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9:45 PM ET, September 15, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.5  —  After weeks of developer seeds, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.5 to customers.  The latest upgrade to Leopard is available through your Mac OS X Software Update.  —  The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard …
Discussion: louisgray.com, CNET News and Apple
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests; Contends Shipments Have Begun On New MacBooks  —  Citigroup's Richard Gardner asserted in a research note this morning that Apple's September quarter is tracking in line with his above-consensus revenue estimate of $8.3 billion …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New MacBooks shipping all around us, unseen?  —  Disappointment following certain Apple events is hardly new.  The company sets the bar so high that now it seems anything less than a new iPhone will be a disappointment.  Apple's “Let's Rock” even last week was no different.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Digital Daily
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One  —  Economic softness in the states is widespread, but apparently it stops short at 1 Infinite Loop.  Though consumer spending on electronics is generally trending lower, it's trending higher for Apple products.
Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon Blackberry Storm talking points slip out  —  We're still waiting on Verizon's official launch of the Blackberry Storm, but the anticipation is running high, especially since we just received a list of specs and talking points distributed to store reps about RIM's first touchscreen phone.
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
More Verizon BlackBerry Storm Images...
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile  —  Given Apple's super-secretive ways, it's quite a shock to find a company engineer disclosing something about the iPhone's future innards on a public social networking site.  —  Wei-han Lien, the senior manager of Apple's chip team …
Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution  —  Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”.  —  The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore.
Business Wire:
HP Announces Plans to Integrate EDS  —  Move designed to create greater opportunities for customers while streamlining costs  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—At its securities analyst meeting today, HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) will unveil a strategic plan to establish a powerful position in the evolving enterprise market.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Everyone but Apple joins new “buy once, play anywhere” group  —  Buying a movie online is simple; it's watching it on the device you want that's hard.  The movie studios have been reluctant to allow DVD burning from online stores (and when they do, it doesn't always work) …
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The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance  —  We love getting your feedback, and one of the themes that has cropped up in the Google Desktop Help group is that you want a lighter, faster product.  We heard the message loud and clear and decided that the Google Desktop 5.8 …
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari  —  We're really excited to announce the official release of Gears for Safari on OS X (minimum requirements are Leopard 10.5.3 or Tiger 10.4.11).  —  You can download it today from http://gears.google.com.  —  This means that you can now access all the Gears-enabled sites …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack  —  Hackers have broken into BusinessWeek's online site and set up an attack scenario in which visitors to a section of the site could have their own computers compromised and their data stolen, a security researcher said on Monday.
Discussion: The Register and ZDNet.com.au
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDB  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Podcasting News
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
Ubuntu, Firefox and License Issues  —  Ubuntu recently included a patch that causes an End User License Agreement for Firefox to appear.  This has caused great concern on several topics.  One is the content of the agreement.  Another is the presentation.  A third is whether there's any reason for a license at all.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA
Discussion: OSDir.com, TechSpot and Hardware 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There  —  A controversy is brewing over a popular Facebook application called PackRat, where users collect sets of illustrated cards for points and levels.  The company behind the application, Alamofire …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Stack Overflow Launches  —  You know what drives me crazy?  Programmer Q&A websites.  You know what I'm talking about.  You type a very specific programming question into Google and you get back:  — A bunch of links to discussion forums where very unknowledgeable people are struggling with the same problem and getting nowhere,
Discussion: webmonkey
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27  —  Windows 7, the much-anticipated successor to Microsoft's Windows Vista OS, may arrive ahead of schedule.  Although Microsoft has previously said that Windows 7 would not arrive until early 2010, new rumors surfaced Monday claiming …
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Jukebox on MySpace That Takes Aim at Apple
Discussion: CNET News
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Bluenog ties together open source CMS, BI, portal
Discussion: PC World
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's Big Location Chance, Or When Is The iPhone Going To Use That GPS?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter will come to Current TV for debate chitchat
Discussion: Associated Press and Mashable!
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Download all your tagged Facebook pics with a new app
Discussion: Webware.com
comScore:
comScore M:Metrics Reports Mobile Search Grew 68 Percent in the U.S …
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal
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Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements to go live in coming days
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Discussion: Open Source and Platform Wars
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Wallop Takes A Leap Into the Deadpool
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC's Touch HD unveiled in very much official glory
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Q&A  —  Via email, I've asked Google group product …
Discussion: TG Daily
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wall Street's meltdown and the potential technology hit
louisgray.com:
As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls