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1:35 PM ET, September 22, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SanDisk SlotMusic Cards Are Destined to Fail  —  SanDisk, a flash memory chip maker that has been fighting off competitor Samsung's bid to acquire the company, has launched SlotMusic MicroSD memory cards that will carry full-length music albums just like a music CD or a vinyl.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Music On microSD: I Can't Believe The Labels Fell For This  —  Forget buying an album on a USB stick, SanDisk just convinced the big labels to release (DRM free, thankfully) music on a 1 GB 15mm x 11mm x 1mm microSD card.  And then they convinced Best Buy and Walmart to sell these things.
Sandisk:
“slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  Music, Retail and Tech Leaders to Offer “slotMusic™”: High Quality, DRM-Free MP3 Music on microSD™ Cards  —  (Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Milpitas, CA - September 22, 2008) - Leaders in music …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Authorizes A Big $40 Billion Buyback; Ups Dividend  —  Well, that's one thing they can do with all their cash... Rather than buy anyone else, the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) board has authorized the company to spend $40 billion on buying its own shares through September 30, 2013.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Share Repurchase Program and Increases Quarterly Dividend  —  $40 billion authorized for share repurchase; Dividend increased 18 percent  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to an additional $40 billion …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile's Dream Is a Distraction  —  Google's Android OS is really about ruling the world of feature phones, not the world of smartphones.  —  You're about to be bombarded by a rush of coverage about T-Mobile's G1, aka the HTC Dream, the first Google Android smartphone.  Don't ignore it.
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Anita Hamilton / Time:
Android: Google's Dream, Apple's Nightmare?  —  T-Mobile will unveil the first Android handset on Sept. 23  —  A new smartphone is debuting on Sept. 23, and, no, it's not just another iPhone clone.  The HTC Dream from T-Mobile will be the first handset to run Google's new mobile operating system, Android.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple will sell 5 million iPhones in Q4  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, one of the most bullish — and closely watched — of the more than two dozen analysts who track Apple Inc., has raised his estimates for the company's fourth quarter, which ends next Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Discussion: AppleInsider and InformationWeek
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Piper Ups Apple (AAPL) Estimates, Morgan Stanley Whacks Big Tech …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Searches Apartment of Tennessee Student Suspected of Palin Hack  —  FBI agents executed a search warrant Sunday at the apartment of University of Tennessee student David Kernell in connection with the hack of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's private Yahoo account.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
How Yahoo could have protected Palin's email  —  Last week I criticized Yahoo for their insecure password recovery mechanism that allowed an intruder to take control of Sarah Palin's email account.  Several readers asked me the obvious follow-up question: What should Yahoo have done instead?
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Netbytes: Is the Wall Street Journal losing the plot?  —  As Wall Street rides the rollercoaster of global financial hysteria, people are turning in their millions to the website of The Wall Street Journal for reliable information.  But just when it's needed most, this venerable institution may be losing the plot
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Why Google Isn't Enough  —  Web 2.0 has annoyed legions of information technology professionals by providing an experience for consumers that, in many ways, is just plain better than what everyone gets at work.  At some point after the year 2000, consumer companies grabbed the ball …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA rejects damage award, forces trial, looks hypocritical  —  What price innocent infringement?  That's the question a San Antonio jury will have to address in mid-November, as the RIAA and 20-year-old Whitney Harper will battle in court over the amount of damages Harper will have to pay …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm OS II-based smartphones now due H2 2009  —  Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.  —  The company said the Linux-based system software known as Palm OS II and ‘Nova’ is “on track” for completion by the end of calendar 2008.
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Developer: I Just Made $250K From App Store In Two Months (AAPL)  —  Steve Demeter developed the iPhone puzzle game Trism as a side project, but now he's quitting his day job.  Why?  Because he says he's generated $250,000 in profits since he started selling the $4.99 game on iTunes this summer.
David Rasnake / Digital Camera Reviews and News:
Olympus unveils rangefinder inspired Micro Four Thirds concept  —  At a press briefing in Cologne, Germany this morning, Olympus unveiled its Micro Four Thirds concept camera.  In an interesting contrast study to Panasonic's G1, it appears that the next Micro Four Thirds camera to hit …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
New from Microsoft: Data Centers In Tents  —  This month we've already had a patent from Google for floating data centers, and a proof-of-concept from Intel for a data center with almost no air conditioning.  What's next?  —  It turns out that Microsoft's Christian Belady and Sean James …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Slashdot
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
The first 9 Megapixel autofocus camera module for handsets announced  —  It seems that 8 MP camera phones should already step aside to make room for the 9 MP handsets, although the first ones haven't had the chance to conquer the market yet.  —  Digital Imaging Systems …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fake celebrity websites infecting the unwary with malware  —  By all rights, using fake websites as a malware attack vector should have died out long ago, around the time Britney Spears was cavorting in a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform and was actually the right age to wear.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
PR Newswire:
Entertainment Studios to Launch Six HD Networks  —  Entertainment Studios ( http://www.es.tv), the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, announced today that the company will launch six targeted high-definition …
Discussion: Engadget HD and paidContent.org
Maggie Shiels / BBC NEWS:
Google throws down open source gauntlet  —  Google founder Larry Page wants the world to know that he and the company are serious about open source, unlike others who shall remain nameless.  Alas for this reporter all I got for my attempts to dare the man to out any of these companies was a stare and a hint of a “Yeah right!”
Discussion: Open Source
 
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