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9:05 AM ET, September 29, 2008

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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War  —  Windows laptops only had about 80 percent unit share at online and brick-and-mortar retail stores in June and July, according to NPD.  But measured in dollars, market share was much lower: 65 percent.  The difference in both categories largely belonged to Mac laptops.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking  —  In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile.  Since then, the average subscriber's volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent …
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
The Perfect Apple for the Living Room  —  Apple's bland launch of a thinner Nano left the Mac faithful craving more.  Now rumors are flying around the Net about a new device, with Apple retailers being asked to return their existing Apple TVs by Sept. 30 and mysterious placeholder SKUs showing up in Futureshop's inventory system.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government  —  The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture.  Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Vysr widget platform to support Open Social apps  —  Vysr, which makes a toolbar plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer that allows quick access to various app widgets, is set to launch on Monday the capability for said toolbar platform to access Open Social apps independently …
Discussion: Mashable!
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
jQuery and Microsoft  —  jQuery is a lightweight open source JavaScript library (only 15kb in size) that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the web.  —  A big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to elegantly (and efficiently) …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
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Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
jQuery to ship with ASP.NET MVC and Visual Studio
Discussion: Ajaxian and InformationWeek
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Want To Be a Trendsetter on Twitter?  Follow CareerBuilder Example  —  I like checking out current Twitter trends from time to time to see what topics get the most attention in the twitterverse.  While Google Trends are also interesting and often show some very interesting things …
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore  —  Monday, Sprint will launch wireless WiMax services in Baltimore, marking the beginning of what could become a new era in mobile broadband.  —  The mobile data network — which will be marketed under the Xohm brand name …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder  —  NEW YORK - TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to announce Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box.  —  The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15 …
Terry Retter / InfoWorld:
Road test: Does WiMax work in the real world?  —  San Francisco - Just a couple short years ago, many people were abuzz over metro Wi-Fi experiments in Philadelphia, Houston, and San Francisco, only to see those efforts largely collapse as slow speeds, expensive deployments …
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow  —  Cookie monster  —  BT will invite thousands of its broadband subscribers to voluntarily participate in a third trial of Phorm's advertising targeting system starting tomorrow, the two firms said this morning.  —  The trial was originally scheduled …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team.  Nokia Also Sniffing Around.  —  The iPhone may be the only game in town for serious mobile Web developers right now, but that won't last long.  Next year, the iPhone will see some serious competition from Google's Android platform.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook hires general counsel as it continues to grow  —  Young upstart Facebook is growing up at Internet speed.  —  The latest sign: Its freshly installed management team has hired a legal gun with a loaded resume that includes serving as a White House lawyer who helped coordinate …
 
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Dorian Benkoil / CNET News:
ABC's digital frontier: Closed is open
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Comcast is Right, the FCC is Wrong
Christopher Null:
GPS on your windshield re-legalized in California
Anita Huslin / Washington Post:
Iridium to Get $500 Million Cash Infusion
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: SkyFire browser brings Gecko to Windows Mobile
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Is Hitwise in the Phorm biz?
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU Parliament: Only judges can order 'Net disconnections
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone heading to EVDO/Verizon for 2009?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Bucket Tests User-Defined Blurb Length In Search Results
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
On The Google Hive Mind: There Is a Center
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The State of Location-Based Social Networking On The iPhone