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9:40 AM ET, September 26, 2008

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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.
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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 and Engadget
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Storm operating system shown in simulator shots  —  Some screen captures of the BlackBerry 9500's simulator have bubbled up, showing us what it will be like to navigate RIM's first touchscreen device.  You'd think RIM would have to make a lot of changes for a smartphone …
Discussion: Phones Review
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
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Steve Ballmer Live At The Churchill Club
Discussion: InfoWorld and Beyond Binary
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Steve Ballmer dishes out the charm in Silicon Valley, hints …
James Niccolai / PC World:   Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Is The Deal With This Stupid Lighter iPhone App?  —  Everyone keeps talking about Smule's virtual lighter iPhone application called Sonic Lighter (iTunes link).  —  I wasn't impressed: there are no less than ten different virtual lighter apps in iTunes, which is what I'd call a saturated market.
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
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
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.
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.
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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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
AT& T, Verizon to Refrain From Tracking Users Online  —  Firms Pledge to Get Consent Before Targeting Ads to Consumers  —  AT&T and Verizon, two of the nation's leading Internet service providers, pledged yesterday to refrain from tracking customer Web behavior unless they receive explicit permission to do so.
Discussion: Epicenter
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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.
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.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps UK Adds Traffic Information  —  Google Maps UK has finally added live traffic data to the major roads in England*.  As with other areas in Google Maps that have traffic data enabled, you can also let Google predict what the traffic situation will be like on any day at a specific time.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Switched
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.
Toshiba:
Toshiba Launches 256GB Solid State Drives with MLC  —  TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today announced enhancements to its line-up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the addition of an industry-leading 256-gigabyte (GB) SSD and the launch of a series of small-sized Flash Modules …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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.
Andrewbadr / Disqus:
Announcing the Disqus API  —  I'm happy to announce that the first official release of our public API is now online.  The methods provided are enough to let you write your own comment import tools, export tools, or even a custom Disqus plugin for your platform.
Discussion: louisgray.com and The Inquisitr
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 …
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
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.
 
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PR Newswire:
Verizon and Nokia Siemens Networks Set New Record for 100 Gbps Optical Transmission
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
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Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
Dell and HP to cut notebook R&D expenditure for 2009, say sources
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Microsoft Talks Up Client + Cloud Future
Discussion: eWeek and Technology Review
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability hits Google's Chrome
Discussion: Techgage News
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft's new bonus plan for Steve Ballmer, et al: Up to $20 mil apiece
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T, NBC lump piracy in with spam, malware as net pollution
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Digg
The Technium:
Where Attention Flows, Money Follows
Discussion: bytes|genes