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2:40 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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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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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Digg Getting More Social
Apple:
Apple and T-Mobile Announce Exclusive Partnership for iPhone in Germany  —  Apple® and T-Mobile today announced that T-Mobile, the leading network operator in Germany, will be the exclusive German carrier of Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in Germany …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intel to straddle fence, offer native support for both HD DVD and Blu-ray  —  The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD isn't just playing out on store shelves and within the movie industry, although those are the two most visible battlegrounds.  The giants of the tech world are also taking sides …
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InfoWorld:
Laptop vendors to offer Centrino with WiMax next year  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Several laptop vendors plan to announce support for an upcoming version of Intel's Centrino platform that uses WiMax wide-area networking technology — but Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple are not expected to be among them.
Discussion: Computerworld
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch hasn't completed his purchase of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, but already Mr. Murdoch and Dow Jones executives are debating a key strategic question: Should the Journal fall in line …
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 …
The Macalope / An Apple blog:
Always wait for something better.  ALWAYS.  —  ZDNet's David Borlind has a bug up his butt about 3G. … Aarrrrrgh!  —  And that's not the Macalope talking like a pirate!  It's him wanting to stick pointy objects in his eyes to gouge out the offending sight of such claptrap!
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
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: eWEEK.com and DailyTech
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated  —  Every so often, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore shows up for an interview, and it's only a matter of time before someone asks him about Moore's Law, and he says something along the lines of how shrinking chips is going to reach its physical limits at some point.
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.
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
 
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Brad Stone / Bits:
The Gated Social Network
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Virtual worlds opened up to all
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Mac OS X version of OpenOffice slated for next September
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The Register:
Irish firm launches 'global' mobile phone
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Ogilvy New York Co-President Andy Berndt Goes to Google
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