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4:30 PM ET, September 25, 2009

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Twitter Blog:
New Twitter Funding  —  There's a lot of talk today about our financing.  A few hours ago we closed a significant round of funding with a group of investment firms that we're excited to publicly thank: Insight Venture Partners, T. Rowe Price, Institutional Venture Partners, Spark Capital and Benchmark Capital.
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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.
Chris / cdixon.org:
The Twitter investment and the decline of venture capital
Thanks:atul
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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Activates MMS Functionality for U.S. iPhone Users  —  As previously scheduled, AT&T has activated MMS for iPhone 3G and 3GS users in the United States, bringing to an end months of speculation and waiting since software support for the feature was introduced in iPhone OS 3.0 in mid-June.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: Reports that Verizon Snubbed Palm “Off Base”  —  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 lineup.  In a research note this morning, Deutsche Bank's Jonathan Goldberg dismissed it as “off base.”
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent, DigiDave and Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Gavin Newsom / Mashable!:
San Francisco Launches City App Store
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Thanks:atul
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Apple's Shadow Hangs Over Game Console Makers  —  TOKYO — As video game giants like Sony and Microsoft touted their new gizmos at the Tokyo Game Show this week, industry executives had more than the coming holiday sales season on their minds.  —  Apple's recent foray into video games …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Basheera Khan / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Busted!  Did O2 and BT try to mug iPhone users?  —  Victory!  The 0870 application I blogged about in June, which was available in the Google Android marketplace but conspicuously absent from the iTunes App Store, has finally received the green light.  If you're an iPhone user you can download it today, free of charge.
Discussion: 901am and TechCrunch Europe
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
O2 denies delaying 0870 app for the iPhone - so was it Apple?
Discussion: MacNN
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM signals price war potential; Fallout could be substantial  —  Research in Motion's second quarter sounded alarm bells and may have signaled a smartphone price war, according to analysts.  The company's contention that it would target a ‘more mainstream’ market was viewed as a sign …
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 …
Chris Kern / The Official Google Blog:
Jump to the information you want right from the search snippets  —  For most search results, Google shows you a few lines of text to give you an idea of what the page is about — we call this a “search snippet.”  Recently, we've enhanced the search snippet with two new features that make it easier …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Intel looks to television future  —  By 2015 more than 12 billion devices will be capable of connecting to 500 billion hours of TV and video content, says chip giant Intel.  —  It said its vision of TV everywhere will be more personal, social, ubiquitous and informative.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Intel Developer Forum: The top 9 takeaways
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 …
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google Maps to be plastered with ads  —  THEY know where you are and where you have been but now, with the help of internet mapping technology, advertisers are trying to predict what you want.  —  In the coming weeks Google will put logos for fast food chains, coffee shops, hotels and travel agents on its popular maps site.
Discussion: Fast Company
Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
Report: Apple to unveil new iMacs by mid-October  —  Analysts agree the iMac desktop computer needs a facelift but are unsure whether now's the right time  —  Apple will refresh its iMac desktop computer within a matter of weeks and will unveil the first revamp of the all-in-one's exterior since mid-2007 …
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, AppScout and Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Video: Phoenix Instant Boot BIOS starts loading Windows in under a second  —  Phoenix is showing off a few interesting things at IDF, but the real standout is their new Instant Boot BIOS, a highly optimized UEFI implementation that can start loading an OS in just under a second.
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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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
More Last.fm Old Timers Jumping From CBS' Ship
Discussion: Open Access News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Car Kit for iPhone to Be Priced at $119.95 in U.S.
Discussion: GPS Tracklog and CrunchGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Localyte Launches iPhone App To Be Your Personal Sherpa
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Chinese iPhones to start at $300, $18.45/mos.
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacNN
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hotmail Co-founder's New Firm Acquires A Second VoIP Startup: Mobivox
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It Took A Year, But Fitness Gadget Fitbit Will Finally Launch
Discussion: MobileContentToday
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Place Pages for Google Maps: There are places we remember!
 

 
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