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4:30 PM ET, September 15, 2008

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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 …
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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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 …
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:   Facebook: no social networking here
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
More Verizon BlackBerry Storm Images...  The news keeps coming in fast and furious on the Verizon Storm.  If you haven't read the BlackBerry Storm Minute with Mike details, go ahead and check that out here.  We've just received some new internal photos of the device... Check them out after the jump >
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
The Next Chapter: Best Buy To Acquire Napster For $121 Million  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has fallen into the arms of a surprise buyer: Best Buy.  The big-box electronics giant will pay $121 million or $2.65 per share.  Shares of Napster closed at $1.36 on Friday, so this is nearly double …
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition
Discussion: VentureBeat and Coolfer
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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The future of online is offline: Gears for Safari gets official
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Giga Omni Media Acquires The Apple Blog  —  In November of 2004, a few months after I got my first Mac (a PowerMac G5), I registered theappleblog.com not really having any big plans of what I'd do with the site.  I was a senior design student in college and just wanted a new site to design and something to write about.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giga Omni Media Acquires TheAppleBlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC's Touch HD unveiled in very much official glory  —  We're still sans a press release, but a friendly tipster found this quite official page at HTC's very own site, depicting the sexy Touch HD from every angle, with every spec exposed.  The rumors were naturally spot on …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wall Street's meltdown and the potential technology hit  —  Folks are waking up Monday to a Wall Street meltdown as Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch and companies ranging from Washington Mutual to AIG are on the ropes.
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Tim Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Chipzilla unveils six-core ‘Dunnington’ Xeons  —  Edges AMD on big X64 iron  —  With virtualization and server consolidation bolstering sales of larger - and more profitable - servers, Intel wants to keep the competitive pressure on its rival in the X64 arena, Advanced Micro Devices …
Discussion: Electronista
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NEC tees up six-core Intel Dunnington server
Discussion: eWeek
louisgray.com:
As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls  —  Over the last few months, Twitter's challenges have been well documented, here and elsewhere.  Between issues with uptime, occasional data loss, a reduced feature set, and a difficult relationship with its developer community …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Q&A  —  Via email, I've asked Google group product manager Brian Rakowski a couple of questions in regards to Google's web browser.  Chrome has been in development for 2 years... did the initial designs resemble what has been released now, or were there a lot of interface …
Discussion: TG Daily
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Newspapers Around World Oppose Yahoo-Google Ad Deal  —  The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) this morning asked the US Department of Justice, the European Commission and the Competition Bureau of Canada to block the deal under which Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will supply some advertising to Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Expect bidding war for Housers in February - Pachter  —  When Sam and Dan Housers' current contracts come to an end in February, both are likely to be involved in a bidding war between publishers keen to sign the Grand Theft Auto golden boys.  —  And whether they stay with their current employers …
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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 …
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements to go live in coming days  —  Last month, we posted about upcoming Quality Score improvements — and today, we're following up to notify you that these changes will take effect in all advertisers' accounts over the next few days.  In addition, we'd like to answer …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA  —  Ubuntu users are up in arms at Canonical after it added a Firefox 3.0.2 end user license agreement (EULA) to its upcoming release, Intrepid Ibex, without first seeking consent from openistas.  —  Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Mozilla Demands EULA on First Lanuch: Linux
Discussion: ZDNet and Hardware 2.0
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago Google released the beta of Google Chrome, a new Web browser based on WebKit.  Since then there has been a lot of interesting hype and backlash against the hype about Chrome.  Two great examples of the hype and the corresponding backlash …
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 …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware (and Citrix) get cloud friendly
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
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Vindu Goel / Bits:
New WSJ.com Builds on Its Community of Subscribers
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why MySpace Music Is Likely to Fail
Discussion: Guardian, Portfolio and p2pnet
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Don't Buy That Textbook, Download It Free
Discussion: Switched and WorldChanging