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9:40 PM ET, September 15, 2009

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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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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: 300 Million Monthly Active Users, “Free Cash Flow Positive”  —  Facebook has just announced it has reached 300 million monthly active users around the world.  The company has added 50 million users in just the 75 days, that's 670,000 users per day.  In mid-July, Facebook announced that it had reached 250 million.
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Facebook Finds Profitability Despite Nascent Advertising Model
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  —  Adobe said on Tuesday that it has reached a deal to acquire Web analytics firm Omniture for $1.8 billion, or $21.50 per share.  —  That represents a 45 percent premium to Omniture's average closing price for the last 30 days, Adobe noted in its press release.
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.
Discussion: Technologizer and BetaNews
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft launches Zune, clarifies what's up with apps, raps iPod
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Zune HD to get Twitter, Facebook as Microsoft abandons ‘squirting’
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Feds launch Apps.gov; Cloud computing players salivate  —  The Federal government launched Apps.gov, a site designed to be a storefront for approved cloud computing applications.  The move is designed to streamline application adoption at federal agencies.  —  U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra …
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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.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Murdoch: We're Going To Charge You To Read The WSJ On The Blackberry
Discussion: Associated Press
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: CitySourced Lets You Report Pot Holes And Graffiti On The Go  —  Ever seen a nasty pot hole or a wall full of graffiti and wished you could report the problem on the go instead of writing a letter or email to your city bureaucracy?  TechCrunch 50 startup CitySourced is launching an a slew …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   TC50 Backstage: Is CitySourced the TC50 Company to Beat?
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
Lee Byron Today / Facebook Blog:
Testing 1-2-3: Announcing Facebook Prototypes  —  Facebook's engineers thrive on innovation and experimentation.  We're encouraged to work on projects that inspire us and build on new ideas, but not all of these features and improvements wind up launching on the site.
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 …
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 …
BBC:
French ‘pass’ piracy legislation  —  The French National Assembly has passed a draft law that would allow illegal downloaders to be thrown off the net.  —  The law was narrowly passed by 285 votes to 225.  —  The French hard-line policy on piracy has drawn worldwide attention as nations around …
Discussion: p2pnet
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Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Archos 5 Internet Tablet Hands On: Android Power, But Where's the Flash?  —  The new Archos 5 Internet Tablet is indeed powered by Android, and improves all around over its predecessor, with more storage and a better interface.  But something's still missing.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Voice chat coming to Facebook  —  The new Vivox voice chat system for Facebook will allow any user to start a conversation with anyone on their friends list.  The service will also be available to third-party developers who want to integrate voice into their applications.
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.
Discussion: Macworld, The iPhone Blog and MacRumors
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Threadsy: All Your Communications, All in One Place  —  I'm still at TechCrunch50-it's winding down, but there's still so much going on that you'll miss a product launch or two if you so much as take a restroom break.  The debut that's happening right now is one of the most interesting ones so far …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and AppScout
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Blockbuster To Close Up To 960 Stores By End Of 2010  —  Blockbuster (BBI) disclosed in an SEC filing this morning that it expects to close between 810 and 960 company owned stores in 2009 and 2010, as part of an ongoing financial restructuring.  According to Blockbuster's web site …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: LearnVest Is A Personal Financial Guide For Women  —  Now more than ever, personal finance education and help is crucial to anyone's financial health.  Mint.com, a former TechCrunch 40 company who won the top prize at the conference, has grown incredibly since its launch and was recently acquired by Intuit for $170 million.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Bruce Sewell to Join Apple as General Counsel & SVP  —  Daniel Cooperman to Retire  —  Apple® today announced that Bruce Sewell, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Intel Corporation, will join Apple as the company's General Counsel and senior vice president …
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: Workbench, Thanks:atul
Galen Gruman / Computerworld:
Apple betrays the iPhone's business hopes  —  InfoWorld - Fixing a major but unacknowledged bug in the operating system, last week's iPhone OS 3.1 update has rendered most iPhones and all iPod Touches incompatible with Exchange 2007 servers that require on-device data be encrypted, a standard safeguard used by businesses.
Discussion: InfoWorld, TUAW and Softpedia News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Perpetually.com Is A Time Machine For The Web  —  One of the best things about the web — its constantly evolving, easily modifiable nature — can also be one of its most frustrating faults.  Because usually when a website modifies its content, any changes overwrite what came before it …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and CNET News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google FastFlip Is Latest Attack On Amazon Kindle  —  What's the point of Google's new FastFlip reader?  Not to change the way you read news on the Web — it's too ugly and simplistic for that.  —  But because it loads pages very fast — and requires minimal effort to navigate — it could be useful for portable devices.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: CrowdFusion Merges The Best Features Of Blogs, Wikis, And More Into One Unified CMS  —  As content sites on the web mature, they continue to blur the line between straight news sites, social hubs, and references for structured data.  No longer are these sites just home to editorial content …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Techgeist and AppScout
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: New Macs Coming Soon?
Discussion: MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Loudcrowd Parent Conduit Labs Raises $3 Million Second Round
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: Cocodot Is The Stylish, Prettier, More Social Evite
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TC50: CrowdFlower Crowdsources Mundane Labor To The Cloud
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Leaked Shareholder Docs: Meetup Hits Profitability And $9 Million In Revenues
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Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
London Startups Facing Crisis as Venture Capital Funding, Deals Disappear
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Silverlight Is Still Racing Flash
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Times Web Ads Show Security Breach
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