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11:45 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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
FeedBurner Is Google's Biggest Screw-Up To Date  —  No wonder FeedBurner cofounder Dick Costolo left Google.  After the search giant bought his RSS startup FeedBurner in 2007 — for a reported $100 million — it has since squandered it.  —  The idea was that by merging FeedBurner's neat RSS tools …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Amazon: Google Books deal an ‘unprecedented’ copyright hack  —  Amazon came out swinging Tuesday against Google's proposed settlement with book authors and publishers.  —  Amazon's opposition was made public last week when it joined the Open Book Alliance, but the company filed its own brief …
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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.”
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 …
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 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Want 5,000 More Facebook Friends?  That'll Be $654.30  —  USocial Will Sell You Followers and Friends  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — If you're a Gmail user who also happens to use Twitter, it's probably been about five minutes since you've seen an ad promising to boost your follower count.
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.
Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
The bar for success in our industry is too low  —  This weekend the New York Times published a piece called Using ‘Free’ to Turn a Profit.  The piece focused on Evernote, a web-based and smart-phone based application for taking notes, snapping pictures, and storing stuff you want to remember later.
Thanks:javurek
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Taking The Plunge: How Newspaper Sites That Charge Are Faring  —  As more newspapers kick around the idea of charging for content, much of the attention has been focused on the pay models employed by the bigger players like the WSJ and the Financial Times.  But quietly, some small …
Discussion: Bend Bulletin
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 …
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Bing Leads in Successful Canadian Searches  —  A couple of weeks ago we posted data on the success rate of Canadian searches, noting in particular that only 30% of Canadian Internet searches are “successful”.  A couple of readers asked us to share success rate by search engine.
Discussion: Technology Live
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Discussion: Technology News, Thanks:electricwaffles
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 …
William Kanaan / Google News Blog:
Google News is fluent in Arabic!  —  We're delighted to announce the launch of four new Arabic editions of Google News for Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.  Users in these countries can now access their country-specific news editions and get the latest headlines …
Rick Broida / CNET News:
iPhone app tracks swine flu outbreaks  —  I'm writing this from under the covers.  I mean, I know swine flu is going to get us all eventually, but I didn't know there were reported cases just 35 miles from where I live.  Thank you, Outbreaks Near Me!  —  OK, I don't mean to make light …
Red Hat:
Innovation Without Disruption: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Now Available  —  Today marks the release of the fourth update in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 family.  As you would expect, the press release and our technical overview highlight what is new in this update.
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple to offer ready-made ringtones  —  Apple has obtained the rights to offer ready-made ringtones for the iPhone and managers are trying to have them available in time for next week's press conference, music industry sources told CNET News.  —  Owners of Apple's iPhone have long had the ability …
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Idearc Brings True Local Search To Twitter  —  A version of local search has existed on Twitter for some time: asking your followers for local recommendations about places to stay, things to do and so on.  One can also use Twitter search itself, though it's very hit and miss in terms of the quality of results.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube U.K. Settles Royalty Fight, Turns Music Videos Back On Again
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Every Baltimore patrol officer to get a BlackBerry
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Edible Apple:
Apple responds to Psystar lawsuit, calls it a delaying tactic
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Zynga Blows Past 100 Million Users Thanks To FarmVille's Dominance
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Producteev Now Lets You Crowdsource Your Tasks On Twitter
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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Nokia creates 3D mobile phone
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Brad Reed / Network World:
Qwest upgrading backbone to 100Gbps
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Apple's Stealth China Mobile Plan?
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John Poirier / Reuters:
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Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
DDR2-DDR3 crossover draws near
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?
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