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10:40 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
Discussion: Phones Review
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.
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: LinuxWorld.com
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Ballmer dishes out the charm in Silicon Valley, hints …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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 and Digital Destiny
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
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.
New York Times:
Government Seizes WaMu and Sells Some Assets  —  Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night, in what is by far the largest bank failure in American history.
Research in Motion:
Research In Motion Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported second quarter results for the three months ended August 30, 2008 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
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: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
 
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace Music, Day One: Mixed reviews
Discussion: Portfolio, Guardian and Idolator
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: Universal Music Group plans ‘Hulu-like’ site
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
In Russia, Windows advertisements are on the appropriate venue.
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
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability hits Google's Chrome
Discussion: Techgage News
 Earlier Items: 
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft's new bonus plan for Steve Ballmer, et al: Up to $20 mil apiece
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T, NBC lump piracy in with spam, malware as net pollution
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Digg
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Muxtape Is Dead. Long Live Muxtape!