until then, blogs were low traffic outlets for personal thought-flinging to be visited by friends …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Zynga Blows Past 100 Million Users Thanks To FarmVille's Dominance  —  Today Zynga, the leading gaming company on Facebook, blew past the 100 million monthly active users level through their network of games.  Much of the support has come from FarmVille which is not only the company's largest game …
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 and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:downloadsquad
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.)
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Now Plays Foursquare Too  —  Foursquare has been all the rage in the early adopter mobile space the past several months.  And it has been peeking outside of the early adopter crowd with things such as local bars offering promotions for Foursquare usage.
Nicole Kobie / IT PRO:
VMware demos mobile app virtualisation  —  VMware has shown how virtualised mobile phones could run apps regardless of platform.  —  Want an iPhone, but really like that Android application?  Virtualisation could change the mobile application store landscape, with any phone running any app regardless of the platform.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Digg Starts Nofollow-ing Links That It Doesn't Trust  —  Digg announced a seemingly small, but rather interesting change on its blog today: It has added a “rel=nofollow” tag to every link on the site that it doesn't trust.  What this means is that all the spammers who submit their stories to Digg, are now basically out of luck.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
After ‘Obama Joker’ debacle, Flickr changes takedown policy  —  Flickr came out looking like the bad guy when it removed an image of President Obama portrayed as the Jokerfrom “The Dark Knight.”  Onlookers accused Flickr of having a “political agenda” and being a “bully.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube UK Settles Royalty Fight, Turns Music Videos Back On Again  —  Rejoice, BritishWeb surfers!  You'll soon be able to watch your favorite music videos on YouTube again.  —  Google has reached a settlement with a British licensing group in a dispute over royalty payments …
Discussion: Telegraph, paidContent and Music Ally
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.
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.
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Every Baltimore patrol officer to get a BlackBerry
Discussion: NBC Washington
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Producteev Now Lets You Crowdsource Your Tasks On Twitter
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:ilan
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Nokia creates 3D mobile phone
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Brad Reed / Network World:
Qwest upgrading backbone to 100Gbps
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
DDR2-DDR3 crossover draws near
Discussion: Maximum PC all and The Tech Report
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's fight against Apple ads seen as waste of money
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?
Discussion: comScore Voices, Gawker and Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC Touch2 launching October 6th with Windows Mobile 6.5
 

 
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