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8:00 AM ET, September 26, 2008

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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Steve Ballmer Live At The Churchill Club  —  I'n at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, California tonight, where Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is going to be speaking to the Churchill Club, in conversation with Hummer Winblad founder Ann Winblad.  (Winblad is an inspired choice …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steve Ballmer Visits Silicon Valley, Talks About Microsoft's Future In Software, Search And Mobile  —  Hummer Winblad's Ann Winblad interviewed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this evening at a Churchill Club event in Silicon Valley.  The live video stream is embedded below.
Discussion: Beyond Binary
James Niccolai / PC World:
Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google  —  Microsoft may be the only company in a position to provide “any real competition” for Google in the online search business, CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday.  But first it will need to figure out a way to do it.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Steve Ballmer dishes out the charm in Silicon Valley, hints …
BlackBerry Storm Mobile Phone Reviews:
BlackBerry Storm Pictures - Exclusive Screen Shots!  —  We have exclusive screen shots of the new BlackBerry Storm in action.  These are all 100% genuine screen shots of the latest & greatest BlackBerry and thanks to our official source we can show you the slick new interface for the BlackBerry Storm
Discussion: SlashPhone
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Some screen shots from Vodafone-branded Blackberry Storm emerge  —  Some purported screen shots of Vodafone-branded Blackberry Storm have emerged today.  If you believe what you see is for real, then you may be a bit disappointed.  The resolution on the screen is quite nice but the interface, well, looks just like a Blackberry.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Supposed MacBook Pro redesign, meet Mr. BlurryiPhonecam  —  Look, there are a hundred reasons to think this might be fake.  That janky right corner, the inexplicable “dock in the trackpad” conundrum, the odd lighting and the entirely-too-convenient iSight self portrait.
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AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook, MacBook Pro spotted in matching outfits
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Google's End Run Around the Wireless Carriers  —  In a recently published patent, Google describes a vision for an open wireless world, one in which mobile devices (and smartphones in particular) are no longer married to particular cellular service providers.
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Google Patent Could Kill Off Cellphone Contracts
Discussion: Beyond Search
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter to launch election site tonight  —  Longtime users of the micro-messaging service Twitter may have noticed something around the start of the political primary season: A lot of tweets (Twitter messages) about politics.  To some this is annoying, to others, it's addicting.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple now selling iPhone 3G unlocked in Hong Kong  —  If you can't get your goods into China via the front door, there's always the back.  Apple is now selling its iPhone 3G unlocked via its on-line Apple Store in Hong Kong.  The 8GB model sells for HK$5,500 (about US$694) or HK$6,200 (about $797) for the 16 gigger.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget Cares: save us from Apple's groundbreaking, developer-shackling App Store  —  Engadget editor-at-large and gdgt co-founder Ryan Block contributes Engadget Cares, a friendly advice column for the people who make your technology.  —  It's not hard to argue that the App Store's inspired success …
Discussion: Slate, MacUser, GMSV, TidBITS and Digg
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Muxtape Is Dead.  Long Live Muxtape!  —  Justin Ouellette's music sharing site Muxtape, which he put on ice in August, is staging a comeback.  Sort of.  —  In a post on muxtape.com, Ouellette finally explains why he had to shut down the service: He'd been trying to cut deals with big labels …
Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
The next Internet  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: Facebook and MySpace see usage metrics go up and down, kinda  —  Some new social networking stats are in from respected analytics firm Hitwise, and as with any limited data set, there are all sorts of interesting possibilities one could draw.  —  For example, Is Facebook's redesign slowing its growth?
Jevon MacDonald / The FASTForward Blog:
Enterprise 2.0 Vendors need to get more serious about mobile  —  Unlike just a few years ago, there are no shortage of Web 2.0 applications for the Enterprise.  There are widget frameworks, platforms, realtime collaboration, blogging tools, social networks and more.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to unveil touch-screen phone Oct 2: sources  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will unveil its first touch-screen phone at a media and analyst event in London next week, two industry sources told Reuters on Friday.
Discussion: Electronista and paidContent
Telegraph:
iTunes under threat as bands take their business elsewhere  —  Bands concerned for the ongoing commercial viability of albums are adding to the pressures on iTunes, says Brian Boyd  —  The previously unremarkable rap-rocker Kid Rock had a huge worldwide hit this summer with the single All Summer Long.
InfoWorld:
T-Mobile's data cap reversal hints of 3G network uncertainty  —  T-Mobile dropped a data usage limit of 1GB a month over 3G networks used with the coming Android G1 phone, but said Thursday it still reserves the right to set restrictions and is working on the terms.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Everyone hates ComScore  —  As the de facto measuring authority of online audiences, tiny ComScore punches above its weight - and earns some serious coin.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Last winter, when Google lost a third of its market value, analysts blamed a small web-research company based in Reston, Va., called ComScore.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Wins Court Case, Italian Block Lifted  —  The Pirate Bay has successfully appealed the decision of an Italian judge who had ordered ISPs to block access to the popular BitTorrent tracker last month.  The Court of Bergamo decided that this block was unlawful, and that Italian users should regain access to the site.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability hits Google's Chrome  —  Aditya K Sood from the EvilFingers community, which disclosed the first Chrome DoS vulnerability at the beginning of the month, has released a proof of concept demonstrating a memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability affecting Google's …
Discussion: Techgage News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Yahoo-Google Facts Site  —  Google has launched a new informational site designed to tell its story about why there's no need to fear an ad partnership between it and Yahoo.  Within the site, you'll lots of information about the deal except for one key fact: when exactly does it start?
 
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Microsoft's new bonus plan for Steve Ballmer, et al: Up to $20 mil apiece
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T, NBC lump piracy in with spam, malware as net pollution
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