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8:40 PM ET, September 16, 2010


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Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Looking Ahead: The Future of Yahoo! Products  —  A few months ago, when I first yodeled my way into Yahoo!, I told folks that I was stoked for the opportunity to join up with some of the smartest and best-in-class talent in the world to deliver the future products vision for a company with such a rich history.
Kakul Srivastava / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Get Ready... Yahoo! Mail Beta Is Coming  —  Don't blink.  Some big changes are happening to your Yahoo! Mail.  —  In the next few weeks, you'll be able to experience Yahoo! Mail Beta, a faster, cleaner, and safer way for you to communicate and share with the people you care about most.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo unveils three-year plan to become cool again  —  Yahoo executives spoke to journalists at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters this morning about their future plans — both upcoming improvements to products like Yahoo Mail, and an ambitious three-year strategy to revitalize the company.
Jessie Burke / Posies Cafe:
Groupon in Retrospect  —  For months I've been thinking about whether or not to write a blog post about Groupon, and sharing the kind of experience it has been for the business.  I've been weighing the possible repercussions of such a candid post as well, but after today …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Groupon's Success Disaster  —  There's a fascinating essay on Facebook just now from the owner of the lovely Posie's Cafe in Portland, about how Groupon nearly bankrupted her business.  —  The coffeeshop proprietor, Jessie Burke, was shocked at how much money the daily deals site charged to run the promotion.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fraudulent Groupon Photography Deal Calls Attention To Service Drawbacks
Verizon Won't Sell Microsoft Windows Phone 7 at Start  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, won't sell handsets with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 operating system when it debuts this year, a blow to the software maker's efforts to reach a broad market.
Brandon Watson / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developer Tools Are Final  —  When the Windows Phone 7 OS went gold two weeks ago, the Windows Phone ecosystem began the final preparations for the upcoming launch.  OEMs and mobile operators have begun final testing of their handsets, but developers have had to wait just a little while longer to complete apps and games.
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Of The Google Social Layer Emerge  —  Facebook may have known all the details about Google's new social product for months, but we're just now getting our sources to talk.  —  On Tuesday Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave additional details on the plan.  We posted the entire press conference video …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Samsung is Latest to Push Mobile Media and Apps for TVs  —  As Samsung Electronics promotes its version of Apple's iPad Thursday, the company is also revealing its answer to the iTunes store — or at least the video portion of it.  —  As part of the U.S. unveiling of the Galaxy Tab …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Logitech Revue with Google TV coming 9/29 for $299, Dish Network offering discounts?  —  Google TV is coming, and Logitech's Revue is gonna bring it to ya first.  But, if you're a Dish Network subscriber, it looks like you might be able to get yours for cheaper — a lot cheaper.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM  —  As if Research in Motion didn't have enough to worry about, Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Good Technology to equip all of its Android devices with better enterprise-grade security and management.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
RIM Sells Record Number Of BlackBerry Devices; Beats Q2 Estimates
Matt Gross / New York Times:
A Baby Photo Becomes an Internet Meme  —  SOMETIME back in 2000, Allen S. Rout, a systems programmer from Gainesville, Fla., posted a few photos of his 5-month-old son, Stephen, on his personal Web site.  They were the kind of photos that every parent takes, but one in particular stood out …
Discussion: MediaPost and Gawker
Tamlin Magee / TechEye:
Why the snooping ex Google engineer is in trouble  —  Remember that 27 year old ex Google engineer, David Barksdale, who's allegedly been hassling minors, not miners, with cyber-stalking and snooping?  The great and mighty 'Ogle fired him, but here's exactly how he's in trouble according to federal law in the US.
Discussion: Gawker and
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Needs to Become More Open or Die  —  Twitter needs to become more decentralized and open, says the company's former chief engineer, or it will eventually wither and die like other “walled garden” approaches to the web.  In a blog post, Alex Payne says he quit the company at the height …
Discussion: OStatic blogs, Thanks:nelsonko
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
The Next “Facebook Platform” …
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near in Hiring Probe  —  Several of the U.S.'s largest technology companies are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other's employees.  —  The companies, which include Google Inc. …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE by mid-2011  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by the end of next year, a top executive said.  —  Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2010 Media, Communications …
Wall Street Journal:
VMware Is in Talks to Acquire Novell's Linux Software Unit  —  Novell Inc. is in advanced talks with at least two buyers, including VMware Inc., to sell the software company in separate pieces, people familiar with the matter said.  —  VMware is pursuing Novell's SUSE Linux operating system business, these people said.
MSDN Blogs:
User Experiences: Evolving the blue “e”  —  “IE9 started from the premise that the modern web will deliver HTML5 experiences that feel more like native applications than sites.  Building on hardware-accelerated SVG, canvas, video, audio, and text, developers will use the power of the whole PC to achieve great performance.
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Richard Tom / Hulu Blog:
Hello Seattle  —  Perhaps when you think of Seattle your taste buds prepare themselves for a freshly brewed espresso or a not-so-simple soy-decaf-single-shot-one-pump- vanilla-iced-latte.  Or perhaps Seattle conjures images of the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital, where lives are saved and relationships flatline.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Extreme Netflix Some Users Have Rated 50,000 Movies  —  So, you think you've honed the Netflix recommendation engine by rating a thousand movies?  That's nothing, according to the company's internal statistics.  —  Several hundred Netflix members have rated more than 50,000 filmed entertainment programs.
iOS 4.2 packs new, improved YouTube, FaceTime features and more  —  Apple's forthcoming iOS 4.2 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes a number of subtle improvements that have not yet been publicized, including expanded features for YouTube and FaceTime.  AppleInsider offers a closer look.
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