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1:50 PM 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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Coolest Gadgets
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Email Gadget Peek Starts Selling Online, Gets NYT Pogue Slobbering  —  NY-based gadget startup Peek — whose mobile device does email, and nothing else — has started selling its gadget on the Web ahead of its nationwide launch at Target stores next Monday.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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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: Datamation and LinuxWorld.com
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Red Hat sprints past ESX on VM running
Discussion: The Open Road
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Trustbusters divided on next move on Google  —  Go big or go small.  —  That's the question facing lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice investigating Google.  Sources who have provided testimony to the government say a departmental debate revolves around whether antitrust regulators …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Proposed Copyright Law a ‘Gift’ to Hollywood, Info Groups Say
Discussion: Techdirt and Imaging Insider
WhatLaptop:
Samsung Netbook official photos...  The Samsung Netbook isn't vapourware, as these official shots of the Netbook prove.  —  The still unnamed Netbook is set for launch at the end of October, and orders are already in place with resellers.  Demand has been so positive that Samsung UK has rushed these first shots of the device to us.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, Crave and Engadget
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: AppScout and Gearlog
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.
Discussion: Lockergnome
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 …
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Confirmed: iPod Touch Can Support VoIP Calls  —  Cult of Mac has confirmed the newest version of Apple's iPod Touch contains the hardware necessary to enable free or low-cost phone calls over wi-fi.  —  With 5 wires connected to the Touch headphone jack (instead of 4 on the previous model) …
 
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Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
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RIAA:
RIAA Salutes Introduction Of Bill To Strengthen Global IP Protection
Discussion: CNET News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The start of reverse syndication (and end of the AP?)
WCBS-TV:
Verizon Tech Accused Of Making $220K In Sex Calls
Discussion: DSLreports, Slashdot and Gizmodo
Hans Sandberg / The Nordic Link:
Gizmondo 2 Is Here - Sales Start In November/December
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
ScanScout Taps New CEO
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
SanDisk CompactFlash gets bigger, faster
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Zune exec on phone future, new iPods
Discussion: Electronista and DailyTech
Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Back to school with a bunch of new features
Andy Robinson / ComputerAndVideoGames.com:
Levine: “I got some nasty f***ing threats”
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
App stores and APIs: It's the ecosystem, stupid
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Court bans VoIP app on iPhone
Camille Sweeney / New York Times:
Twittering From the Cradle
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Exclusive Interview: Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista …
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg