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9:25 AM ET, September 17, 2010

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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.
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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.
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says
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
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.”
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Blake Irving / Yodel Anecdotal:
Looking Ahead: The Future of Yahoo! Products
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo unveils three-year plan to become cool again
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.”
Discussion: Fast Company
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Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Retailers Turn to Gadgets  —  Best Buy, Others Stock Up on Handhelds for Holidays as TVs, PCs Lose Luster  —  Electronics retailers are revamping their aisles to focus on hand-held gadgets this holiday season to excite consumers who have grown weary of their traditional big-sellers: televisions and personal computers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Notebook sales growth goes negative. Can we blame the iPad yet?
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 …
Discussion: Bits, All Facebook and InformationWeek
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Fred / A VC:
Social Layers and Social Intention  —  I read Mike Arrington's post on Google's social efforts just now.  I have not seen any of Google's work.  I have not been briefed.  I really have no clue what they are building.  But this quote got my attention: … Q. Why did Twitter succeed and FriendFeed fail?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
HDCP antipiracy leak opens doors for black boxes  —  An antipiracy code used in set-top boxes, Blu-ray and DVD players has been cracked and published on the Internet, and as a result, we may soon see devices on the market that allow people to make unauthorized copies of movies.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's 27" LED Cinema Display Now On Sale  —  As anticipated, Apple has started selling the 27" Apple LED Cinema Display on their online store.  —  Connect the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display to your Mac and supersize your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution …
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 …
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. …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple, Google, et al, Trying To Settle No-Poaching Probe Before Going To Court
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
Case Study: McDonald's ups foot traffic 33% on Foursquare Day  —  McDonald's may be a large brand, but it doesn't always want to invest large budgets in marketing.  With a little help from Foursquare this Spring, the fast food chain increased foot traffic 33% in one day with an investment of less than $1,000.
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 …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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, TiPb and Go Rumors, Thanks:markgurman
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook: $50 Million A Year on Data Centers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  An analysis of Facebook's spending with data center developers indicates that the company is now paying about $50 million a year to lease data center space …
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and DailyFinance
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
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft says legal risk adds cost to Android  —  Google software brings infringement risk, wireless exec says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The top financial executive for Microsoft Corp.'s mobile-phone software business said Thursday that legal risks associated with rival Google Inc …
Discussion: Inquirer
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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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Lawsuit Targets Mobile Advertiser Over Sneaky HTML5 Pseudo-Cookies
Discussion: Ars Technica and MediaPost
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Geofence Your Friends With Footprint Feed
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
News Sites Study Social Media
Serge Lachapelle / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Video chat enhancements
Discussion: The Next Web and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Founder Resigns, Joins Google Ventures As EIR
Discussion: Bits, PE Hub Blog, SiliconANGLE and GigaOM
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