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2:40 PM ET, September 17, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Notebook sales growth goes negative.  Can we blame the iPad yet?  —  Thursday night, just as a tornado — or something like it — was knocking down the trees that grow in our Brooklyn neighborhood, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty issued a report to clients with a chart (copied above) …
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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.”
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Sorry, But McDonald's Did Not See a 33% Increase in Foot Traffic Because of Foursquare  —  According to a current headline on TechMeme, McDonalds saw a 33% increase in foot traffic to its stores when it ran a promotion during Foursquare Day earlier this year.
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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.
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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Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Listing Google's 200 Ranking Factors Would Reveal Business Secrets  —  Google's been under fire in various quarters, including the New York Times, that it should open up about how its ranking algorithm works.  I think offering the exact formula would be difficult plus potentially give away trade secrets.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google's Chief on Social, Mobile and Conflict
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
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?
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Of The Google Social Layer Emerge
Discussion: PC World and All Facebook
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Airplay is Apple's ‘Go to Market’ Internet TV strategy  —  Jobs' war on Flash video and growing iOS device line have all led up to this...  Steve Jobs told the AllThingsD audience a few months ago that the reason no one including Google and Apple have been successful in the TV space …
Discussion: TiPb, Erictric and Go Rumors
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MacDailyNews:
With Apple TV, any H.264 Web content can be broadcast over AirPlay to your HDTV
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Kristin / Bing Maps Blog:
Bing Maps Gets Transit Directions  —  Commuters rejoice!  Today Bing Maps added transit routing to its directions options.  So, for those of you who like to take the bus, subway, or local rail you now can turn to Bing Maps.  This is a very important feature for us as public transit grows in popularity and coverage.
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Why Yahoo plays well in Peoria
Discussion: GMSV
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Unwelcome Return of “Best Viewed With Internet Explorer”  —  Remember the bad old days of the Internet, when it wasn't a given that one primary objective of any Web site should be to work equally well in any modern browser?  Some sites slapped “Best Viewed With Internet Explorer” or …
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.
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 …
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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.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
New Apple TV's iOS can be jailbroken and made to run apps?  —  Remember the mysterious reference to iProd 2,1 that appeared in the iPad's code?  We thought it might be a new CDMA or camera-equipped iPad, but it just might have been the new iOS-based Apple TV instead.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
LG CEO Resigns Over Poor Smartphone Performance  —  The CEO of South Korean consumer electronics giant LG resigned today because of the company's poor performance in the smartphone space.  Yong Nam will be replaced by Bon Joon Koo, currently the head of LG International.
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Posterous fires back at TwitPic; releases an application so you can rescue your TwitPic images.  —  Over the past few months, Posterous has made some big changes that brought growing pains along with them.  While introducing services that would import your data from 15 sites over 15 days …
John Graham-Cumming:
A tale of two cultures  —  In recent days there's been much discussion of Digg and reddit that has concentrated on the technical and community aspects of the two sites.  This commentary has overlooked a vital component to the difference between these two social news sites: company culture.
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 …
 
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
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Global Wireless Subscriptions Reach 5 Billion
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Microsoft says legal risk adds cost to Android
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