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12:00 PM 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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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.
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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nortel Shrs Plunge On Lower '08 Outlook; Blames Carriers  —  Nortel Networks (NT) this morning reduced its outlook for 2008 revenues, noting that carriers are cutting their capital spending further than previously expected, and enterprise and metro customers defer new IT and optical investments.
Discussion: The Register
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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
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
louisgray.com:
Bret Taylor on FriendFeed's Road to Monetization, Early Surprises  —  This evening, at a panel on lifestreaming put on by the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor spoke about the popular aggregation and lifestreaming service's early months, explained what he and the team …
Discussion: BoomTown, Sexy Widget and bub.blicio.us
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 …
Discussion: Negative Approach and Massively
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Mysterious new 4GB iPod nano 4Gs begin appearing on store shelves  —  Now this is an interesting development.  According to two separate tipsters (with two sets of photos) Apple has released a third version of the new multi-hued iPod nano to the world — a 4GB model.
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
 
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Reuters:
UK's “Stuff” names iPhone 3G gadget of the year
Discussion: InformationWeek
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 details emerge
Discussion: TG Daily
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newspapers Still Dominate Local, But TV And Radio Growth Rates Zoom Ahead: Borrell
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast CFO Angelakis At Goldman (CMCSA)
Discussion: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses Search Monkey Product Manager
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft makes another play for UK schools
Discussion: Becta, The Open Road and InfoWorld
 Earlier Items: 
James Sherwood / The Register:
HTC's Touch Diamond is all-white
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's 12 Hour (and counting) Custom Search Outage
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Review: EFiX Dongle Perfectly Transforms PC to Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two New Visual Tools To Make Craigslist Even Better
Discussion: Lifehacker and PSFK
GamesIndustry.biz:
Google opening Lively to game developers
Discussion: videogaming247