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3:00 AM ET, September 25, 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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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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Digg.com Digs Up Some More Cash
Discussion: Techland and VentureBeat
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is T-Mobile Spinning on Google Phone Bandwidth Caps?
Discussion: Salon and OStatic blogs
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't drive iPhone developers away, Apple  —  One of the presenters at the recent C4 Mac developers conference made a point about Apple that is incredibly relevant to how the company is viewed, especially by the media and rabid Apple fans.  To paraphrase his statement, in dealing with Apple …
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 …
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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 midnight PST at music.myspace.com.  All four major labels - Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI - are on board (EMI was a last minute addition).
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Declares Mistrial in RIAA-Jammie Thomas Trial  —  Jammie Thomas, left, and her attorney, Brian Toder, leave the courthouse last year after a jury dinged her $222,000 for sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa file-sharing network.  —  Photo: Associated Press  —  A federal judge on Wednesday set aside …
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Allan David Reyes / PMP Today:
Breast Fondling App makes Jailbreak insignificant  —  There's a new app in town and it's called paiTouch that's aimed towards the breast-inclined segment of society.  It's the labor of love of our Japanese friends who have managed to come up with a breast simulation app for curious teens …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and WinExtra
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?
Discussion: Beyond Search
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
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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 …
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.
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
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.
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” …
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
John Gaudiosi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Kareem Ettouney on Sony's great hope: LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3  —  NEW YORK CITY—Sony is pulling out the stops to celebrate the launch of a critical game, LittleBigPlanet, from developer Media Molecule.  In the game, you can customize a group of ragdoll characters …
Discussion: Kotaku
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 …
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 …
PC World:
Hasselblad Readies 60-megapixel Camera  —  Lexton Snol, PC Advisor  —  At the photokina 2008 trade show Hasselblad showed off its new flagship camera, the H3DII-50, that is the first digital camera on the market to feature Kodak's 50-megapixel sensor.  A 60-megapixel model will be announced in 2009.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Bill would give retailers power to halt online auctions  —  If the National Retail Federation (NRF) has its way, selling goods online will soon become far less anonymous and significantly more onerous for any online auction or discount website.  The NRF has announced its support and testified …
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
European Patent Agents Go On Strike To Complain About Pressure …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The Election  —  Skype is working hard to get out the vote—and raise its profile.
Discussion: The Blog known …
Jack Flack / Portfolio:
Google Is Steaming Into an Antitrust Swamp
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Ars Technica
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI's chief information officer resigns
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC chief would cut minimum bid on D block airwaves
Discussion: Epicenter and mocoNews.net
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
In patent case, court sides with Broadcom again
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
A second router protects adults from kids
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Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Unboxing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Fix For iPhone 2.1 Not Checking Mail in the Background
Discussion: MacFixIt
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing Apple's 33%-Off Sale! (AAPL)