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9:00 AM ET, September 24, 2009

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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Steps Where Many Have Stumbled: Sidewiki  —  By 2001 web startup Third Voice, which let people annotate websites via a browser plugin, was done.  Website owners just didn't like the idea of people “defacing” their websites with comments they couldn't control.
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The Official Google Blog:
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 …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft giving free tools — lots of them — to woo Web designers  —  Web designers haven't exactly rushed out to buy Microsoft's Expression design tools, which are aimed at a market dominated by Adobe.  —  But small design shops may have trouble resisting a new offer that Microsoft's unveiling today …
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Announcing the WebsiteSpark Program
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
TomTom iPhone car kit in UK Apple store for £100  —  There's no need to Sellotape your iPhone to a dashboard anymore.  Thanks to a tweet from Mark Owen this morning, we've found out that the TomTom car kit for the iPhone 3GS is now available to pre-order from the UK Apple store …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Engadget Mobile
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom Car Kit for iPhone Appears in Apple's European Online Stores
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Antifeatures: big mistake that location app developers make  —  This week I got a press release from Gowalla.  It went on and on about how much better its feature set was than Foursquare, a point of view backed up by one of my favorite tech writers, Zee, so I gave it a second chance.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla And Going: A Couple More iPhone Apps To Prove You Own This Town
Discussion: Under the Radar and The Web Life
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC HD2 (aka, Leo) launching on O2 UK October 12th?  —  A trusted tipster with a proven past just gave us the launch day scoop on the hotly anticipated HTC Leo.  A Windows Mobile 6.5 handset we recently spied with HD2 branding and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800x480 resolution …
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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.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Vodafone Unveils ‘360’ Social Phonebook Layer For Samsung, Other Handsets  —  Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has unveiled Vodafone 360, and it's not an app store.  The service is first a piece of software, layered on top of handsets' own OS, that aggregates users' friends and messaging.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook wastes no time putting FriendFeed to work  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Facebook has unleashed a Tornado, and it's hoping that some eager engineers will go catch it.  —  Earlier this month, Facebook released the open-source Web server framework called Tornado, which powers the real …
BBC:
‘Tweeting’ medics expose patients  —  Medics posting messages on networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are breaching patient confidentiality, a leading journal reveals.  —  Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found examples of web gossip by trainee doctors sharing private patient stories and details.
Discussion: textually.org
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Wi-Fi Alternative When the Network Gets Clogged  —  Talk about falling short of expectations.  —  In the last year, millions of people have snapped up new smartphones, filled them with apps and promptly found out that they couldn't actually use them.  —  The problem?
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
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! )
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Teaching Moment For Lily Allen [Update: And *Poof* Goes Her Blog]  —  In my last post about Lily Allen's hypocrisy in uploading tons of songs without authorization, while saying it's good to cut off internet access for regular uploaders, one of the commenters made a good point …
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 and Media Nation, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Reuters:
Sony PS3 sales jump after price cut; shortage looms  —  * PS3 sales up 300 percent weeks after price cut  —  * Solid PS3 sales could lead to PS3 shortages  —  * Sony on track to meet goal of 13 mln units sold in FY  —  Sales of the PlayStation 3 video game console jumped in the weeks …
Julian Dibbell / Wired News:
The Assclown Offensive: How to Enrage the Church of Scientology  —  In the evening of January 15, 2008, a 31-year-old tech consultant named Gregg Housh sat down at the computer and paid a visit to one of his favorite Web sites, the message board known as 4chan.
 
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Cisco CEO Optimistic About the Economy
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Time for Demo to change—a lot
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