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2:15 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  —  Digg, the news site with the nerve to substitute the votes of the unwashed, unpaid masses for the refined talent of professional editors, has raised a new round of venture financing, the company said Wednesday.  —  Four-year old Digg, based in San Francisco …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Did Kevin Rose Take Some of Digg's New Cash?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android and T-Mobile G1's Five Most Obnoxious Flaws  —  While I was more impressed by the T-Mobile G1 than I thought I'd be, the list of catches for Android and the phone are quickly piling up—some that might very well be dealbreakers.  Topping the list, it's tightly integrated with your Google account …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Video of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone
Discussion: Contentinople, Gizmodo and Cult of Mac
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Yahoo Trying To Sell Yahoo Answers?  —  Part of Yahoo's survival strategy beyond merging with AOL may be to sell of what they consider to be non-core assets for cash.  We heard from a source that Yahoo may be quietly reaching out to a couple of potential buyers to see if they'd be interested in their Yahoo Answers property.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo and AOL: Like Two Louts Merging to Make One Cretin
Discussion: BoomTown, Reuters, /Message and WebProNews
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Yahoo clears path for AOL talks
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to potential BlackBerry Storm customers: Storm sucks, iPhone rulez!  —  You definitely have to take this one at face value, but there's an internal document floating around inside AT&T pitting the iPhone 3G against the upcoming BlackBerry Storm.  We had our doubts about this document at first …
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.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Skyfire mobile browser bulks up for open beta  —  Skyfire, a Mountain View, Calif., start-up that competes directly with Opera Mobile browser, announced Wednesday the opening of its public beta for Windows Mobile phones.  This is good news if you've been waiting months to join Skyfire's impacted private beta program.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Skyfire opens up its browser for a vastly improved web experience …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Breaking: MySpace Launches Self-Serve Ad Targeting Service  —  On the heels of the MySpace Music launch, MySpace has launched a self-service advertising site which appears to be targeted specifically toward musicians.  You can access the service by visiting advertise.myspace.com.
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Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
MySpace launches DIY ad-targeting site
Discussion: Epicenter
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Two Ways to Get Comcast to Increase the Data Cap  —  A quick chat yesterday with Charlie Douglas, a spokesman for Comcast, elicited some heartening information about the ISP's stated 250GB-per-month cap on bandwidth.  Om's not a huge fan of caps because he believes they stifle innovation in the long run …
Discussion: DSLreports and Technology Live
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.
Discussion: Valleywag and Digital Daily
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.
Courthouse News Service:
‘Spore’ Hijacks Computers, Class Claims  —  SAN JOSE (CN) - Electronic Arts, a leading maker of computer games, defrauds consumers through its “Spore” game, which “completely wipes their hard drive” and replaces it with an undisclosed program that prevents the computer from operating under …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Iffy claims mar new class-action lawsuit over Spore DRM
Discussion: TeleRead
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson launches PlayNow™ plus - unlimited music download service  —  24 September 2008 PlayNow™ plus to launch with Telenor in Sweden in fourth quarter this year  —  Sony Ericsson today announced the launch of PlayNow™ plus, which will offer users …
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)  —  Microsoft has released three new Ultimate Extras exclusively for Windows Ultimate users.  One of the extras, Microsoft Tinker (a game in which you control a little robot around an obstacle course), is surprisingly a lot of fun.
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Electronista
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yotify Launches Its “Google Alerts On Steroids”  —  Today sees the launch of Yotify, an online alert system that aims to make the web “work for you”.  At a high level, Yotify can best be described as a very sophisticated version of Google Alerts, which allows users to get notifications whenever …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Mashable! and CloudAve
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Scannable World: Mobile Phones As Barcode Scanners
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing Apple's 33%-Off Sale! (AAPL)
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Skype spam on the rise
Dell:
Dell Driving Transition to Energy-Efficient LED Displays
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Everyone declares victory in smutfree wireless broadband test
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Has No Plans To Cap, Throttle …
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Simon Walton / GazetteLive.co.uk:
No licence for police  —  A POLICE force that launched a crackdown …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Register
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
KickApps Launches Drag-and-Drop Advertising Service
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!