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5:05 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
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.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Extends Non-Disclosure to App Store Rejection Letters  —  Apple has gotten a significant amount of critical press surrounding its rejection policies in the App Store.  A few high profile rejections have been widely reported and inspired at least one amusing comic.
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 …
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 …
Justin Rose / Times of London:
Google phone - the first review
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android Market Might Be Even Bigger Mess Than Apple's App Store
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: T-Mobile's G1 Android Phone vs. the iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Confirmed: T-Mobile G1 has no 3.5mm headphone jack
Discussion: IntoMobile and Ryan Block
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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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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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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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 …
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
Josh Larson / NewsGator Widget Blog:
NetNewsWire iPhone Application is Very Popular  —  I sometimes like to talk about NewsGator goings-on outside of the Media and Consumer 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.
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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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Drives iPhone Developer To Switch To Android
Discussion: Big Tech
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: Search Engine Land and webmonkey
 
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