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11:10 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 …
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
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.
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
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
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: Under the Radar and The Web Life
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Antifeatures: big mistake that location app developers make
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Congrats to Dopplr?  Maybe.  But before the champagne, some context  —  So before we get into this, let's build the case for the defence.  Nokia has been acquiring lots of small startups lately (Plum, Cellity and Bit-Side this year) and now has a source that says they've bought boutique travel social network Dopplr.
Discussion: ArcticStartup and AppScout
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 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.
‘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
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
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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Time for Demo to change—a lot
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers …
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