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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 …
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: broadstuff, TechFlash and CloudAve
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
We Hold Twitter Ransom For $100 Billion Dollars  —  37signals founder Jason Fried probably had the post of the day today mocking Twitter's $1 billion valuation on its latest rumored round of funding.  The post, titled “PRESS RELEASE: 37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT” is very funny.
Discussion: Twittercism
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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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 …
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
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.
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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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 PCs to go on sale early  —  Windows 7, which is scheduled to launch on October 22, will be available nine days early via PC purchases from system builders, also called small custom PC makers.  —  If you've been putting off buying a new PC because you're waiting for Windows 7 to ship, you're in luck.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early debut for Windows 7 PCs
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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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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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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Note to Apple: Please Put This in the iPhone, Now  —  I need SmartScreen in my iPhone, an application that allows you to place Dashboard-like widgets on the lock screen, so you can quickly access small pills of information quickly without having to get into applications.  Smart, smooth, and oh-so-nice.
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
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
In San Francisco, Plans to Start News Web Site  —  A wealthy investor, a university journalism school and a public radio station have joined forces to create a nonprofit local news Web site for the San Francisco area, in what may be the largest and most ambitious of dozens of similar local news operations …
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google hits Android ROM modder with a cease-and-desist letter  —  So this is interesting: apparently Google's hit the developer of the Cyanogen modded Android ROM with a cease-and-desist letter, asking him to stop distributing the closed-source Google apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube.
Discussion: Android and Me, Android Central and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
How Could IPhone MMS Crash AT&T's Network?  —  All the hand wringing over the Friday launch of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) on AT&T iPhones may be misplaced for a service that hasn't been a huge success on most other phones.  —  Apple let down iPhone watchers and owners when it announced …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
Bus CCTV could predict assaults  —  CCTV security systems could soon spot an assault on a bus before it happens, according to a major research project.  —  The system, part of which has already been tested in laboratory conditions, looks for suspicious behaviour associated with crime.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel announces Atom CE4100 for insanely powerful cable boxes and Blu-ray players  —  Intel's CE3100 media chip has been behind some of the cooler demos they've done here at IDF, and it's just gotten a big brother, the Atom CE4100.  As you'd expect, the big change is the replacement …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel Developer Forum: The top 9 takeaways  —  The Intel Developer Forum wrapped up and there are a few weeks worth of presentations, keynotes and technical sessions to mull over.  In the meantime, here are my top takeaways from IDF.  —  1. Intel is increasingly about software.
 
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Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Wins Release of Telecom Lobbying Records
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Music Publishers Push LyricWiki Into Wikia's Arms
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Orders Google To Deactivate User's Gmail Account
Discussion: Techdirt
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Verizon Wireless Plans Mass LTE Deployment
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter “Reckless Hulu Streams”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Gizmodo and Contentinople, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Yes, It Makes Money On The App Store
Discussion: Techgeist, Digits and VatorNews
 

 
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