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8:00 AM ET, September 28, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With Google Places, Concerns Rise That Google Just Wants To Link To Its Own Content  —  One of the original goals of Google has always been to help people find the information they are looking for and get out of the way as fast as possible.  It was a point of pride, and in fact a design principle …
Thanks:atul
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Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Where Are Google Places Pages Going?  To the Index?  —  Last week when Google Map's new Place's pages were introduced it was noted that they were not going to be indexed (there is a great discussion going on at Greg's blog now) leaving the impression amongst many that they would sit, isolated, in the Maps siloh.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Unearths A Secret: Journalists Have Opinions  —  “All Washington Post journalists relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens.  Post journalists must recognize that any content associated with them in an online social network is, for practical purposes …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WaPo's Social Media Guidelines Paint Staff Into Virtual Corner; Full Text of Guidelines  —  Late Friday afternoon, Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Senior Editor Milton Coleman sent a memo to the staff with a social media policy—effectively immediately—aimed at staffers' use of …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Zune HD: The best portable media player you may never buy  —  On Friday, I bought a Zune HD 32, so that you wouldn't have to.  —  On Monday, I may return it.  —  The Zune HD is perhaps the best portable media player released by any vendor — even better than iPod touch.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple up to its old tricks, pushing unwanted software onto PCs  —  I don't own a lot of Apple products.  My wife has an iPhone (she loves it), but I don't.  I have an iPod Nano that I keep around for compatibility testing, but I haven't plugged it into a PC in this office in more than a year.
Kirby Chien / Reuters:
Unicom says to sell iPhones in China from October  —  China Unicom, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, said on Monday Apple's popular iPhone would be sold in China from October at a retail price of 5,000 yuan ($732.5).  —  Eight service packages will be available for iPhones ranging …
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist:
How Google Just Hurt Itself A Whole Lot  —  The Story  —  While that video might be taking things a little far, it does reflect a sentiment which a lot of people have right now.  —  Once upon a time (read: earlier this week), there was a little ROM that could called CyanogenMod.
Discussion: CyanogenMod and eWeek, Thanks:michaelklurfeld
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Xerox Corp said on Monday it will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc for $6.4 billion in a cash and stock deal that expands the copier company into technology outsourcing and data management.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009  —  UK would-be iPhone users desperate to avoid O2's network can take heart in the fact that rival network Orange have just announced they will be offering the iPhone 3GS later this year.  The Orange iPhone 3GS is yet to be priced …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Non-profit news ventures go big time  —  The founder of the Chi-Town Daily News, a pioneering grassroots journalism project, happened to phone last week shortly before word got out that a wealthy businessman had donated $5 million to launch a major non-profit news venture in San Francisco.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Dopplr confirms being acquired by Nokia, says nothing will change (for now)  —  So finally the official word is in, with a very short blog post by CEO Marko Ahtisaari: Dopplr has been acquired by Nokia.  —  Update: Nokia's press release  —  No word on price, but when Michael Arrington broke …
 
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David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles City Hall becomes tech giants' battlefield
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Find the answer to anything with StackExchange
Discussion: Slashdot
Howard Lindzon:
Deep Twitter Thoughts—How Would You Spend Twitter's $100 million?
Discussion: cdixon.org, Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Sprint Banks on WiMax to Win Back Market Share
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
Brad Stone / Bits:
Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers?
Discussion: Internet2Go, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Critics: AT&T griping over Google Voice a “red herring”
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The coming tablet wars
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:atul
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
‘Robot’ computer to mark English essays
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viagra spam brings bulging returns of more than $4,000/day
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com