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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Good move, AT&T  —  Since launching our iPhone application six months ago, people have downloaded and installed Skype on 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch devices sold - making it clear that people are extremely interested in taking Skype conversations with them on the go.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone VoIP Apps To Run On AT&T's 3G Network  —  AT&T is changing its mind and now says iPhone VoIP apps will be able to run on its 3G wireless network.  —  Previously, Internet phone apps like Skype and the new Vonage app were forced to operate on wi-fi hotspots, which limits their utility.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T Greenlights VoIP For the iPhone.  Too Bad Google Voice Isn't VoIP.  —  Yesterday, we saw a Vonage app hit the App Store, which seemed to go against Apple and AT&T's previous stance that VoIP apps that work over the 3G (and 2G) network would not be allowed in the App Store.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19  —  This just in: the Kindle 2 is falling from $299 to $259 and they will be selling an international version with built-in AT&T SIM card for $279 on October 19.  Quoth the suits: … The new international model will be available for sale in 100 countries.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Unveils An Alternative To The iTunes Music Store, Powered By Amazon MP3  —  Last week doubleTwist, the media management software company with DVD Jon as its CTO, released a remake of Apple's classic 1984 commercial featuring none other than Steve Jobs as a malevolent dictator.
Simon Fletcher / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Facebook design refreshment in the works [Screenshots] (updated)  —  Update from Facebook at the foot of this post  —  We have been tipped off that there may be an “improved” version of the Facebook news feed in the works.  The new feed is not very different from the current one available …
Discussion: Mashable! and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mgcreed
Boy Genius Report:
HTC Hero hitting Verizon in November?  —  We just got a tip that the phone pictured in Eric Schmidt's hands is actually Verizon's version of the HTC Hero and it will be called the HTC Hero (not confirmed).  As you can see, there's a couple hardware modifications and one big one is that the buttons below …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google and Verizon Say Two Android Phones, With Google Voice, To Come This Year  —  Google and Verizon Wireless said that the first results of their just-announced Android partnership will debut in a few weeks and that the carrier's cellphones will allow Google Voice, unlike the iPhone.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Don't Celebrate The Verizon Android Announcement Just Yet …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
R.I.P. Good Times: One Year Later  —  It's been one year exactly since Silicon Valley venture capitalists decided to call an end to the funding party.  Sequoia Capital started things off with a 56 slide presentation to portfolio CEOs titled R.I.P. Good Times.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android to grab No. 2 spot by 2012, says Gartner  —  Exclusive: Global forecast puts Android ahead of iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile  —  Computerworld - While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2% of all smartphones, Gartner Inc. predicts …
Discussion: The Toybox
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft considering making Zune services available to Apple users  —  For all you who still believe Microsoft is still consumed with the impossible task of beating the iPod with the Zune, here's more proof that Zune's future is all about software and services and not hardware.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In E-Books, It's an Army vs. Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Whenever it can, Google likes to have programmers solve its problems.  But now it faces a dispute that even its ranks of lawyers and lobbyists are finding hard to smooth over.  —  A broad array of authors, academics …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google targeted in e-mail scam  —  Google has confirmed to BBC News that it's e-mail system - Gmail - has been targeted as part of an “industry-wide phishing scheme”.  —  The search giant said that it had taken immediate action to safeguard the affected accounts.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Man banished from PayPal for showing how to hack PayPal  —  Some hacking tools more equal than others  —  PayPal suspended the account of a white-hat hacker on Tuesday, a day after someone used his research into website authentication to publish a counterfeit certificate for the online payment processor.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Full Disclosure
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC HD2 Windows Phone gets official: Hands-on Video  —  After weeks of rumor, HTC have confirmed the existence of their latest flagship Windows Phone, the HTC HD2 (aka the HTC Leo).  As expected, the HD2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with a 4.3-inch WVGA …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google Set To Dominate Mobile Advertising  —  Mobile advertising remains small, but the bet is that it's going to explode over the next several years as more people buy smartphones and use the Web on the go.  Search advertising is particularly expected to take off.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Servers With Cellphone Chips?  Yep, Here They Come  —  If a server runs on a smartphone chip is it still a server?  —  The era of such a deeply philosophical data center question is upon us.  A pair of stealthy start-ups have placed smartphone chips at the center of their plans to create a new breed of low-power servers.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Maximum PC
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Razorfish Employees Take Compensation Hit in Publicis Deal  —  Starting to Learn About Life at a Holding Company, Not a Startup  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Staffers at Razorfish are realizing that leaving Microsoft for Publicis Groupe is going to hit them in the wallet.
Discussion: TechFlash
John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive: Dell's Android phone is coming to the U.S.  —  Remember the Dell Mini 3i, Dell's China-only Android phone?  Well it's not China-only anymore.  Rumor has it that Dell will bring the Mini 3i to the U.S. in the next few months to compete with other Android phones coming down the pike from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Zeus Trojan Infiltrates Bank Security Firm  —  On Sept. 1, security industry start-up Silver Tail Systems held an in-depth online seminar for its bank and e-commerce clients that examined the stealth and sophistication of Zeus, a data-stealing Trojan horse program that organized thieves …
Jeremiah Marquez / Associated Press:
AP might charge some customers to get news earlier  —  HONG KONG — The Associated Press is considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour, the head of the news organization said Tuesday.
Google Watch:
Microsoft Bing Joins Google in Voice Search  —  We already know that Microsoft is dead set on making Bing match, or even best, Google in search across the board.  —  We've watched the Bing team, supported by a multi-million-dollar marketing push, pump out innovation after innovation since its June launch …
Discussion: Search Blog and eWeek
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook acknowledges access problems  —  Facebook acknowledged on Tuesday afternoon the presence of an internal glitch that left some members with their accounts inaccessible.  —  “We are currently experiencing a technical issue with one of our databases that is resulting in an extended period …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meebo's Reach Spikes To Over 90 Million Users With Community IM Growth  —  Ever since Meebo launched its Community IM feature — which lets any site integrate a chat feature that's similar to Facebook Chat — the service has seen strong growth.  But the bump the site has seen …
James Niccolai / PC World:
Adobe Developed IPhone Tool Without Apple's Help  —  Adobe Systems said it developed its tools that allow Flash developers to create native iPhone applications without help from Apple, but it hopes the iPhone maker will be glad of its efforts.  —  Adobe announced on Monday that the next version …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
SecondMarket Buys InsideVenture  —  SecondMarket, which provides an online marketplace for trading private-company shares, said it has made an all-stock purchase of InsideVenture, a firm that helps match institutional investors with privately held companies.
Daisy Whitney / Beet.TV:
Yahoo to Expand Original Video Production and Content Acquisition  —  Yahoo! has a checkered history with original entertainment content.  The Web giant famously tried and failed to make a splash in Hollywood when it hired television programmer Lloyd Braun.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
The Next Wave of Search  —  Yahoo! Search Advertising Enhancements That Deliver  —  With all of the events that Yahoo! has gone through in the last several months, one of the questions I get is: “Does Yahoo! still care about search?”  The answer is: Absolutely.
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook Lite starts to go international with translations
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Will iPhone saturation lower its price for Canadian consumers?
Discussion: BetaNews
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Knowledge Networks Acquires Dimestore, Will Integrate Surveys Into Online Ads
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