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11:50 PM ET, September 24, 2008

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Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Big News: Expanding & Growing Digg  —  Today is a big day for Digg.  We're announcing a major expansion effort - the largest we've undergone in our history.  With a new round of funding, we're accelerating many of the programs that we've been working on over the past several months …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Digg.com Digs Up Some More Cash
Discussion: Techland and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did Kevin Rose Take Some of Digg's New Cash?
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Jerry Yang: Yahoo hiring Bain to cut costs  —  When all else fails, bring in more management consultants.  We just got a copy of a memo Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang emailed employees yesterday: … You know it's Jerry, because there aren't any capital letters.  Yang doesn't say “layoffs” or “cuts …
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't drive iPhone developers away, Apple  —  One of the presenters at the recent C4 Mac developers conference made a point about Apple that is incredibly relevant to how the company is viewed, especially by the media and rabid Apple fans.  To paraphrase his statement, in dealing with Apple …
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Will iPhone NDA mean ‘Never Develop Apps?’
Discussion: iLounge
Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
FOX Launches 'Terminator'-themed, location-based MMORPG
Discussion: Kotaku
Denise Begley / PDC2008:
UNVEILING WINDOWS 7 TO THE WORLD: KEYNOTE, SESSIONS AND PRE-BETA BITS  —  Be one of the first to get a look at Windows 7.  Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, will keynote on Tuesday, October 28.  —  Windows 7 is the next major version of the Windows client operating system.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New PDC sessions announced; Sinofsky, Treadwell to keynote
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music To Launch Tonight.  Here's What You'll See (And Hear)  —  The ambitious new MySpace Music joint venture will launch this evening at 9 pm at music.myspace.com.  All four major labels - Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI - are on board (EMI was a last minute addition).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
T-Mobile Lifts Bandwidth Cap for Google Phone  —  T-Mobile raised some eyebrows Tuesday when it disclosed that buyers of its highly touted new Internet phone, the HTC G1 that uses Google's Android software, would face restrictions if they exceeded 1 gigabyte of cellular data a month.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Move Over Netflix — Roku To Open the Box  —  Roku, the maker of a set-top box used to stream online video on a traditional TV, will open its platform to any content provider over the next few months, says Roku CEO Anthony Wood, speaking at Streaming Media West.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?  —  I just read an article entitled Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin? over at ReadWriteWeb.  It repeats the endless canard that Google hasn't built another business yet to rival its initial search franchise.  —  How dumb is that?
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Transmeta hangs out the “For Sale” sign  —  Transmeta, the Santa Clara developer of semiconductor technology, said Wednesday afternoon that it “will now explore a possible sale” of the company.  The move no doubt pleased its newest board member and largest shareholder, Bryant Riley …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State of The Blogosphere: The More You Post, The Higher You Rank  —  All week, Technorati is releasing data from its 2008 State of the Blogosphere report.  On Monday, Technorati told us that bloggers only need 100,000 visitors a month to make $75,000 a year (yeah, right).
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew On Networked Workers: Connected, Distracted, Ambivalent  —  The Pew Internet Project has just put out its latest survey of technology adoption and usage: “Networked Workers.”  Conducted in March and April of this year, among 2,134 US adults, the findings are not explicitly about search.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome fades as users return to IE, Firefox  —  Google browser's share slips, IE and Firefox reverse the erosion, Safari still immune  —  Computerworld) Chrome's share of the browser market is fading as users who abandoned Internet Explorer and Firefox start to return, an Internet measurement company said today.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle enters hardware market; Launches storage server to ride shotgun with database  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Wednesday unveiled its first ever hardware product-a storage server with embedded software designed to work with the company's databases and be used in a grid.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Layoff Alert: Not If ... When  —  With the economic situation obviously worsening-don't say you weren't warned-BoomTown has no doubt now that Internet companies are in the midst of reevaluating their troop numbers to streamline themselves for the coming few months of financial winter.
Allan David Reyes / PMP Today:
Breast Fondling App makes Jailbreak insignificant  —  There's a new app in town and it's called paiTouch that's aimed towards the breast-inclined segment of society.  It's the labor of love of our Japanese friends who have managed to come up with a breast simulation app for curious teens …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and WinExtra
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise  —  As oil reaches recording break highs, more and more people are turning to bikes to get them around and of course nobody wants to leave behind creature comforts like music while driving.  Problem is most of today's headphones are designed to filter out background noise.
Discussion: Crave
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bush administration opposes RIAA-based copyright bill  —  The Bush administration has announced its strong opposition to a bill backed by the recording industry that would let federal prosecutors file civil lawsuits against peer-to-peer pirates.  —  In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Part Numbers Found in Future Shop's Inventory?  [Update]  —  According to an anonymous report, six new Mac placeholder SKUs have appeared in Future Shop's inventory system.  While we've been unable to independently verify this at this time, the placement of early “placeholder” …
blog.ulfw.com:
Android - why art thou?  —  Instead of writing a yay-or-nay post about Android, I decided to start a series of posts about it.  Now that I finally can talk about it.  —  It's funny - but the first time I heard about Android was about 2.5 years ago, when Eric Schmidt told me about the device …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netbooks Vs. Notebooks: ThinkPanmure Sees New Smaller Devices Eating Into Revs, Profits At Apple, Intel  —  Is the notebook market slowing down?  ThinkPanmure analyst Vijay Rakesh thinks so.  This morning, in fact, he trimmed estimates on both Apple (AAPL) and Intel (INTC) on concerns about a slowdown in the notebook market.
NTT DOCOMO Global Site:
Nissan, NTT DOCOMO and Sharp Jointly Develop World's First Mobile Phone with Built-in Intelligent Key  —  TOKYO (Sept. 24, 2008) — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Sharp Corporation announced today that they have jointly developed a mobile phone capable of functioning …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
LG Xenon hitting AT&T before Christmas?  —  We just got our perfectly manicured hands on a photo of what we're told is the LG Xenon.  It was described to us as being in AT&T's labs right now undergoing testing, and it should be available before Christmas.  As you can see, it's a slider device with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Royal Pingdom:
Why is almost half of Google in beta?  —  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a beta is “a nearly complete prototype of a product.”  In other words, a not-yet-finished product.  —  Google is known for keeping their products in beta (much) longer than most other companies.
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The Election  —  Skype is working hard to get out the vote—and raise its profile.
Discussion: The Blog known …
PC World:
Hasselblad Readies 60-megapixel Camera
Discussion: Engadget
Caitlin Moran / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Amherst Administrator's ‘IT Index’ Highlights Trends in Student Technology Use
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Work e-mail use creeps into off hours
Jack Flack / Portfolio:
Google Is Steaming Into an Antitrust Swamp
Discussion: Ars Technica and ZDNet Government
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI's chief information officer resigns
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
Discussion: Epicenter and mocoNews.net
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits Joost HQ in London: Restarting the Start-Up (With a …
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
A second router protects adults from kids
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Unboxing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Fix For iPhone 2.1 Not Checking Mail in the Background
Discussion: MacFixIt
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing Apple's 33%-Off Sale! (AAPL)