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4:35 PM ET, September 22, 2008

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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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
On Android Eve, Co-Founder Andy Rubin Predicts The Future Of Mobile  —  Tomorrow is widely anticipated to be the day when T-Mobile announces availability of the first Android phone.  The phone is reportedly an HTC “Dream,” which will apparently sell for $199 with a two year contract.
Discussion: Techland and InformationWeek
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
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 $40 billion on buying its own shares through September 30, 2013.
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Zephoria / apophenia:
I will be joining Microsoft Research in January  —  Guess who has a post-dissertation job?  [Yes, that implies I'm actually going to finish this *#$@! dissertation.] ::  bounce::  In January, I will be joining the newly minted Microsoft Research New England in Boston, MA. w00000t!!!!!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Microsoft Makes Key Hire in Researcher Danah Boyd
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.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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 …
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.
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 and OStatic blogs
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Reset: What's Next for Yahoo?  (Merging With AOL?  New Execs?)  —  When Yahoo holds its first board meeting tomorrow-with three new board members, including shareholder activist Carl Icahn-there will be little time for getting-to-know-you chitty-chat.  —  In fact, it should be all business …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Windows 7 must appeal to geeks—or else  —  Windows Vista has been a tragedy on many levels for Microsoft.  First, it was marked with compatibility issues and annoyances with its User Access Control feature that started a firestorm of epic proportions.  But once those issues improved …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Oracle OpenWorld: Looking for some excitement.  —  If you're going to kick off a conference these days - that is, when the economy is tanking and people are wondering if the doom-and-gloom is headed for the tech sector - it's probably best to give folks something to buzz about.
Daya Baran / WebGuild:
GE Drops Google, Selects Zoho  —  General Electric has decided to forgo a partnership with Google and has formalized a strategic partnership with Zoho for its 400,000 desktops.  GE made the decision after a vigorous evaluation of both products.  “GE is a master at taking costs out of established processes …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Venture Chronicles
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV Networks buys Social Project platform  —  NEW YORK—Viacom division MTV Networks announced Monday that it has turned its minority stake in software company Social Platform into a full acquisition: Social Project, formerly known as Tagworld, is the basis for Viacom's Flux.
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 …
Discussion: Digg
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
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history's dustbin  —  A poke is not a revolution  —  Fail and You Hey, does anybody remember Google's OpenSocial?  Come on, it hasn't even been a year since it was announced.  OpenSocial was supposed to unify social network application developers behind one common API.
Discussion: Valleywag and TomsTechBlog.com
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
The Pirate Bay Is Getting Into Streaming?  —  The Pirate Bay, the world's largest BitTorrent tracker (and one of the most hated by studios), may be getting into streaming, a tipster told us.  —  The Pirate Bay, which has 3 million users and is closing in on 15 million peers …
Discussion: Slyck, Pulse 2.0, TorrentFreak and Digg
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T To Offer Three HD Streams - Reduce HD bandwidth consumption from 6-8Mbps to 5Mbps  —  AT&T just began offering two HD streams to customers, something that forced them to adjust their TOS so it was clear that customers too far from the VRAD could struggle with capacity …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leica debuts S-system, 37-megapixel flagship S2 camera  —  Is it Photokina time, or what?  Joining the host of other camera manufacturers with sparkly fresh announcements this week is none other than Leica, which just announced a trio of new cams a few days back.
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Hotmail update coming this week  —  Microsoft's downloadable Windows Live tools all got an update last week, but the “Wave 3” enhancements to its online services will take longer to crest.  —  The online tools, things such as Windows Live Skydrive, Windows Live Spaces …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Scribblar Lets You Socially Scribble  —  A new UK-based startup soft-launched last week named Scribblar.  Scribblar lets you create a room where you can draw and conference with others on media or audio.  It's basically a social whiteboard and from my testing today, it's pretty well crafted.
 
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Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
More Vaio TT Specifications Emerge
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Crave
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jay Adelson Hints That Facebook Connect Is the Future of Digg
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Will Microsoft ever get the web?
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
CBS Moves Further Into Citizen Journalism with “EyeMobile” for iPhone
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft refers to its anti-Linux playbook to attack VMware
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Is ShareThis the next Digg?
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
New from Microsoft: Data Centers In Tents
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
How Yahoo could have protected Palin's email
BBC:
Spore copyright control relaxed
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Why Google Isn't Enough  —  Web 2. has annoyed legions …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
FBI Searches Apartment of Tennessee Student Suspected of Palin Hack