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8:30 PM ET, September 16, 2008

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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.
Matthew Sparkes / PC Pro:
Will Apple or Android get in my pocket?
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
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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Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:   The future of the Web is 3D, not video
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chad Hurley On The Future Of YouTube: We Will Conquer Every Screen
Discussion: WebProNews
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Makes Bid for SanDisk  —  Samsung Electronics Co. made public an offer to buy SanDisk Corp. for $5.8 billion in cash after it said four months of talks failed to produce an agreement.  —  The offer is the first attempt in 13 years at a major acquisition by Samsung, one of the world's largest electronics companies.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Samsung Officially Makes $26 Per Share Offer To Sandisk; ‘Deeply Disappointed’ Not To Have Agreement  —  Updated below: This was first reported a couple weeks ago, and now it's official... Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a $26 per share (about $5.85 billion in total) bid for memory card maker SanDisk (NSDQ: SNDK).
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 …
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
VMware Looks to Solve the ‘Desktop Dilemma’
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and broadstuff
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
M&A Outlook: Zucker, Rattner, Karmazin Weigh In  —  Three out of three moguls agree: The implosion of Wall Street is going to be not so good for anyone hoping to get a big media deal done.  —  NBC Universal's Jeff Zucker, Sirius Satellite Radio's Mel Karmazin and Quadrangle's Steven Rattner …
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
Fred / A VC:
Leave Wall Street, Join A Startup  —  Our good friends at First Round Capital are always thinking.  A couple years ago, they hacked the web 2.0 conference.  Now they are cleverly taking advantage of the misery on wall street to find talent for their startup companies in NYC.
Discussion: Redeye VC, CNN and CNNMoney.com
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50 Startup Mobclix Now Offers Stats On Every iPhone App  —  Want to drill down to see how different iPhone apps are doing?  You can click around iTunes and collect your own data, or you can visit the Application Ranking section of Mobclix and see the breakdown of iPhone apps in each category.
Discussion: TUAW
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 …
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 …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 hits Milestone 3
Brad Stone / Bits:
Silicon Valley Layoff Watch: Is eBay Next?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Stewardship v. ownership of our news, money, and society
Monica Alleven / Wireless Week:
Skype Takes Issue with “Openness” Comments
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
In acquiring Merrill Lynch, must Bank of America open source its software?
Discussion: PC World
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Meraki teams with San Francisco for free Wi-Fi
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Now Debuting: One-Click Payment For Illegal Downloads
Discussion: DSLreports
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Forgotten attachment detector
 Earlier Items: 
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
How Much Has WoW Cost Blizzard Since 2004?
Discussion: PC Magazine and Game|Life
Ars Technica:
Ars puts Spore DRM to the test—with a surprising result
Discussion: Valleywag
Thord Daniel Hedengren / GigaOM:
Apple to Sony & Nintendo: Let the Games Begin
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Is There Any Reason for Desktop Apps Anymore?
Associated Press:
McCain Invented Blackberry? Adviser Says He Helped
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google offers cutting-edge Chrome, first update
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Cognition Announces “World's Largest Semantic Map”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker