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6:30 AM ET, September 17, 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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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Google Shows Android Running on a Phone in Europe
Discussion: The Register, CrunchGear and PC Pro
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
T-Mobile to introduce phone with Google's Android software
Discussion: Lockergnome
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 hits Milestone 3  —  I have seen the future — specifically Windows 7 Milestone 3 (Build 6780).  —  I got a gander at the latest test build of Windows 7 briefly (courtesy of a source of mine) and was not allowed to take any screenshots.  But it is real, it does exist and it is …
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Bryant / AeroXperience:
Hypothetical thoughts on what Windows 7 Milestone 3 might have.
Discussion: UX Evangelist and SuperSite Blog
Digital Photography Review:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies  —  Pre-Photokina 2008: After a week or so of teaser ads Canon has finally unveiled the successor to the venerable EOS 5D, the world's first ‘compact’ full frame digital SLR.  The EOS 5D Mark II boasts a new 21MP CMOS sensor, an expanded ISO range …
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
21.1 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Full-Frame, Full-HD video  —  After a brief tease, Canon just got official with its EOS 5D Mark II.  The full-frame shooter updates the original 5D introduced back in 2005 with a 24 x 36mm 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor with 14-bit analog …
Discussion: Canon USA, Crave, Electronista and Gizmodo
Joshua Goldman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Popular Canon SD870 IS gets fresh  —  The most exciting thing about the new Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH camera is that it's an update to the really popular SD870 IS.  However, that doesn't mean Canon didn't try to improve on its past success.  —  The new model features …
Discussion: Canon U.S.A, Gizmodo and Electronista
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Canon PowerShot G10: 15MP and 28mm wide
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Samsung Makes Buyout Offer To SanDisk; ‘Deeply Disappointed’ Not To Have Agreement; SanDisk Rejects  —  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).
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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.
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Spore’ DRM Update - EA Loosening One Restriction In ‘Near Future,’ Offers Defense  —  Since “Spore” launched on PC earlier this month it's been the subject of thousands of complaints about the Digital Rights Management (DRM) measures implemented by EA to stave off piracy of the blockbuster game.
Discussion: bit-tech.net, Kotaku and Destructoid
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Ars Technica:
Ars puts Spore DRM to the test—with a surprising result
Discussion: Valleywag and Blue's News
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Guru Riles the Industry By Seeking Huge Patent Fees  —  Millionaire Nathan Myhrvold, renowned in the computer industry as a Renaissance man, has a less lofty message for tech companies these days: Pay up.  —  Over the past few years, the former Microsoft Corp. executive has quietly amassed …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike launches developer platform: Playlists rock!  —  I made a playlist with iLike's API.  It's for you.  —  Facebook's favorite music service, iLike, has officially launched its developer platform.  The company first hinted at this several months ago and CNET News reported last week that it was nearing its debut.
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Seesmic's newest feature: layoffs  —  Seesmic, an online-video startup, is laying off some employees working to create original clips for the short-form video site.  The official explanation, from newly unemployed video host Rachael Joy: “Seesmic's not a content site, never has been.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Google opening Lively to game developers  —  It was a surprisingly lightly attended session that initiated Austin GDC's WorldsInMotion virtual worlds focused conference track - surprising because you'd imagine that the entrance of a company with the massive resources and cultural ubiquity …
Discussion: videogaming247
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Going Contract-Free?  —  According to an inside source, it looks like Verizon Wireless will be offering contract-free services as of September 21.  Much like T-Mobile's FlexPay, the option will be available to those who pay full, unsubsidized prices for phones or for folks who want to bring in their own devices.
Discussion: Gizmodo and BlackBerryNews.com
Mashable!:
MySpace Launches MyDebates to Add Interactivity to the Presidential Debates  —  With the Internet already playing a crucial role in this year's election, it's not altogether too surprising that MySpace and the Commission for Presidential Debates (CPD) have teamed up to launch MyDebates.org.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Tech Beat
Chris / LiveSide:
New Windows Live Betas - Download Wave 3 Now!  —  With the Windows Live Wave 3 beta due to start today, we thought we'd provide our readers with a small headstart on the rest of the world.  Here's the download links for the new Wave 3 suite of applications, including Messenger v9 …
 
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