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2:40 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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Makes Key Hire in Researcher Danah Boyd  —  Microsoft Research has hired social network researcher danah boyd, probably the most high profile academic in the world focused on the emerging web and its social consequences.  —  Who is danah boyd?  (She spells her own name with lower case letters.)
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Takes Its Newest High-Performance Computing Platform to the Street  —  Windows HPC Server 2008 allows Wall Street firms to deploy quickly, leverage existing resources and scale from workstation to cluster — all in a familiar Windows environment.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced …
Discussion: The Register and TechNet Edge
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Windows Server Division WebLog:
WINDOWS HPC SERVER 2008 RTM'S
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and eWeek
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.
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
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
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.
Google Book Search Blog:
Book Search everywhere with new partnerships and tools  —  Posted by Alex Diaz, Product Manager, Google Book Search  —  Today, we're taking a big step towards bringing more books, across more sites, to more people online.  —  We're launching a set of free tools that allow retailers …
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?
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft continues its push to change the rules of the online-advertising game  —  As Microsoft's search share continues to drop, the company is stepping up its campaign to change the way that the efficacy of online advertising is measured.  —  On September 22, Microsoft announced that the beta of its …
Discussion: Microsoft
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Is ShareThis the next Digg?  —  ShareThis, a handy little widget that site managers can install to make it easier for readers to share and save Web pages, is preparing for a new release that gives the service Digg-like powers.  —  The service's user interface, which lets people post items …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV Networks buys Social Project platform
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Reset: What's Next for Yahoo? (Merging With AOL? New Execs?)
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Anystream Merges With Net-Video Syndicator Voxant
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft refers to its anti-Linux playbook to attack VMware
Discussion: eWeek
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
The first 9 Megapixel autofocus camera module for handsets announced
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
New from Microsoft: Data Centers In Tents
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
The Pirate Bay Is Getting Into Streaming?
Discussion: Slyck, TorrentFreak, Pulse 2.0 and Digg
BBC:
Spore copyright control relaxed
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Feds tighten security on .gov
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA rejects damage award, forces trial, looks hypocritical
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fake celebrity websites infecting the unwary with malware
Discussion: MarketingVOX
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Drop.io puts blogging, file sharing on a map—literally
Discussion: All Points Blog