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4:15 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company, I4U News and Androidos.in
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Twitter Apps Are Such Lousy Investments  —  The thousands of third-party apps built on Twitter's back have made Twitter a much more useful service, and have helped make Twitter worth more money.  —  But Twitter apps themselves are generally lousy investments, as we are seeing once again.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AOL Said To Be Dialing Up Brizzly-Maker Thing Labs For An Acquisition
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Google: Concerns over Instant unwarranted  —  IDG News Service - Google shook the search market last week with the launch of Instant, a new feature that lets the company's search engine refresh results on the fly as people type their queries.  —  Eager to speed up how people craft queries …
Discussion: Neowin.net and PC World
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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.
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 …
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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel takes the wraps off its “Nvidia killer”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway's Confidential Investment Guide: The Tech Megatrends  —  Angel investors SV Angel, led by Ron Conway invests so early in startups that he looks mostly at the team and current tech trends when making investment decisions.  —  Last year he was focusing on real time and location startups.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Boxee Box ditches NVIDIA's Tegra 2 for Intel CE4100, pre-orders start today at $199  —  The wait for the Boxee Box is nearly over — pre-orders begin today — but before you drop a stack of change on D-Link's half-sunk cube, know that there's no longer an NVIDIA Tegra 2 under that tiny hood.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Boxee Box: Intel Inside, Available for Preorder
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 …
New York Times:
After Negotiations, Israel Emerges on Twitter  —  MADRID — Israel has acquired the user name @israel on Twitter, the microblogging Internet service, from the Spanish owner of a pornographic Web site, in an unusual transaction intended to help Israel exercise more influence over its image.
Discussion: Fast Company
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Research Carves Space-Time to Optimize Video for Any Size Screen  —  Videos come in different sizes, resolutions and aspect ratios; the problem is, so do screens.  Try to watch a video shot in a boxy 4:3 width to heighth ratio on your 16:9 HDTV, and things are going to look a little stretched out.
Discussion: Google Research Blog
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.
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:
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Graph Your Inbox Visualizes Gmail Search Data on a Graph  —  Chrome: Graph Your Inbox is a fascinating Chrome extension that takes Gmail search queries and returns a graph displaying email frequency over time.  It may not sound sexy, but it can expose all sorts of interesting things about your communication.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Next Web
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.
Ray Willington / HotHardware.com News:
Fujitsu Develops More Compact, Efficient Wireless Charging Solution  —  Wireless charging.  To some, it's a dream.  To others, it's a reality.  But no one would argue that it's as advanced as it should be.  PowerMat has proven that with accessory cases and a plugged-in mat, one can “wirelessly” charge their cellphone.
 
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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
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
YouTube Live Streaming Expansion is Exciting Though Today's Quality Was Spotty
Matthew Shaer / Christian Science Monitor:
T-Mobile Defy touted as a tank of a phone
Discussion: Android and Me
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Wireless Industry Attracts $312 Million In Venture Capital In Q2
San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom wants law to require online city data
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why Isn't the Price of Broadband Obeying Moore's Law?
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The Web Eclipses Print Newspapers as a News Source
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Count on Mobile to Be Part of Everything Google Does
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
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs