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6:30 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.
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
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.
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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 …
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Michael Bettiol / BlackBerryNews.com:
AT&T Hates on the Storm, RIM Hates on Apple
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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.
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.
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 and Neowin.net
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.
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).
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.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Oracle, Red Hat spar over Linux  —  San Francisco - It was nearly two years ago at the 2006 Oracle OpenWorld conference that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveiled a plan to have Oracle provide support to Red Hat's own Linux customers.  —  The controversial plan sparked debate over whether Oracle …
Discussion: The Open Road
Caitlin Moran / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Amherst Administrator's ‘IT Index’ Highlights Trends in Student Technology Use  —  Sometimes you can identify trends in technology simply by looking around.  And if it seems like every freshman on your campus owns a laptop and has a Facebook account, you might not be hallucinating …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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!
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Unboxing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10  —  We've been excited about the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 ever since it was announced in August.  True, the 10-inch netbook has a lot of specs we've seen before: a 1.6GHz Atom Processor, a 5,400rpm hard drive, a 3-cell battery, and Windows XP Home.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile
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 …
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
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
 
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Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Headphones Meant Not to Filter out Background Noise
Discussion: Crave
Jack Flack / Portfolio:
Google Is Steaming Into an Antitrust Swamp
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI's chief information officer resigns
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Content Pioneer Vindigo Shuts Down, Lays Off 30+
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Scannable World: Mobile Phones As Barcode Scanners
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yotify Launches Its “Google Alerts On Steroids”