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6:50 PM ET, September 10, 2009

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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lite Goes Live to Capitalize on International Growth — and Simplicity  —  Facebook has just launched a new version of the site, called Lite, to give users a simplified, faster-loading experience than the traditional www.facebook.com.  It's intended to help new users …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kickin' It Old School: Facebook Lite Launches In The U.S. And India  —  Well here it is.  Just as we first discovered a few weeks ago, Facebook Lite has just been released for U.S. users to test out.  Simply put, the site is SO much cleaner than Facebook regular, and much, much nicer to look at.
Discussion: The Next Web Blog
Tom Occhino / Facebook Blog:
Tag Friends in Your Status and Posts  —  One of the most popular features on Facebook is tagging, which gives you the ability to identify and reference people in photos, videos and notes.  Today, we are adding a new way to tag people and other things you're connected to on Facebook …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns To Twitter For Inspiration Again, Brings @ Tagging To Status Updates
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Motorola Media Center:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR  —  First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage  —  T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola …
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James Kendrick / GigaOM:
Hands-on: Motorola's First Android Phone  —  Motorola has followed through on its promise to enter the Android smartphone market, unveiling the Cliq, a small phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.  The company has added its own home screen magic, called MotoBlur, that graphically integrates all user messaging accounts.
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: ITworld.com, All Facebook and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:turoczy
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Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
The technology behind Tornado, FriendFeed's web server  —  Today, we are open sourcing the non-blocking web server and the tools that power FriendFeed under the name Tornado Web Server.  We are really excited to open source this project as a part of Facebook's open source initiative …
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  This update is recommended for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard users and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  —  For detailed information about the security content …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Amazon Scoffs at Google's Offer to Share Book Search Sales  —  Google offered to let its rivals become resellers of the millions of books it is digitizing as part of its controversial Google Book Search project, but an Amazon executive immediately rejected the idea of becoming Google's affiliate.
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iFixit:
iPod nano 5th Generation Teardown  —  We've got our hands on the new iPod nano 5G, now with a video camera!  Thanks to FedEx, we got our nano early on the morning of September 10, 2009.  — Step 1 — Teardown — Apple's got a routine going with the nano.  Never fail, come September, we get a new one.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Nike plans iPod nano-compatible heart rate monitor  —  In addition to a built-in pedometer, the new fifth-generation iPod nano will be compatible with an upcoming Nike-branded heart rate monitor for fitness-minded users, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Evidence of the device exists …
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab, MacRumors and iLounge
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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Aron Trimble / TUAW:
iPhone OS 3.1 now enforces Exchange encryption policy, may block pre-3GS iPhones  —  The Apple Support forums are a'buzz with reports of several users upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1 and discovering a new “feature” which was not available previously.  As mentioned in our comments, after upgrading to 3.1 …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPod touch with camera remains in Apple's pipeline  —  A rare misstep on Apple's part saw the world's tech darling surprise in an unusual way Wednesday, leaving onlookers scratching their heads at changes — or lack thereof — to certain members of the iPod family.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Accuses Playdom of Stealing Trade Secrets; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order  —  There's no love lost between competing social gaming platforms Zynga and Playdom.  Earlier this year Zynga sued Playdom over what they called misleading ads.  That litigation appears to remain outstanding …
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.
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.
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo's Bartz On Alibaba Stake: ‘Very Good Investment For The Future’
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
iSuppli:
Apple Expected to Extend Exclusive Wireless Deal with AT&T  —  Based on an analysis of wireless technology deployment, iSuppli Corp. believes that Apple Inc. will extend its exclusive iPhone service deal with AT&T—but this may not be the boon for AT&T that it appears to be.
Owen Thomas / NBC Bay Area:
Time Inc.: Time for a New E-Reader  —  Magazine giant considering own gadget, e-reader startup  —  “And with your subscription to Sports Illustrated, you'll get ...” a gadget with which to read the magazine?  —  An internal document from Time Inc. obtained by NBC Bay Area shows the magazine giant …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Gizmodo and Gawker, Thanks:owenthomas
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 …
 
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Adult Films Push For Presence on Gaming Consoles
Discussion: GameLife and Pocket-lint.com
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Planned Payment Service Will Flop
Discussion: eWeek and Mashable!
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
JMP Ups Apple to Outperform, Raises Estimates, Sets $200 Price Target
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Polaris Ventures Opens A Second “Frat House For Geeks,” Dog Patch Labs Cambridge
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Xconomy
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Major Media Companies Form Measurement Initiative; 'Not An Attempt …
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 7705 Twist launched Stateside on Verizon (photo gallery)
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Despite lack of surprises, Apple announcements seen as positive
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Listening to Radio on the Web? That's So Last Year
Discussion: Download Squad
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital introduces smarter, more intuitive backup drives
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's 09/09/09 09:09:09 Logo
Discussion: Mashable!
Jeff / The NewsCloud Blog:
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff
Discussion: Vanish and Switched
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Somebody Has To Say It: It's Time For iTunes Lite
Discussion: AppScout, broadstuff and Mashable!
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.
 

 
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