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7:55 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.
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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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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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Discussion: Business Technology and eWeek
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Part Numbers Found in Future Shop's Inventory?  —  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” …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
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 …
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits Joost HQ in London: Restarting the Start-Up (With a Little Help From Its “Friends")!  —  Well, here's a good reason not to write off Joost quite yet: When the London-based company officially debuts its new Web-based service in mid-October, it will have some pretty hot content …
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Work e-mail use creeps into off hours  —  NEW YORK - Joe Soto, general manager of an advertising firm in Philadelphia, has a complicated relationship with his BlackBerry e-mail phone.  —  He felt “awful” and out of touch when he was without a BlackBerry for two days because his unit fell overboard …
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.
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator will propose halving the minimum opening bid on a piece of potentially valuable wireless spectrum, after an earlier auction failed to attract industry interest.
Discussion: Portfolio and mocoNews.net
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
State of The Blogosphere: The More You Post, The Higher You Rank
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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
Jack Flack / Portfolio:
Google Is Steaming Into an Antitrust Swamp
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI's chief information officer resigns
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again
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Michael Peña / news-service.stanford.edu:
Online resources go mobile with student-developed iPhone applications
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Scannable World: Mobile Phones As Barcode Scanners