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11:20 AM ET, September 25, 2009

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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: broadstuff 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
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.
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John Paczkowski / All Things Digital:
Analyst: Reports that Verizon Snubbed Palm “Off Base” [Digital Daily]  —  Analysts who follow Palm (PALM) are already rolling their eyes over TheStreet.com's claim that Verizon (VZ) has balked at adding the company's new Pre handset to its line-up.  In a research note this morning Deutsche …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and PreCentral.net
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Twitter Appears Set to Raise $100 Million, Valuing It at $1 Billion  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has trained people to compress their thoughts into 140 characters and given a public stage to both dissidents in Iran and voluble stars like Shaquille O'Neal.  —  Now the start-up appears to have chalked up another achievement.
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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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Twitter close to $100m cash injection
PC World:
Intel to Ship New Pineview Netbook Chips in Q4  —  Intel will ship a new line of Atom processors for netbooks and nettops during the fourth quarter of this year, a company official said late on Wednesday.  —  Processors codenamed Pineview will succeed the Atom chips that currently go into most netbooks …
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Intel looks to television future
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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 …
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 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Apple to unveil new iMacs by mid-October
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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 …
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Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre:
Palm Pre Drops to $99.99 at Amazon
Discussion: PreCentral.net and Gadgetell
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.
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
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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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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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
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 …
 
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