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9:55 AM ET, August 31, 2009

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Challenging Microsoft With a New Technology  —  Microsoft's No. 1 rival is a household name, Google.  But a strong candidate for No. 2 is a company that is scarcely known outside the technology industry: VMware.  —  “VMware is definitely a threat,” said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm.
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:atul
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware to step up data center automation game  —  VMware on Monday will roll out a product family dubbed vCenter to automate data center tasks and manage to service level agreements.  —  The announcements will kick off VMworld 2009 in San Francisco this week.
Ryan Faas / Computerworld:
What's the real deal with 64-bit computing in Snow Leopard?  —  Is Snow Leopard a 64-bit operating system?  Well, yes and no.  —  Computerworld - One of the biggest points of confusion around Apple's newest version of Mac OS X is about whether it's really a 64-bit or a 32-bit operating system.
Discussion: Softpedia News, TUAW and PC World
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Apple's new OS geared for multicore future
Hadley Leggett / Wired Science:
Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text  —  Starting this fall, you'll have a new reason to trust the information you find on Wikipedia: An optional feature called “WikiTrust” will color code every word of the encyclopedia based on the reliability of its author and the length of time it has persisted on the page.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Hired Gun for Microsoft, in Dogged Pursuit of Google  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Qi Lu knows as well as anyone just how difficult it is to take on Google.  —  For nearly a decade, Mr. Lu played a leading role in building Yahoo's Internet search and advertising technologies.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Spider-Man Meets Mickey Mouse: Disney Buying Marvel For $4 Billion In Stock, Cash  —  The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) is buying Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL) and its 5,000-character roster for a cool $4 billion in stock and cash.  The deal, which would help Disney expand its appeal to boys …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek set to launch ultra-thin notebooks using new Intel CPUs  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch two new ultra-thin notebooks using Intel's upcoming 45nm Celeron 743 and SU2300 CPUs on September 7, 2009, according to industry sources.  —  The new models will initially ship to areas including Taiwan, China and Europe.
Discussion: SlashGear, I4U News and Engadget
John Cook / TechFlash:
iPhone app wins top honors at Microsoft sponsored event  —  Learn That Name, a new iPhone app designed to help people remember the names of people they bump into at events, won the most votes at Startup Weekend even though the 54-hour coding marathon was held on Microsoft's campus.
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Is ‘Friending’ in Your Future?  Better Pay Your Taxes First  —  Tax deadbeats are finding someone actually reads their MySpace and Facebook postings: the taxman.  —  State revenue agents have begun nabbing scofflaws by mining information posted on social-networking Web sites …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Here come AMD's six-core, ultra-low-power Opteron EEs  —  There are three “rails” of wattage in AMD's architectural plan for its CPUs: its higher-performance SE line, its lowest-power EE line, and its hybrid HE line that trades some performance for power savings.
Ginny Mies / PC World:
Hands-On: SanDisk Sansa Clip+  —  SanDisk's tiny, popular Sansa Clip flash-based MP3 player gets upgraded with a microSD slot and a slightly different name.  The Sansa Clip+ retains the same high quality audio and great value as the original, but the added storage slot gives the player even greater potential.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
Tech21 iBand: Serious impact protection (proved on video)  —  Dragons' Den's Peter Jones must understand the anguish we all suffer when we drop our phones as his latest investment is in Tech21, a company that specialises in impact protection for mobile devices.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Calix Raises $100M to Meet Broadband Demand  —  Calix, a company that provides equipment to help carriers, cable companies or rural broadband providers deploy and manage fiber networks, has raised $100 million in a combination of debt and equity financing.  The funding will help …
Discussion: Tech Beat and VentureBeat
Dan Dorfman / The Huffington Post:
SEC Investigating Apple Trading  —  Hey, have some investors been screwing around illegally with the shares of high-flying Apple, Inc., a superstar of the investment scene?  —  Apparently, the Securities & Exchange Commission is suspicious this may be the case and has kicked off an investigation …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Man uses ‘Find My iPhone’ to locate his iPhone... and three robbery suspects  —  It's the moment every iPhone owner dreads — but secretly dreams about.  You're walking in a dark alley (or near the intersection of Amberson Avenue and Amberson Place in Shadyside, in this case) and three men approach, one brandishing a gun.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google May Hand Over Caribbean Journalists' IP Addresses  —  Google has reportedly sent a letter to a high-profile Caribbean investigative website called The TCI Journal saying it will supply the IP addresses used to access the Journal's primary GMail account unless the Journal supplies a legal counter-motion within the next two weeks.
Discussion: Wikileaks
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon cuts BlackBerry Storm pricing to $50  —  It seems like only yesterday that Verizon gave the general public a first taste of the BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first and currently only touchscreen phone.  If you're a late adopter, we have awesome news for you: Verizon has reduced the price …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
All a Cub Reporter Needs Is a Scoop and an iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Web site for local news hopes to fill the growing void in professionally reported local news by recruiting citizens armed with iPhones as reporters.  —  The site, Fwix, will release an iPhone application this week …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
New Palm phones in Sprint inventory: P120 and C40  —  Following up on the word of Palm devices appearing in Verizon's database, we've been sent the above screenshot of a Sprint inventory management system, showing not one, not two, but three plot-thickening Palm devices.
 
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New York Times:
Stopping Start-Ups  —  VARIOUS pieces of legislation now making …
Tim Greene / Network World:
Developer denies software to beat Chinese censors is malicious
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
HP Labs researchers shift focus to bottom line
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Report: Tech component inventory lean (perhaps too lean)
Maria Elena / Show Tracker:
Fox goes tweet, tweet, tweet on your TV screen during reruns of ‘Fringe’ and ‘Glee’
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Did AT&T get a sour apple when it snagged the iPhone?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
So Dan Lyons Called
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Thanks:atul
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lost or stolen Kindle? Amazon says you're out of luck
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Zizhuang Yang / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Every Millisecond Counts
Discussion: Royal Pingdom and TechCrunch
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
China game boss sniped rivals, took down Internet
Discussion: Techgeist
Devin Leonard / New York Times:
Hey, PC, Who Taught You to Fight Back?
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Fred / A VC:
Is Speculating On What Private Companies Are Worth A Good Idea?
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Cal Bear / sanfranmag.com:
Home is where the brain is  —  The only-in-America story …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
When the Apple tablet comes out, are you in?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Lori Drew Opinion Handed Down …
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