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2:15 PM ET, September 25, 2009


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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 …
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.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: Reports that Verizon Snubbed Palm “Off Base”  —  Analysts who follow Palm (PALM) are already rolling their eyes over'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.”
Palm Repeats Plans After Report Verizon May Snub Pre  —  Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) — Palm Inc., maker of the Pre smart phone, reiterated its plan to work with additional wireless carriers in the second half of fiscal 2010.  —  The announcement came after reported …
Scott Moritz /
Exclusive: Palm Pre's Arrival at Verizon Shelved
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Intel Developer Forum: The top 9 takeaways
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.
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 and Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gavin Newsom / Mashable!:
San Francisco Launches City App Store
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
Basheera Khan /
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
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
O2 denies delaying 0870 app for the iPhone - so was it Apple?
Discussion: MacNN
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
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 …
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.
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  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 …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
We Hold Twitter Ransom For $100 Billion Dollars
Discussion: Twittercism
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.
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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Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google Maps to be plastered with ads
Discussion: Fast Company
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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Dominic Casciani / BBC:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It Took A Year, But Fitness Gadget Fitbit Will Finally Launch
Discussion: MobileContentToday

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