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4:35 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 …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google acquires ReCaptcha as book-scanning aid
Discussion: Computerworld
The Business Of Online Video:
Confirmed: Google Rumor False, Not Acquiring Brightcove  —  I received a call from one of the parties involved in the Google/Brightcove rumor who would not talk on record but confirmed with me that the rumor that Google is buying Brightcove is in fact false.
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
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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 …
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Closing New Venture Round At $1 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing startup Twitter will soon be joining a select group of startups with private venture round valuations of $1 billion, we've heard from multiple sources.  CEO Evan Williams disclosed the round to employees at a recent all hands meeting.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Says It Wants To Hire Yahoo Talent
Discussion: Matt Cutts and Search Engine Land
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).
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.
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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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TC50: TechCrunch50 founders' feud: “It's over” for the startup conference  —  “I can tell you that this is the last TechCrunch50,” event co-founder Jason Calacanis told humorist Loren Feldman last night in a video interview.  —  In the spirit of the Internet-startup conference, the news was first reported online by a puppet.
Loren Feldman / 1938 Media:
Techcrunch 50 Will Never Be Held Again  —  No more Techcrunch 50
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.
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: TechFlash, paidContent and Xconomy
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
All Quiet at Google's Oklahoma Data Center  —  Part of the equipment yard for the Google data center under construction in Pryor, Oklahoma.  —  Amazon isn't the only cloud builder that has idled a data center project, as the recession has led Google to scale back its capital investments in data center infrastructure.
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: Gizmodo, TomsTechBlog.com and TUAW
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 …
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 …
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.
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
U2 shun Apple iPhone in BlackBerry music App release  —  Recall back in the day when U2 and Apple were bosom-buddies?  Well, in the world of corporate sponsorship, everything is change, and Bono's band today introduced their own take on the iTunes LP with the release of a new U2 Mobile App, not for iPhone, but for BlackBerry.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
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 …
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 …
Electronista:
BlackBerry Tour facing 50% return rate?  —  The BlackBerry Tour is suffering from a widespread defect that could seriously impact Research in Motion's bottom line, an analyst cautioned on Wednesday.  The trackball on the smartphone is reported as clogging so quickly that it requires users …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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: The Register and Guardian
 
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast plans to bring TV shows to your phone
Discussion: DSLreports and Phone Scoop
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay bidder finds new stock exchange
Discussion: PC World
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
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo and AOL Ad Exec Coleman Poised to Join the Huffington Post as President
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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
Subtraction.com:
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