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11:40 AM ET, September 17, 2008

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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Google to buy Valve  —  Austin GDC 2008 Steaming away  —  WELL PLACED SOURCES tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.  If you have to stop and think about why, you probably are not aware of Steam, Valve's amazing content distribution platform.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Google To Buy Valve?  - Rumors surface...  Google To Buy Valve?  —  The Inquirer is reporting that search giant Google will soon be purchasing video game developer Valve, which you might consider a strange purchase unless you're familiar with Valve's broadband game distribution platform, Steam.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
Chris / LiveSide:
New Windows Live Betas - Download Wave 3 Now!  (Updated With International Goodness)  —  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 …
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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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Canon PowerShot SD990 IS and SD880 IS: Point and shoot cams for the masses
Discussion: Crave
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile Android phone to hit stores on Oct 17, Sprint Android phone coming next year  —  Android, Google's new operating system for devices, will be officially unveiled as part of the HTC “Dream” phone launch on T-Mobile on September 23rd, at a press conference in New York.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps like Whrrl preview the power of location, but there is far greater potential  —  With a global positioning system (GPS) chip now in the iPhone 3G, location services are becoming important to many mobile application developers.  Each day, we're seeing new iPhone apps launch which …
Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EOS 5D MARK II DSLR CAMERA FEATURING FULL-FRAME HD VIDEO CAPTURE  —  The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Escalates Full-Frame Digital SLR Photography to the Next Level with HD Movie Recording Capabilities, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, and 21.1 Megapixel Resolution
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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.
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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Stephen Chapman / UX Evangelist:
Windows 7 Paint and WordPad: New UI, New Functionality
Discussion: Redmond Pie and Teching It Easy
Guardian:
Peter Moore Interview: Part Three  —  Why Rare are a spent creative force... and other shocks from the Xbox backroom...  Yesterday, we followed Moore from Dreamcast to Xbox 360.  Today, there's more from the Microsoft years, including a damning indictment of UK developer, Rare.
Discussion: Destructoid, Edge Online and Kotaku
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Can games make your kid a better citizen?  —  Study: Game experiences can provide hands-on learning opportunities  —  Can playing “Madden” or “World of Warcraft” encourage your kid to be more engaged in public life?  Believe it or not, yes.  —  Parents of video-gaming children, take heart …
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Want To Know Why Apple TV Is Still Steve Jobs' “Hobby”?  —  Want to know why Steve Jobs is still calling Apple TV his “hobby”?  —  New research by The NPD Group offers an explanation:  — 41 percent of dollars budgeted for movies and video is spent on DVD movie purchases;
Discussion: Contentinople and npd.com
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Plans Classifieds Buyouts  —  Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. is looking to expand its global classified-ad business by taking advantage of an economic slowdown to buy promising private companies with low valuations.  —  Jacob Aqraou, general manager of eBay's global classified business …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Valleywag
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Silicon Valley Layoff Watch: Is eBay Next?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast CFO Angelakis At Goldman (CMCSA)  —  Comcast's finance boss Michael Angelakis sits down for a fireside chat at Goldman's annual communications conference.  LIVE notes:  —  9:39 Joining in progress after problems with Goldman's Webcast.  —  9:39 What's least appreciated about Comcast?
Discussion: paidContent.org and IP Democracy
LinuxDevices.com:
Open set-top box ships  —  Neuros Technology has started shipping its second open set-top box, which targets both consumers and product companies.  The high-definition capable “Open Source Device 2.0” (OSD 2.0) runs several open Linux stacks on a tiny TI Davinci-based CPU module delivered with a mini-ITX I/O board and enclosure.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Market Wire:
Nortel Announces Preliminary View of the Third Quarter and Revised Full Year 2008 Outlook  —  Nortel(1) Networks Corporation (Toronto:NT.TO - News)(NT - News) today announced a preliminary view on certain third quarter results ending September 30, 2008, and revised its full year 2008 outlook.
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 details emerge
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newspapers Still Dominate Local, But TV And Radio Growth Rates Zoom Ahead: Borrell
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Bret Taylor on FriendFeed's Road to Monetization, Early Surprises
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft makes another play for UK schools
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GamesIndustry.biz:
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