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4:50 PM ET, September 25, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook, MacBook Pro spotted in matching outfits  —  Production ready versions of Apple's next-generation MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks have surfaced stateside in matching attire, according to reports.  —  In its attempt to provide the most accurate picture of Apple's future product plans …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Developer NDA Kills Book For iPhone Developers  —  Want to learn how to write apps for Apple's (AAPL) red-hot iPhone app platform?  Good luck.  Thanks to Apple's non-disclosure agreement — which you're required to agree to while installing iPhone developer tools …
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Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
SDK shoot-out: Android vs. iPhone  —  Apple and Google differ along familiar lines with their smartphone development kits  —  InfoWorld has been all over this week's official launch of Android, the new smartphone platform from Google.  With its slick interface and open application platform …
Discussion: Gizmodo, OSNews, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Fred / A VC:
Initial Thoughts On MySpace Music  —  I've been evangelizing a free streamed all you can eat music service supported by advertising for as long as this blog has been around.  And last night MySpace launched just that in partnership with the four major music lables and the large indie distributor Orchard.
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ASUSTeK Computer:
Eee PC™ to Feature 3.75G for Internet Access Anywhere  —  Coupled with All-day Battery Life, 3.75G Capability Puts Eee PC's™ Status as the Ultimate Travel Companion Beyond Question  —  ASUS today announced that it will be adding 3.75G connectivity* to its hugely-popular series …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Asus adds 3G connection to Eee PC; Will carriers subsidize it?
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Announcing The Virtual Earth Web Service and Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2  —  If you follow Microsoft Virtual Earth I'm sure you've picked up some blog posts that posted some of the features for this release, but those posts mysteriously disappeared.  Information leaked out and you wondered, “Was that real?”
Discussion: Live Search
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Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
New Virtual Earth Features, APIs & 3D Tools
Discussion: Virtual Earth … and Screenwerk
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is Chrome a security risk?  —  My lovely bride of 30 years worked from home yesterday, hoping to save our city some gas.  —  An e-mail came in from her administrator around mid-day which she decided to share with me.  —  It told all users to shut down Chrome.  —  The e-mail called Chrome a security risk.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo Overhauls System for Selling Display Ads  —  Yahoo announced on Wednesday the details about its system to buy and sell display advertising online, with the hope that the company can dominate the display ad market in the same way Google steers the search market.
Discussion: MediaFile
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Yahoo Rebrands AMP as APT and Launches
Discussion: Valleywag
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash  —  Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe talks with eWEEK about open-sourcing Flash, the new Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4), mobile technology and more.  Lynch also talks of competing with Microsoft Silverlight and Expression and possibly with Google Chrome.
Discussion: Beet.TV, OStatic blogs, open and biskero
cellular-news:
China Mobile Seeking Cut-Down Version of Apple's iPhone  —  China Mobile is expected to officially launch the Apple iPhone on its network shortly - but with some of the functionality removed to comply with Chinese regulations.  The South China Morning Post, citing a report from the Daiwa Institute …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Jerry Yang's Here-Comes-the-Weasel-Consultants Memo (So You Don't Have To!)  —  Oh, this is just too good to pass up, so it is once again time for BoomTown to let you know exactly what Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang actually meant in his internal memo to employees about the hiring …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's SocialBrowse Launches To The Public  —  SocialBrowse, the link-sharing service that includes elements of web annotation, has launched its service to the public.  When I first wrote about SocialBrowse as it entered private beta last June, I described it as a “Twitter for links” …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Hands on with the Slingbox PRO-HD  —  Pre-orders for Sling Media's Slingbox PRO-HD ($300) began about two weeks ago and units are now shipping, with a brick & mortar presence expected shortly.  —  What makes this box unique among Sling's placeshifting lineup is the ability to broadcast …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microsoft's Mundie outlines the future of computing  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie on Thursday offered a long-term view of where Microsoft and the world of computing are heading over the next few decades.  Speaking at the MIT Emerging Technology Conference …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes improvements to Safari browsing experience  —  A pair of new patent filings from Apple include suggestions for improving the browsing experience offered through its Safari Web browser, such as a adaptive media support and a visual history tree that more accurately shows users where they've been and how they got there.
Discussion: TG Daily
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
RWW Interviews David Tosh of Elgg, The Open Source Social Networking Platform  —  When we first introduced you to Elgg two years ago, it was a new social networking platform whose focus was on e-learning.  Since that time, the software has been rewritten and it has moved away from being strictly for educational use only.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Layoffs at ad network Glam Media  —  A tipster says Glam Media, the women-focused online-ad network, is going through “material layoffs” — 14 out of 200 employees, mostly in sales, Silicon Alley Insider now confirms.  The cutbacks, coming just seven months after Glam raised $85 million, mark the popping of the ad-network bubble.
Taliver Heath / Google App Engine Blog:
Introducing Google Moderator on App Engine  —  At Google, we host a large number of “tech talks”.  These talks cover a wide rage of Computer Science topics like research in machine learning and methods for ranking images based on text queries.  I've enjoyed attending these tech talks …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iPhone Firmware 2.2 Beta 1  —  Apple has seeded some iPhone developers with a new beta iPhone firmware for testing.  The new version is labeled iPhone OS 2.2 beta 1 and is accompanied by a new beta of the iPhone SDK (build 9M2611).  Beyond “compatibility testing”, there are no other differences noted by Apple.
Discussion: Gear Live, The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Yahoo Buys Site for Nebraska Data Center  —  Yahoo has purchased this building in La Vista, Nebraska for $14.8 million.  —  Yahoo continues to move forward with plans for a major data center project in Nebraska, even as the company appears to be preparing for cost-cutting that could include employee layoffs.
Discussion: Omaha World-Herald and Valleywag
Associated Press:
China space mission article hits Web before launch  —  BEIJING - A news story describing a successful launch of China's long-awaited space mission and including detailed dialogue between astronauts launched on the Internet Thursday, hours before the rocket had even left the ground.
Discussion: Gawker, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Activity-Centered Design  —  Is the future of design activity-centered?  —  Quite some time back I argued that Information Architecture was the wrong frame in which to approach design.  My post got a lot of push-back from the established IA crowd, who claimed that I was either wrong …
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger outlaws text-messaging while driving  —  Starting in January, California drivers may not send, write or read messages on electronic devices.  —  SACRAMENTO — California drivers chafing at the ban on holding cellphones can soon forget about texting, too …
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech and Valleywag
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google to supply Bloomberg TV with ads
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Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Google Urges FCC to Act on Vacant Channels Before Election
Discussion: Epicenter and mocoNews.net
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple updates Java for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5
Discussion: Washington Post and Apple
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Hollywood Wants Internet Providers to Block Copyrighted Files
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: BMO Capital Cuts Target On Slower Mac Growth; But Ups '09 …
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
Low-cost PC Netbooks May Dent MacBook Sales
Discussion: Technology blog and Gadget Lab
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Yahoo Grenoble opens: roll out the purple carpet!
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
BBC:
Games less virtual, more reality
Arn / MacRumors:
Inexpensive Atom-Powered ‘Netbooks’ Popular at Launch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel WiMax to go live, will devices follow?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trademark Fight: Intel Is Worried You Might Think It Is A Chinese Travel Agency
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Declares Mistrial in RIAA-Jammie Thomas Trial