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10:05 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 …
Discussion: Techland and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did Kevin Rose Take Some of Digg's New Cash?  —  Digg has raised $28.7 million in a Series C round of funding.  The company made the announcement earlier this morning.  Highland Capital Partners is leading the current round, which will see Highland partner Richard de Silva join Digg's board of directors.
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
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches Transformative Digital Ad Platform  —  San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News First Customers to Go Live  —  Emmy(R) Award nominee and Golden Globe(R) Award winner Jon Hamm of AMC's original drama series Mad Men(R), today joined Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang …
Discussion: Tech Beat
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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).
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Business Wire
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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.
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: broadstuff, Valleywag and Epicenter
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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” …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The Election  —  Skype is working hard to get out the vote—and raise its profile.  —  In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, the Internet telephony company is moving beyond its core audience of friends and families to connect campaign volunteers with voters and journalists with viewers.
Discussion: The Blog known …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Will iPhone NDA mean ‘Never Develop Apps?’  —  Back when the National Security Agency still had a low profile, before it became the villainous adversary of action movies or the subject of congressional inquiries, there was a quip amongst the agency's employees that the abbreviation NSA stood for “Never Say Anything.”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing Apple's 33%-Off Sale!  (AAPL)  —  It's happened again: The stock of the most beloved company in the world, Apple (AAPL), has dropped more than a third off its highs.  Of course this means that no one likes it anymore.  —  Well, wake up, people!
 
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Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
FOX Launches 'Terminator'-themed, location-based MMORPG
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PC World:
Hasselblad Readies 60-megapixel Camera
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Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise
Discussion: Crave
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
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI's chief information officer resigns
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
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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