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5:30 AM ET, September 25, 2009

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Deal Journal:
Breaking News: Twitter to Raise $100 Million From Insight, T. Rowe Price, Other Investors  —  The WSJ's Michael Corkery and Jessica E. Vascellaro report:  —  Twitter, the messaging web site that has become an Internet sensation, is nearing a deal to close as much as $100 million of new funding …
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Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT  —  CHICAGO—September 24, 2009—37signals is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% of the company in exchange for $1.  —  Founder Jason Fried informed …
Discussion: TechFlash and CloudAve
Brad Stone / Bits:
Twitter to Become Tech's Newest $1 Billion Company  —  Twitter, the fashionable microblogging service, is set to close a round of financing of around $100 million that values the three-and-a-half-year-old start-up at $1 billion, according to a person briefed on the company's plans.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Palm Pre's Arrival at Verizon Shelved  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. (TheStreet) — Palm's (PALM Quote) Pre phone isn't making the cut at Verizon (VZ Quote).  —  The Pre, Palm's premier touch-screen smartphone, which has been an exclusive offering this year at Sprint (S Quote), had been scheduled to arrive at Verizon in January.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Interview With Steve Ballmer: Products, Competition, The Road Ahead  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited Silicon Valley on Thursday for his annual meeting with top venture capitalists to talk about Microsoft product strategy.  This was his first visit to Silicon Valley since announcing …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple ready and waiting with redesigned iMac line  —  Apple as early as this month will begin to fill out its 2009 Mac product line with a new family of iMacs sporting classier enclosures and a few added bells and whistles, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one …
Lisa Barone / Outspoken Media:
Seth Godin Tries Out Brandjacking  —  Seth Godin has ginormous balls.  There, I said it.  —  This morning, Seth used his much respected blog to reveal the news about Brands In Public.  If you missed it (and if you did, you should really adjust the volume on your Internet) …
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Lior Ron / The Official Google Blog:
Place Pages for Google Maps: There are places we remember!  —  Google Maps is a great tool for exploring places — you can pan around the map, zoom in and see nearby places, look around in Street View and search for whatever you want.  But what I always wanted to do is be able to get a clear understanding of what a place is all about.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches “Place Pages,” Gets Rid Of Tabbed Info Bubble
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
WMPoweruser.com:
Ballmer re poor execution in Windows Mobile: “We've pumped in some new talent” “This will not happen again”  —  Microsoft is hosting a Venture Capital Summit today at Mountain View, being attended by around 200 Venture Capitalists.  Like everything else these days, the event is live on Twitter …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why You Can't Trust Google  —  If, like our little company, you run your business using Google Apps, you're playing with fire.  For time and again, the company has proven that despite all its talk, its offerings are as unreliable as those of any other service provider.
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Gmail Still More Reliable Than Many Corporate Email Systems
Thanks:mgcreed
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Google Chrome Frame makes IE less secure  —  Microsoft does not recommend that Internet Explorer users install Google Chrome Frame, in order to avoid having more security issues.  —  The release of Google Chrome Frame, a new open source plugin that injects Chrome's renderer …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It Took A Year, But Fitness Gadget Fitbit Will Finally Launch  —  Fitness gadget Fitbit was a hit at last year's TechCrunch50, where it created a ton of buzz and was a runner-up for the top prize.  Of course, we all know that it takes hardware companies longer to launch than software startups …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Books Settlement Delayed Indefinitely  —  As currently written, the controversial settlement between Google and groups representing publishers and authors is officially dead.  On Thursday, a federal judge gave the parties time to negotiate a new deal that would address some of the many objections filed by various groups.
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Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
Google Book-Scan Project Challenged in French Court
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft pulls music service from wireless carriers  —  Musiwave goes Zune only  —  Exclusive Nearly two years after spending $46m to acquire the Musiwave mobile tunes service, Microsoft has informed wireless carriers they can no longer use the service once their contracts expire, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Orders Google To Deactivate User's Gmail Account  —  In a highly unusual move, a federal judge has ordered Google to deactivate the email account of a user who was mistakenly sent confidential financial information by a bank.  —  The order, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge James Ware …
Discussion: Techdirt
Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Google announces Project 10^100 themes  —  Google has finally whittled down the more than 150,000 ideas submitted as part of its Project 10^100 to 16 themes that will compete for $10 million in funding.  —  It's taken far longer than Google had originally anticipated, but the results …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early debut for Windows 7 PCs  —  Eager to get your hands on a new PC with Microsoft's Windows 7 preinstalled?  If you play your cards right, you could get one as much as a week or more in advance of the software's official Oct. 22 release.  —  A custom computer maker in the Seattle region …
Discussion: Technologizer and Maximum PC
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Launches Major Green Effort  —  It's being more forthcoming with environmental data—and working to change the terms of the debate  —  In recent years, Apple (AAPL) has been hammered by several environmental groups.  Greenpeace singled it out for its use of toxic chemicals in 2007 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Music Publishers Push LyricWiki Into Wikia's Arms  —  In August, we wrote how music publishers were suing lyrics sites (and their owners) for daring to “profit off the backs of songwriters.”  That, of course, makes no sense.  People go to find lyrics to music because they already …
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Palm Pre price drops to $99 on Amazon  —  I just noticed the Palm Pre has finally made it's way down from $199 to $149 and now $99 on Amazon.com.  You can avoid the hassle of visiting a retail store by ordering online.  There's no need to fill in any rebate forms either as Amazon is selling …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Sites now works with third-party applications  —  Google Sites, a tool for creating internal websites where your company can collaborate, can now work with the rest of your business software, Google says.  The search giant is releasing an application programming interface (API) …
NetNewsWire Beta:
NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone now on App Store  —  Both free and premium versions of NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone are on the App Store.  Both sync with Google Reader and include features such as starred items, post-to-Twitter, send-to-Instapaper, embedded browser, in-app email, and more.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, TheAppleBlog and MacNN
 
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
HP sees tech rebound
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Verizon Wireless Plans Mass LTE Deployment
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture: Who Were The Other Potential Bidders?
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Behind the Apple-Eminem Feud
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter “Reckless Hulu Streams”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Contentinople and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Guardian News and Media: Media vultures circling for PaidContent.org
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Ad data implies only 23% of iPhone owners updated to 3.1
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Brands Flickr; Users Retaliate
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Yes, It Makes Money On The App Store
Discussion: Techgeist, Digits and VatorNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The HP DreamScreen Not So Dreamy
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New study says Palm Pre second only to iPhone 3GS in mindshare
 

 
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