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7:50 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 …
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, TUAW, TG Daily and Infinite Loop
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
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 …
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...  ANOTHER UPDATE: Check after the jump for a fifth shot of the Storm.  This one is a bit less blurry and features a look at Verizon's Navigator Service running on the device.  UPDATE: ‘Mr. Blurrycam’ (Thanks for the hilarious reference Engadget Mobile!) has sent in another image from his Pearl.
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP To Cut Workforce By 7.5%, Or 24,600, Over 3 Years  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) this afternoon said that that as part of its plan to absorb newly acquired EDS it will cut the combined company's workforce by 7.5%, or 24,600 people, over three years.  The company said “nearly half” …
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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
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 …
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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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
 
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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
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au
comScore:
comScore M:Metrics Reports Mobile Search Grew 68 Percent in the U.S …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Search Engine Land
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Former Martha Stewart CEO Susan Lyne To Run New York Startup Gilt Groupe
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NEC tees up six-core Intel Dunnington server
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements to go live in coming days
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Discussion: Platform Wars and Open Source
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Wallop Takes A Leap Into the Deadpool
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Giga Omni Media Acquires The Apple Blog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC's Touch HD unveiled in very much official glory
Fred / A VC:
Zemanta  —  I wrote this post for the Union Square Ventures blog …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wall Street's meltdown and the potential technology hit