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1:55 PM ET, September 4, 2009

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Loopt To Work In The Background On iPhone  —  Loopt, a location-based social networking service, will be the first third-party iPhone service to work in the background while the app is not running.  —  Via a deal with AT&T, and with your permission, Loopt will be able to access your location …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Amazon Offers Redelivery or $30 to People Who Lost '1984′  —  Amazon took a lot of heat in July when it wirelessly deleted copies of two George Orwell titles from the Kindle e-readers of some customers.  CEO Jeff Bezos eventually apologized for the incident, calling it “stupid …
Brian Mastenbrook:
How I cross-site scripted Twitter in 15 minutes, and why you shouldn't store important data on 37signals' applications  —  Today the Ruby on Rails security team released a patch for a cross-site scripting issue which affected multiple high-profile applications, including Twitter and Basecamp.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, Softpedia News and SC Magazine US, Thanks:atul
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google China President Kai-Fu Lee to Resign  —  Kai-Fu Lee, president of Google Inc.'s China operations, is resigning from the company, according to two people familiar with the matter.  —  He will be succeeded internally by another Google executive, according to one of the people familiar with the matter …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt On The Future Of Search: “Connect It Straight To Your Brain”  —  This is Part 2 of my series of posts summarizing a fascinating recent hour-long one on one interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  —  Early in the interview I asked Schmidt about the future of search.
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Samsung: OLED notebooks by late 2010  —  Global computing boss targets release a year from now  —  Samsung says we could get the first commercial OLED laptops a year from now.  —  Speaking at the official IFA launch of the X-Series and N-Series notebooks and netbooks, Kyu Uhm …
Jane Horvath / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on Google Books and privacy  —  We're excited about the wide range of support that the Google Books settlement has received.  Some people have asked how Google's privacy practices apply to Books and the settlement, and, last month, we published an extensive FAQ.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Feds force Googlebooks privacy promise
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Smule's new T-Pain app provides the Auto-Tuned voice you've always wanted  —  There are lots of music fans out there who aren't happy about the frequent use of Auto-Tune technology in songs — a viewpoint expressed in Jay-Z's song “Death to Auto-Tune.”  But if Auto-Tune haters were unhappy …
Android Developers Blog:
Some News from Android Market  —  I'm pleased to let you know about several updates to Android Market.  First, we will soon introduce new features in Android Market for Android 1.6 that will improve the overall experience for users.  As part of this change, developers will be able to provide screenshots …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Techie-Conference Smackdown  —  An upcoming New York arts and technology event, dubbed the Audience Conference, is scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6, but it's managed to ruffle some techie feathers well in advance. … Several of its speakers, including TechCrunch's Michael Arrington …
Discussion: Copyblogger
Fred / A VC:
RSS Is Alive And Well  —  Somehow the comments on my “10 Characteristics of Great Companies” post yesterday drifted into the topic of the future of RSS.  I was debating whether to wade into this silly debate about whether “RSS is dead” or not and was leaning toward ignoring it.
Gmail Blog:
Four new themes  —  Posted by Jake Knapp, UI Designer and Manu Cornet, Software Engineer  —  Manu: Hey Jake, you still using that same old theme?  —  Jake: Well, yeah.  I mean, I like it — but I don't know... I guess it just doesn't feel as new as it used to.  —  Manu: I hear ya.  Well, good news!
Tim O'Reilly / TechCrunch:
Gov 2.0: It's All About The Platform  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is by Tim O'Reilly, the founder and CEO of computer book publisher O'Reilly Media and a conference organizer.  O'Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 five years ago.  Now he is arguing it is time for Gov 2.0 …
Discussion: TechPolitik and Gov 2.0 Summit
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Court grants Microsoft's motion to stay Word injunction  —  Updated 9:55 a.m., Sept. 4: Added a response from i4i.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has granted Microsoft's motion to stay an injunction that would prohibit the software giant from selling Word.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — From a Silicon Valley office strewn with bean-bag chairs, a group of twenty-something software engineers is building an unlikely following of terrorist hunters at U.S. spy agencies.  —  One of the latest entrants …
Thanks:blogfisher
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
First Snow Leopard Update Hits Developers [Seed Notes]  —  Just six days after the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard to the general public, Apple has begun extensive testing of the first update amongst the developer community.  —  Build 10B503 (a significant step from the shipping 10A403) …
Tim Schulz / TrendSlate:
Former MySpace Exec Allen Hurff to Launch SoCal-based Incubator  —  Allen Hurff, former SVP of Engineering at MySpace, will be launching a startup incubator based in Southern California.  The news comes from his recently-updated LinkedIn page (image below).  —  Details on the incubator are cloudy.
Discussion: Techgeist and TechCrunch, Thanks:trendslate
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 4.0 and Opera 10 Take On All Challengers  —  Opera 10 final is out, Chrome just turned one year old, and Firefox 3.5 has settled into stability.  It's time once again to break out the timers and speed test today's web browsers.  —  Like all our previous speed tests, this one is unscientific, but thorough.
Discussion: Maximum PC all and digg.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Snow Leopard, Marble, And Calamine Lotion  —  There are two types of people in the world: Those that hate change, and those that embrace it.  I tend to fall into the latter category.  And that's why OS X Snow Leopard is an odd product for me.  —  On one hand, I like the idea that Apple …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ayan Mandal / Finance Blog:
Google Search Volumes and Economic Activity  —  We are really excited to launch Google Domestic Trends on Google Finance.  This launch was inspired by Hal Varian, our chief economist's research on using Google Trends data to predict economic indicators.  —  Google Domestic Trends tracks …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Diebold impeaches e-voting unit, sells it off for $5 million  —  Diebold announced on Thursday that it has sold its voting machine division to Election Systems & Software (ES&S), a former competitor.  Diebold's unceremonious departure from the electronic voting machine business will be welcomed …
Discussion: Technologizer
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bit.ly Offering Even Shorter ‘J.mp’ URLs  —  Bit.ly, Twitter's official URL shortening service, is offering even shorter URLs, via a new ‘j.mp’ service.  —  We just popped open our bit.ly sidebar to send a tweet and got this new URL tool instead.  By knocking out two characters from the URL …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Nokia to develop Maemo platform-based handheld devices for high-end segment  —  Nokia will focus on the development of Maemo platform-based mobile Internet devices (MIDs) for the high-end mobile computing segment in addition to Symbian-based devices for the mass market, according to Jonas Geust, vice president, Nokia N-series players.
Discussion: GigaOM and Phone Scoop
Christian / OkTrends:
How To Get People To Reply To Your Messages In Online Dating, Part I  —  Picture this online dating scenario:  — You see someone you like.  — You read their profile, and wow.  — You send them a long message.  — You hang tight and...  - ...you never get a reply.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Brett Walton / VG Charts:
Weekly Analysis - PS3 Sales Double in America  —  PS3 slim boosts hardware sales above Xbox360 and Wii in America as Arkham Asylum has one of the biggest debuts of the year in the weekly charts for the 23rd - 29th August 2009  —  The big news this week was the appearance of the new PS3 slim model …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, DailyTech and digg.com
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
The Social Benefits of the Google Books Settlement  —  Google's settlement with authors and publishers to gain copyright licenses over millions of books will expand the underprivileged's access to information, a group of professors and civil rights advocates argued Thursday.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hama cases foreshadow 5G iPod nano, 3G iPod touch at IFA: hands-on  —  We know you don't really need any more evidence that Apple is gearing up to unveil at least two new iPod revisions at its forthcoming ‘rock and roll’ event, but are you seriously going to hit the ignore button on these?
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
China Cracks Down On Music Pirates
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John Oates / The Register:
Sale talks heat up at T-Mobile UK
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