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5:30 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.
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Hires Bain To Help ‘Streamline Processes’; Layoffs To Come?
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Jerry Yang: Yahoo hiring Bain to cut costs
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.
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.
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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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
It's APT to change
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Mad Men’ star leads Yahoo's pitch to Madison Avenue
Discussion: Valleywag
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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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.
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.
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Three new Ultimate Extras arrive, including Microsoft Tinker
Discussion: Channel 10
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: Hardware 2.0 and TeleRead
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.
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) …
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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 …
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android and T-Mobile G1's Five Most Obnoxious Flaws
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, Electronista and P2P Blog
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.
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 private beta program.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Fix For iPhone 2.1 Not Checking Mail in the Background  —  Many users have reported an issue in which the iPhone's mail application fails to retrieve messags in the background, no matter what checking interval is set and regardless of whether or not push is enabled.
Discussion: MacFixIt
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Part Numbers Found in Future Shop's Inventory?
Discussion: AppleInsider
blog.ulfw.com:
Android - why art thou?
Discussion: TechCrunch and InformationWeek
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2008-42
Discussion: SC Magazine US News
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
Michael Peña / news-service.stanford.edu:
Online resources go mobile with student-developed iPhone applications
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Content Pioneer Vindigo Shuts Down, Lays Off 30+
Discussion: mocoNews.net
 Earlier Items: 
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Unboxing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Scannable World: Mobile Phones As Barcode Scanners
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Skype spam on the rise
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yotify Launches Its “Google Alerts On Steroids”