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7:15 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: Joe Duck, Beet.TV and WinExtra
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
TC50: Twitter-for-business startup Yammer wins TechCrunch50, I may eat my hat  —  When Yammer presented at TechCrunch50, I wasn't so sure about it.  The company offers a service that's the business version of micro-messaging company Twitter.  You leave short messages about what you're doing …
Discussion: PC World, Blogspotting, i-boy and ben barren
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Best of Shows: Top 10 from DemoFall, TechCrunch50
Discussion: Beet.TV
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
RIM announces ‘lifestyle’ apps for BlackBerry  —  Research in Motion is loading BlackBerry devices with what its co-CEO Jim Balsillie calls ‘lifestyle’ applications.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In what looks like an attempt to compete toe-to-toe with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion announced …
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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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
BlackBerry redoubles iPhone challenge
Discussion: Crave
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
IPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do  —  Your iPhone is watching you.  —  If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on your handset has been temporarily stored as a screenshot that hackers or forensics experts could eventually recover, according to a renowned iPhone hacker …
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.
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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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Apple declares war on sneaker hackers  —  It was painful to see, at Apple's big media event on Monday, Steve Jobs attempting to pawn off a retread music-recommendation system as some sort of great technological breakthrough.  Yes, iTunes will now be able to suggest songs you might like based …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen Nike+ system with GPS, wear sensors
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: PC World
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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.
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.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Net-talking toaster to burn news onto bread  —  Many things have appeared on toast before: Marmite, Vegemite, jam and even Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.  Now a designer's invented a toaster that's able to burn pretty much anything onto your morning slice, including the news.
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
 
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The Queen gives an audience to YouTube owner Google
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Hangover
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Inside Microsoft's new mobile browser
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Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
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Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
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