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11:45 AM ET, September 16, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: 300 Million Monthly Active Users, “Free Cash Flow Positive”
Discussion: Reuters, broadstuff and All Facebook
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.
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 …
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: TUAW
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.1 Jailbroken Almost Immediately (Just Not For Everyone)  —  Sometimes it pays to sit back from the bleeding edge a little.  Like when the Dev Team releases their Pwnage Tool for iPhone 3.1, and it doesn't work on the 3GS or the new Touch.  But it will, you see.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GeekTonic, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Could Dan Brown's ‘Lost Symbol’ Sell Better On Kindle Than In Hardcover?
Discussion: Telegraph and Kindle Nation Daily
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
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 …
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Shawn Brown / Palm WebOS:
Palm paying developers to develop apps
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).
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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.
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 …
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Loren Feldman / 1938 Media:
Techcrunch 50 Will Never Be Held Again  —  No more Techcrunch 50
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another AOL Org Chart Shuffle: COO Partoll, Search Boss Kannapell Out  —  This isn't the long-rumored round of mass layoffs, but AOL boss Tim Armstrong did let go of two executives today: COO Kim Partoll is out, as is John Kannapell, SVP of search and local media.
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: The Next Web Blog, Scripting News and Workbench, Thanks:atul
Wikileaks:
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: Guardian and The Register
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Cablevision to Launch Clickable TV Ads  —  Cablevision announced today that it will begin rolling out interactive TV ads, allowing viewers to use their remotes to “click” on a commercial in order to get more information.  —  Interactive ads in Cablevision's Optimum Select program …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
SEC Watch: The Story Of Google's Offer For On2  —  An SEC filing includes the backstory of Google's controversial offer to buy video compression firm On2 Technologies.  Several groups of On2 shareholders have sued to block the deal, saying that On2's directors did not try to find other buyers …
Thanks:atul
Subtraction.com:
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.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 bundle has a 250GB HDD, $400 price tag  —  While the Forza 3 set is still an unconfirmed listing, there's no denying the Xbox 360 has just upped its storage capacity options with a 250GB HDD bundle clad in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 emblems.
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.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
TV network taps game startups to launch social game portal
Discussion: paidContent
PC World:
Via Courts Chinese PC Makers With NetNote Platform
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Clixtr Launches Location-Aware Photo Sharing For The iPhone
Discussion: AppScout, The Social and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As the Economy Turns, Tech M&A Is Back — and That's Good News for Startups
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
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Find The Perfect Scene, Every Time. …
Discussion: Epicenter and Techgeist
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The Best Deal In Startup Land
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MySpace Has Built Its Own Recommendation Engine, And They're Open-Sourcing It
 

 
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