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12:45 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.
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?
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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 …
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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Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise:
What to Do If You Saw an ‘Antivirus’ Pop-Up Ad
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 …
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.
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.
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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 …
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 I4U News
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Is Said to Plot an Executive Overhaul  —  Update |  Sept. 14, 2:13 a.m. Added mention of Wall Street Journal report about Mr. Gelsinger going to EMC.  —  Intel is expected to reveal a sweeping management change on Monday, according to people briefed on the company's plans.
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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.
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
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
SanDisk Launches Speedy Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card  —  Not all flash memory cards are created alike.  Nowhere is this more evident than with the new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card.  Available in 16GB to 64GB capacities, this card promises, and delivers, on extreme …
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 …
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
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: eWeek and Softpedia News
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Facebook Is Going for Some Twitter Sensibility  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like a balding hipster who imitates a young trendsetter's style, Facebook is updating itself to look a lot more like Twitter.  —  Unlike Facebook, where friends mutually agree to let one another into their online lives …
Discussion: peterme.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
EE Times:
Avaya staves off Siemens in $900M bid for Nortel unit  —  Avaya Inc. said it will pay approximately $900 million and an additional $15 million in related costs to secure Nortel Inc.'s enterprise solutions in a bid to improve its competitive position against rival Cisco Inc.
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
So Much For The Venture Crunch; DFJ Monies Up, Buys 3i Portfolio
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
App Watch: Finding Pot With the iPhone
John Ribeiro / PC World:
India Schedules 3G License Auction for December
Discussion: Bloomberg and VatorNews
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
ViewPass update  —  After the New York Times last week dubbed …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Storytelling startup Massiverse set to launch its first cross-media tale
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
It's Time To Sink The Pirate Bay, and Replace It
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 Earlier Items: 
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Kobe Bryant motivates tech companies in China
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Asustek Eee Keyboard coming in October
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and Engadget
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Filesharing crackdown divides UK music industry
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Not Let Silicon Valley Become Just Like Hollywood
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Ad Shift Throws Blogs a Business Lifeline
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Is Apple too powerful?  —  The new iPod nano is a tour de force …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Pondering “Email Conservation” After Hitting Gmail's Storage Limit
 

 
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