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7:05 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
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: PC World, TG Daily and Infinite Loop
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New MacBooks shipping all around us, unseen?
Discussion: AppleInsider and Digital Daily
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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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!
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
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...
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.
HP:
HP Announces Plans to Integrate EDS  —  Move designed to create greater opportunities for customers while streamlining costs  —  At its securities analyst meeting today, HP will unveil a strategic plan to establish a powerful position in the evolving enterprise market.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
HP's Hurd on EDS, job cuts
Discussion: Tech Beat and CNET News
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 …
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
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust watchdogs are looking into a planned deal between Internet giants Google Inc and Yahoo Inc to share some advertising revenue.  —  “In mid-July, we decided to open a preliminary investigation …
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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giga Omni Media Acquires TheAppleBlog  —  Good morning and time to share some great news with our community of readers: We have acquired TheAppleBlog, making it the seventh member of our growing network of blogs.  The terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
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Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Giga Omni Media Acquires The Apple Blog
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Best Buy Acquires Napster: But Why?  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy today announced that it plans to acquire music retailer Napster for $121 Million.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal values Napster at $2.65 a share, almost double its closing price on Friday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Minnov8
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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 …
Discussion: Open Source
 
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