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10:00 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
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Skype Founders File Copyright Suit Against eBay  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The founders of Skype are escalating their legal battle with eBay.  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who became billionaires after selling Skype to eBay in 2005, have filed a copyright lawsuit against Skype in United States district court in Northern California.
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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 …
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Why You Can't Get a Good Phone With Verizon  —  Why does the U.S. carrier known for the best network have the worst smartphones?  —  Verizon gets plaudits for its coverage and call quality, but consistently loses out to AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint when it comes to getting the newest high-end handsets.
Thanks:atul
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Bing grabs 10 percent of search market  —  Microsoft's new Bing search service is the fastest-growing U.S. search engine among the top 10, according to a Nielsen report released Monday.  —  The total amount of searches on Bing rang in at 1.1 billion for the month of August …
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.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast plans to bring TV shows to your phone  —  Leading U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp said on Wednesday it plans to offer subscribers the option to watch their favorite TV shows on mobile devices through its new wireless Internet service.  —  The company is also exploring adding …
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.
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 after the close of the third annual TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: 1938 Media, NBC Bay Area and Gawker
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Aviary launches impressive audio editor, Myna  —  Aviary is great at making advanced Web-based artists' tools that I haven't a hope of being able to fully use.  Case in point, the new audio editor, Myna, that joins the company's suite of graphics tools like the Phoenix image editor and the Raven vector editor.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Man Who's Beating Google  —  Robin Li has built the most popular search site for the world's biggest audience—in China.  That's round one in epic battle.  —  On a smoggy August morning outside Beijing's China World Hotel, Li Yanhong's fan club is assembling.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shh!!!  HP sneaks Linux in on new laptops  —  Except for Dell, the major PC vendors are reluctant to admit they actually sell and support Linux.  For instance, HP supports Linux quite well on its servers but is very reluctant to support it on its desktops.
Discussion: PC World
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt To Book Settlement Critics: What's Your Solution?  —  As the proposed Google Book Search lawsuit settlement is debated, I've read calls from various critics that everything should go back to “square one” for a solution.  Would Google be willing to do this?
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Mint.com: Nurtured by Super-Angel VCs  —  Intuit is acquiring a startup conceived by a “25-year-old kid” and funded by First Round Capital, a new breed of high-risk, early-stage venture capitalist  —  Intuit's purchase of Mint.com was a big win for Mint CEO Aaron Patzer and the rest …
Discussion: Tech Beat and Creative Capital, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Bebo CEO and AOL Top Exec Shields and Shine's Murdoch to Form Interactive Content Start-Up  —  Former Bebo CEO Joanna Shields and Shine Group Chairman and CEO Elisabeth Murdoch have formed a content start-up to produce across media platforms, both online and offline, with a focus on social engagement, according to sources.
Discussion: paidContent
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Paul Allen Sells Wireless Spectrum Licenses to AT&T  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Paul Allen, the billionaire co- founder of Microsoft Corp., agreed to sell wireless airwaves he acquired in 2003 to a unit of AT&T Inc. for an undisclosed price, according to government filings.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Next Headache: API Name Squatting  —  Twitter continues to work through username squatting issues by reassigning trademarked and even non-trademarked user names to their more appropriate owners.  It's a manual process that sometimes takes weeks, but with Twitter's growing importance …
Thanks:atul
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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Speaking of Security, the RSA Blog and Podcast:
“Chat-in-the-Middle” Phishing Attack Attempts to Steal Consumers' Data via Bogus Live-Chat Support  —  A new, unique type of phishing attack targeted against online banking customers was recently discovered by the RSA FraudAction Research Lab.  RSA has coined this as a “Chat-in-the-Middle” …
Discussion: Zero Day, PC World, CNET News and CircleID
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).
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 …
John Brownlee / Geek.com:
US Government advises technology executives to trash mobile phones after returning from CHina  —  Just because the Soviet Union is gone doesn't mean that the US government isn't paranoid about Communist spying and espionage.  Ask frequent business travelers who have flown to China recently …
Discussion: crn.com.au and Gizmodo
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Zach Klein joins Boxee  —  We are happy to announce that Zach Klein has joined Boxee.  Zach was part of the founding team that built College Humor, Busted Tees and Vimeo (at Connected Ventures/IAC).  Building a great product is one of those things that combines art, science and instinct.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
John Cook / TechFlash:
Washington at top of the pack in new venture capital study  —  What impact has venture capital had on the U.S. economy?  That's the question that a new report from the industry's chief lobbying group, the National Venture Capital Association, tries to answer.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Barry Diller: Of Course People Are Going To Pay For Content On The Web  —  At Goldman's Communacopia conference, another high profile CEO is telling the world the free-for-all days of the Internet won't last forever.  Yesterday it was Rupert Murdoch, today it's Barry Diller.
Discussion: Digits
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
SPECIAL REPORT: Ready, Aim, Charge!  —  NEW YORK On the day Michael Jackson died, the Los Angeles Times drew its heaviest Web traffic ever.  When Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina admitted to an affair, The State of Columbia, S.C., had the best online numbers in its history.
 
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Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Schools Remove Web Filter
Discussion: VentureBeat
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft sells restrictive new WiMo Marketplace via iPhone ads
Discussion: Fast Company
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Aggregator Daylife Ties Up With Getty: $4 Million Investment
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Android-powered Archos tablet out-specs Zune, iPod Touch
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