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9:05 AM ET, September 4, 2009

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AT&T:
An Update on iPhone MMS for our Mobility Customers  —  We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).  We've been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience …
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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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   First Video Footage Of The New Android Market
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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Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog:
Head of Google China to Leave as Speculation Abounds About his Next Project  —  Google announced Thursday night that Kai-Fu Lee, president of its Chinese operations, will leave the company later this month to launch an undisclosed project.  —  Kai-Fu, who joined the Internet search giant …
Elliott Ng / CNReviews:
Google China's Kaifu Lee Resigns
Thanks:elliottng
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: Softpedia News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
The Authors Guild:
Amazon Accuses Someone Else of Monopolizing Bookselling  —  September 2, 2009.  Amazon made it official today, filing a brief in the Google case claiming that someone else might gain a monopoly in bookselling.  It seems we're compelled to state the obvious: Amazon's hypocrisy is breathtaking.
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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.
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
Discussion: Open Book Alliance
Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Google adds details to Book Search privacy policy
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Court grants Microsoft's motion to stay Word injunction  —  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.  —  Microsoft filed the motion Aug. 18 while preparing to appeal …
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
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: TechCrunch, Thanks:trendslate
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 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Mercury News:
Tech mogul Tom Siebel injured by elephant  —  Today he's home in Woodside, recuperating from serious injuries.  A little more than a month ago, Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Siebel was in the Serengeti, where a charging elephant attacked him and a guide.  —  “It was all happening so fast.
Justin Sullivan / Business Week:
Why Europe Won't Stop Oracle from Taking Over Sun  —  Sun's open-source software is at the heart of an EU antitrust probe into Oracle's proposed deal, but it likely won't block the takeover  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address San Francisco, Calif.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Label That Embraces BitTorrent Upset About Lawsuits Against Useful Services  —  The freakbits guys have a nice interview up with Dutch indie record label Beep!  Beep! that has all the music from all of its artists available via BitTorrent, with help from Mininova.
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
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 …
Stephen Chapman / UX Evangelist:
Windows Mobile 7: Already at Beta 1?  —  Follow me on Twitter: @UXEvangelist  —  With PDC 2009 right around the corner, you can probably bet the farm that Windows Mobile 7 will be unveiled there.  Every PDC has consisted of major announcements and this one shouldn't be any different.
 
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Reuters:
China's Shanda plans $800 mln US IPO for games unit
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Some perspective to this DIY storage server mentioned at Storagemojo
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Discussion: Docs Blog and Softpedia News
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to Audiophiles: Simmer Down
Discussion: Sasha Frere-Jones and ReadWriteWeb
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
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