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4:50 PM ET, September 23, 2008

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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Google's G1: First Impressions  —  Google's new G1 phone announced today is the first real competitor to the iPhone.  Like Apple's product, it's a serious handheld computer with a powerful new operating system (called Android) and a clever touch-based user interface.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
T-Mobile G1 first hands-on (updated)  —  Yep — there it is.  We finally, finally got our mitts all over the very first Android device, the T-Mobile G1 — hanging out in the crowd, waiting for the official announce, naturally — and so far we like what we see.
Erick Tseng / The Official Google Blog:
The first Android-powered phone  —  Today, T-Mobile announced the world's first Android-powered phone.  This marks an important milestone in the young history of Android.  It was less than a year ago, on November 5, that the Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Android's 10 Most Exciting Apps  —  Amid the iPhone 3G launch hysteria, we made a pronouncement that, looking back now long after the dust has settled, pretty well nailed it: forget hardware, it's code that counts.  Code via the juggernaut that is the App Store, which allowed the iPhone to truly came into its own as a mobile platform.
Discussion: PC Magazine, TG Daily and mocoNews.net
Amazon.com:
Customers Get Quick and Easy Access to Over 6 Million DRM-Free Songs from Amazon MP3 On New T-Mobile G1 Powered by Android Software  —  Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the Android platform  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the Amazon MP3 music store …
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Google G1 screenshots galore  —  Looking for a bit of Google G1 goodness to hold you over until T-Mobile's announcement later tomorrow this morning?  We've got you covered.  An eagle-eyed reader spotted these promo shots on T-Mobile's G1 site, giving us a bit of a sneak preview of the world's …
Daniel Ionescu / Today @ PC World:
T-Mobile Android Phone Out Today, Comes With Free Gmail  —  T-Mobile, the country's fourth largest cell service provider, will unveil today the G1, the first mobile phone to feature Google's Android operating system.  The much-anticipated device, which would be iPhone's main competitor …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
First Android Phone: “T-Mobile G1 With Google”  —  If the video shown during the press conference is any indication, T-Mobile's “G1 with Google” should give the iPhone a run for its money.  Much was made during the press conference of the “totally open” platform (vs. Apple), though Apple wasn't mentioned by any of the presenters.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G1: Full Details of the HTC Dream Android Phone
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: T-Mobile's G1 Android Phone vs. the iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
New York Times syndicates VentureBeat  —  The New York Times announced today that it will syndicate VentureBeat's content, as part of a redesign of the Times' online technology section.  —  This is great for VentureBeat.  The Times has long represented excellence in the news profession.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Power Bloggers Tie up with The New York Times as Paper Goes Deep on Tech Coverage  —  GigaOM, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb will be part of expanded technology coverage at the NYTimes.com, the paper announced today.  The announcement is part of a redesign of business pages along with a major increase …
Vindu Goel / Bits:   Tech News 2.0 at The Times
Jon Fox / IntenseDebate:
Automattic Acquires IntenseDebate  —  We're extremely pleased to announce that IntenseDebate will now be joining the Automattic team!  This is a big day for us and we couldn't be more stoked about what it means for the future of IntenseDebate.  —  So what does this mean for you, our valued users?
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Mobile 7 release delayed  —  Microsoft has informed some of its partners that it has had to delay Windows Mobile 7, a much anticipated update to its cell phone operating system.  —  Although Microsoft has not publicly said when to expect Windows Mobile 7, partners who had expected …
Almerica Blog:
Apple shuts down Podcaster, again!  UPDATED  —  It seems that Apple has shut me down.  I can no longer provision any more devices.  The developers website that had a “remove device” link is now gone.  I looked at the help tab but it still lists “removing a device” as one of the options.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android Market Might Be Even Bigger Mess Than Apple's App Store
Discussion: MacRumors and mocoNews.net
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Drives iPhone Developer To Switch To Android
Discussion: Big Tech
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
Our top 10 term sheet hacks  —  Venture Hacker Naval Ravikant recently presented our top 10 term sheet hacks at Startup2Startup:  —  (Here's a pdf of the presentation if you don't see the slides embedded above.  Or read it on Slideshare).  —  Naval's slides are a must-read—and a great summary of our detailed hacks.
Discussion: Altgate
Chris Harrelson / The Official Google Blog:
NYC transit directions have arrived  —  Today I'm happy to report we've taken a giant step in bringing public transit information to Google Maps.  We've just added comprehensive transit info for the entire New York metro region, encompassing subway, commuter rail, bus and ferry services …
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Josh Larson / NewsGator Widget Blog:
NetNewsWire iPhone Application is Very Popular  —  I sometimes like to talk about NewsGator goings-on outside of the Consumer Media and widget space, which I normally cover.  I especially like to mention cool news like the popularity of NewsGator's own native iPhone RSS reader application, NetNewsWire.
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Dynamic URLs vs. static URLs  —  Chatting with webmasters often reveals widespread beliefs that might have been accurate in the past, but are not necessarily up-to-date any more.  This was the case when we recently talked to a couple of friends about the structure of a URL.
Discussion: webmonkey and Search Engine Land
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is The Redesign Killing Facebook Apps?  —  Facebook developers have stayed relatively quiet about the site's new design compared to the site's users - some of whom are revolting loudly and obnoxiously.  But it seems developers are starting to see what they feared when Facebook first announced the design …
Discussion: All Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Lifeline For Ooma - $16 million More In Funding  —  Silicon Valley VoIP startup Ooma, which launched Fourteen months ago, was having a wee bit of trouble these last few months.  They lost some key executives and were steadily burning through their $26 million in funding (hardware can be expensive, we hear).
Market Wire:
IBM Announces New I.T. Standards Policy  —  To Encourage Improved Tech Standards Quality and Transparency, and Promote Equal Participation of Growth Markets in Globally Integrated Economy  —  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that, effective immediately, it is instituting a new corporate policy …
 
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Robert McMillan / Network World:
Accused of tolerating scammers, an ISP goes dark
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Adds Genres, Discussion, Search Features
Discussion: Download Squad
BBC:
Mayor sees London as ‘wi-fi city’
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Ebay scraps all non e-payment methods in US
Discussion: Ars Technica
Bruce Shelley:
Ensemble Studios Closing
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
GE to Make TVs Again, This Time With NBC Web Video
Discussion: Crave
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
@ Mixx: Moonves: Why Pay $1.8 Billion For CNET? …
Discussion: Contentinople and Epicenter
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent's Mac Client Leaked
Fred / A VC:
I Guess I'm Doing Something Wrong
Discussion: TechCrunch
News Account's column:
Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists
New York Times:
With Google Phone, HTC Comes Out of the Shadows
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
CS4: Sweating the Details