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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
300 Million and On  —  As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world.  It's a large number, but the way we think about this is that we're just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.  Because we want to make it as easy and fast as possible for the world to connect …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How exactly is Facebook making money?  —  Facebook proudly says it's bringing in enough cash to cover most of its day to day business costs.  But how?  The answer lies in self-serve advertising and virtual goods  —  The news that Facebook has tripled in size in the past year has grabbed headlines …
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: 300 Million Monthly Active Users, “Free Cash Flow Positive”
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
RedBeacon Wins The Top Prize At TechCrunch50 2009  —  The 50 startup presentations are over, the judges votes are in, Michael and Jason chewed over the top contenders, and the winner of this year's TechCrunch50 is RedBeacon.  The startup aims to help consumers find local service providers such as plumbers, bakers, and contractors.
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 1.6 SDK is here  —  I am happy to let you know that Android 1.6 SDK is available for download.  Android 1.6, which is based on the donut branch from the Android Open Source Project, introduces a number of new features and technologies.  With support for CDMA and additional screen sizes …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: New Macs Coming Soon?  —  Is Apple (AAPL) about to unveil updated Macs?  —  Research firm Wedge Partners thinks so.  They assert in a note today that the company will release both new iMacs and new MacBooks “in the next several weeks.”  —  Wedge sees a redesigned iMac witjh a …
Omniture:
Adobe to Acquire Omniture  —  Combined Company Will Deliver Comprehensive Solutions for Creation, Delivery and Optimization of Content and Applications  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Omniture, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMTR) today announced the two companies have entered …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Adobe to buy Omniture for $1.8 billion
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another AOL Org Chart Shuffle: COO Partoll, Search Boss Kannapell Out  —  This isn't the long-rumored round of mass layoffs, but AOL boss Tim Armstrong did let go of two executives today: COO Kim Partoll is out, as is John Kannapell, SVP of search and local media.
Discussion: paidContent and Pulse2, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   AOL Re-Org Ousts COO
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft Sets Up Zune HD for Failure — Again  —  The Zune HD's lack of a compelling software market will make it nothing more than a repeat failure, according to mobile developers and an analyst.  —  Microsoft on Tuesday released its newest media player.
Gordon Mah Ung / Maximum PC all:
Cheap Chip!  Athlon II X4 Breaks the $100 Quad-Core Barrier  —  Even the Intel fanboys have to hand it to AMD once in a while.  After Intel deftly dropped a Core i5 anvil on Phenom II's head, AMD did a quick drop to floor and now fires back slo-mo style with its own chip: a $99 quad core.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
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AMD:
Industry's First Sub-$100 Quad-Core CPU[1] Powers New AMD Mainstream …
Discussion: SlashGear and I4U News
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Sony's Gorgeous New A-Series Walkman Features OLED, Up To 64GB Capacity  —  Sony has unveiled the latest update to the A-Series Walkman line with some serious features.  The new NW-A840 series, available in black and brown, simply is the most brilliant Walkman offering from Sony to date …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Out Now: Tabbed Browsing, Speed Dial Bookmarks  —  Unlike Opera Mobile, Opera Mini crunches pages a server for viewing on your Java phone or BlackBerry.  The new beta has a snappier interface geared for touch or keypad control, and adds tabbed browsing, speed dial, and a password manager.
brad's life:
On PubSubHubbub and rssCloud ...  Are you confused about the difference between PubSubHubbub and rssCloud?  You're not alone.  —  Here's how the confusion came about:  —  Dave Winer invented rssCloud way back in the day.  It only distributed lite pings, the callback endpoint was the IP address …
Discussion: Scripting News and Workbench, Thanks:atul
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.1 Jailbroken Almost Immediately (Just Not For Everyone)  —  Sometimes it pays to sit back from the bleeding edge a little.  Like when the Dev Team releases their Pwnage Tool for iPhone 3.1, and it doesn't work on the 3GS or the new Touch.  But it will, you see.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 bundle has a 250GB HDD, $400 price tag  —  While the Forza 3 set is still an unconfirmed listing, there's no denying the Xbox 360 has just upped its storage capacity options with a 250GB HDD bundle clad in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 emblems.
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Steve / Kindle Nation Daily:
Kindle edition of The Lost Symbol outselling Amazon hardcovers!  —  Get ready for what could become the biggest story of 2009 in the book trades.  —  Yesterday I went out on a limb and predicted that “Amazon will sell more Kindle editions than hardcover editions of The Lost Symbol during …
Discussion: GeekTonic, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Find The Perfect Scene, Every Time.  AnyClip Is A Search Engine For Movie Clips  —  Darth Vader's fatherly coming out.  Tinanic's King of the World moment.  There Will Be Blood's sobering lecture on milkshakes.  —  Whether you want to poke fun at something, embellish a love note …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Epicenter
Ben Snitkoff / Technically Legal:
Copyright Infringement In Action  —  About 9 PM EDT on Sunday the 13th, Wil Shipley, developer of Delicious Library, tweeted that an application on the iTunes App store had stolen his copyrighted images.  —  Wil was talking about the woodgrain background that is a prominent feature of Delicious Library.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
MySpace Has Built Its Own Recommendation Engine, And They're Open-Sourcing It  —  As social networks continue to grow in size, recommendation engines are becoming a more vital part to each of them.  So vital, in fact, that MySpace has built its own.  —  Called Qizmt, this internally-developed framework …
Discussion: MySpace Blog and VentureBeat
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Microsoft's vision for a “next-gen newspaper” looks like TweetDeck  —  The Newspaper Association of America cast a wide net this summer in seeking proposals for generating online revenue.  Their request went out to many of the firms we've been covering closely but also several tech companies …
Thanks:atul
Fred / A VC:
The Best Deal In Startup Land  —  Sarah Lacy has a post up on Techcrunch about Paul Graham and Y Combinator.  In the post, she says: … I read that and went right to the comments and wrote: … Our firm has investments in two YC backed companies, Disqus and HeyZap, and hope to make many more.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Macworld speed test: new iPod touch.  Spoiler: twice as fast  —  Dan Frakes at Macworld ran some basic tests on the new (but cameraless) iPod touch and got some interesting results.  Most tests had the new iPod touch coming in around twice as fast as the previous model with browser tests going over 2X speed.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Communacopia: Murdoch: We'll Start Charging For WSJ Mobile Apps  —  The Wall Street Journal is ready to start charging for mobile access on the Blackberry and iPhone, News Corp (NYSE: NWS).  CEO and chairman Rupert Murdoch told attendees at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVIII Conference.
Shawn Brown / Palm WebOS:
Palm paying developers to develop apps  —  Sarah Lacy over at TechCrunch recently did an interview with the founders of CitySourced about a new application in the works that allows users to post all of the “nasty” things in your city directly to your government.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PreCentral.net
Subtraction.com:
Our Craigslist  —  The cover story for the September 2009 issue of Wired takes a look at the current state of Craigslist and the challenges it faces as it continues to evolve.  In a sidebar, the magazine's amazing art director Scott Dadich invited several designers to re-imagine and redesign Craigslist itself.
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon all signed up for WinMo 6.5 launches on October 6
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Loren Feldman / 1938 Media:
Techcrunch 50 Will Never Be Held Again
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Boiling Apple down to its adjectives
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Threadsy: All Your Communications, All in One Place
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Perpetually.com Is A Time Machine For The Web
Discussion: GigaOM, AppScout and VentureBeat
BBC:
French ‘pass’ piracy legislation
Discussion: p2pnet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: CrowdFusion Merges The Best Features Of Blogs, Wikis …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
London Startups Facing Crisis as Venture Capital Funding, Deals Disappear
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 

 
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