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10:40 PM ET, September 23, 2009

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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google's Latest Ambition: A Universal Commenting System For The Web  —  A new feature on the toolbar—which is installed on millions of computers around the world—lets users comment about the content of any web page they visit; the comments are then visible to other toolbar owners when they visit that site (see screenshot to the left).
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Help and learn from others as you browse the web: Google Sidewiki  —  As you browse the web, it's easy to forget how many people visit the same pages and look for the same information.  Whether you're researching advice on heart disease prevention or looking for museums to visit in New York City …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google Sidewiki: Danger  —  Google just introduced Sidewiki, which enables anyone to comment on a page using Google's toolbar.  —  I see danger.  —  Google is trying to take interactivity away from the source and centralize it.  This isn't like Disqus, which enables me to add comment functionality on my blog.
Discussion: VentureBeat, louisgray.com and NPR Blogs, Thanks:atul
Pretty Boy / Gizmodo:
The Pink Phone Pictures Microsoft Doesn't Want You To See Yet  —  Project Pink is Microsoft's secret new phone, their first major phone play since the iPhone.  Here are the first pictures of Pink phones, Turtle and Pure.  —  These phones are going to be made by Sharp, who'll get to share branding with Microsoft.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Needs An App Store, Oneforty Provides One  —  With the explosion of Twitter mobile apps, web-based clients, and desktop applications, it was only a matter of time before someone launched an actual Twitter-focused app store.  Oneforty has built a marketplace to for basically all things Twitter …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Nokia To Acquire UK Startup Dopplr  —  Nokia has been on an acquisition tear lately, albeit mostly small deals (Plum, Cellity and Bit-Side all this year).  A source close to the deal says that they've just made one more acquisition: boutique travel social network Dopplr, headquartered in London.
Reuters:
Google CEO sees one small acquisition a month  —  PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said acquisitions are “turned on again” at the Internet company and expects to do one small deal a month instead of hiring new staff.  —  Schmidt also reiterated his view …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Nervous About Smooth iPhone MMS Launch - Source says that 10AM Eastern on Friday is the magic hour...  Insiders involved with AT&T's belated launch of iPhone MMS support tell us that everybody's highly anxious about the launch, as the carrier rushes to beef up infrastructure in order …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Last Has Fallen.  The Embargo Is Dead.  —  Late last year I announced a new policy at TechCrunch - we don't do embargoes.  Well, it was a little more complicated than that, and designed to stir up chaos in the PR ranks.  We said we'd break every embargo, and we also said we'd honor embargoes …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 8: More early clues start to emerge  —  As soon as Microsoft releases the final bits of a new Windows release to manufacturing — and often before — many users' thoughts turn to what's next.  —  Windows 7 and its server complement, Windows Server 2008 R2, were released to manufacturing in late July.
Discussion: Microsoft, Maximum PC and CloudAve, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
Details on Twitter's Imminent Geolocation Launch  —  Twitter's new geolocation support was supposed to launch for developers at today's Twitter Conference in LA (which I'm attending), but it wasn't quite ready yet.  Still, Twitter's platform lead Ryan Sarver announced several details about how it will work …
Discussion: Scobleizer, Mashable! and ProgrammableWeb, Thanks:atul
Mike Fleming / BFDealmemo:
Fincher Makes Facebook Connections  —  Columbia Pictures and director David Fincher have set its core cast for “The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama about the formation of Facebook.  —  Jesse Eisenberg will play founder Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Open Cafe In Paris To Build Windows 7 Buzz (Pics)  —  Microsoft is close to opening retail stores in several major cities across the planet, but in Paris they're doing something special in anticipation of the real shops and the imminent launch of the Windows 7 operating system.
cabel.name:
Windows 7 Party  —  Good news!  Microsoft recently released some very helpful tips for hosting your own Windows 7 party!  —  Can I just stop here, and can we be honest with each other?  Does this kind of acting resonate with anybody?  (As Steve noted, it's totally Shovin' Buddies! )
Reuters:
Palm shares rise on short covering, Nokia talk  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palm Inc (PALM.O) shares jumped to their highest level in nearly two years on Tuesday, fueled by short covering and renewed speculation that the smartphone maker may be a takeover target.
Discussion: mocoNews, Gadgetell and 9 to 5 Mac
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers; don't build a paywall around a public good  —  NYU professor and Internet thinker Clay Shirky gave a talk Tuesday at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, our friends just on the other side of Harvard Square.
Discussion: Snarkmarket, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Confused Justine Bateman Attacks ‘Human Waste’ on Tumblr  —  The internet continues to baffle and comically anger Justine Bateman.  The Family Ties star and manic blogger is calling people “s**thead” and “human waste” for spamming her Twitter homepage, unaware she's seeing a new feature announced over a month ago.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Switched
Adobe:
Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac  —  For immediate release  —  Intelligent Technology and Ease of Use Delivers the Power to Do More with Photos  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe®Photoshop®Elements 8 software available …
Discussion: Imaging Insider, MacRumors and TUAW
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Timed Its Underwater Options Bailout Perfectly  —  Google's move to reprice underwater employee stock options earlier this year couldn't have come at a better time.  —  After remarking yesterday that Google shares traded above $500 for the first time in more than a year …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Emo Labs and Liaise win $1M media prize  —  Two companies have been selected at the DEMOfall 09 conference to receive $1 million in free advertising.  The winner on the consumer side was Emo Labs, which developed a speaker that delivers great sound, despite the limited space in high-definition TVs.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Over 30 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones to be launched before year-end, says Microsoft executive  —  More than 30 smartphones running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 from a total of over 15 handset vendors are to be launched before the end of 2009, according to Benjamin Tan, senior director, GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Pho.to's a basic version of Photoshop on the web  —  Adobe Photoshop has been a must-have editing tool for almost two decades.  But with photos moving to the cloud on sites like Facebook and Flickr, VicMan Software says there's a room for a web-based competitor.
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Before Choosing an E-Book, Pondering the Format  —  Steve Jordan, a self-published science fiction novelist, has to make lots of decisions.  Although most of them involve plot points, narrative arcs and character development, Mr. Jordan has the added burden of deciding how to deliver the stories he creates to his online audience.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DEMO: OrganIP hopes to make phone numbers a thing of the past  —  A new service called OrganIP makess it possible to speak anyone's name and call them using voice over IP technology.  A company called Digitrad developed the service by combining its Yes.tel unified identity technology …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Sharing in a crisis  —  Co-working, where small companies office share space and expertise, is a growing trend in Silicon Valley now that even Google is laying off workers, writes Bobbie Johnson  —  When walking through Sandbox Suites, a small office just south of San Francisco's City Hall …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Skype Plans to Dominate Business Telephony  —  Skype, a division of eBay, is likely to announce tomorrow that the beta version of its Skype for SIP offering will interoperate with Cisco Systems' Unified Communications 500 system.  This follows closely on the heels of similar arrangements struck …
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay CEO says Skype deal “is going to close”  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe said on Wednesday that recent lawsuits will not derail a $1.9 billion deal to sell a majority interest in Web telephone unit Skype to an investor group.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Dotgo: The Web via Text Messaging  —  Lots of Web sites use SMS short codes to let users retrieve quick hits of information-movie listings, weather, and the like-via text messages on their mobile phones.  Which is cool, except for the fact that the codes (short though they may be) are tough to remember.
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Andrey / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry Desktop Software: a Closer Look at the Mac OS Version  —  BlackBerry® Desktop Software is now compatible with the Mac OS platform, and the upcoming release is just around the corner.  We'd like to take this opportunity to share some details about the key features included in v1.0.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
WARNING: Twitter Worm Spreading via Direct Messages  —  We have received multiple reports that a new, convincing, and dangerous worm and phishing scam is making the rounds on Twitter.  Hacked accounts are sending DMs to users and stealing their login information.
Discussion: InfoWorld, eWeek and CNET News
 
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Grant Gross / CIO.com:
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Facebook sued over social networking patent
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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