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11:35 AM ET, September 27, 2009


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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010  —  Remember how Intel showed off its new, advanced optical standard — Light Peak — this past week on a Hackintosh?  Well it turns out there's more to that story than you probably know …
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
RIM Working on a Native Twitter Client... Should They?!  —  A while back now I heard that RIM was working on their own Twitter client (project banshee) and with some word of it starting to surface today figured it was about to time drop some details.  It'll be a BIS-B Push based handheld …
Discussion: BlackBerry Sync
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker:
Android Open Source Model Has a Short Circuit  —  Last year, Google entered the mobile phone market with a Linux-based mobile operating system.  The company brought together device manufacturers and carriers in the Open Handset Alliance, explaining that, “Together we have developed Android™ …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
You're not on Twitter's suggested user list but you are in good company:  —  OK, so when Twitter came out with its Suggested User List I went through a bunch of emotions.  Hatred.  Jealousy.  Self loathing.  Blaming.  Anger.  Denial.  All that kind of stuff.
Josh Catone / Mashable!:
6 Incredible Twitter Powered Art Projects  —  Twitter has brought us many things.  It lets us communicate in real-time about breaking news events, it lets us share content like photos, music, and videos, and it lets us do business in new ways.  But Twitter is also being used to power …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viagra spam brings bulging returns of more than $4,000/day  —  Pharmaceutical spam can generate more than $4,000 per day in sales, confirming that spam continues to thrive because of those gullible few who click through and ruin it for the rest of us.  And that's not just an estimate …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Gizmodo and
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple close to unveiling all-new MacBook line  —  An initiative on the part of Apple to retain and redesign its low-cost polycarbonate MacBook line due to ongoing economic uncertainties is now believed to be closer to fruition than once thought, AppleInsider has been told.
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
‘Robot’ computer to mark English essays  —  The owner of one of England's three major exam boards is to introduce artificial intelligence-based automated marking of English exam essays in the UK from next month.  —  Pearson, the American-based parent company of Edexcel, is to use computers to …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jason Robitaille /
Video Recording On The Pre: Seeing Is Believing  —  We all knew it was just a matter of time before video recording came to the Pre.  The camera and other hardware are easily strong enough to support it.  It's just the software that needs to be upgraded.  —  Over last few weeks there's …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The worst Microsoft ads of all time  —  A cringe-inducing Microsoft advert has been doing the rounds this week - but there are plenty of other skeletons in the company's closet  —  Earlier this week I linked to the horrendous Windows 7 ‘party’ video, which tickled our funny bones for all the wrong reasons.
Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre:
Palm Pre for $79.99 at Walmart  —  Just a few days ago, we saw the Palm Pre hit Amazon for $100.  Those willing to go through the rebate process can get the Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement.  The $100 mail-in rebate goes through Let's Talk, who handles wireless sales for Walmart.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Share the Moment and Spread the Wealth  —  THE blog is emblematic of Web sites these days in one respect: it seems to desperately want readers to share its insights with their friends.  —  At the top of each article on this online resource for Web developers …
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Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post Editor Ends Tweets as New Guidelines Are Issued
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
A Brilliant Open Letter Song On Piracy To Lily Allen
Discussion:, Techgeist and
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mozilla coders are misguided over App Store criticisms
Discussion: Ben Galbraith's Blog and CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Some More Positive Murmurs for Web Ads
Discussion: Contentinople, Thanks:atul
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
BoinxTV Moves to Apple's Snow Leopard OS
Discussion: Macworld
 Earlier Items: 
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Earn 43 cents every time you infect a Mac
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Pandora: From Near-Death to Profitability in a Year
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:thinkmantra
PC World:
Freecom to Sell Early USB 3.0 Portable Drive
Discussion: I4U News
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Browser makers complain about Microsoft's ballot-screen fix
Discussion: Wall Street Journal