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3:35 PM ET, September 17, 2009

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The long-awaited DreamScreen tablet computer comes from HP, not Apple  —  Hewlett Packard has beaten Apple to the punch in coming up with a beautiful tablet-like computer.  The company's just-announced DreamScreen products represent a new category of wireless connected screens.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music publishers: iTunes not paying fair share  —  Songwriters, composers, and music publishers are making preparations to one day collect performance fees from Apple and other e-tailers for not just traditional music downloads but for downloads of films and TV shows as well.  They contain music after all.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Imitation Isn't Always Flattery: Microsoft Previews Google Apps Killer To Beta Testers  —  Imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery, and this is certainly the case for Microsoft in the development and launch of its web-based browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune HD apps are here... complete with pre-roll ads  —  The first batch of apps for the Zune HD can now be freely downloaded from Microsoft, and they come with an unexpected “present”: static and video ads that play during launch.  —  Apps for the new Zune HD (read our review) are now available …
Garry Tan / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Posterous Theming: It's here, it's live, and it's time to make your site yours!  —  Posterous is proud to announce the ability to change the look and feel of your Posterous blog!  It's been a long time coming, and are we ever excited about releasing this feature to you guys today.
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
REVIEW: Microsoft's Zune HD is a nifty media player  —  When discussing their respective approaches to product development, I'm fond of comparing Apple to a sniper and Microsoft to Tony Montana.  —  Apple is covered in camouflage and lying motionless a mile from its target.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Early Snow Leopard Sales More Than Double Those of Leopard
Discussion: Skype Journal and Gizmodo
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Valley rally?  —  Silicon Valley is stirring back to life, following a bruising economic downturn, according to industry insiders and start-up entrepreneurs.  —  The view seems to underscore Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's belief that the US recession has ended.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Google Delivers New Java-like Language: Noop  —  The tireless, developer-centric engineers at Google have come up with Noop, a new language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).  —  The tireless, developer-centric engineers at Google have come up with Noop, a new language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
Ian Paul / PC World:
Place a Phone Call . . . Via Twitter  —  Twitter users will soon be able to make short phone calls for free directly through the microblogging service.  JaJah, an Internet telephony company that allows you to make VoIP calls using your landline or cell phone, today is launching the beta version …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A Zillion here, a Zillion there [UPDATED]  —  It looks like the public will have to wait a bit longer for ZillionTV, but when it does arrive, it will be available in more places.  CEO Mitchell Berman announced this morning that privately held ZillionTV Corp. had added a new element to its Internet …
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Insight Venture Partners Is The New Twitter Investor  —  We've been talking to sources all day about that new $1 billion valuation Twitter financing, and more information is coming in.  The big missing part of the story was who was actually doing the investing at that massive valuation.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Lucky iPhone developer gets very own App Store hotline  —  The non-silent treatment  —  As a worldwide chorus of mobile developers howls over Apple's unwillingness to discuss the ins and outs of the iPhone App Store, Steve Jobs and his minions are providing at least one app seller with its very own support rep.
Discussion: iLounge
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Eats Away at Email Usage on Today's Web  —  According to recent analysis by the Online Publishers Association (OPA), more people than ever are spending their time online visiting content sites which provide news, information, and entertainment.  Despite the emergence of social networks …
MobileTechWorld:
Windows Mobile 7 to natively feature Social Networks integration  —  Look at what I just found in a Microsoft Job ad: … Sounds a lot like Motorola BLUR and Plam's Synergy, no ?  I also think that it is now safe to say that Windows Mobile 7 isn't coming out until Q4 2010 as rummored a few days ago, especially after reading this:
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why I chose Windows 7 over Snow Leopard (and you should, too)  —  Last week, I returned to using Windows 7 after spending the summer on a 13-inch MacBook Pro.  Apple almost had me there for awhile, but I'm back where I belong and satisfied with the switch.  Given that Apple released Snow Leopard …
Discussion: eWeek, Macworld, Ars Technica and Electronista, Thanks:anandiyer
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: Students to get Windows 7 for £30/$30  —  Microsoft has taken the wraps off an amazing offer for UK and US students today.  —  From October 1, students in the UK with a valid email address (an email address given by the college or university, e.g. name@leeds.ac.uk) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Eyeing 10% Market Share For Chrome.  Mac Version Due By The End Of The Year.  —  As we noted yesterday, version 3 of Google's Chrome web browser is now available for PC users.  But in an interview yesterday with Reuters, Google revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the project.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Fwix Launches API For Real-Time Local News, Announces $2.75 Million Series A Round  —  Fwix, a startup that offers a stream of local news that's updated in real-time, has somewhat belatedly announced a $2.75 million funding round it closed last year, led by BlueRun Ventures.
Discussion: paidContent and silicontap.com
Andrew Seymour / ITP.net:
Exclusive: i-mate shuts down  —  UAE-based smartphone company goes out of business, according to market sources  —  UAE mobile phone company i-mate has gone out of business, according to market sources.  —  The company, which mainly sold branded smartphones, has closed its office …
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Intel's Not-So-Mighty Atom  —  Netbook computers are cheap and popular, thanks in part to Intel's Atom chip.  But the Atom isn't up to the job.  —  How would you like your dear mom to have to drive herself around town in a cramped, jerky car that sputtered along the roadway …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and jkOnTheRun
John Graham-Cumming / O'Reilly Radar:
How Alan Turing Finally Got a Posthumous Apology  —  Guest blogger John Graham-Cumming initiated and led the successful petition drive to procure an apology to Alan Turing from the UK government.  John is the author of The Geek Atlas, CTO of a stealth-mode start-up, and a longtime programmer who has a doctorate in computer security.
Thanks:atul
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
How The Joltid Suit Is a Ploy to Buy Back Skype  —  Table of Contents:  —  Bernstein Research's Jeffrey Lindsay says new litigation filed by Joltid against eBay, Skype and its pending investors stems from the Joltid owners' failure to buy back Skype from eBay.
Softpedia News:
Half of Firefox Users Had a Vulnerable Flash Version Installed  —  A third of them went on to update the plug-in  —  Mozilla has analyzed the traffic on its new page that instructs Firefox users to upgrade their Adobe Flash Player plug-in and announced that around half of them were running an insecure version.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
More Details About the Intuit-Mint Deal: Quicken Online to Get Mint-ized  —  I just spoke with Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint and general-manager-to-be of Intuit's personal finance group, about Intuit's planned $170 million acquisition of Mint and what it means for consumers.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
By Acquiring ReCaptcha, Google Acquired a Crowd Computer Along the Way  —  As previously mentioned, Google has acquired reCaptcha, a company providing those hard-to-read Captcha tests to tell robots and humans apart on websites (e.g. to protect a comment form against automated spamming).
Discussion: GMSV and CenterNetworks, Thanks:atul
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Hands-On With The Redfly That Turns Your BlackBerry Into A Psuedo-Netbook  —  Turns out the Redfly, that netbook looking device that extends a smartphone to its 8.9-inch display via Bluetooth or USB, is doing all right.  So all right that they rolled out support for BlackBerry.  I still would rather a netbook.
 
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James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
The Beatles Rock Band Exceeding Expectations, says Viacom
Discussion: Eurogamer, VG247 and Joystiq
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pay Developers to Write Apps for webOS? “Rubbish.”
Discussion: Palm WebOS
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hollywood Trade Mags, Variety, THR Look To Build Online Paywalls
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Business Wire:
NAVIGON Announces Traffic Live Feature for iPhone Navigation App
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Start-Up Tries to Revive Online Group Buying
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Michael Robertson Wants To Crowdsource Proof Of EMI's Lies …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Socializr Lays Off Staff, On DeadPool Watch
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iTunes 9 Makes it Easier to Share, Organize
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Is a trade battle looming with China over World of Warcraft?
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Taming Your Digital Distractions
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