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11:55 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.
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Fast Flip for Android and iPhone
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Computerworld
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces a Powerful New Zune Media Player, PC Software and Online Services  —  Zune provides comprehensive music and video experience across mobile devices, PCs and the TV to give consumers anywhere access to the music and video they love.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end …
Grahm Skee / Anything But iPod:
Zune HD Disassembly
Discussion: CrunchGear
Microsoft:
New Zune Moves to Cloud
Discussion: All about Microsoft and EE Times
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Massive Study of Net Vulnerabilities: They're Not Where You Think They Are
Discussion: Bits, eWeek and InformationWeek
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Techgeist and AppScout
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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Second time a charm?  Seagate launches new version of its entertainment player  —  After an unsuccessful attempt last spring, Seagate is launching a new and improved version of its backup device that lets you play your computer's videos and pictures on a living room TV.
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Seagate Technology:
Seagate's New FreeAgent Theater+™ HD Media Player Enhances …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget HD
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: Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gets Its WiMAX; Clearwire Launches Silicon Valley Network  —  What's the point of being an investor in WiMAX operators if you can't get them to build a network in your backyard?  Clearwire says that it has completed its “innovation” network in Silicon Valley that covers more than 20 square miles …
Discussion: eWeek
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Rick Broida / CNET News:
Get BioShock (PC) and other games for $5 each  —  Game-download service Direct2Drive is celebrating its 5-year anniversary by offering a large selection of games (all for PC) for $5 each.  My top pick: BioShock, one of my all-time favorites.  —  It's primarily a first-person sci-fi shooter …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iPhone predicted to drive Apple stock to $235  —  A new report predicts Apple stock will break past the $200 milestone, riding high on the successful and profitable iPhone, even as the company's other businesses are predicted to lose value.  —  In a note to investors, Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Gist opens up, adds noise and friends filters  —  Communication organization tool Gist is opening up to everyone on Tuesday, and has come a long way since we profiled its private beta offering back in January.  It can still plug into your Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn accounts and help organize things …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
WITTC50?:  The TechCrunch50 Day Two Drinking Game  —  So that was day one of TechCrunch50.  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
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 …
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.
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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Company hosting Joe Wilson fundraising site recovers from DDoS attack
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