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5:40 AM ET, September 19, 2009

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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our complete letter to the FCC regarding Google Voice for iPhone  —  Back in July, the FCC sent letters to Apple, AT&T, and Google asking about the rejection of the Google Voice for iPhone app.  —  When we submitted our letter on August 21, we asked the FCC to redact certain portions …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Releases A Nuke.  Apple Won't Win This Fight.  —  Well, something clearly broke down behind the scenes in the ongoing Apple/Google negotiations over Google Voice on the iPhone, because Google released one of two nukes it has been holding back.  In a letter to the FCC today …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Says It Again: We Did Not Reject Google Voice iPhone App  —  Apple (AAPL) disputes Google's (GOOG) claim that Apple rejected the Google Voice iPhone app.  —  An Apple rep writes:  —  “We do not agree with all of the statements made by Google in their FCC letter.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Google vs. Apple: Who's telling the truth?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google to Apple: You Lie
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. as Traffic Cop in ‘Net Neutrality’ Fight  —  FCC Proposal on Bandwith a Boon for Consumers and Silicon Valley, Blow to Telecoms  —  The U.S. government plans to propose broad new rules Monday that would force Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, seeking …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Lawsuit Brings Clarity To Skype's IP Problem (Prognosis: Screwed)  —  When a group of investors pooled their resources a few weeks ago to put a bid in to buy Skype from eBay, I thought there was a good chance that Skype's legal woes were behind them.  Apparently, I was wrong …
Discussion: 901am and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Skype-Joost Licensing Drama Déjà Vu for Friis & Zennström
Discussion: GigaOM and P2P Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Sues Volpi for Taking Tech to Make a Web Version of Skype
Discussion: PR Newswire, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
DOJ: Court should reject Google book search settlement  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Justice has come out against the proposed agreement to settle copyright lawsuits that authors and major publishers filed against Google over the search company's book search program.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces App Store Resource Center for iPhone Developers  —  In an e-mail sent today to registered iPhone developers, Apple announced the introduction of the App Store Resource Center (iPhone developer membership required), a new site within the iPhone Dev Center dedicated …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Cougar sighting at Microsoft?  —  Microsoft is already trying to fend off Snow Leopards.  Now, it has cougars to deal with too.  For the second day in a row, there's been an unconfirmed cougar sighting on Microsoft's Redmond campus near building 32.  —  A note to staffers gives some tips on what to do if they encounter a cougar.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Dorsey Talks About His New Venture, and Why Twitter Wasn't Called ‘Twitch’  —  Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, said Friday that his next venture would be based on themes similar to the microblogging service's and may focus on health care and financial services.
Luis Corrons / PandaLabs:
Your Facebook account is worth $100  —  Yesterday I came across (thanks Sean-Paul!) the following site, which really attracted my attention:  —  As you can see, it is an online service which promises to hack any Facebook account just for 100 bucks (!).  My first thought about this was …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
While We Wait For Chrome For Mac, Mozilla's Camino Gets An Update  —  While Mac users grow impatient for Google's Chrome browser to come to the platform, there's a small bit of good news today: A new beta version of the excellent Camino browser.  —  Camino is a browser built by Mozilla specifically for the Mac.
Thanks:mgcreed
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Closing In On Launch, Twitter Tweaks Its Retweet API And Shares A Picture  —  In the Twitter API Announcement Google Group today, developer Marcel Molina posted a couple interesting updates about the upcoming Retweet API.  —  First, the launch of the new API is “close at hand.”
Zacks Equity Research:
AT&T's Femtocell Coming Soon  —  AT&T (NYSE: T - News), the second largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscriber base, is set to unveil nation's first 3G femtocell product.  The device (called “3G Microcell) is expected to reach select U.S. markets including Atlanta, San Antonio, Seattle and North Carolina in the next week.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook settles Beacon case: No more Beacon, but there's a $9.5M “privacy fund”  —  More updates coming soon.  —  Below is a statement on the Beacon settlement agreement from Barry Schnitt, Facebook's Director of Policy Communications.  —  We learned a great deal from the Beacon experience.
Security Research & Defense:
Update on the SMB vulnerability situation  —  We'd like to give everyone an update on the situation surrounding the new Microsoft Server Message Block Version 2 (SMBv2) vulnerability affecting Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  — Easy way to disable SMBv2
Discussion: Zero Day and Security Watch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Perfect App To Start Your Weekend Off With A Drink - Or Several Drinks.  Fast.  —  I love the fact that Power Music Hour, a new app for the iPhone, never once mentions drinking in its App Store page description.  But anyone who has been to college in the past decade will know exactly what this app is for: A drinking game.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mint.com Founder Happy To Sell To Intuit, VC Conspiracy Wrong  —  Why did 28-year-old Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer sell his company to Intuit for $170 million after two years in business?  Why didn't he wait until the company's valuation was much bigger?  —  Because he got to sell his company …
VentureBeat:
Facebook: Twitter is “in the rear-view mirror”  —  Twitter may still be the media darling of the day, getting all kinds of attention amid its huge user growth earlier this year.  But Facebook, once considered Twitter's most fierce competitor because it also wants to let users post bite-sized updates online …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and Screenwerk
Samantha Young / Associated Press:
Calif. advances tough flat-screen energy standards  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Energy regulators on Friday moved forward with a plan that could ban the sale of the most power-hungry televisions from California retail stores.  —  The California Energy Commission released what it hopes …
 
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Google Book Search Blog:
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Karl Bode / broadbandreports.com:
Broadcasters, Cable Bicker Over ‘TV Everywhere’
Discussion: Techdirt
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile's Ray promises national HSPA+ deployment by mid-2010
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mint's iPhone App: Now With Budgets, Push Notifications …
Discussion: Mercury News and Macsimum News
Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Will Facebook kill Google?
Mike Bracco / The Next Web:
Google ready to unleash spiders and expose your Google Docs
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily, The BFF and PC World
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Revenue Projections For New Ad Exchange Leak
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 Earlier Items: 
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple, other retailers target of patent infringement suit
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TechCrunch50 conference founders reunite for 2010, blame it all on the puppets
Discussion: Gawker
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Is Set to Unveil Big Marketing Push
Milo Yiannopoulos / TechCrunch Europe:
Daniel Ek: Spotify will kill file-sharing, be a European home-run
Discussion: Music Ally and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
PC demand takes off ahead of Windows 7
Discussion: Technologizer
 

 
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