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11:15 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.
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes Web development tools available for free
Discussion: Download Squad
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Announcing the WebsiteSpark Program
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seeking Alpha
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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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Confirmed — Nvidia Working on Chrome OS Tegra Devices  —  Earlier this month, rumors out of China indicated that we'd see Google Chrome OS devices running on Nvidia's Tegra platform.  I had a product briefing with Mike Rayfield, Nvidia's GM of Mobile Business, and heard it directly from the source.
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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 …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Cuts Price of Wii Console for First Time; Sony Makes PSP Cheaper  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Nintendo Co. cut the top-selling Wii's price for the first time and Sony Corp. lowered the cost of buying its PlayStation Portable player in Japan to help revive industry sales.
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
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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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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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla And Going: A Couple More iPhone Apps To Prove You Own This Town  —  Foursquare is the location-based iPhone app getting a lot of love in the press (and from VCs) these days.  And while there is no shortage of location social networking apps in the App Store, Foursquare works …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Under the Radar
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Antifeatures: big mistake that location app developers make
Discussion: TechCrunch
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile gets My Location and more  —  It's easier and faster than ever to search Google using your Windows Mobile phone.  Just visit m.google.com to download the latest version of Google Mobile App, which includes these new features:  — My Location.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Wacom Tablets Get Multi-Touch, Gestures  —  Input tablet maker Wacom has just updated its Bamboo line to accept multi-touch gestures from fingers as well as the more traditional pressure-sensitive pen.  There are three main models — pen only, touch-only, and one with everything.
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.
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
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Tweet, Tweet, Ka-Ching: Twitter is Changing the Way Nonprofits Make the Ask  —  Can non-profits raise awareness, increase membership, and—most critically—"make the ask" successfully on Twitter?  Can a 140-character message deliver the visceral wallop of, say, heart-wrenching footage …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's 2009 earnings up nearly 44% under new accounting rules - analyst  —  How much will Apple's (AAPL) reported earnings be affected by the new accounting rules approved Wednesday?  —  A lot, says Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.  —  In a note to clients issued early Thursday …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Clive Akass / Inquirer:
Golden-i microdisplay on show at ESC Boston  —  A WEARABLE COMPUTER will let you view documents on the equivalent of a 15in SVGA screen and navigate them by moving your head as if you are looking 'round a room.  —  The device, called Golden-i, was demonstrated yesterday at the ESC embedded systems event in Boston, Massachusetts.
Discussion: Engadget
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NetSuite Launches iPhone App To Access Business Software On The Go  —  NetSuite, a company that provides cloud-based business management software suites, is furthering its mobile strategy by launching a free iPhone app to compliment its web-based products.  The iPhone app gives NetSuite users …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Inside HP's Huge Tulsa Data Center  —  Yesterday marked a transition for EDS, which was officially rebranded as HP Enterprise Services.  There's been a lot of coverage of the business and employment impact of the deal.  But the acquisition also brought some exceptional data center facilities …
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New study says Palm Pre second only to iPhone 3GS in mindshare
Discussion: EverythingPre and Computerworld
Don E. Sears / eWeek:
Tech Jobs in Better Shape than Overall Private Sector
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Congrats to Dopplr? Maybe. But before the champagne, some context
Reuters:
Microsoft says no plans to buy Electronic Arts
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook wastes no time putting FriendFeed to work
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
AT&T-iPhone calling woes on redial
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Moritz Revisits Steve Jobs and Apple
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Time for Demo to change—a lot
Discussion: VentureBeat
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Before Choosing an E-Book, Pondering the Format
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers …
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