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4:30 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: 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.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Engadget Mobile
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.
Discussion: TechSpot
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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 and AppScout
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Inside Microsoft's new mobile browser
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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 …
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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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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
BlackBerry Mobile Bonanza: Microsoft Launches Live Search, Google Introduces New Search Client & AOL Launches MapQuest 4 Mobile  —  At the CTIA wireless trade show today Microsoft announced an extension of its existing relationship with BlackBerry maker RIM.
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: GMSV and Lockergnome
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
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 …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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: Gizmodo and Valleywag
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Hangover  —  Once “Earth's Biggest Bookstore” in the late 1990s, Amazon is today Earth's Biggest Magazine, Music, Video, Electronics, Apparel and Accessories Store.  And soon it may well be earth's biggest wine store, as well.  Now that winery-to-consumer shipping …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Valleywag
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Didn't Dump Silverlight for Flash  —  NBC raised eyebrows when it live-streamed its first NFL game last week using Adobe's Flash.  There was speculation that the peacock had unceremoniously dumped Microsoft Silverlight after the technology's debut during the Olympics.
Discussion: Beet.TV and dailywireless.org
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
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Single Web Hit Led to UAL Glitch, Tribune Says
Peter Cohen / PC World:
Attendee Registration Opens for Macworld Expo
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
Discussion: NewTeeVee, DailyTech and Gizmodo
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Trustbusters divided on next move on Google
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Confirmed: iPod Touch Can Support VoIP Calls
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Zune exec on phone future, new iPods
Discussion: Electronista and DailyTech
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
E-books: The flexible future
Discussion: broadstuff and TeleRead