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2:55 PM ET, September 26, 2007

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David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update  —  Yesterday we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535.  The Excel team would like to provide a description of the issue and explain what we're doing about it.  —  Background
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Christopher Null:
Excel 2007 Stricken with Bizarre Calculation Bug
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Up next for Apple: the return of the Newton  —  Apple Inc, which helped spawn the PDA market with its Newton MessagePad line in the early '90s, plans to give the concept another go with a modern day reincarnation of the old fan favorite based on the company's new mutli-touch technology, AppleInsider has learned.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sends takedown notice to iPod hacker's ISP  —  Yesterday, Erica posted in her state of the iPod touch jailbreak that a hacker named "Martyn" had obtained a broken iPod touch, and was planning to dive in and download every bit of code on it in the increasingly complicated effort to put 3rd party applications on the iPod touch.
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Free Wi-Fi Still an Elusive Goal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The same forces slowing development of single-city wireless Internet networks are now overwhelming their supersize versions that cover thousands of square miles and scores of municipalities.  —  A telling example of the malaise can be found …
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James S. Granelli / Los Angeles Times:
Will Wi-Fi connect in L.A.?
Erica Ogg / Webware.com:
MEETING UP MADE EASIER  —  This morning at DemoFall, we jump right in with applications to schedule and conduct meetings.  —  Tungle (previous coverage) is a plug-in that works with Outlook, and soon, Lotus Notes, Google Calendar and iCal.  It's basically and IM client, a download that's preloaded with Outlook contacts.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
DEMOfall 07: Tungle plug-in allows you to share calendars …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage: How Low Can You Go?  —  Vonage (VG), the Holmdel, NJ-based VoIP service provider has been on the ropes for so long that you think it can't get any worse.  But it does!  Earlier this year the company lost a patent infringement case to Verizon, and was asked by the courts to pay Verizon …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
DreamScenes RTM dated July 19  —  First off, I want to congratulate Barry and the Windows Ultimate team for finally stepping in the right direction after months of stalling and silence.  The release of the final version of DreamScenes plus the content pack yesterday might not rejuvenate …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
More on the Amazon MP3 Store  —  So why Amazon is even bothering with a music download store, given that "everyone knows" the iTunes Store is a loss-leader that Apple offers just to sell more iPods?  —  Because that's bulls**t.  Apple is making good money from the iTunes Store.
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Microsoft's Plan To Bring In Outside Talent  —  Before Brian McAndrews agreed to take charge of a crucial piece of Microsoft Corp.'s online advertising business, he insisted on a key condition: that he be granted certain power over the engineering part of the operation.
Official Google Blog:
A new caffeine-free way to stay alert  —  Since new videos are constantly appearing all over the web, it's difficult to keep tabs on all of them.  But now Google Alerts will make it easy for you to add video to your other Alerts: News, Web, Blog and Groups.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
When wireless > DSL: Sprint, Motorola show off WiMAX on the Chicago River  —  On a muggy early-autumn evening, I set sail down the Chicago River with a group of Motorola and Sprint executives, marketing people, analysts, and journalists.  Everyone was there to see one thing: Mobile WiMAX …
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
MIT students turn famed Harvard statue into 'Halo' chief  —  It goes without saying that in addition to a stellar reputation for academic innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is renowned for its geeky pranks.  The best-known of these was perhaps the time when students decorated …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sharp Blu-ray Recorders Include 1TB Storage  —  Sharp's Blu-ray Disc recorders will pack 1TB of HDD  —  With the gradual move from standard to high-definition television broadcasts, the recordable DVD looks a bit too small in terms of storage.  Sharp will address that issue by shipping Blu-ray Disc recorders for the Japanese market.
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
A New Short Story Imagines Google as a Bad Big Brother  —  In science-fiction author Cory Doctorow's short story "Scroogled," a woman shrugs when she sees "Immigration—Powered by Google" on an airport sign, but that's just the beginning of the search giant's presence in a not-too-distant future.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Halo 3 Arrives, Rewarding Gamers, and Microsoft  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, is the richest man on earth.  R. J. Bollard, a freshman at the University of Washington, said he would have 73 cents in his bank account as of midnight.  And that's one reason Mr. Gates is likely to be the richest man on earth for quite a while.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's in Google's Name?  —  A year ago, my colleague Katie Hafner wrote a story about the growing number of lawsuits facing Google.  The cases ranged from copyright claims, to challenges to Google's use of other companies' trademarks in its advertising system, to complaints about how some Web sites …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
RealNetworks To Buy Online Casual Games Site GameTrust; Price Less Than $50 Million  —  RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) is making a smallish online gaming acquisition, paidContent.org has learned: NYC-based online casual gaming site Gametrust.  While we don't know the exact price, we do know it is less than $50 million.
 
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Australian Halo 3 Limited Editions Feature Anti-scratch Technology
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Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
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KOINUP, A NEW (VIRTUAL) SOCIAL NETWORK
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel, Nokia team up on WiMax
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Paul Foster / BloggingStocks:
Option update: Sherwin-Williams up on buyout chatter
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court To Determine If Patent Holders Can Shake Down Entire Supply Chain
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Tim Donnelly Smith / Truphone press office:
Truphone to demonstrate first VoIP-over-WiFi call on Apple's iPhone
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sling Media, EchoStar & Ma Bell: The Buyout Game
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Discussion: The Register
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HuffingtonPost Raises Another $5 Million; Same Investors Including Pittman