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12:30 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 …
Scott Moritz /
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV and WatchingTV Online
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Intel Developer Forum: The top 9 takeaways
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, AppScout and Gizmodo
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) …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Apple to unveil new iMacs by mid-October  —  Analysts agree the iMac needs a facelift, unsure whether now's the right time  —  Computerworld - 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: Guardian, MacNN, 901am and TechCrunch Europe
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
HP sees tech rebound
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