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8:10 AM ET, September 15, 2009

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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.
Shane Richmond / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Fake Eric Schmidt: Google Fast Flip has saved newspapers.  Happy now, bitches?  —  Below is an email that we received this morning from Fake Eric Schmidt about Google Fast Flip, the search company's new news service.  The email was headlined MESSAGE FOR THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google sharing revenue with publishers for first time
Discussion: SiliconValley.com and Mediaite
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Zune HD to get Twitter, Facebook as Microsoft abandons ‘squirting’  —  One of Microsoft's big bets when it decided to challenge Apple's iPod in 2006 was a feature known as Zune-to-Zune wireless sharing — or “squirting,” as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer dubbed it.
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft launches Zune, clarifies what's up apps, raps iPod  —  Microsoft's third and perhaps best Zune effort goes on sale today, taking on the new generation of camera and app-equipped Apple iPods with a relatively pure music and video player.  —  This time the emphasis isn't on the Zune's funky design or wireless sharing feature.
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’
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Taiwan Economic News: 9.6-inch, PA Semi Apple Tablet due in February, cost $800-$1000  —  We went a few weeks without a tablet rumor - which was scary - but the Taiwan Economic News chimes in today with a bunch of parts information on Apple's forthcoming Tablet.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Fresh Apple tablet rumors: February launch.  $800-$1,000.  AT&T, not Verizon
Discussion: Mobility Site
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP ENVY 13 and 15 bring luxury to the everyman, look like MacBooks  —  There's no getting around it, so we'll just say right at the outset: HP's new ENVY 13 and 15 laptops might've been built on the “Voodoo ENVY legacy,” but they sure look a lot like Apple's unibody MacBook Pros.
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SANS:
The Top Cyber Security Risks  —  Two risks dwarf all others, but organizations fail to mitigate them … Executive Summary  —  Priority One: Client-side software that remains unpatched.  —  Waves of targeted email attacks, often called spear phishing, are exploiting client-side vulnerabilities …
Discussion: eWeek and ITworld.com
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Massive Study of Net Vulnerabilities: They're Not Where You Think They Are
Discussion: Bits and InformationWeek
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Times Web Ads Show Security Breach  —  OVER the weekend, some visitors to the Web site of The New York Times received a nasty surprise.  An unknown person or group sneaked a rogue advertisement onto the site's pages.  —  The malicious ad took over the browsers of many people visiting the site …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
New York Times Reforms Online Ad Sales After Malware Scam
Discussion: Spyware Sucks and TechSpot
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.
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.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Gets Twitter-Like Free Marketing for @
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Lenovo introduces multitouch ThinkPad X200 Tablet and T400s laptop  —  Lenovo's getting a little jump on the wave of Windows 7 machines due to hit next month with a multitouch update to the X200 convertible and a new multitouch version of the T400s.  The new X200 Tablet is pretty much what you'd expect …
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.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
WITTC50?:  The TechCrunch 50 Day Two Drinking Game  —  So that was day one of Techcrunch 50.  The best tech conference in the universe, that pays my wages.  —  And what did I learn today?  Today I learned that the Rocky soundtrack makes any technical hitch a million times more dramatic.
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
HP MediaSmart home servers get cozier with Macs  —  Hewlett-Packard is introducing its third generation of MediaSmart home servers today, with more features for Mac users and multimedia-philes.  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. is introducing its third generation of MediaSmart home servers today …
Discussion: Crave
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Gaming veteran Shane Kim to leave Microsoft  —  Shane Kim — who, last year became the Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) — is leaving the company, according to a September 15 post on Gamespot.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Mota Motors Takes The Pain Out Of The Used Car Marketplace  —  It's not often that you hear about innovation in the used car space, but Mota Motors, a new site that's launching today at TechCrunch50, has managed to pull it off.  Mota's multi-faceted service effectively holds your hand through …
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
windowslivewire.spaces.live.com:
Windows Live adds to its list of third-party partners to bring more of your updates and contacts to your Windows Live network  —  Last year, when we updated Windows Live services, we added a broad range of partnerships with leading web companies, to make it simpler for you to share …
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.
Discussion: Engadget and eWeek Security Watch
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.
 
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Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 Now Available
Discussion: Macworld, Imaging Insider and Crave
Reuters:
Chinese schools quietly discard controversial Web filter
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
404: Intel General Counsel Not Found
Discussion: Intel and blogs.ft.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Says Letters Of Intent Now Cover More 1,000 …
Discussion: DailyFinance, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50: HealthyWage Pays You To Get In Better Shape
Discussion: Webware.com, Techgeist and VentureBeat
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Gain Dedicated iPhone Activation Areas and Staff?
Discussion: Edible Apple
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Shows Some Microsoft Love, Launches Plug-In For Outlook …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
VCs Increasingly Keeping Young Start-Ups To Themselves
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein on the Pre, the Pixi, and Apple's sense of taste
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
Nokia's NAVTEQ Acquires Location-Based Mobile Ad Firm Acuity Mobile
Discussion: VentureBeat and PR Newswire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: Spawn Labs Is Slingbox For Video Games
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Only 51% of pubs think pay walls will fly
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Accounting rule change in Apple's favor
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget, iLounge and Macworld
 

 
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