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Brad Stone / Bits:
Apple Rehires a Developer of Its Newton Tablet  —  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ eschipul/ |  Michael Tchao  —  If you were gearing up to launch a tablet computer — and these days, who isn't — who would you hire to market it?  One obvious candidate would be Michael Tchao …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Latitude Z Hands On: Kills Cords Completely With Wireless Charging  —  Someone at Dell must have tripped over some wires and after cleaning up the bloody gash came up with the $2,000 anti-cord Latitude Z: It has wireless charging and wirelessly connects to displays too.
Vodafone:
Vodafone to Sell iPhone in UK and Ireland  —  Vodafone and Apple today confirmed that they have reached agreement to bring iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to the UK and Ireland in early 2010.  —  Beginning today, Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland customers can register their interest in iPhone 3G …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google, bank resolve issue over misfired e-mail  —  A bank that accidentally sent sensitive customer information to a Gmail address and persuaded a judge to order Google to deactivate the account has resolved the issue with Google and the companies have filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms free security software ships Tuesday  —  Slates 4.7MB Security Essentials for download in the morning, Pacific time  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today confirmed that it will launch its free security software suite, which has been in development for almost a year, Tuesday morning.
The Official Google Blog:
Back to school with Google Docs  —  As interns on the Google Docs team this past summer, we were excited to be able to work on making Google Docs that much more useful for students like us.  We've now added a bunch of back to school features which should help our fellow students make the transition …
Josh Carr / TUAW:
Still doubt Apple's desire for portable gaming clout?  Here's proof...  This afternoon, we received a tip from one of our readers about an awesome ad on the IGN.com website.  We chased the bait and decided to check it out.  We're really glad we did.  What we found was the ad above.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Newegg reveals Windows 7 OEM prices  —  Online retail store Newegg has posted Windows 7's OEM prices, and as always they're much cheaper than the retail versions.  —  Newegg.com today unveiled prices for OEM editions of Windows 7, and as always, they're significantly lower than the full retail versions …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ping is Like a Free SMS Client For iPhone and iPod Touch Users  —  This Ping app by the guy who made PushGmail is a mix between text messaging and instant messaging.  What you need to know is that it's free and it's fast.  —  Ping is designed to look like the SMS app, and behaves much the same way.
Discussion: Gear Live and The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CNN Launching Pay iPhone App; Live Streaming For $2 Plus Ads  —  While Dow Jones follows through with plans to convert some of its iPhone and BlackBerry free app users to paid subscribers, CNN is jumping right into the premium market—although in a small way.
comScore, Inc.:
Google Sites Surpasses 10 Billion Video Views in August  —  Average Video Viewer Watched Nearly 10 Hours of Online Video During the Month  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released August 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Peek Pronto now offered for $299 with lifetime service  —  The Peek has been around for a year already and surprise, surprise, it's still around.  In fact, you can now snag one without a monthly subscription charge for $299 exclusively from Amazon.  Now, I'm not saying you should spend $299 …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Foreign Airlines Ahead of U.S. on Cellphone Use  —  Cellphone use on airplanes, it would seem, is on extended hold in the United States.  —  The national union representing flight attendants wants Congress to ban in-flight phone calls, and survey after survey of airline passengers shows strong opposition …
Discussion: Technologizer and Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 finally ready for AT&T: $300 on October 4?  —  Let's just be brutally honest here: Garmin-Asus' nuvifone G60 is basically the Duke Nukem of phones.  We've been following it since before Garmin and ASUS formed their joint venture, since before we we had an inkling …
jwz:
My ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm and their App Catalog submission process.  —  A few days after the Palm Pre was released, I wrote a couple of programs for it: a restaurant Tip Calculator, and a port of Dali Clock.  These were, as far as I'm aware, the 2nd …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
Hyung Lee / The Daily Princetonian:
Kindles yet to woo University users  —  When the University announced its Kindle e-reader pilot program last May, administrators seemed cautiously optimistic that the e-readers would both be sustainable and serve as a valuable academic tool.  But less than two weeks after 50 students received …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr Now Supports OpenStreetMap Tags  —  Flickr just announced support for OpenStreetMap, the wiki-like mapping service that allows users to create and edit maps.  Starting today, photos that are tagged with an OpenStreetMap node ID will include a link to OpenStreetMap (OSM) right underneath the photo.
Discussion: Code and digg.com
DigiTimes:
Blu-ray notebook expected to take off in 2H10  —  Shipment volumes of Blu-ray disc drive-equipped notebooks are unlikely to take off until the second half of 2010, according to sources from Taiwan-based optical drive makers.  —  Blu-ray notebooks are currently still limited to the high-end market due …
Discussion: Maximum PC and TechSpot
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Court Dismisses WPP's $13 Million Lawsuit Against Spot Runner  —  WPP Group's lawsuit against web-based TV creative ad agency Spot Runner for securities fraud and breach of contract has been dismissed, sources close to the legal dispute tell paidContent.  WPP, which helped lead a $40 million funding …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and VentureBeat
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Recovery.gov relaunch puts stimulus spending on the map  — IT TOPICS:Analytics & Data Mining, Business Intelligence, Emerging Technology, Government & Regulation, Internet  —  Want to know where federal stimulus dollars are being spent in your state, your county, your town or on your street?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Tweetie 2 Takes The Best iPhone Twitter App And Ups The Sex Appeal  —  There is absolutely no shortage of Twitter apps available for the iPhone.  But in my mind (and the minds of many others) one stands above all the rest: Tweetie.  And while the app has undergone several small tweaks since …
Chris / cdixon.org:
The new economy  —  According to the Business Insider, Facebook is “'Beating The S— Out Of Its Numbers' Thanks To Zynga's Virtual Goods.”  I wanted to try to understand this new, emerging economy.  —  It all starts when a user sees an ad on Facebook:  —  After clicking and installing the app …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Charter / Times of London:
iPods may have to carry health warnings  —  Portable music players may have to carry health warnings under proposals from the European Commission.  —  Apple, which makes the iPod, and other manufacturers will be asked either to display labels advising users of the damaging long-term effects …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony embraces small publishers and unknown authors on Sony Reader eBook store  —  The shift toward digital books is helping small-fry authors and publishers to get in front of wider audiences than ever before.  That trend is being reinforced today as Smashwords announces that it has a distribution agreement …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Secret Service Investigating Facebook Poll Asking Whether Obama Should Be Killed  —  The Secret Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding an eye-opening Facebook poll that asked whether Obama should be assassinated, a Secret Service spokesman confirms to us.
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
St. Cloud shutting down the nation's first citywide free Wi-Fi network  —  In 2006, St. Cloud started offering free wireless Internet service to its residents, declaring itself the first in the nation to do so.  But faced with a $1.3 million budget shortfall, city leaders have decided to shut down the network.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Weisel Raises Apple Target to $210; Sees $800 Macbook  —  Thomas Weisel analyst Doug Reid this morning raised his estimates for sales and profit for Apple (AAPL) for this fiscal year and next, writing that “store checks” indicate demand remains healthy, IT spending is set to tick upward …
Discussion: Reuters, The Mac Observer and MacNN
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Floods Twitter With Status Updates; Now No. 2 Source of Short Links.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Webware.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues Talent Scoop, Takes Digg's UX Guy
Discussion: marktrammell.com and digg.com
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Do We Still Buy the Myth of the Can-Do Celebrity CEO?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Apps Outage Caused by High Load to Google Contacts
Discussion: Maximum PC and CloudAve
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ignoring RIAA lawsuits cheaper than going to trial
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