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2:30 PM 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.  Silicon Alley Insider first reported a rumor on this.  The deal should be announced in the next few days.
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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.
Troy / Inputs & Outputs:
Anatomy of a Malware Ad on NYTimes.com  —  On Saturday evening, Avast displayed a malware warning as I loaded a nytimes.com article.  After some digging, here's the malware I found.  —  Ad Delivery  —  nytimes.com article pages include an ad placement with the HTML DOM ID adxBigAd.
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Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
What to Do If You Saw an ‘Antivirus’ Pop-Up Ad
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?
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
WebGL: bringing native 3D graphics to your browser
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ian Paul / PC World:
iPhone MMS Shows Up Early  —  Some lucky iPhone owners are reporting that multimedia messaging has started working on their iPhones.  The earliest report about MMS activation came from Mediaite blogger Ash Kalb on Saturday who said select U.S. iPhone customers now have MMS support.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Microsoft launches Bing ‘Visual Search’  —  You see that headline?  “Visual Search” is in quotation marks because Monday's announcement at the TechCrunch 50 conference about Bing's new search feature is a bit of a canard.  —  What Microsoft is launching is very cool, mind you.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50: Penn & Teller Show Off Their iPhone Magic Trick  —  The magicians Penn & Teller have this card trick.  Except it's not really a card trick, it's an iPhone app.  You tell a friend that you know Penn & Teller and that they can guess cards remotely.  To prove it you ask them to name a card …
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.
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: Gizmodo, GeekSugar and PC Magazine
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Dell gives Zune HD a 15 percent discount for launch  —  Chances are if you're wanting a Zune HD on launch day, gaming capabilities in tow, you've already gotten one pre-ordered, but if you're not already financially committed elsewhere, this deal from Dell's website might sway your opinion.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
App Watch: Finding Pot With the iPhone  —  Medical marijuana, meet location-based mobile marketing. … Seeing an untapped opportunity in the growing number of legal California dispensaries and limited advertising outlets, app developer NexStudios launched iPot, an application for Apple's iPhone that lists nearby stores.
Discussion: I4U News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Sells $150 Million Worth Of Alibaba.com Shares As Tensions Lurk  —  Yahoo is about to raise approximately $150 million by selling 57.48 million Alibaba.com shares, according to a term sheet obtained by Reuters earlier on Monday.  The Internet giant is selling the large chunk of shares …
Brian Fitzpatrick / Google Public Policy Blog:
Introducing DataLiberation.org: Liberate your data!  —  Imagine you want to move out of your apartment.  When you ask your landlord about the terms of your previous lease, he says that you are free to leave at any time; however, you cannot take all of your things with you - not your photos, your keepsakes, or your clothing.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and AppScout, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows Bug Enables PC Hijacking, Microsoft Warns  —  Microsoft last week issued an advisory warning that a bug discovered in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and the release candidates of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could be used to hijack PCs.  —  Microsoft Corp. last week confirmed …
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Softpedia News
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Which browser isn't such a battery hog?  —  If you use your laptop primarily for web browsing, the browser you choose could make a difference in how long your battery lasts.  AnandTech tested out the latest versions of the most popular Windows browsers on three different laptops …
Discussion: AnandTech and Softpedia News
comScore, Inc.:
Google Dominates Internet Landscape in India and Brazil  —  Google Sites Account for Nearly 30 Percent of All Time Spent Online in these Two Markets, Three Times Higher than Average  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world today released a study focusing …
Discussion: Bits
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The TechCrunch50 List: the presenting startups  —  TechCrunch50, which showcases 50 yet-unlaunched startups, kicks off today.  Here's a partial list of the companies that are demoing throughout today and tomorrow.  There are a few ones that are still unreleased:  — Story Something  — Clasemovil
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
China Mobile Chairman Confirms Ongoing iPhone Talks  —  The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou has confirmed that the company is still involved in talks with Apple to bring the iPhone to the carrier's network.
Discussion: CNET News and Wall Street Journal
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
BusinessWeek, on the Block and Ailing  —  Numbers sometimes tell a story.  And the figures for BusinessWeek suggest it is having one tough time.  —  Bids are due Tuesday for the magazine, which McGraw-Hill has owned for 80 years.  A handful of potential investors, including Bloomberg L.P., are still looking at the company.
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized  —  Recurring outages on major networking sites such as Twitter and  —  LinkedIn, along with incidents where Twitter members were  —  mysteriously dropped for days at a time,  —  have led many people to challenge the centralized control exerted by
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
So Much For The Venture Crunch; DFJ Monies Up, Buys 3i Portfolio
John Ribeiro / PC World:
India Schedules 3G License Auction for December
Discussion: Bloomberg and VatorNews
EE Times:
Avaya staves off Siemens in $900M bid for Nortel unit
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires and Avaya
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Facebook Is Going for Some Twitter Sensibility
Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Storytelling startup Massiverse set to launch its first cross-media tale
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
It's Time To Sink The Pirate Bay, and Replace It
 Earlier Items: 
Sharon Pian Chan / Chicago Tribune:
Microsoft interns still feel the love
Zephyr Teachout / Washington Post:
A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Joost: Volpi Was Forced Out As Chair, ‘Investigation’ Underway
Discussion: NewTeeVee, BoomTown and The Register
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Is Said to Plot an Executive Overhaul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Not Let Silicon Valley Become Just Like Hollywood
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:bobcaswell
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Is Apple too powerful?  —  The new iPod nano is a tour de force …
 

 
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