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9:30 AM ET, September 11, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Takes Top Prize At TechCrunch50  —  Three jam-packed days, and 52 startup demos later, we finally have a winner for this year's TechCrunch50.  Every day, the presentations just seemed to get stronger and stronger.  There were so many strong contenders this year that we are awarding …
The Official Google Blog:
The future of search … I am a search addict.  I'm naturally inquisitive - I've always liked finding things out.  Plus, I've worked at Google on search for the past 9 years and 3 months.  Of course I search - a lot.  Yet I would guess that on any given day, I only do about 20% of the searches that I could.
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Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for BlackBerry: faster, stronger, better  —  Today we're pleased to launch Google Mobile App for BlackBerry.  It's a free download and it looks like this:  —  To download the App, visit m.google.com on your BlackBerry device.  —  Once it's installed you'll have faster search …
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:   Google launches Google Mobile App for BlackBerry devices
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Exclusive Interview: Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista, and How They Fixed It  —  We sat down with Microsoft to hear the company's side of the Vista story.  What lessons have been learned following the worst Windows launch in the company's history?  Is Microsoft doing enough to regain PC users' faith?
Discussion: Slashdot
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
What's happening in Mobile: a peek at new products, services  —  Last night, I had the chance to meet with some companies who are exhibiting at this week's CTIA Wireless conference in San Francisco at a press-only event called Mobile Focus.  It was a good show - food and drink alongside …
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Mike Nizza / The Lede:
A Stock-Killer Fueled by Algorithm After Algorithm  —  What made a six-year-old article about a bankruptcy filing by United Airlines reappear on Wall Street traders' screens on Monday as if it were fresh news, prompting a sell-off that erased $1 billion in the company's market value in a matter of minutes?
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Camille Sweeney / New York Times:
Twittering From the Cradle  —  IT would be easy to assume that the first month of Cameron Chase's life followed the monotonous cycle of eat-sleep-poop familiar to any new parent.  But anyone who has read his oft-updated profile on Totspot, a site billed as Facebook for children, knows better.
Discussion: SocialTwister 2.0 and Social Media
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Best of Shows: Top 10 from DemoFall, TechCrunch50  —  CNET's judges for this article: Dan Farber, Josh Lowensohn, Elinor Mills, Rafe Needleman, and Daniel Terdiman.  —  More than 120 companies presented at this week's competing start-up conferences: DemoFall and TechCrunch50.
Discussion: Beet.TV and L.A. Times Tech Blog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Notes and Observations Regarding Yesterday's 'Let's Rock' Apple Special Event  —  OVERALL SCOPE  —  The overall takeaway from yesterday's news is that Apple's music and iPod business is right on track.  There was nothing exceptional or particularly surprising, but the incremental improvements and changes were significant.
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Stuart Houghton / Kotaku:
Xbox 360s Flying Off The Shelves After Price Cut  —  Well, that seems to have done the trick.  Following last week's Xbox 360 price cut in the US, the console has seen a big spike in sales.  —  Some retailers are reportedly showing 100% increases in sales of all Xbox models with up to six times …
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Ebooks: the flexible future  —  Interesting news from the DEMOfall 08 conference held this week in San Diego:  —  Plastic Logic— a company founded to commercialize electronics built on flexible plastic substrates— demonstrated a prototype ebook reader (not yet named) …
Discussion: Forward Thinking
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Marillion One-Ups Radiohead, Releasing Free Album On To P2P  —  Here's another discussion point for our upcoming EconMusic conference... prog rock band Marillion is releasing its latest album for free on to P2P networks - with the proviso that downloaders cough up their email address for marketing use.
Discussion: P2P Blog and Ars Technica
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
App stores and APIs: It's the ecosystem, stupid  —  If you make a web application or mobile platform, one of the trendiest things you can do is add APIs and a software marketplace to it so developers will extend your product.  Google is previewing its application market for Android (link) …
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy Is Ready For Its Close-up  —  First mentioned a few months ago as a way for Google to increase its video revenue and start its push for more professional content, Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy promised 50 mini-webisodes specifically designed …
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Kim: We Still Believe in PC Games  —  On Tuesday, rumors swirled and were quickly confirmed that following the release of Halo Wars, Microsoft would close the venerable Ensemble Studios.  But Microsoft corporate vice president of interactive entertainment Shane Kim says not to read …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites  —  Websites used for email, banking, e-commerce and other sensitive applications just got even less secure with the release of a new tool that siphons users' authentication credentials - even when they're sent through supposedly secure channels.
 
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Zune exec on phone future, new iPods
Discussion: Electronista
Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Back to school with a bunch of new features
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
SideWinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse Has Ridiculous 4000DPI …
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Mini-Laptops Fuel PC Sales Growth
Discussion: eWeek
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Proposed Copyright Law a ‘Gift’ to Hollywood, Info Groups Say
Discussion: Techdirt and Imaging Insider
Andy Robinson / ComputerAndVideoGames.com:
Levine: “I got some nasty f***ing threats”
Wesley Yin-Poole / VideoGamer.com:
Newell confirms Left 4 Dead demo details
Microsoft:
Microsoft Focuses on Bringing Modeling Mainstream, Improves …
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Court bans VoIP app on iPhone
Ross Wolinsky / Cracked.com:
The 10 Commandments of Facebook  —  The rise of social media …
Discussion: Techmamas
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
An In-Person DEMO and Techcrunch50 Comparison
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Webware.com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is this what online news has come to?
Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
There's No Place Like Home
Howard Anderson / GigaOM:
5 Reasons to Move Your Startup Out of Silicon Valley
Reuters:
T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources