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1:30 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...
Discussion: Electronista and Kotaku
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View and walking directions come to Google Maps for mobile  —  This July, Street View went international for the Tour de France, and in August, expanded coverage to Japan and Australia.  Now, Street View is coming to another new frontier: your phone.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Phone Scoop
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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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Street View goes mobile  —  Street View endows Google Maps with a driver's-eye view of the world, and now people actually on the street will be able to use it, too.  —  The company announced a new version of its Google Maps for Mobile software that includes support for Street View …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Digital Photography Review:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras
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;
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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, Electronista and Gizmodo
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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.
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: Edge Online, Kotaku and Destructoid
Lisa Hoover / Download Squad:
Dress up your Tweets with Twitterkeys  —  Are you leaving work early to fly off somewhere with your sweetie?  You could Tweet that to your followers on Twitter, or you could tell them, “I'm going to out of work early today and hop a to Montego Bay with my true ♥.”
Discussion: Webware.com
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:   TwitterKeys: Enhance your Twitter conversations
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
HTC launches ‘ice white’ Touch Diamond  —  Seems that ice is not see-through after all...  Tell us what you think [ 0 comments ]  —  HTC has announced an ‘ice white’ version of its popular HTC Touch Diamond smartphone for those users that want something a little different.
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James Sherwood / The Register:   HTC's Touch Diamond is all-white
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 details emerge  —  Adobe next week will unveil Creative Suite 4, a new version of its media design bundle set to ship the following month with features such as enhanced options for working with 3D objects in Photoshop, new Flash document exports from within InDesign …
Discussion: Contentinople and TG Daily
Wired News:
Run Mac OS X on an Eee PC  —  Feel like stepping beyond the limits of Apple hardware?  Want a Mac netbook for under $650?  How about an EeePC running Mac OS X?  —  At least part of the appeal of the dimunitive EeePC netbook is its hackability — from Linux to Vista, intrepid hackers …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: Fortune and Between the Lines
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nortel Shrs Plunge On Lower '08 Outlook; Blames Carriers
Discussion: Mark Evans and The Register
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
More than 20 million homes have cut the cord on landline phones  —  People of a certain generation remember when a wire connected the headset to your phone, your phone to the wall and your wall to the world.  The big advance in the 1990s was — amazingly — freeing the handset from the wire …
Discussion: Bits
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 …
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Audio Indexing  —  As the Web becomes more sophisticated and audio and video becomes a more important part of our online lives, we need something that will help us sift through the junk and find what we're looking for in all that content.  To address that, Google announced Wednesday …
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's North American notebook share jumps 60 percent
Discussion: CNET News
Times of India:
TRAI plans to prevent WiFi abuse
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Murdoch: “Hard Times Are Good For Big Companies” …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Portfolio
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Mystery Of The Incredible Shrinking Video Sites: What Gives?
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Discussion: BoomTown and Sexy Widget
LinuxDevices.com:
Open set-top box ships
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget HD
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses Search Monkey Product Manager
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Plans Classifieds Buyouts
Discussion: Screenwerk and Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's 12 Hour (and counting) Custom Search Outage
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two New Visual Tools To Make Craigslist Even Better
Discussion: Lifehacker and PSFK
GamesIndustry.biz:
Google opening Lively to game developers