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11:10 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 Pictures - Exclusive Screen Shots!
Discussion: SlashPhone and Engadget
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Storm operating system shown in simulator shots
Discussion: Phones Review
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer on search: 'I don't like not being No. 1'  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company may be the only one with a chance to rival Google in search over the long term, but acknowledged that it will take several more years and a whole lot of money.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steve Ballmer Visits Silicon Valley, Talks About Microsoft's Future …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Steve Ballmer dishes out the charm in Silicon Valley, hints …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple cuts iPhone 3G build plan; Suppliers to take a hit  —  Apple reportedly plans to build 14 million to 15 million iPhone 3Gs from a previous target of 18 million for 2008, according to a report from Pacific Crest.  —  Citing “supply chain channel checks” Apple's is cutting its iPhone 3G buildout.
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.
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.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
NBC says local TV profoundly affected by downturn  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. economic downturn has had a severe effect on broadcaster NBC's local television stations but the company has not yet seen an advertising slowdown at a national level, its chief executive said.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Alcatel-Lucent loses $1.5bn MP3 patent claim against MS  —  US court ditches appeal  —  Microsoft will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5bn in damages, after a lower court threw out the jury's verdict in a fight over MP3 patents.  —  The software giant yesterday successfully convinced …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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.
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
Apple Won't Face Lawsuit Over Limited Life of IPhone Batteries  —  Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. won't face a lawsuit claiming it didn't immediately tell customers about the limited life of batteries for its iPhone or their $86 replacement cost, including delivery.
Discussion: MacRumors and Macsimum News
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.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Griffin iPod Dock Simplifies Cluttered Desks  —  Look what Griffin did!  It's another iPod dock, but this time it's actually useful.  The Simplifi comes in at $70, but for that you get to toss out your media card reader and your USB hub.  There's also an AC adapter for juice-sucking …
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.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
T-Mobile to “Open Up” T-Zones?  —  Tags:  —  T-Mobile has been struggling with the idea of “openness” recently.  First CEO Robert Dotson seemed to lament that so many of his users were using unlocked phones.  Then they launched the super-duper-open G1 Google Android phone …
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InfoWorld:
T-Mobile's data cap reversal hints of 3G network uncertainty
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Android and Windows Mobile smartphones are complementary, says HTC  —  Android and Windows Mobile handsets can complement each other in the market, offering consumers and telecom service providers more choice, according to John Wang, CMO, High Tech Computer (HTC), who added in saying the company …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and wmpoweruser.com
Fred / A VC:
To Splurge Or Not To Splurge  —  I went to bed with the news that McCain wasn't sure if he would support the splurge.  Not that anyone needs my vote on this thing, but I woke up trying to figure out if I am in favor of it.  So I'll read (links) and think outloud and hopefully get somewhere.
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
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.
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: Liliputing, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Tech-On! : tech news:
Alps Electric Demos ‘Non-contact Touchpad’  —  Alps Electric Co Ltd displayed “minute capacitance sensing technology,” which enables to sense the electric capacity of a hand or fingers moving about 3cm above the sensors, as a reference exhibit at Alps Show 2008 in Japan.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
 
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace Music, Day One: Mixed reviews
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: Universal Music Group plans ‘Hulu-like’ site
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
AT& T, Verizon to Refrain From Tracking Users Online
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Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Microsoft Talks Up Client + Cloud Future
Discussion: eWeek and Technology Review
Jevon MacDonald / The FASTForward Blog:
Enterprise 2.0 Vendors need to get more serious about mobile
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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
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Muxtape Is Dead. Long Live Muxtape!