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10:20 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 …
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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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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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 and Digg
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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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Zune exec on phone future, new iPods  —  There are a number of businesses where Microsoft is playing catch-up these days.  But arguably one where the company starts furthest behind is in the music business, where it decided two years ago to scrap its partner approach and go it alone with the Zune in its effort to catch the iPod.
Discussion: Bits and Electronista
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
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 …
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 …
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Court bans VoIP app on iPhone  —  A ruling was just issued by the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) of Hamburg, Germany banning VoIP on the Apple iPhone.  Specifically, the sipgate VoIP app (image right) has been banned - all part of T-Mobile's ongoing fight to block VoIP on the iPhone.
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
SanDisk CompactFlash gets bigger, faster  —  Despite rumors of a buyout, it's memory business as usual for SanDisk, and that includes a new 32GB Extreme III CompactFlash card.  —  Like its 16GB sibling, the 32GB card is stuck in branding limbo: faster than the standard 20MB per second Extreme III flash …
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo and Engadget
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) …
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.
BBC:
Classical download store opens  —  Classical music lovers in the UK will now be able to download their favourite works from the web, thanks to a new resource launched today.  —  Passionato is providing the world's biggest collection of high-quality classical downloads, first in the UK and later worldwide.
Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Back to school with a bunch of new features  —  Fight on, Trojans!  Yesterday, we spent the day at the University of Southern California, the first stop on the App to School bus tour of U.S. college campuses.  We hung out with a lot of students (and some professors, too) who dropped by our demo stations …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
SideWinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse Has Ridiculous 4000DPI …
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
E-books: The flexible future
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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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Marillion One-Ups Radiohead, Releasing Free Album On To P2P
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Focuses on Bringing Modeling Mainstream, Improves …
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Kim: We Still Believe in PC Games
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Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy Is Ready For Its Close-up
Ross Wolinsky / Cracked.com:
The 10 Commandments of Facebook  —  The rise of social media …
Discussion: Techmamas and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
An In-Person DEMO and Techcrunch50 Comparison
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is this what online news has come to?
Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
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Howard Anderson / GigaOM:
5 Reasons to Move Your Startup Out of Silicon Valley