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9:30 AM ET, September 14, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Intuit To Acquire (Former TechCrunch50 Winner) Mint For $170 Million  —  Intuit will acquire the free online personal finance service Mint, we've confirmed from a source close to the deal, for around $170 million.  The deal should be announced in the next few days.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Drops 40GB Apple TV and Discounts 160GB Model to $229  —  Apple has quietly discontinued the 40GB Apple TV overnight and reduced the price of the 160GB model down to $229.  Previously, the 40GB and 160GB models were priced at $229 and $329, respectively.  —  Now Apple is offering only a single 160GB model at $229.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's TuneKit iTunes LP format appears aimed at Apple TV  —  The iTunes LP album and iTunes Extras movie-enriching bonus material bundles Apple introduced as a new feature of iTunes 9 are built using a new TuneKit JavaScript framework and appear aimed to deliver new big screen content to Apple TV.
Jeff / Wolfire Blog:
Preview of WebKit's WebGL / Canvas 3D  —  Yesterday, I was updating my local checkout of WebKit and I noticed a few tests for “WebGL” scroll by (view commit).  Apparently, a big WebGL patch has quietly landed.  With a name like “WebGL”, I couldn't help but investigate.  —  What is WebGL?
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
WebGL: bringing native 3D graphics to your browser  —  One of the most-anticipated features HTML5 promises for the web is the canvas tag, which allows for dynamic rendering of 2D images.  If you can use HTML to draw a 2D image, can native 3D graphics be far behind?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Telegraph:
TMobile owner eyes multibillion dollar bid for Sprint  —  Deutsche Telekom has called in banking advisers to study a possible multi-billion dollar bid for Sprint Nextel, the third-largest mobile phone operator in the US.  —  The company's decision to call in Deutsche Bank comes hot on the heels …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Home Delivery: The New York Times Serves Up Some Malware  —  Here's a front page story the New York Times (NYT) would rather not be running: The paper is warning readers to be aware of bogus ads running on its Web site.  —  The paper says “some readers” have seen unauthorized pop …
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Troy / Inputs & Outputs:
Anatomy of a Malware Ad on NYTimes.com
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and The Register
Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
What to Do If You Saw an ‘Antivirus’ Pop-Up Ad
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
iPhone gets .Net app development  —  Novell technology lets developers use .Net and C# instead of C or Objective-C to build applications for Apple's handheld  —  Novell on Monday will offer a kit for developers to build Apple iPhone and iPod Touch business applications using Microsoft's …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The “Good Enough” Test: Flip Vs. Apple iPod Nano  —  When Apple added a video camera to the iPhone last summer, the digerati declared that Flip, Cisco's cheap digital video camera line, was dead.  When Apple added a video camera to its cheap and tiny Nano iPod last week, the digerati heaped dirt on the camcorder's grave.
Discussion: PC Magazine, GeekSugar and GigaOM
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Is Apple too powerful?  —  The new iPod nano is a tour de force, the Swiss Army Knife of mobile entertainment.  I'm sure there's some obscure gadget from Japan that packs more features per cubic millimeter, but I've never heard of it, and chances are neither have you.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Edible Apple
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
LG officially announces GW620, its first Android phone  —  Though it already broke cover at IFA out in Germany a few days ago, LG's just sealed the deal on its very first Android phone — the GW620 landscape QWERTY slider.  Interestingly, the “Etna” name seen at IFA is missing …
Ran / Omgili blog:
Near-Real-time search on Google  —  Did you ever want to know what's happening on the internet in real-time?  Yes you say, I use Twitter!  Well good for you, I guess I can't teach you anything new since you already know everything... So go on and don't read the rest of the post because you are so smart and successful...
Zephyr Teachout / Washington Post:
A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges  —  Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering due to new ways of sharing information enabled by the Internet.  The business model that sustained private U.S. colleges cannot survive.  By Zephyr Teachout … Post I.T.
Sharon Pian Chan / Chicago Tribune:
Microsoft interns still feel the love  —  Attention to student program continues despite software giant's financial results, 5,000 job cuts  —  On the same day that Microsoft Corp. reported some of its worst financial results ever earlier this summer, a dozen buses left the company's headquarters campus.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Is Said to Plot an Executive Overhaul  —  Intel is expected to reveal a sweeping management change on Monday, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  Among other changes, the chip maker will announce that Pat Gelsinger, the senior vice president in charge of Intel's enterprise group …
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Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:   Intel exec Gelsinger leaving for EMC
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Solid-state drives offer new savings over disks  —  Solid-state Flash drives (SSDs ) are making inroads at both ends of the computer market - finding a place in small netbooks and also beginning to replace the traditional hard-disk drive for data storage in the enterprise.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Joost: Volpi Was Forced Out As Chair, ‘Investigation’ Underway  —  When the virtually wound-down Joost confirmed to us late last week that former CEO Mike Volpi has also exited as chairman, it didn't tell us that owners had forced him out of the role.  Now, in a statement via WSJ and elsewhere …
Discussion: BoomTown and The Register
Laura Northrup / Consumerist:
MMS For iPhone Rollout Begins, 2 Weeks Early  —  Reports are showing up online that AT&T is beginning a slow rollout of official MMS functionality to seemingly random iPhone users, from Manhattan to Idaho.  The official start date is September 25, but it makes sense that the company …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Not Let Silicon Valley Become Just Like Hollywood  —  I came across a post written earlier this week by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson titled I Will Not Read Your F**king Script.  It's worth a read because it is funny as hell.  But I also can't help thinking …
 
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Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized
Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
Access control vendors unite to tackle Linux, Unix and Windows
Discussion: eWeek
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
It's Time To Sink The Pirate Bay, and Replace It
Discussion: digg.com
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Kobe Bryant motivates tech companies in China
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Asustek Eee Keyboard coming in October
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Apple demand causing serious NAND flash shortage in Taiwan
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and I4U News
Reuters:
NEC, Casio, Hitachi to merge mobile phone ops
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Filesharing crackdown divides UK music industry
Discussion: Telegraph
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Ad Shift Throws Blogs a Business Lifeline
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Pondering “Email Conservation” After Hitting Gmail's Storage Limit
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Settles Mob Wars Litigation As It Settles In To Playdom Fight
Discussion: Softpedia News
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Opera: What's next? A whole bunch of ‘shiny’
Discussion: UMPCPortal, everwas and Download Squad
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Dirt cheap: Techdirt bets on ‘free’ business models
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