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4:35 AM ET, September 17, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fraudulent Groupon Photography Deal Calls Attention To Service Drawbacks  —  A photography deal offered on Groupon in Atlanta yesterday turned messy when it was revealed that the photographer had promoted her work with stolen images and was far from equipped to carry out the terms of the Groupon.
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Andrew / Groublogpon:
Too much of a good thing?  —  Traditionally, the biggest problem for most small businesses is getting customers in the door.  Now, Groupon has presented some businesses with an entirely new problem: what happens when you have too many customers?  —  There have been a handful …
Jessie Burke / Posies Cafe:
Groupon in Retrospect
Bloomberg:
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows Phone 7 will be GSM-only in 2010  —  When Windows Phone 7 arrives later this year, it will be sold globally, but only for GSM networks.  Microsoft has opted to delay until next year the CDMA version as it works to finish work on its major rewrite of its phone operating system.
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Internal Three Year Plan: 1 Billion Users And $10 Billion In Revenue  —  Yahoo unveiled a bevy of new product features today at a press event, and Yahoo product chief Blake Irving told the crowd “You're going to see things over the next few years that will feel a little bit different.”
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Blake Irving / 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
Discussion: The Register and blogs.ft.com
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 …
semmyfun:
Get that 4 letter domain you've always wanted: include one digit  —  In our last experiment we attempted attempted to estimate the proportion of pronounceable 5, 6 and 7-letter domains that are already registered.  —  But what about 4 letter domains?  —  I wrote a series of random domain generators …
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 …
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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.
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Matt Asay / GigaOM:
Novell's Patents Are Complicating Its Sale
Serge Lachapelle / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Video chat enhancements  —  If you use video chat in Gmail, you might be interested in a new Labs feature we just rolled out that allows you to preview new video chat features before they're turned on for everyone.  Visit the Gmail Labs tab under Settings, turn on …
Discussion: The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tech Probe Nears End  —  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. …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Netflix works over AirPlay  —  We tested Netflix on our iPad and it works with Apple's AirPlay service.  We connected some speakers to an Airport Express and the audio from the Netflix film wirelessly streamed and played perfectly with absolutely no hiccups.
Discussion: Erictric and TiPb, Thanks:markgurman
AppleInsider:
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.
Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
View Near Real-time Flights over the U.S. in Google Earth  —  Thanks to our friends at Flightwise.com, we've published a new, dynamically updating KML file of commercial flights over the U.S. Turn on the layer to see the current location and altitude of thousands of flights, in near real-time.
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Code for open-source Facebook littered with landmines  —  Diaspora release not for noobs  —  Four New York University students who raised a bundle of cash to build a privacy-preserving alternative to Facebook sure have their work cut out for them.  —  The release of pre-alpha source code …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Intel: Leaked HDCP copy protection code is legit  —  Intel has confirmed that code posted to the Internet earlier this week is the master key that is part of an Intel-created standard used to make sure only authorized devices are playing copyright-protected movies.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Google Gets a Content Guy-Netflix Veteran Robert Kyncl  —  Google (GOOG) wants to get into your living room, but it would help if it could show up with some TV shows and movies in hand.  Here's the guy who's supposed to make that happen: Robert Kyncl, formerly a top Netflix emissary to Hollywood.
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.
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Near Decision on Hurd's Successor  —  Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board is nearing a decision on a successor to Mark Hurd as chief executive officer, and is leaning toward picking an internal candidate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales  —  One line buried in a Wall Street Journal story is making the rounds as the latest evidence of Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPad power: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn “said internal estimates showed that the iPad had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50 percent.”
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Founder Resigns, Joins Google Ventures As EIR
Discussion: Bits, PE Hub Blog and GigaOM
Fred / A VC:
There Are Two Venture Capital Industries
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Cha-Cha CEO: We'll Drop T-Mobile over New Text ‘Tax’
Sean Percival / lalawag:
Goodbye from lalawag  —  So long and thanks for all the pageviews!
Discussion: socalTECH.com and TechCrunch
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Wayne Rash / eWeek:
Verizon Wireless to Launch 4G LTE Service in 30 U.S. Cities
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Extreme Netflix Some Users Have Rated 50,000 Movies
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Oh Goody! Microsoft is working on iPad Apps
Tamlin Magee / TechEye:
Why the snooping ex Google engineer is in trouble
Richard Tom / Hulu Blog:
Hello Seattle