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9:25 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.
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 …
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: Electronista, Canon U.S.A and Gizmodo
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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 and broadstuff
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
Bryant / AeroXperience:
Hypothetical thoughts on what Windows 7 Milestone 3 might have.
Discussion: UX Evangelist and SuperSite Blog
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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TechRadar.com:
Google shows off final Android handset
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
T-Mobile to introduce phone with Google's Android software
Discussion: DailyTech, Lockergnome and Gearlog
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Google Shows Android Running on a Phone in Europe
Discussion: The Register, CrunchGear and PC Pro
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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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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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.
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 …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Inside the iPhone App Store acceptance process
Discussion: Ryan Block and Unwired View
James Sherwood / The Register:
HTC's Touch Diamond is all-white  —  “Ice Ice Baby...”  —  HTC has announced three phones yesterday: the Touch HD, the Touch 3G and the Touch Viva.  But it rounded the day off by adding a fresh lick of paint to one of its older phones.  —  HTC's Touch Diamond, in white
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two New Visual Tools To Make Craigslist Even Better  —  We've come across two new services that help make perusing Craigslist even easier by focusing on the images that are included with many listings.  Craigslist notes which listings have images attached to them, but you must click through to the listing to actually see them.
Discussion: Lifehacker
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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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.
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.
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.
 
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PR Newswire:
FairPoint Extends Systems Cutover to January 2009; Next Earliest Possible Date
Discussion: Telecompetitor and DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's 12 Hour (and counting) Custom Search Outage
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Review: EFiX Dongle Perfectly Transforms PC to Mac
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
After strong initial sales, iPhone *not* so big in Japan
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hugh Cornwell Is Still Not A Taxi Driver; Musician Learns To Embrace Free
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GamesIndustry.biz:
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 Earlier Items: 
Grant Gross / PC World:
Group: US DHS Should Lose Its Cybersecurity Authority
Discussion: CircleID
John Callaham / Big Download Blog:
Rumor: No Mirror's Edge PC in 2008?
Discussion: Maximum PC all, CrunchGear and Kotaku
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Sept. 16, 1985: Jobs Quits Apple Sept. 16, 1997: Jobs Rejoins Apple
Discussion: TUAW and Pulse 2.0
Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
Could terrorists use “World of Warcraft” to plan nefarious deeds?
Discussion: Destructoid and Gizmodo
Brad Stone / Bits:
Silicon Valley Layoff Watch: Is eBay Next?
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Times
Jeff Bercovici / Portfolio:
M&A Outlook: Zucker, Rattner, Karmazin Weigh In