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10:15 AM ET, September 1, 2009

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New York Times:
EBay Is Said to Have a Deal to Sell Skype  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay plans to announce on Tuesday a deal to sell its Skype Internet calling division to a group of private investors, according to two people briefed on the company's plans.  —  The investment group is likely to include Andreessen Horowitz …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Sale Nears: Why eBay Shareholders Should Be Mad  —  If you are an eBay shareholder it is time for your to get mad for the sheer incompetency of the management.  First they paid the top dollar for Skype back in 2005, making billionaires out of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Steve Jobs will host next week's Apple special event  —  Apple hasn't confirmed it, but Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seems pretty certain that Steve Jobs himself will introduce a new line of iPods next week.  —  In a note to clients Tuesday morning, Munster describes the substance of Apple's …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   Another take: Steve Jobs appearance not expected Sept. 9
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review  —  In June of 2004, during the WWDC keynote address, Steve Jobs revealed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to developers and the public for the first time.  When the finished product arrived in April of 2005, Tiger was the biggest, most important …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming Oct. 6  —  HTC's Touch Pro2 is among the new phones expected to ship with Windows Mobile 6.5.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  Microsoft is hoping that a new crop of phones this fall will help the company in its quest to stay relevant in the cell phone market.
Discussion: Associated Press and Ars Technica
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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Deliver New Generation of Windows Phones on Oct. 6
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
Stephanie Ferguson / Windows Mobile Blog:
Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!
Discussion: WMExperts and Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE tumbles, Firefox regains market share mojo  —  IE6 numbers take a nose dive; Firefox reaps nearly all the benefit  —  Computerworld - Last month, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer posted its largest market share loss since November 2008, while Firefox reaped nearly all the benefit, Web metrics company Net Applications said today.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Sony to distribute Google browser  —  Google has forged a distribution alliance with Sony's PC division and is in talks with other computer makers as it looks to promote its well-regarded but little-used Chrome browser.  —  The renewed efforts to expand the reach of Chrome come a year …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Did Google Street View spot rapist/kidnapper Garrido?  —  A followup on this earlier BB post about the wacko blog and gadget hallucinations of kidnapper/rapist (now also a murder suspect) Phillip Garrido.  —  Weighing in on that post, an astute BB commenter noticed that if you do a Google Maps search …
Discussion: Mashable!, Telegraph and Gawker
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:   Orbitz Uses Street View: Another Sign That Mashups Are Serious
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Opera 10 browser is here  —  The Opera 10 browser is now ready to download for Windows, Linux, and Mac three months after the beta first emerged (hands-on Opera 10 beta review).  —  If you've been keeping up with the beta updates, the final build of the cross-platform browser shouldn't surprise you.
Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC co-founder kills himself  —  Street kid, entrepreneur and ambassador  —  Obituary Richard Egan, the colourful and vigorous co-founder of EMC, went into a linen cupboard of his home at the Four Seasons condominiums on Boylston Street, Boston, and shot himself in the head with a shotgun on Friday …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Oracle 11g R2 Makes Its Debut  —  Oracle on Tuesday is launching version 11g Release 2 of its database, about two years after the initial version hit the market.  —  The new release is the product of some 1,500 developers and 15 million hours of testing, according to Mark Townsend, vice president of database product management.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Oracle 11g Release 2 available
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Is Gaining Desktop Notifications  —  Things are really starting to get busy in the world of Chromium.  Yesterday, we noted how the latest developer builds of Chrome were now Snow Leopard-ready.  Today brings some other interesting news.  —  It looks like Chrome is about to gain …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Alleged Screenshots Of Google Chrome OS.  My, What Big Icons You Have.  —  We've just received a pair of screenshots that may be of Google's upcoming Chrome OS operating system.  Google announced the entirely browser-based OS in July, and since then a number of alleged screenshots …
Matt Hall / Larva Labs:
Android Market Sales, Are Those Tears or is it Raining in Here?  —  There's been a lot of speculation lately about the size of the Apple App Store, most recently based on some numbers from AdMob which are summarized over at GigaOM.  They came to the conclusion that the app store is worth $200M monthly …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Another Popular Developer Lays The Smack Down On Apple's App Store  —  Another day, another story of Apple's ridiculous App Store approval policies gone awry.  Joe Stump, the former lead architect for Digg who is well known in the developer community, has posted an entirely NSFW rant to his blog …
Discussion: joestump.net and The Register
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Delays U.S. Music Launch  —  The unlimited-download service won't be released this year in the U.S. as planned.  —  LONDON — After promising earlier this year that a 2009 U.S. launch for the service was in the works, Nokia told Forbes on Monday that it has now been pushed back to 2010.
Chris / cdixon.org:
New York City is poised for a tech revival  —  One thing that was puzzling about the “web 2.0 boom” from 2003-2008 was how irrelevant the East Coast, and particular New York City, was compared to the first dot-com boom.  There were a few big hits - Right Media comes to mind - and a big near miss …
Discussion: A VC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Interview: His Thoughts On Search, Books, News, Mobile, Competition And More  —  A week ago I had a chance to sit down for a hour-long one on one interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  There were no rules, and the whole interview was on the record.  Part of the interview was on video as well.
Discussion: scobleizer's posterous, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hitachi ships 500GB Travelstar 7K500: 7200RPMs in a 2.5-inch form factor  —  Itching for a speedy and spacious new upgrade for your laptop?  Ain't got the cheddar required to pop in a 512GB SSD?  Then have a look at Hitachi's latest, a half-terabyte drive that spins at 7200RPMs yet draws …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Its Desktop App, StockTwits Grows Up...And Away From Twitter  —  StockTwits has been one of the success stories for building on the Twitter platform.  The service, which leverages the power of the Twitter community and its real-time aspect to generate investment ideas …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Digiprotect Admits It Shares Files Just To Find People To Demand Settlement Money From  —  Last week we wrote about claims that copyright holders were purposely putting their own content online to see who downloaded it, and then suing them.  In that post, we mentioned a post from last year …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Mobile Still in IPhone Talks After Unicom Deal  —  China Mobile is still in talks with Apple about offering the iPhone in China even though rival China Unicom last week announced a distribution deal for the handset.  —  The talks between Apple and China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Multi-Factor Authentication for AWS Accounts  —  An additional layer of protection, once reserved for banks and large enterprises, is now available to protect your AWS account from unauthorized use.  This should be especially attractive to our enterprise-level customers …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
British small biz falls out of love with Microsoft, heads to the Clouds  —  Remember all that Web 2.0 hype back in the day?  Remember how some predicted an end to the monopoly of Microsoft in those basic applications like Word, Excel and others as these functions moved to the Cloud?
Discussion: AccMan Pro
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
WD ships 7200RPM 2TB desktop hard drives: Caviar Black and RE4
Discussion: geeksmack.net and Electronista
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Of Living URLs, Newspaper Rankings & California Fires
Discussion: L.A. Now and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Can GPS help prevent another missing child?
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter overtakes MySpace in the UK
Discussion: The Next Web Blog
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker sues Apple over Snow Leopard
Discussion: Macsimum News, PC World, eWeek and CNET News
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Friends Checker Tracks Who's Removing You From Their Facebook Friends List
Discussion: Mashable!
Vik Singh / delicious blog:
How SPEAR Identifies Domain Experts within Delicious
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Makes Grab for Hollywood Dollars
Discussion: Softpedia News and paidContent
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: The New Microsoft
Discussion: digg.com
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