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3:05 PM ET, September 16, 2009


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The Official Google Blog:
Teaching computers to read: Google acquires reCAPTCHA  —  The image above is a CAPTCHA — you can read it, but computers have a harder time interpreting the letters.  We tried to make it hard for computers to recognize because we wanted to give humans the scoop first, but we're happy to announce …
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google To Buy Brightcove For $500-$700 Million: Report  —  Google is in talks to buy Web video provider Brightcove for $500 million to $700 million, PBS MediaShift editor Mark Glaser says on Twitter, citing a source with knowledge of the deal.  —  The move would make Google's YouTube …
Chip Chick:
iTwinge is the World's First iPhone Keyboard  —  We may have just come across something that may convert dedicated BlackBerry users to finally using the iPhone.The iPhone is getting a KEYBOARD called iTwinge, a real feel and tactile keyboard for those who thought their big thumbs would never allow them to use the touchscreen version.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple explains iPhone OS 3.1 Exchange changes  —  iPhone and iPhone 3G users hit a roadblock last week trying to login to Exchange 2007 servers after upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1.  —  Because the problems began with the latest update, it may seem reasonable to assume that the update is to blame, but it's not.
Discussion: and TUAW
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The Adobe-Omniture deal: Does it make sense?  —  Adobe made a big splash with its $1.8 billion acquisition of Web analytics company Omniture.  However, the logic behind the deal isn't exactly obvious.  —  On Adobe's fiscal third quarter conference call, analysts were pressing Adobe on its rationale for buying Omniture (Techmeme).
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
ARM targets Intel with 2GHz Osprey chip built for speed  —  Intel is developing Atom processors intended to replace ARM chips, but now ARM is fighting back with a performance-optimised design it hopes will replace Intel chips  —  ARM has announced the first processor that it has optimised …
Loren Feldman / 1938 Media:
Techcrunch 50 Will Never Be Held Again  —  No more Techcrunch 50
Discussion: VentureBeat
Seth H. Weintraub's blog:
Android-powered Archos tablet out-specs Zune, iPod Touch  —  Say what you will about the Android OS being behind Apple's OSX touch OS, there are some things you can measure definitively and those are hardware specs.  —  Archos released its new Android-based mini-tablet information today and wow is it impressive.
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Says It Wants To Hire Yahoo Talent  —  It wouldn't be so surprising (or newsworthy) if this was happening behind the scenes, but Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is now openly trying to recruit Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) search engineers.  In a blog post, Matt Cutts, who is Google's most prominent search blogger …
Discussion: Matt Cutts and Search Engine Land
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast Hiking Cable-Modem Fee to $5 From $3 Monthly Nationwide  —  Operator Cites Cost for DOCSIS 3.0 Equipment for Increase  —  Comcast this fall will increase the monthly lease fee for cable modems to $5 nationwide — a 66% increase over the current $3 monthly fee …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate launches a network drive that you can use to get your data, anytime, anywhere  —  Seagate is launching a novel portable backup device that will let you access your photos, videos, and other data from afar.  —  The product fits in with the consumer mantra of the digital age: access your data, anytime, anywhere.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Aggregator Daylife Ties Up With Getty: $4 Million Investment  —  Daylife, a news aggregator that launched a few years ago with a good deal of hype but has since retreated to the back pages, has landed another investor: Getty Images has bet $4 million on the company, which has raised some $12 million to date.
Discussion: paidContent, TechFlash and Xconomy
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Out Now: Tabbed Browsing, Speed Dial Bookmarks  —  Unlike Opera Mobile, Opera Mini crunches pages on a server for viewing on your Java phone or BlackBerry.  The beta has a snappier interface geared for touch or keypad control, and adds tabbed browsing, speed dial, and a password manager.
Dieter Bohn /
Palm Pre App Sales Slated for September 24th, 1.2 Next week  —  Wondering when the new app catalog is coming?  An anonymous tipster sends word: September 24th is definitely the date to watch, just as we suspected when we first published the images.  —  On that day, we should be able …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
AT&T Backs Vlingo as Nuance Lawsuit Looms  —  AT&T has taken a minority stake in Vlingo in a move that could have major repercussions for Nuance's patent infringement suit against the voice navigation startup.  As part of the deal, Vlingo will integrate its offerings with AT&T's Watson …
Discussion: mocoNews and AT&T
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 …
UK government database of all 1,841,177 post codes together with precise geographic coordinates and other information, 8 Jul 2009  —  UK government database of all 1,841,177 UK postcodes together with latitude and longitude, grid references, county, district, ward, NHS codes and regions …
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
Daniel Burka / Digg the Blog:
Jeffrey Kalmikoff: Digg's New Director of Design and User Experience  —  At the end of this month Jeffrey Kalmikoff is taking the design helm at Digg as our new director of design and user experience.  Jeffrey will be leading all aspects of user experience and interface design at Digg.
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.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU in informal talks on Microsoft, Yahoo deal-source  —  * U.S. regulators deepened review last week  —  * Microsoft, Commission not available for comment  —  EU antitrust regulators are in touch with Microsoft and Yahoo about their search engine deal, a source familiar with the situation said …
Discussion: eWeek, ZDNet Government and Techgeist
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay bidder finds new stock exchange  —  Global Gaming Factory X, the software maker that has claimed it will acquire BitTorrent search site The Pirate Bay, has found a new stock exchange for its shares—a move that can only be described as bewildering.
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
All Quiet at Google's Oklahoma Data Center
Scot Wingo / Amazon Strategies:
Is Sears set to launch their own third-party marketplace?
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
David B. Caruso / Associated Press:
After outcry, T-Mobile drops paper billing fee
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo and AOL Ad Exec Coleman Poised to Join the Huffington Post as President
Discussion: paidContent and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Cablevision to Launch Clickable TV Ads
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
TV network taps game startups to launch social game portal
Discussion: paidContent
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
SEC Watch: The Story Of Google's Offer For On2
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As the Economy Turns, Tech M&A Is Back — and That's Good News for Startups
Discussion: OStatic blogs, Thanks:atul
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Second Life Sued For Allowing Sale Of Impostor Virtual Goods
Discussion: New World Notes
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon all signed up for WinMo 6.5 launches on October 6
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Boiling Apple down to its adjectives
Discussion: Softpedia News and 9 to 5 Mac
brad's life:
On PubSubHubbub and rssCloud ...
Discussion: The Next Web Blog and Scripting News, Thanks:atul

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
While networks benefit from TV show exposure on Hulu and other streaming services, producers worry widespread availability may hurt syndication value

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Tribune Publishing Disputes Rupert Murdoch's Claim It's Selling Company and LA Times

Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Former Hulu Boss Andy Forssell Resurfaces as Fullscreen COO

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