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7:30 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
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.
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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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 with 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 …
Grahm Skee / Anything But iPod:
Zune HD Disassembly
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Engadget
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 …
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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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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.
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
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: VentureBeat and MySpace Blog
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.
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 …
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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
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Goes 3.0: Gets Themes, Improved Omnibox & Better New Tab Page  —  Just about a year after Google launched the first version of Chrome, the company released the first stable version of Chrome 3.0 today.  According to Google, this release comes after 21 beta and 15 stable updates and 3,505 bugfixes.
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 …
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 …
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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
AOL embraces Twitter, Facebook with AIM Lifestream  —  AOL's instant messenger, AIM, becomes on Tuesday the AIM Lifestream and gets support for modern social services Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Flickr, and Delicious.  —  A multiple-platform suite of products being announced at the TechCrunch50 event will support the service.
Jack Riley / The Independent:
Twitter users solve Google's crop circle mystery  —  Eagle-eyed users of microblogging site Twitter claim to have unearthed the secret meaning of today's “Google doodle”, a depiction of crop circles spelling out the Google name which has puzzled many users of the ubiquitous search engine.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and NBC Bay Area
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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Fast Company and CNET News
Associated Press:
Intel: $1.4B EU monopoly fine based on mistakes  —  BRUSSELS -  —  Intel Corp. is claiming in court documents that European Union regulators made serious mistakes in levying a record euro1.06 billion ($1.45 billion) fine for monopoly abuse last May.  —  In a legal plea published …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Leaked Shareholder Docs: Meetup Hits Profitability And $9 Million In Revenues  —  Meetup, a web service that enables people to organize and manage real life get-togethers, has proven to be a popular tool that people are willing to pay for.  TechCrunch has obtained a slide deck that the company used …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: CrowdFusion Merges The Best Features Of Blogs, Wikis …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Techgeist
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TC50: CrowdFlower Crowdsources Mundane Labor To The Cloud
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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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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Soon to Sink, Pirate Bay's Torrents Come Ashore
Discussion: Softpedia News and p2pnet
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Viacom and Google Fight in Court, but Work Together to Keep Kanye …
Rick Broida / CNET News:
Get BioShock (PC) and other games for $5 each
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iPhone predicted to drive Apple stock to $235
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