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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Steve Jobs Actually Said About eBooks  —  There's been a big brouhaha over comments Steve Jobs made to NYT's David Pogue in an interview following Apple's event on Wednesday.  Basically, most people are interpreting what Jobs said about eBook readers to mean that Apple plans to completely stay away from the market.
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Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Is this Apple's e-book trojan horse?  —  Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem is a comic book - the first standalone print publication for sale in Apple's iTunes LP format.  —  Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem is the first digital book for sale on iTunes 9 - perhaps an early sign of Apple's (AAPL) desire to take on Amazon's …
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Motorola CLIQ: A Lesson on How Not to Launch a Product  —  This poorly executed product introduction sends Motorola's new android phone and MotoBlur interface stumbling out of the gate.  —  Post a  —  Yesterday, at the GigaOm Mobilize conference, someone asked me what I thought about the new Motorola CLIQ with MotoBlur.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Third-Generation iPod Touch Teardown Reveals 802.11n-Capable Wi-Fi Chip, Empty Space for Camera  —  iFixit has managed to get its hands on a 32 GB third-generation iPod touch and is in the process of tearing apart the device to get a look at the internals.  While the new iPod touch is similar …
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook Lite is a Black Hole for Brands  —  Many of the Tools Marketers Use Aren't Present  —  Facebook Lite is a new streamlined version designed for people with slow internet connections.  There's no chat and no applications.  It's designed to give users quick access to their News Feed, inbox, and events.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Got That New iPod Nano?  You Might Risk Arrest In Massachusetts  —  You may have heard that the new iPod Nano that was just released happens to include a voice recorder among other new features.  But if you get one, you might want to be careful how you use it — especially in certain states, such as Massachusetts.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Nokia Acquires San Francisco “Microsocial Networking” Start-Up, Plum  —  Nokia is set to announce today that it has acquired Plum Ventures, the San Francisco “microsocial networking” start-up, for an undisclosed amount, sources said.  —  UPDATE: Nokia confirmed the purchase, but gave few details in a press release.
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
Wall Street Journal Achieves Ad Placement Fail  —  In the September 10th edition of the Wall Street Journal, an ad promoting Halloween decor by Grandinroad.com showed two skeletons inserted next to an article entitled “Steve Jobs Returns To Center Stage At Apple”, featuring a shot of the gaunt Jobs …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Gawker and Inc.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Kills Extras (and Its Developer Ecosystem)  —  Skype's new owners should be aware of one small thing: They are paying $2 billion for a company that, despite having more than 400 million subscribers, doesn't know how to leverage that platform.  Why?  Because it doesn't understand developers.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
StalkerCheck, I Mean FanCheck: Explosive New App Gains 5 Million Users in One Day  —  A clever new app on Facebook, called FanCheck, gained five million users on Sunday, according its creator, a company called Smile.  —  Why the growth?  The app lets you see which of your friends spend …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Skype Deal Drama Gets Joost-ier … There are growing signs of tension between some of the players behind the $2 billion deal to sell eBay's Skype to a group of investors.  —  On Friday, Joost, the U.K. Internet video company, said that by shareholder vote it had removed Michelangelo Volpi …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Moren / Macworld:
MobileMe adds iPhone, Snow Leopard features  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  In the past week, Apple's brought the new shiny to iTunes 9, Snow Leopard, and its iPod line.  But the update train doesn't stop there.  On the sly, the company also beefed up some of the features for its MobileMe online service.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Windows Mobile 7 not on the PDC docket  —  I (and others) have been wondering and speculating whether Microsoft might be holding its Windows Mobile 7 cards close to the vest and be planning to show, or at least talk about, Windows Mobile 7 at this year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in mid-November.
Symantec:
Google Groups Trojan  —  Maintaining a reliable command and control (C&C) structure is a priority for back door Trojan writers.  Recent developments have included the utilization of Web 2.0 social networking websites to deliver commands.  By integrating C&C messages into valid communications …
John Cox / PC World:
802.11n Wi-Fi Standard Gets IEEE's Green Light  —  Despite lack of an official announcement, task group chairman has sent out a notification to a listserv for task group members.  —  Recommends  —  The IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Did Steve Jobs spin the NY Times?  —  Jobs.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  When David Pogue, the New York Times' chief technology columnist, sat down with Steve Jobs after his “It's only rock and roll” keynote Wednesday, Pogue's first question was the one, as he put it, the “blogosphere's been buzzing about” …
Drewmccormack / MacResearch:
Grand Central Now Open to All  —  Apple today made the source code of Grand Central Dispatch available under an Apache open source license.  One of the new technologies for concurrency added to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Grand Central is Apple's attempt to help developers deal with the rise of multi-core.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Foursquare's New iPhone App Ups The Social Ante  —  While Foursquare's apps on other platforms (Android, BlackBerry, and WinMo) have been garnering most of the buzz recently, the company remains firmly committed to the only app it developed entirely in-house: It's iPhone app.
Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Microsoft-backed open source foundation faces questions  —  Microsoft has launched a nonprofit organization with the aim of encouraging commercial software vendors to participate in open source software development.  Microsoft has provided the organization, which is called the CodePlex Foundation …
Mike Markson / Brainstorm Tech:
Eight hard truths about online media  —  Think you can create the next Twitter or Facebook?  Good luck with that.  —  Markson: Building an online business has many offline challenges.  Photo: Blekko  —  By Mike Markson, co-founder, Blekko  —  Many a consumer looks at an “overnight sensation” …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
China's Alibaba To Invade U.S.  —  Chinese firm Alibaba will launch a US B2B e-commerce platform in the US by the end of the year, CEO Jack Ma said at a business conference yesterday.  —  That means new competition for Amazon (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), and Walmart (WMT), which make a significant amount of money from third-party sales.
Anil Mundra / GlobalPost:
Argentina's wired city  —  Buenos Aires has become a destination for IT companies, a place with Wi-Fi on every corner.  —  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In Jorge Luis Borges' “The Aleph” — arguably the Argentine Nobel laureate's most celebrated work of fiction — the author imagines a Buenos Aires basement …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AIM Brings Your Lifestream To The iPhone  —  A few months ago AOL found a way to fuse AIM, its popular instant messenger client, with the broader messaging systems like Facebook and Twitter that have begun increasingly important on the web.  AIM now includes a new tab dedicated to the lifestream …
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Twitter expands rules to allow advertising  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging site now seeking ways to make money, expanded its terms for users on Thursday to allow advertisers to reach the Internet site's more than 45 million monthly visitors.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon and the chopping block  —  Amazon.com is known for developing Kindles, not kitchen implements.  That's why I was a bit surprised to find that Amazon recently patented the design for a chopping block.  That's right — a chopping block.  Amazon is known for selling cooking gadgets, not inventing them.
Thanks:johnhcook
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Five Ways YouTube Could Land You in Jail  —  Cyrus Yazdani, the Los Angeles tagger made famous through a YouTube video, has cashed in his viral stardom — for a four-year prison sentence.  He's hardly the first delinquent done in by a Web video.  —  People have viewed more than 500,000 …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
iPhone Developers See Sales Slump After App Store Changes  —  iTunes 9 has reorganized the App Store and developers are welcoming some changes while complaining about others.  —  The changes Apple made to its App Store through the release of iTunes 9 are being met with a mixture of gratitude and worry by iPhone developers.
 
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
China to begin reviewing all song lyrics for ‘inappropriate’ content
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