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4:45 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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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   HP DreamScreen: Absolutely Not an Apple Tablet Rival
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Web Apps go to testers: Ten things to know  —  Microsoft is making available to thousands of pre-selected testers on September 17 the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its Web-ified version of Office.  —  Microsoft officials first announced plans for Office Web Apps …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Early Snow Leopard Sales More Than Double Those of Leopard
Discussion: AppScout, Skype Journal and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
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).
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: AppleInsider and iLounge
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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) …
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:
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IE program manager endorses HTML 5 multimedia tags  —  On Wednesday, Google's Mark Pilgrim published episode 35 of This Week in HTML 5, a series of articles that he is writing at the WHATWG blog to document the progress of the Web standards effort.  In this episode, he praises Microsoft's Adrian Bateman …
Discussion: The WHATWG Blog, CNET News and OSNews
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.
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
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hollywood Trade Mags, Variety, THR Look To Build Online Paywalls  —  Two bastions of Hollywood's trade press are going through the paywall drill again.  Variety.com is planning to put most of its online content behind a paywall next year, Nikke Finke reports and paidContent has confirmed.
Royal Pingdom:
Internet users expect websites to load twice as fast now as in 2006  —  People are getting used to broadband connections, more powerful web browsers, and a speedier web experience in general.  A new study shows how the expectations of Internet users have changed significantly over the last couple of years.
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Bloomberg:
Palm Investors Get Chance to See If Sales Match Hype  —  Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Palm Inc. investors will get their first glimpse at sales of the Pre smart phone today, as some analysts predict demand may not live up to the hype that drove a 10-fold jump in the stock.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Corkd Is Back With A New CEO, Winery Fan Pages, And A Social Stream
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twones: Profile aggregation for music
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Softpedia News:
Half of Firefox Users Had a Vulnerable Flash Version Installed
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Fwix Launches API For Real-Time Local News, Announces $2.75 Million Series A Round
Discussion: paidContent and silicontap.com
John Graham-Cumming / O'Reilly Radar:
How Alan Turing Finally Got a Posthumous Apology
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 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
NAVIGON Announces Traffic Live Feature for iPhone Navigation App
Discussion: Engadget, SlashPhone and The Toybox
Andrew Seymour / ITP.net:
Exclusive: i-mate shuts down
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Start-Up Tries to Revive Online Group Buying
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Michael Robertson Wants To Crowdsource Proof Of EMI's Lies …
Discussion: hypebot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Socializr Lays Off Staff, On DeadPool Watch
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
By Acquiring ReCaptcha, Google Acquired a Crowd Computer Along the Way
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:atul
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
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