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8:20 AM ET, September 21, 2009

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Pink and Microsoft Tablet (Take 2): A couple of updates  —  Project Pink and the rumored remake of a Microsoft Tablet are back on the rumor treadmill this weekend.  —  It's been quiet out there lately on both fronts.  Here's a recap — plus a couple of small updates — that I've heard recently about these two skunk-works efforts.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Robo.to TV Turns Status Messages Into Art  —  You know the viral “Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years”?  Well, what if Noah took a 4-second video of himself instead?  And what if everyone else did, too?  That's kind of the effect you get from the new Robo.to TV service …
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteStart:
Robo.to: They're Watching the Social Web in Real Time - But Will It Pay?  —  Particle, the Justin Timberlake-funded microapp development shop, is dedicated to creating “massively small” products that provide simple, creative solutions to real problems.  —  When we first reviewed their Robo …
Micheal Lopez / The Official Google Blog:
A mysterious series for H.G. Wells  —  You might have noticed an unexplained set of doodles on the Google homepage and a couple tweets from our official Twitter stream, @google, over the last two weeks.  On September 5th, we posted a doodle with the abduction of our second ‘o’ and a coded tweet …
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Project ‘Gaydar’  —  At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy  —  It started as a simple term project for an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier.  —  Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad …
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Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Gay men ‘can be identified by their Facebook friends’
Discussion: Mashable!
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Seeking More Info From iPhone 3.1 Users Reporting Poor Battery Life  —  An undisclosed number of users who have posted on Apple's discussion boards about poor battery life following the iPhone 3.1 software update are being contacted by AppleCare helpdesk with a hefty list of 11 follow-up questions.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Is Google giving Gmail back to the UK?  —  Four years ago, in October 2005, Google voluntarily renamed its Gmail service as ‘Google Mail’ in the UK.  This was to avoid a trademark dispute with a British company called Independent International Investment Research.
Thanks:drewhinde
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell does unlimited calling, but it ain't cheap  —  How much would you expect to pay to cover AT&T's dead zone using your own internet bandwidth?  We appreciate that these guys can't blanket every nook and cranny with HSPA, but carriers need to understand that femtocells …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe Gets Into Widget Distribution And Advertising With Help From Gigya  —  Many of the widgets scattered across the Web are made in Flash, but Adobe doesn't participate in the widget economy.  Today, it is taking a first tentative step towards changing that with the release …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson introduces a world first - the Motion Activated Headphones MH907  —  Escape the ordinary - listen to your favourite music and receive calls without touching a button with the Motion Activated Headphones MH907.  —  Sony Ericsson today unveils the world's first ever motion activated headphones that sense the user.
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion  —  Dell says it has agreed to buy the IT services company Perot Systems for about $3.9 billion as it looks to expand beyond the PC business, reports the Associated Press.  —  The Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Monday that it will offer $30 per share …
DEMO.com:
Who's Benefited from a DEMO Launch  —  With more than 20,000 technologies reviewed and 1,500 companies selected to launch on the DEMO stage over the past 19 years, DEMO has continually searched the globe to find innovation where it lives.  The DEMO Team has logged millions of miles …
Discussion: CNET News
Phone Arena:
Exclusive new images of the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  One of the more elusive phones to be released by Verizon later this year is the LG VX8575, known as the Chocolate Touch.  We first heard rumors this summer that Verizon was going to get a CDMA variant …
Discussion: SlashGear
TechCrunch:
What Have VCs Really Done for Innovation?  —  This is a guest post by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic.  He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University.  Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa.
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Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
VCs Are Useless? That's Bulls**t.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Hybrid Internet-TV Makes Progress in Europe
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Phorm sheds directors, grumpy website and... money?
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
GSM Palm Pre now looking at ‘autumn’ launch in Germany
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
At long last, GIMP v2.8 to finally implement single-window interface
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New Media Demands a New Kind of Media Company
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