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12:15 AM ET, September 14, 2010

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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart introduces wireless plan under own brand  —  NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Walmart's data plans painfully expensive, not meant for geeks
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Acquired Imsense Ltd for HDR Capabilities in iOS 4.1 [Updated]  —  One of the most highly-publicized features of iOS 4.1, released last week, is the ability to take High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, a feature which allows the iPhone 4's camera to capture a wider range of light intensity …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
HDR photography with iPhone 4 and iOS 4.1: how good is it?
Discussion: Electronista and Imaging Insider
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Says Google Reader Is Doing Just Fine  —  We reported last week in the aftermath of IAC's decision to shut down Bloglines that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Reader was not doing that well either, citing the latest Hitwise figures which showed visits to the service down 27 percent year-over-year.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Saying “RSS Is Dead” Is Dead, Saying “RSS Is Not Dead” Is Not — Today.  —  Of all the tech echo-chamber arguments, one of my favorites has to be the “RSS is dead” one.  Sure, perhaps I'm a bit partial because Steve Gillmor set the discussion in motion in May of 2009 for TechCrunchIT.
Discussion: Scripting News and PlagiarismToday
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
No, RSS Is Not Dead, and Neither Are RSS Readers
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video: New Amazon Kindle Ad Shows How Impossible It Is To Read The iPad In Direct Sunlight  —  Real Madrid v. Barcelona, Ali v. Frazier, and now Kindle v. iPad.  This here commercial illustrates, in humorous fashion, the fact that the iPad isn't nearly as easily visible in direct sunlight as the Kindle.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Galaxy Tab, red / white BlackBerry Torch and Samsung Focus hitting AT&T in Q4  —  Mmm, delicious.  That's the feeling we're left with after being inundated with yet another round of AT&T leaks, this time giving us insight at a few flagship devices on tap for the carrier's holiday push.
Jose Antonio Vargas / New Yorker:
Mark Zuckerberg opens up.  —  Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his college dorm room six years ago.  Five hundred million people have joined since, and eight hundred and seventy-nine of them are his friends.  The site is a directory of the world's people, and a place for private citizens to create public identities.
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel's walled garden plan to put A/V vendors out of business  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In describing the motivation behind Intel's recent purchase of McAfee for a packed-out audience at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel's Paul Otellini framed it as an effort to move the way the company approaches security …
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld and TechEye
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel takes the wraps off its “Nvidia killer”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“The Social Network” Is Just as Brutal as Mark Zuckerberg Feared  —  It's hard to feel sorry for a billionaire.  But here I am, feeling bad for Mark Zuckerberg.  If you see the “The Social Network” you're probably going to feel bad for him, too.  —  I saw a screening of the movie last week …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Boxee Box: Intel Inside, Available for Preorder  —  Boxee and D-Link are announcing today that their upcoming Boxee Box will be powered by Intel's CE4100 Atom processor.  The online video set-top-box, which will ship in early November, can also be pre-ordered from Amazon.com starting today.
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
V CAST App Store to compete with official Android Market?  —  Verizon Wireless loves apps.  In fact, Verizon loves them sooo much that they decided to create their own official app store, named V CAST Apps.  Many users with Android phones on Verizon might already notice a V CAST Apps tab under …
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
YouTube Live Streaming Expansion is Exciting Though Today's Quality Was Spotty  —  YouTube's newly announced live streaming platform offers video providers an exciting new opportunity to try new programming, connect to their audiences and leverage YouTube's massive reach.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SiliconANGLE
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Testing, testing...YouTube begins trial of new live streaming platform
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Acquisition condolences  —  Every time a young, promising start-up is bought out by a stodgy, old incumbent, the world is flush with congratulations.  Congratulations to the team, island mojitos now await them.  Congratulations to the venture capitalist, their past nine flops can fade in the background for a week.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Plan Debt Sale to Pay for Dividends, Buybacks  —  Microsoft Corp. is planning to sell debt this year to pay for dividends and share repurchases because too much of its cash is held overseas, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The company would try to raise …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Five Words You Can Never Suggest On Google Instant  —  Like it or not, lots of people search for nude celebrities on Google.  But with Google's new Google Instant Search, those inclined to seek celebs in the buff have to figure out their queries without any help from Google.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Zune HD2 more than just a rumor?  —  Just days after I posted about the (not so) crazy rumor I heard about Microsoft readying a Zune HD2, WMPoweruser unearthed a job description that made it sound like such a device is, indeed, in the making.  —  According to that job description …
Dianne de Guzman / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney Hates On HTML5  —  Disney-ABC EVP Albert Cheng told a crowd at the Appnation conference today that HTML5 is “not ready” for ABC.  —  He gave two reasons:  — No room for ads.  Without the ability to insert ads, Disney-ABC has little interest in moving towards HTML5.
Discussion: Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Google Voice (GV Mobile) app submitted to App Store [Updated: New info]  —  We reported that Sean Kovacs, the developer of GV Mobile, may have gotten the heads up that his app would be re-approved to the App Store.  Well today, it looks like he submitted it.  —  Update:
Ben Bowers / Engadget:
Google TV officially launching October 17th?  —  It's been no secret that Google TV is scheduled to arrive sometime this fall and we've already seen the Logitech Revue box hardware pass the FCC, but a tipster has just shared an internal Best Buy document with us disclosing …
Daniel Brusilovsky / Teens in Tech:
App of the Day Brings Instant Search To The App Store  —  First YouTube Instant, then Stephen Ou's iTunes Instant, and now App Store Instant.  Jordan Satok, founder of App of the Day, has brought instant searching to the App Store, right within App of the Day.
Discussion: eWeek, Digital Media Wire and Network World, Thanks:danielbru
 
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Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
AOL: Jonas Bros. can ‘help redesign Internet’
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Dell shifts its focus back to larger businesses
Matthew Shaer / Christian Science Monitor:
T-Mobile Defy touted as a tank of a phone
Discussion: Android and Me
San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom wants law to require online city data
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data
Thanks:atul
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why Isn't the Price of Broadband Obeying Moore's Law?
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Count on Mobile to Be Part of Everything Google Does
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Accepts American Express Reward Points For Purchases
Discussion: Business Wire and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Are IDC and Gartner mobile OS forecasts trustworthy?
Discussion: Fortune and Electronista
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Gap Taps Foursquare Cofounders for Holiday Ad Campaign
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs
Apple:
iPad Wi-Fi Models Available in China on September 17