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5:50 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yammer: This thing is a prize winner?  —  Like more than a few people (as far as I can tell by reading through my blog and Twitter feeds) I confess that I was more than a little gobsmacked to find out that Yammer had won the TechCrunch50 prize.  It may well have been a tough field for the judges …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Joe Duck and WinExtra
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: Crave, Coolest Gadgets and CrunchGear
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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.
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Mobile Search with My Location  —  From time to time, we all need information about local businesses when we're away from our computers — like confirming the address of a bar while on the way to meet friends.  Today we're introducing Search with My Location …
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
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Nick / Rough Type:
Apple declares war on sneaker hackers
Discussion: InformationWeek
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo to open music site to other services  —  SUNNYVALE, California (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc plans to open its online music site to feature information about songs and artists from outside services such as Apple Inc iTunes or Amazon.com, an executive said on Thursday.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Liveblogging From Yahoo's “Open House”: Sexy Email and Barbara Mandrell!
Discussion: Furrier.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical to fund upstream Linux usability improvements  —  Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Wednesday that his company, Canonical, will hire professional designers and interaction experts to improve the usability of the Linux desktop software ecosystem.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Docs Goes Back to School: Built-In Dictionary and Encyclopedia  —  Just in time for the back-to-school season, Google added some new features to Google Docs.  Among these are a built-in version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and thesaurus, as well as the ability to look up any term in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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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.
Michael Iams / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest 4 Mobile Beta Launch  —  The launches keep coming this week at MapQuest!  We're adding to our announcements with the launch of MapQuest 4 Mobile Beta.  —  We're excited to show off our new free mobile product that offers maps, directions, local business search and more for BlackBerry devices.
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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 …
tomD / Making Waves:
Less toxic iPods rock  —  Yesterday Steve Jobs announced Apple new iPod line up.  Here's the bit that really got our attention about the new models:  —  • Arsenic-free glass  —  • Brominated flame retardant-free  —  • Mercury-free  —  • PVC-free
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Will Smith / Maximum PC:
Microsoft Concedes Vista Launch Problems  —  Abandoning the pretense that Vista is the perfect OS, Microsoft reps sat down with us to discuss the OS's problems in a (kind of) frank conversation  —  We were surprised when Microsoft reps agreed to discuss Vista's launch problems and what the company has done to fix them.
Discussion: Valleywag and Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Seth MacFarlane's AdSense Cartoons Now Available  —  A while ago the New York Times reported creator of US series “Family Guy” Seth MacFarlane would create some cartoons to be distributed on Google's AdSense ad network.  The NYT wrote that “Advertising will be incorporated into the clips in varying ways.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Newlaunches.com
Research in Motion:
MySpace and RIM Usher in New Era of Mobile Social Networking  —  MySpace and RIM Collaborate on New Mobile Social Portal for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry Hub on MySpace  —  SAN FRANCISCO and WATERLOO, ON—MySpace, the world's premier social network, and Research In Motion (RIM) …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The Queen gives an audience to YouTube owner Google  —  The Queen will pop over the road from Buckingham Palace next month to visit the UK headquarters of US internet search giant Google.  —  Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the 82 year-old British monarch will be introduced to the team …
Discussion: ZDNet Government and WebProNews
 
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
IPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Single Web Hit Led to UAL Glitch, Tribune Says
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
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Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Apple gave in to NBC over pricing on iTunes
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Stunning Photos of the Javelin Emerge!
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@ CTIA: T-Mobile USA Details Dev Program; Android, Sidekick Not In Plans At Start
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Didn't Dump Silverlight for Flash
Discussion: Beet.TV and dailywireless.org
TheMacBox:
The Return of PhoneSaber
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Will World's Second Richest Man Bring Magic Touch to NYT?
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Confirmed: iPod Touch Can Support VoIP Calls
BBC:
Classical download store opens
Discussion: GMSV and Lockergnome
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
What's happening in Mobile: a peek at new products, services
Discussion: Gearlog and AppScout