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12:05 PM ET, September 24, 2008

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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
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  —  Looks like Carl Icahn did show up to his first Yahoo board meeting, though it appears he wasn't able to get much done.  The new board, which also includes former Viacom CEO Frank Biondi and former CEO of Nextel Partners (S) …
Discussion: Reuters and Valleywag
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Yahoo clears path for AOL talks  —  Yahoo's new board on Tuesday cleared the way for a fresh round of discussions with Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) over the future of its AOL unit, potentially reigniting negotiations for a combination of the two internet businesses that stalled earlier this year.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco unveils collaboration lineup; Enterprise 2.0 on the move?  —  Cisco on Wednesday rolled out its collaboration portfolio as it targets the enterprise market-and notably the Microsoft SharePoint juggernaut.  —  At least Cisco isn't alone-Oracle earlier this week unveiled Beehive, which is another collaboration effort.
Discussion: Market Wire
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Cisco eyeballs IBM and Microsoft with SaaS conferencing
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Discussion: Maximum PC all, The Inquisitr and Digg
PC World:
Sony Ericsson Launches Unlimited Music Service  —  Sony Ericsson's new music download service will let users access an unlimited amount of music for a fixed monthly rate, but only if you have the right operator.  —  The service, PlayNow plus, will first be offered in Sweden with a global launch …
Discussion: MacUser and Obsessable
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple cuts off unofficial avenue for rebuffed iPhone apps  —  After an iPhone app developer successfully discovered a workaround for being turned down at the App Store in iTunes, Apple has cracked down and barred an unofficial method as well, potentially raising an anti-competition dispute.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Extends Non-Disclosure to App Store Rejection Letters
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
The iPhone Crapp Store?
Discussion: WinExtra
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Watch The Political Spin Machine With Google “In Quotes”  —  Google has just opened a new Labs project, called In Quotes, to the public.  The site allows users to compare quotes from various political figures, displaying key excerpts from speeches and interviews that they've given recently.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
KickApps Launches Drag-and-Drop Advertising Service  —  KickApps, a company that provides on-demand social media applications that enable web publishers to monetize online audiences announced today that it's trying to make it easier for website owners to add video advertising to their own videos …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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 and Mashable!
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (Tube) press pic and specs  —  There's not a lot of things we don't know about the upcoming Nokia 5800 Xpress Music (Tube) full touch screen handset.  —  All the specs of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic have been leaked eons ago, together with photoshop renderings and even live pics.
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
Simon Walton / GazetteLive.co.uk:
No licence for police  —  A POLICE force that launched a crackdown against music piracy may itself be breaching music copyright laws, it has emerged.  —  But Cleveland Police chiefs today claimed they would rather spend public cash on fighting crime than paying for music rights.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Register
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Everyone declares victory in smutfree wireless broadband test  —  The leading advocate of a nationwide smutless, free broadband service held a press conference this morning to announce that recent tests conducted by the Federal Communications Commission prove that the proposed service creates “no technical barriers” in nearby bands.
Discussion: PC World, dailywireless.org and GigaOM
Dell:
Dell Driving Transition to Energy-Efficient LED Displays  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas and MONACO  —  Dell plans to transition all of its new laptop displays to light-emitting diode (LED) in the next 12 months, a major achievement in its commitment to become the ‘greenest’ technology company on the planet.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Has No Plans To Cap, Throttle - Fiber gives them breathing room — For the moment  —  When asked to comment on other ISP cap plans, Verizon has noted that the higher bandwidth provided by running fiber to the home doesn't make that a worry for them at the moment.
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New royalty agreement leaves Internet radio out in the cold  —  This afternoon, the Digital Media Association announced a new agreement with organizations that represent musicians and songwriters that will provide a streamlined licensing procedure for many models of digital music distribution.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Sylvania g netbook MAGNI (Rebranded MSI Wind) Coming for Holidays
Discussion: Liliputing, Eee PC and Engadget
Reid Yokoyama / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
More webmaster questions - Answered!
Tom Simonite / Short Sharp Science:
‘Pre-crime’ detector shows promise
Discussion: Gizmodo and DailyTech
Jay Kidd / Jay's Blog:
NetApp and Brocade's Encryption Partnership
Discussion: The Register and Storage Soup
Frank Rose / Wired News:
Free, Legal and Online: Why Hulu Is the New Way to Watch TV
Discussion: Portfolio, SitePoint Blogs and Digg
Christopher Carfi / The Social Customer Manifesto:
1000 Miles To Go For The Enterprise And True Customer Relationships
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
ISP: It's Impossible For Us to Stop Illegal P2P
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Wi-Fi Network Launched For U.S. Soldiers In Iraq
Secure Computing Corporation:
Rise Of The PDF Exploits
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Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Google, Internet Users Push Back Against U.S. Copyright Treaty
Discussion: Slashdot
Eileen Smith / PC World:
Can Your Refrigerator Surf?  —  Cisco and Whirlpool join forces …
Chrix Finne / Google Reader:
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and Lifehacker