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9:50 PM ET, September 4, 2007

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The Official Palm Blog:
A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers  —  As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform.  We are very excited about how this is coming together.  It has a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment.
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Palm kills the Foleo dead  —  We are seriously not going to take credit for this, but holy crap, Palm just cancelled the Foleo, just like we asked them to!  Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company's official blog stating that they've decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Palm cancels first-generation Foleo
Discussion: Mashable!
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire BlueLithium  —  Important Next Step in Yahoo!'s Mission to Lead the Transformation of How Advertisers Connect To and Engage With Their Customers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) …
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Todd Teresi / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! to acquire BlueLithium  —  Advertisers seek essentially three different outcomes when they buy display (or graphical) ads online — either to build brand awareness, promote something new, or drive some kind of transaction (a lead, a sale, a new customer).
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:   Yahoo Expands Online-Ad Reach
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo To Acquire Online Behavioral Ad Network BlueLithium For $300 Million
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
After ditching Apple, NBC opts for flex pricing and more DRM with Amazon  —  With a market cap of$34 billion, Amazon isn't exactly the smallest company in the world.  But they are certainly smaller than Apple when it comes to power and influence in the downloadable entertainment scene.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NBC says goodbye to Apple, hello to Amazon  —  NBC Universal didn't waste any time replacing Apple.  —  Episodes of The Office and Heroes will begin appearing at Amazon's Unbox starting next Monday, according to a statement released by the companies.  —  Amazon customers can download …
Think Secret:
Touch-screen iPod to take center stage  —  Apple will at last unveil a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display at its media event Wednesday, sources have confirmed, some 20 months after Think Secret first broke word of the device's development.  —  The new iPod will feature similar dimensions …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft exec: Zune gets a B-; Xbox profitability; Windows Mobile's future  —  Mindy Mount, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft's entertainment and device division, gave the Zune a grade of a "B-" and dropped a series of notable nuggets about potential plans for Windows Mobile.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft exec: Zune phone "not unreasonable"
Reuters:   Microsoft says a Zune phone 'not unreasonable'
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps  —  Rumors of an online storage solution from Google have been circulating for years.  These rumors became stronger in July last year when references to Platypus and GDrive were accidentally made available on the writely.com domain.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Business 2.0 RIP  —  We're sad to report that employees of Business 2.0 magazine were told today that the monthly publication will close next week, after finishing its October issue.  —  As we wrote in July, executives at Time Inc. were weighing whether to shutter the seven-year old business …
Discussion: Valleywag, Mashable! and Gawker
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
iPhone Becomes Leading U.S. Smart Phone Model in July  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone outsold all smart phones in the United States during July, and equaled the sales of the most popular feature phone, according to iSuppli Corp. The iPhone accounted for 1.8 percent of all mobile-handset unit sales to U.S. consumers during July.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com  —  This appears to be a two-items-on-Overstock.com day.  Well, it's not for nothing that they call this sleazy Internet retailer "the gift that keeps on giving."  —  It seems that one of Judd Bagley's "black ops" targets, Wikipedia, is getting sick and tired of being abused and spammed by this company.
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications  —  Site's Growing Ranks  —  Seen as Potential Source  —  Of Revenue, Customers  —  Another online gold rush is on.  Entrepreneurs are scrambling to create small software programs for Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site and grab footholds in its emerging economy.
 
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Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
MySpace: Hot or Not?  —  MySpace is responsible for putting social networking on the map.
Discussion: ExperienceCurve and WIS-TV
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Virtual Iron goes 4.0
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
$15 Million For VideoEgg As They Redefine Their Business
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
New PlayStation 3 Firmware 1.92 Released
Discussion: TechSpot News and Joystiq
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Should Yahoo outsource search to Google?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuill: Super Stealth Search Engine; Google Has Definitely Noticed
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Is Comcast's BitTorrent filtering violating the law?
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Joost: Sending Promo Emails Because It Needs To?
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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
HBO buys film made in Second Life
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Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
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Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile …
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Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky …