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8:50 AM ET, September 9, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Palm Pixi is official, headed to Sprint this holiday season — we've got hands-on and video!  —  The Palm Pixi has officially arrived, and if you're an avid reader of Engadget (you'd better be), this device should look a little bit familiar to you.  We first broke specs and images of the phone …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:   Palm Pixi Hands On: The Smaller Pre With A Better Keyboard and No Wi-Fi
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Only Rock and Roll Event Prelude  —  The word is that Apple's “secrecy machine” has been kicked back into high gear ever since you-know-who returned from you-know-what.  Anecdotal evidence backs that up: I've heard very little about tomorrow's “It's Only Rock and Roll” event.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Incredible Shrinking iPod Prices Undercut The Zune HD  —  We're still hours away from Apple's event today in San Francisco, but that apparently hasn't stopped the company from releasing some changes in its own store.  The main thing to note is the prices of the various iPod lines, especially the iPod touch.
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Great Expectations Of An Apple Event
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter And The Revenue Dilemma  —  One thing every venture capitalist knows but rarely talks about is the “revenue problem” with hot startups.  When a startup is “growing like gangbusters” as Twitter cofounder Biz Stone told Bloomberg today, they tend to get a lot of attention from suitors.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Twitter to Generate Revenue as Site Grows Like ‘Gangbusters,’ Stone Says  —  Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc., the Web site that lets people post 140-character messages, plans to add services for businesses that will generate revenue in the fourth quarter, co-founder Biz Stone said.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft: Windows 7 not affected by latest flaw  —  Microsoft issued a formal security advisory late Tuesday on a reported zero-day flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  However, the software maker also said that the flaw does not affect the final version of Windows 7, contrary to earlier reports.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Finally Marries SMS And Email  —  A long requested feature of Google Voice was a simple one: forward inbound text messages to email.  Google Voice users get voicemails auto-transcribed and emailed to them, but text messages were not.  Users can read and respond to them online …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Everything You Need To Know About Salesforce's Service Cloud 2  —  In Salesforce.com's most recent earnings call, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff strongly emphasized that the Service Cloud, which was launched in January, was one of the fastest growing segments of the company's business.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre falls to $149.99 on Sprint  —  Nothing like the announcement of a new webOS device to spur a price drop on the first, is there?  The Palm Pre — which has held steady at the $199.99 on-contract price it launched at back in June — has finally taken a rumored $50 dip down to $149.99.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Gizmodo
GamesIndustry.biz:
Moore: Dreamcast “laid the ground” for online gaming today  —  EA Sports president Peter Moore has said he thinks the Dreamcast - 10 years old in the US today - paved the way for modern console internet services.  —  Writing in a blog post looking back on his time at SEGA …
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Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Happy 10th anniversary, Sega Dreamcast!
Discussion: Engadget and TechVi
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let It Be: Beatles Still Not Coming to iTunes Tomorrow  —  iPods with cameras?  Maybe. iTunes with new features?  For sure. iTunes with Beatles?  Nope.  —  I'm sure that Apple (AAPL) will indeed sell the Fab Four's music via its digital music store one day.  But it's not happening at Apple's keynote presentation tomorrow.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TweetDeck adds MySpace support, directory of Twitter users  —  I just got off the phone with TweetDeck founder and former one-man team Iain Dodsworth.  In 2007, Dodsworth got sick of single-column Twitter clients and wrote his own application that took the complete opposite approach.
Chris Wilson / Slate:
Introducing News Dots  —  An interactive map of how every story in the news is related, updated daily.  —  Like Kevin Bacon's co-stars, topics in the news are all connected by degrees of separation.  To examine how every story fits together, News Dots visualizes the most recent topics in the news as a giant social network.
Discussion: broadstuff
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
US Government To Embrace OpenID, Courtesy Of Google, Yahoo, PayPal Et Al.  —  During the video interview with OpenID evangelist Chris Messina I recorded earlier this year at a German conference about the state of OpenID, he expressed his wish that the Obama administration would soon start …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and OpenID
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
First Official BlackBerry “Bold 9700/Onyx” (T-Mobile) Image; '09 Launch Expected  —  T-Mobile U.S.A.'s next major BlackBerry release is the BlackBerry “Bold 9700,” or Onyx, and it will be the U.S. carrier's very first 3G BlackBerry smartphone.  Though not even officially announced yet …
Timothy B Lee / Bottom-up:
Nathan Myhrvold's Evil Genius  —  Last year I wrote that Intellectual Ventures is a kind of reductio ad absurdum of our flawed patent system.  It's a firm that literally does nothing useful, its only business is the acquisition and licensing of patents.  Not only does it have no intention …
Discussion: open
Preethi Dumpala / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet 6 Flickr iPhone Apps That Yahoo Just Killed  —  Yahoo (YHOO) released the official Flickr app for the iPhone today, one of three new Yahoo apps for Apple's phone.  The Flickr app allows photo and video uploads, and has many features that are available on the Flickr Web site, like browsing photos, search, geotagging and comments.
The Official Google Blog:
Five million students going back to school are “going Google”  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Students Blog)  —  It's always tough to bid farewell to summer and hit the books again, but for a few million students this back-to-school season, things are looking up.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Doloto tool makes AJAX webpages more responsive  —  Microsoft Research has released a tool that is designed to make webpages more responsive by decreasing the initial download size of Ajax applications.  —  Microsoft Research has released Doloto (1.56MB) on MSDN DevLabs.
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist:
Hulu Looking To Partner With Cable Companies, Act As Portal To Premium Content  —  In a piece featured on CNBC today, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said that the company is looking to act as a portal for cable company's content.  The proposed system would be one where cable subscribers would receive a special password.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One More Googler Gone: DoubleClick AdExchange Boss Michael Rubenstein  —  Google employs about 20,000 people, and I don't expect to write a story every time one leaves.  That said, here's another one: Michael Rubenstein, who ran DoubleClick's ad exchange unit and who was running the same project …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Comcast to offer 100 Mbps service to businesses  —  Comcast announced Tuesday it will offer 100 Mbps broadband service to businesses in the Twin Cities as the company increases speeds on its network as a result of network upgrades.  —  The company is offering the service over its newly upgraded Docsis 3.0 network.
Discussion: eWeek, DSLreports and GigaOM
 
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