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12:30 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone confirmed for T-Mobile Germany
Discussion: Mobilewhack and UMPCPortal feed.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone to Germany Nov. 9, T-Mobile, $553
Discussion: PC World and Inquirer
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg Goes Deeper with Social Networking  —  With its audience expanding and interests diversifying, the popular site is launching new features to help users find like-minded friends  —  When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people.
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comScore:
German Social Networking Community Reaches 14.8 Million Local Language Social Networking Sites Enjoy Heavy Traffic  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its report into a selection of Germany's largest social networking sites …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Digg Getting More Social
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look: Go, Go, Google Gadget Ads!  —  Google has just announced the limited launch of Google Gadget Ads, a new interactive ad format that will run on their content network.  Unlike Google AdWords' existing array of text, video and graphical ads, Google Gadget Ads are designed to be interactive …
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Diana Adair / Google:
Google AdWords Introduces Google Gadget Ads, a New Interactive Ad Format  —  Engaging and flexible ad units give advertisers a new way to communicate with users online  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the introduction of Google Gadget Ads™, a new interactive ad format …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Google Program Enlists Mini-Sites as Selling Tool for Advertisers  —  Google is seizing on the popularity of widgets — small online tools that function like mini-Web sites — for its latest push into advertising.  —  The online giant will announce today a Gadget Ads program that will provide tools …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune 2 "source" leaks launch date and specs  —  Heads up, Zune fans — some new product is heading your way sooner rather than later, and we suspect there's more than a couple of things to get jazzed about.  According to reports from a "source" inside Microsoft, a new batch of Zunes …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mint Wins TechCrunch40 Top Company Award; Takes $50,000 Prize  —  Jason Calacanis just announced that Mint was chosen as the best presenting company at TechCrunch40.  The provider of an impressive personal finance application will receive $50,000 as part of the award.
Intel:
Industry Leaders Develop Superspeed USB Interconnect  —  Popular USB Computer Connection Technology Expands performance with Proposed USB 3.0 Specification  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation and other industry leaders have formed the USB 3. Promoter Group …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
HP plans solid-state drives in future business laptops  —  (InfoWorld) - Hewlett-Packard plans to offer solid-state drives (SSDs) as an option in all professional series laptop PCs starting from next month because the drives operate faster, conserve battery life, and are more durable than hard disk drives.
Discussion: DailyTech
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InfoWorld:
HP plans solid-state drives in future business laptops (InfoWorld)
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
AT&T Brings Out The BlackBerry 8820  —  Look at what the cat dragged in.  It's the BlackBerry I've been waiting for, the 8820.  GPS and Wi-Fi.  Can it get any better?  Once it moves over to T-Mobile, then yes.  Specs here, but I'm sure you know them already.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
DigiTimes: Google will definitely launch its own branded handset  —  Citing sources at "Taiwan handset makers," DigiTimes is reporting that "Google will definitely launch its own branded handset."  However, the Googlephone's OS, hardware specs, production contractor and operating partners have still not been finalized.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and mocoNews.net
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Goog-411 rolls out bill boards in the hinterlands?  —  I drive 8 miles to work along NYS Route 16, down the hill known as Rock City, and past some incrediblly picturesque scenes as I head to my office in downtown Olean.  The drive is rural and while Olean is called a city, it is a small (and getting smaller) rustbelt town of 15,000.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
TGS 2007: Rumble Confirmed  —  Sony's controllers will shake again.  —  Big shocker at today's Electronic Arts pre Tokyo Game Show press event.  While playing a demo of Burnout Paradise, we felt something that we never thought we'd feel from a PS3 controller — shake!
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Mac OS X version of OpenOffice slated for next September  —  Aqua developer porting force is (back) on the case  —  A version of the free OpenOffice.org productivity suite that will work natively on Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X operating system may finally be ready in September 2008.
Discussion: Compiler and Macsimum News
 
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