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2:35 PM ET, September 10, 2009

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David Pogue / Bits:
Steve Jobs on Amazon and Ice Cream  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple music event on Wednesday. … Wednesday in San Francisco, I attended Apple's annual iPod Show, its holiday-season kickoff of new iPods and iTunes Store developments.  —  I'll have a look at what's new in a post on Pogue's Posts on Thursday.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Despite lack of surprises, Apple announcements seen as positive
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple Rock and Roll event now on QuickTime
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launches Internet Stat Center  —  Without any fanfare, Google has launched a new resource called “Google Internet Stats” which brings together industry facts and insights from across five different industries.  Using a number of third party vendors as sources, the stats tool parses through online data …
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The HTC Touch Pro2  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Verizon Wireless and HTC Corporation introduce the HTC Touch Pro2™, a global-capable smartphone designed for the busiest professionals and world travelers.
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.  And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size.  Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Motorola's big Android bet kicks off  —  Motorola on Thursday is expected to lay its Android chips on the table in the form of new devices that are designed to turn around the company.  —  As most folks know, Motorola has struggled in recent years.  Its handset business has been a wreck and Sanjay Jha …
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David Recordon / Facebook Developers:
Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python  —  Real-time updates have become an important aspect of the social Web that make it easier to share with friends.  In March, we introduced a real-time News Feed to make the stream as relevant and engaging as possible for users.
Discussion: All Facebook and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:turoczy
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Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
The technology behind Tornado, FriendFeed's web server
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Approves Real's Rhapsody iPhone App; First Look  —  Maybe it was the anti-trust patrol looking over Apple's shoulder or the memory of the RealNetwork settlement with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), but the Rhapsody iPhone/iTouch app—the first in the U.S. to offer on-demand streaming music …
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Randall Bennett / TechVi:
Sprint to launch unlimited cell-to-cell calling, regardless of network  —  UPDATE: It's official.  —  An anonymous tipster tells TechVi Sprint will be launching a calling plan which will allow customers to call any other cell phone from any other carrier for free.
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Did Bartz Cash Out Of Yahoo?  Not Really  —  There has been much made of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's sale of company stock over the past 9 months, but if you look at it pragmatically she has only sold a very small portion of her Yahoo stock.  —  When she took on the job she was granted 5 million shares, according to Web Guild.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   Yahoo's Bartz On Alibaba Stake: ‘Very Good Investment For The Future’
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs is going after the game market  —  In an interview with the New York Times columnist David Pogue, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs emphasized that Apple was going after the video game market, particularly with its iPod Touch gadget.  —  That explains why there is no camera in the iPod Touch …
Discussion: Edible Apple
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Steve Jobs says iPod touch didn't get a camera because “it's a great game machine”
Discussion: Apple, Notebooks.com and 9 to 5 Mac
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Somebody Has To Say It: It's Time For iTunes Lite  —  Facebook integration.  Tweeting my music interests.  AppleTV.  Full-screen album extras.  App management.  An entire online store.  Smart playlists.  CD burning.  Ringtone creation.  Tips the scales at 88MB.
Discussion: AppScout, broadstuff and Mashable!
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Oracle overtures to Sun customers mum on MySQL  —  Oracle has much to say to Sun Microsystems customers in a front-page advertisement it placed in Thursday's European edition of The Wall Street Journal.  —  The advertisement commits to greater investments in Sun hardware and Solaris software …
CodePlex Foundation:
Enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities  —  The CodePlex Foundation, a non-profit foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities, launched today, September 10, 2009.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft founds, funds a new open-source foundation
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The future of Windows phones and Windows Mobile  —  Today at TechEd Australia I took the opportunity to chat with Loke Uei Tan - program manager on the Windows Mobile team - to talk about the future of Windows phones and the Windows Mobile OS.  —  As a Windows Mobile user who's doubted …
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
AMD Presses Consumers to Rethink the Chip  —  Tired of losing speed comparisons with Intel processors, Advanced Micro Devices will stress how its chips can satisfy specific computer needs  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) wants to change the way you think about its chips.
BBC:
Unhappy with your broadband speed?  Try Winston the pigeon  —  Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.  —  A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “'Open' need not mean free”  —  Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Courtney Love to sue over Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero appearance  —  The widow of the late Nirvana frontman has described his depiction in the video game as a ‘travesty’  —  Courtney Love plans to take legal action over the representation of her late husband in Guitar Hero 5.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Music Ally and VG247
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
With iTunes 9, Apple again disables Palm Pre sync  —  The tug of war between Apple and Palm continues, as the latest update to iTunes has once again blocked the Palm Pre from syncing with a users' iTunes library.  —  When the Palm Pre was first released, it, by default …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's 09/09/09 09:09:09 Logo  —  For a brief period of time, the following logo doodle was showing on the Google US homepage yesterday, the 9th day of the 9th month of the 9th year of this millenium:  —  It's not the first time that Google only briefly displays a special logo.
Discussion: Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital introduces smarter, more intuitive backup drives  —  Try as they might, the hard drive companies just can't convince consumers to backup their precious computer data.  Only about 14 percent of consumers use an external hard drive, according to hard disk maker Western Digital.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After Lengthy Delays, Ning Launches Ning Apps Platform To The Public  —  Ning, the social network platform that lets users build their own social networks, has launched its application platform Ning Apps to the public.  The platform allows Network Creators to customize the features …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Google shows off videos in text ads
Discussion: WatchingTV Online, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Journalism Online's charging clients a 20% commission
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Google plans new mirror for cheaper solar power
Discussion: Gawker and CNET News
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Clever Commute keeps riders up-to-date
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo Ex-President Returns to Harvard
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 Earlier Items: 
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Listening to Radio on the Web? That's So Last Year
Discussion: Download Squad and Pandora
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Analyst: Slowing iPod Sales Should Worry Record Labels
Discussion: Guardian
Brian / YouTube Blog:
Coming soon: Finding your friends on YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Softpedia News, T3.com News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Jeff / The NewsCloud Blog:
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff
Discussion: Vanish and Switched
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Facebook and StudiVZ end legal dispute
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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Pirate Bay buyer ‘misled’ investors, booted off exchange
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bing Loves The Porn Hounds
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