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11:20 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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
TiVo control coming to BlackBerry  —  TiVo and Research In Motion are teaming up to enable BlackBerry users to remotely schedule recordings of TV shows on their digital video recorder, the companies announced Thursday.  —  Under the partnership, BlackBerry users will be able to use …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Best of Shows: Top 10 from DemoFall, TechCrunch50  —  Correction at 7:30 a.m. PDT: The current name for the GPS-based ride-sharing product is Mapflow's Avego.  —  Note: CNET's judges for this article were Dan Farber, Josh Lowensohn, Elinor Mills, Rafe Needleman, and Daniel Terdiman.
Discussion: Beet.TV and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen Nike+ system with GPS, wear sensors  —  A new filing from Apple describes a future generation Nike+ system that would be capable of more accurately monitoring athletic performance in real-time, providing feedback on wear of athletic gear, and even conveying advertisements …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Peter Judge / ZDNet:
Red Hat: Virtualization will be free  —  Red Hat has predicted that virtualization will be included in all operating systems for free, while setting out the roles of the two hypervisors it is working on for its own product range.  —  Red Hat is making a kernel-based hypervisor using KVM, developed by its new acquisition, Qumranet.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Datamation
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gearlog
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
David Pogue / New York Times:
Nontechies, This One's for You  —  There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't.  —  That old cliché is more true than ever.  Red state/blue state.  Pro-choice/pro-life.  Mac/Windows.
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.
IDC:
PC Market Continues To Resist Economic Pressures With A Boost From Low Cost Portable PCs, According to IDC  —  Despite continuing economic concerns in both mature and emerging regions, recent shipment volume and increasing competition in the rapidly growing low end of the Portables market …
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Mini-Laptops Fuel PC Sales Growth
Discussion: eWeek
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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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 …
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.
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
E-books: The flexible future  —  Interesting news from the DemoFall conference held this week in San Diego:  —  Plastic Logic—a company founded to commercialize electronics built on flexible plastic substrates—demonstrated a prototype e-book reader (not yet named) and announced that it plans …
Discussion: TeleRead and Forward Thinking
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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Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
SanDisk CompactFlash gets bigger, faster
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo and Engadget
BBC:
Classical download store opens
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
SideWinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse Has Ridiculous 4000DPI …
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
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
App stores and APIs: It's the ecosystem, stupid
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Marillion One-Ups Radiohead, Releasing Free Album On To P2P
Discussion: P2P Blog and Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft:
Microsoft Focuses on Bringing Modeling Mainstream, Improves …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Kim: We Still Believe in PC Games
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
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
Discussion: bub.blicio.us