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6:55 PM ET, September 17, 2009

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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 …
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.
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
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Palm: 823,000 smartphone units shipped; Outlook lumpy  —  Palm's first quarter had multiple moving parts.  The company shipped 823,000 smartphones, announced plans to raise capital, beat estimates, delivered a mixed outlook and said the company's fortunes will be tied to product launches.
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npd.com:
Snow Leopard Leaps Out of the Gate: Sales for Latest Apple OS Far Exceed Prior Launches, According to NPD  —  Sales during the first two weeks of Apple's Snow Leopard OS X release far exceed those of the last two Apple operating systems.  According to leading market research company …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Early Snow Leopard Sales More Than Double Those of Leopard
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
On Demand Books Turns Google's eBook Archive Back Into Paperbacks  —  When you think about Google Books, chances are that you are thinking about eBooks and searching books on your desktop.  Starting today, however, On Demand Books, the makers of the Espresso Book Machine …
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups
Discussion: GMSV and Mashable!
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.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Don't Tweet On Me  —  Twitter shows that stupid stuff sells.  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 28, 2009  —  The comedian Dane Cook apparently believes he is building his brand by pumping out a steady stream of comments on Twitter, the microblogging site that lets you broadcast 140-character messages …
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ to Air Concerns With Google Books Deal  —  The Department of Justice is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that Google Inc. struck with book authors and publishers over the rights to distribute digital copies of certain books, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Dealscape
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 …
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).
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) …
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.
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 …
HP:
HP Names Marc Andreessen to Board of Directors  —  HP today announced that Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz and co-founder and chairman of Ning, has been elected to serve on the HP board of directors.  —  Andreessen will join the board immediately …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Boss Hangs Up on Landline Phone Business  —  Roll over in your grave, Alexander Graham Bell.  —  That was in effect what Ivan Seidenberg, the chief executive of Verizon Communications — one of the largest descendents of the old Bell System — declared Thursday morning.
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.
Martin Gordon:
So I Got A Call From An App Store Reviewer  —  The latest update to Flickup was rejected last week because of an admittedly semi-sketchy keyword (I had mentioned a competitor in my keywords).  I fixed the keyword issue, and because of some confusion on my part surrounding the amendment process, I uploaded a new binary as well.
Thanks:pospischil
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pay Developers to Write Apps for webOS?  “Rubbish.”  —  Lots of jawing yesterday over reports that Palm is paying developers to bring their mobile apps to the webOS platform.  In an interview with TechCrunch earlier this week, the founders of CitySourced-a “real time mobile civic engagement tool” …
Discussion: PreCentral.net and Palm WebOS
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 …
 
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David F. Carr / Baseline:
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
WSJ Mobile Pay Plans Start Next Month; Includes Browser Access
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Waxman Throws Support to Network Neutrality
Discussion: CNET News and internetnews.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Someday, AdSense Publishers May Know Google's Cut Of Ad Revenues
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Corkd Is Back With A New CEO, Winery Fan Pages, And A Social Stream
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Internet users expect websites to load twice as fast now as in 2006
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James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
The Beatles Rock Band Exceeding Expectations, says Viacom
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Fwix Launches API For Real-Time Local News, Announces $2.75 Million Series A Round
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Intel's Not-So-Mighty Atom
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