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9:20 PM ET, September 14, 2009

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Bing / Search Blog:
Visual Search - Why type when you can see it?  —  How many times have you seen a movie trailer and forgotten the name of it the next day?  You go online to search for it but you can't seem to find the movie with “what's-his-name” in it anywhere but you can picture the actor in your head.
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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.
Krishna Bharat / The Official Google Blog:
Read news fast with Google Fast Flip  —  One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow.  A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating.  What we need instead is a way to flip through articles …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Google Service Allows Readers to Flip Through the News  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, long seen as an enemy by many in the news industry, is making a bold attempt to be seen as its friend with a new service it hopes will make it easier for readers to view newspaper and magazine articles.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google sharing revenue with publishers for first time
Discussion: SiliconValley.com
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Accounting rule change in Apple's favor  —  A change in accounting rules for which Apple (AAPL) — among other high-tech companies — lobbied heavily won tentative approval last Thursday.  The change could significantly affect both the company's reported earnings and its stock price.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:   Accounting rules change could end iPod touch update fee
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.
WMPoweruser.com:
First real pictures of HTC Leo - All rumours confirmed  —  PDA.Pl has been lucky enough to have the very first real pictures of HTC Leo (Via PDAClub.pl forums), and the device is a stonker!  Present is the massive screen, the gigahertz processor, the amazing thinness, the dual flash and even the words at the back.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
BusinessWeek Staffers “Freak Out” Over Error-Filled New York Times Story  —  BusinessWeek staffers are upset about “numerous errors” in an unflattering story published on the McGraw-Hill magazine in this morning's New York Times.  —  None challenge the gist of the Times's story …
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
BusinessWeek, on the Block and Ailing
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Discussion: ChannelWeb, BetaNews and TUAW
David Kravets / Threat Level:
New York Times Reforms Online Ad Sales After Malware Scam  —  A security breach forced The New York Times on Monday to suspend online ads that are served directly from an advertiser's website.  —  The move comes after a security loophole allowed scammers over the weekend to swap …
Discussion: TechSpot and Threatpost Blog
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: Spawn Labs Is Slingbox For Video Games  —  Slingbox owners love their devices.  They allow you to watch your home television content anywhere you are in the world with an Internet connection.  A new startup, Spawn Labs, launching today at TechCrunch50 wants to extend that concept to video games.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook support for Twitter-like mentions now live  —  Facebook is now supporting @ symbol for tagging friends in posts and status updates.  The company said last week it would move toward adopting the convention, which started on Twitter.  —  The symbol has been part of Twitter etiquette for a long time.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: Clicker Wants To Be TV Guide For The Web  —  More and more television content is making its way online.  But because of different deals by various networks, it's all over the place.  Even the huge sites like Hulu, only skim the surface in showing what is out there.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to businesses: Enough with the Windows XP already  —  Microsoft has been haunted for years by the ghost of Windows XP — the 8-year-old operating system that many big businesses still view as good enough for their purposes and far less painful than upgrading to its successor, Windows Vista.
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein on the Pre, the Pixi, and Apple's sense of taste  —  Jon Rubinstein, CEO of resurgent smartphone-maker Palm (PALM), didn't want to talk about the iPhone when I caught up with him after an event in New York City on Sunday.  “I don't focus on the competition,” he told me.
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Galleries: Unleash your inner curator  —  There's a long list of features that we've wanted to develop for our members.  Giving our members a way to celebrate the creativity of their fellow members has always been high on that list.  Today, we're thrilled to launch our newest feature: galleries.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: Safe Harbor applies to Veoh; UMG lawsuit eviscerated  —  Universal Music Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against Veoh Networks is all but over after a judge issued a summary judgment in favor of the user-generated video site, saying it qualified for protection under the DMCA's Safe Harbor provision.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Shows Some Microsoft Love, Launches Plug-In For Outlook And Windows Mobile App  —  At the start of this year's TechCrunch50 conference, last year's TechCrunch50 winner, Yammer, is making a significant announcement about a partnership with Microsoft.  Yammer, a micro-messaging tool for enterprises …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Venture Capital Dispatch:
VCs Increasingly Keeping Young Start-Ups To Themselves  —  At a time of modest exit expectations, venture investors are increasingly likely to avoid syndicating first rounds, according to new data from VentureSource. … In the first half of this year, 63.2% of first rounds had only one venture investor.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: iMo turns the iPhone into a joystick for your PC games  —  iMo uses your iPhone's accelerometer to turn it into joystick for flying aircraft or racing cars in casual games.  —  The best way to explain what this company does is to watch the video below.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and Techgeist
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Gain Dedicated iPhone Activation Areas and Staff?  —  MacRumors has heard from multiple sources that Apple is planning to enhance the in-store iPhone purchasing and activation process at its retail stores.  The changes, due to be rolled out as soon as tomorrow …
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?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook fights Virginia's demand for user data, photos  —  The state of Virginia has backed away from its attempts to force Facebook to divulge the complete contents of a user's account to settle a dispute over workers' compensation, narrowly avoiding what promised to be a high-profile privacy battle in federal court.
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: Udorse lets you tag your photos with product endorsements  —  Turn your Facebook album into a Wheaties box or Armani ad.  —  That's the premise behind Udorse, a new company that debuted at the TechCrunch50 trade show in San Francisco.  Udorse lets you tag personal photos with product endorsements or “Udorsements.”
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and AppScout
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Says Letters Of Intent Now Cover More 1,000 Media Outlets; Does it Matter?  —  Journalism Online says companies representing more than 1,000 newspapers, magazines and online media outlets have signed letters of intent to work with the startup on “freemium” …
Discussion: DailyFinance, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Startup Perfecto Mobile Raises $7M for Device-testing Service
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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ISPs asked to cut off malware-infected PCs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The TechCrunch50 List: the presenting startups
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Thanks:paulboutin
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
App Watch: Finding Pot With the iPhone
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Yahoo Sells $150 Million Worth Of Alibaba.com Shares As Tensions Lurk
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Dell gives Zune HD a 15 percent discount for launch
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