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3:50 AM ET, September 9, 2009

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Pre-Mature Elaboration: Sprint Cancels Palm Pre Offer  —  If there's a Guinness World Record for shortest-lived promotional offer by a wireless carrier, Sprint's (S) surely a front-runner for it.  —  Just six or so hours after offering a $100 service credit to new subscribers who purchase a Palm …
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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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New from Sprint: The $99 Palm Pre [UPDATED]
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Music sources: Phantom Yoko Ono-iTunes story untrue
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
The Beatles heading to iTunes says Yoko Ono
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat, Thanks:stuartmiles
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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Joseph Menn / blogs.ft.com:
Apple might offer a ‘Cocktail’ of new iPods and music
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obama Praises Twitter, Google & Facebook — But Not Microsoft's Xbox  —  Does today's speech from President Barack Obama to school children across the United States need any more controversy?  Having listened to it, I personally can't see many parents objecting.  But I could see one tech company not happy: Microsoft.
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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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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
New Facebook iPhone App Brings New Privacy Bugs With It  —  Privacy bugs at Facebook are nothing new, but that doesn't make them any easier to stomach.  Last week we caught wind of a new one that was relatively benign, but could have been a field day for mischief makers and spammers.
foursquare:
A few thoughts on foursquare's seed financing...  Hey all -  —  So, we wanted to say a few words about our round of seed financing that we didn't get to say last Friday.  First of all, we can't be any happier.  The financing - split between Union Square Ventures (USV), O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures …
Discussion: A VC
Rsmudge / After the Deadline:
After the Deadline: Acquired  —  Today I have big news to announce for After the Deadline.  But first, I have to tell you a story.  —  I left the Air Force in March 2008 to pursue my dream of launching a startup and to finish graduate school.  —  Coming from the US Air Force Research Lab …
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.
Discussion: Media Money …, Thanks:michaelklurfeld
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Pro-Linux group nabs Microsoft patents  —  A pro-open-source group said on Tuesday that it has acquired 22 patents recently sold by Microsoft—patents that the group said could have been used against Linux.  —  The Open Invention Network said that the patents were purchased from Microsoft …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Packaging the News as Tweets  —  McLean Start-Up Expands to Try to Harness Twitter's Popularity  —  Chris McGill, founder of the McLean-based Web start-up Mixx, isn't much of a fan of Twitter, but his company's latest venture is banking on the microblogging site's widespread appeal.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to preview two Silverlight 4 features  —  Microsoft is slated to show off two features that it is incorporating into the next version of Silverlight, its Internet Explorer plug-in alternative to Adobe Flash at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam, which kicks off on September 11.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Antitrust Lawyer Slams Google Book Pact  —  Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback made his case against the Google Books settlement Tuesday, arguing that the settlement is illegal but could be remedied if the Justice Department insists that Google license the books it scanned to competitors.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Facebook finally lands in the Android Market  —  We thought the official Facebook application was launching last month, but it never appeared.  That was until today, when it quietly rolled out to the Android Market.  Android users can finally download version 1.0 of Facebook for Android.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Who Is NYTPicker?  Don't Ask the New York Times  —  Just over an hour ago, the New York Times “revealed” the identity of NYTPicker, the anonymous blogger who made good sport of critiquing its namesake newspaper.  Now the paper has beat a hasty, somewhat embarrassing retreat.
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
There's a Reason RSSCloud Failed to Catch On  —  WordPress and Dave Winer are working together to bring real-time, Twitter-style updates to RSS feeds using the cloud element and the accompanying RSSCloud Interface.  Yesterday, WordPress added RSS cloud support to “all 7.5 million blogs on WordPress.com.”
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seeking Alpha
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
USOpen.org By The Numbers: 5.3 Million Uniques, 6.4 Million Streams  —  Aided by the holes left in a new slate of cable and broadcast partners and a full platter of weekday action, USOpen.org became the go-to site for tennis fans in search of live feeds—and it shows in the first-week numbers.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Tech Star Eric Boyd to Microsoft (via Mochi Media)  —  Eric Boyd (pictured here), a high-profile techie from Yahoo who left the company for a start-up last year, is now headed to Microsoft to work for its digital group, now run by another ex-Yahoo, Qi Lu.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechFlash
 
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Sports Blog Network Yardbarker Raises $1.5 Million In Funding
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
As iPhone users bemoan carrier, AT&T fights to improve its image
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
What Exodus? Facebook Trumps Top 20 Sites in Time Spent
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Discussion: Music Ally
Chris Brandrick / InfoWorld:
Firefox 4.0 to arrive late 2010
Discussion: The Register
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finance and Fantasy Football: Two more iPhone Apps from Yahoo
Discussion: CNET News, IntoMobile and mocoNews
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Mayfield Fund Hires a Young V.C. for Her Fresh Eye
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Exchange Support
Discussion: Macworld, Feld Thoughts and Ars Technica, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Finally Goes Native With An iPhone App
 

 
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