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5:40 PM ET, September 16, 2008

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TechRadar.com:
Google shows off final Android handset  —  Masked phone looks distinctly HTC-like  —  In a session at its Google Developer day in London this morning, Google executives demonstrated a working Android mobile phone for “the first time in Europe.”  —  The new handset, shown off …
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Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears  —  T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first smart phone powered by Google Inc.'s new mobile software late next month, according to people familiar with the matter, facing off against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry with a device that blends aspects of both.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Hype builds for Android phone launch  —  The launch of the new Google Android phone on T-Mobile USA's network is fast approaching, but will the phone live up to its hype?  —  T-Mobile USA is expected to announce the new phone, called the Dream, on September 23.
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
Matthew Sparkes / PC Pro:
Will Apple or Android get in my pocket?
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Google Watch:
Journal Says Google Android Phones Will Appear This Year After All
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
HTC Dream's “Late October” release date is...
Chad Hurley / The Official Google Blog:
The future of online video  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chad Hurley On The Future Of YouTube: We Will Conquer Every Screen
Discussion: WebProNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft and Cray to unveil $25,000 Windows-based supercomputer  —  Microsoft and Cray are set to unveil on September 16 the Cray CX1, a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008.  —  The pair is expected to tout the new offering as “the most affordable supercomputer Cray has ever offered …
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WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
MICROSOFT AND CRAY TEAM UP TO BRING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING MAINSTREAM
Discussion: The Register and Lockergnome
Siobhan Chapman / Computerworld:
Lehman Brothers invested in IT despite credit crunch  —  It spent $309M on technology and communications in the past quarter  —  Computerworld UK) Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was boosting its investment in IT even as it headed toward bankruptcy.  —  In the quarter ended Aug. 31 …
Associated Press:
McCain Invented Blackberry?  Adviser Says He Helped  —  MIAMI — Move over, Al Gore.  You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.  —  At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Republicans Try To Cheer Us Up With A Hilarious Joke: “John McCain …
Discussion: Salon, Gizmodo and textually.org
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Adobe AIR launches on Linux  —  Adobe announced today that Adobe AIR now runs on Linux.  AIR is a cool cross-platform runtime that enables developers to create Rich Internet Applications that merge the desktop with the web.  Bringing it to Linux removes yet another roadblock to bringing disruptive applications to Linux.
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Ashutosh Sharma:
Adobe AIR for Linux Beta is out!
Discussion: VentureBeat and webmonkey
Michael Gray / Graywolf SEO Blog:
Google News is Getting the Date Wrong on Old News Stories  —  Last week there was a bit of a brouhaha over Google news incorrectly giving the wrong date for a news story.  In that particular incident Google news picked up a 6 year old story about United Airlines filing bankruptcy which upset the stock market for that particular stock.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News & Indexing Old Stories As New
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Zune Owners Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's  —  Microsoft signs three-year deal with Wayport for old and new Zune owners alike: This is a nice win for Zune users, Wayport, and McDonald's, each in their own way, and it's something Microsoft can simply write off as useful marketing …
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Microsoft:
Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple's Capricious Rules for iPhone Apps  —  Alex Sokirynsky spent two months, working nights and weekends to write an application for the Apple iPhone called Podcaster, which allows people to listen to and watch Podcasts on their phones.  —  He was encouraged because he had written …
Discussion: PC World and The iPhone Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker  —  Last night I watched with morbid fascination as a group of talking heads on CNBC discussed the fall (and subsequent bankruptcy) of Lehman Brothers, the 158-year-old firm that survived the Great Depression, two world wars …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Guardian and metarand
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google offers cutting-edge Chrome, first update  —  The Google Chrome Channel Chooser lets people get the latest updates to Google's Web browser.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Through a new developer program, Google is letting people try the latest versions of its Chrome Web browser, and the first update is available.
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social: author  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.  —  Bill Tancer, a self-described …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe allays worries; Sets up for CS4 launch  —  Adobe's third quarter earnings handily topped Wall Street estimates and the company projected fourth quarter results that are in line to better than what analysts were expecting.  —  Adobe on Tuesday reported third quarter earnings of $191.6 million …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Android Phone, the G1, to Ship Mid-October  —  A little birdy just dropped by CrunchGear HQ, bringing tidings of HTC Dream release dates in his little bird-sized satchel.  They further confirmed the September 23rd announcement, cemented the rumors that there will be 3 different colors …
Discussion: Cheezhead
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
VMware wants to trump Windows and Linux servers with its Virtual Datacenter OS  —  VMware's new CEO Paul Maritz used his first VMworld keynote on Tuesday to introduce the company's Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) to an audience of IT professionals and technology industry insiders …
Discussion: eWeek and Virtually Speaking
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft becomes high priest of secure software development  —  Historically, Microsoft was bashed for security holes in its software that led to worm outbreaks on desktops and servers around the globe and other problems.  In 2002, the company saw the light and launched its Trustworthy Computing initiative …
Discussion: PC World and InfoWorld
 
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