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9:40 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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Android Developer Still Optimistic Despite Making A Paltry $62.39 A Day
Discussion: All Facebook and Electronista
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 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE tumbles, Firefox regains market share mojo
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle 11g Release 2 available  —  Oracle said Tuesday that the second release of its 11g database is generally available.  The update comes two years after the launch of 11g.  —  Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is heavily focused on consolidating hardware and virtualization …
Discussion: PC World
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Check Out The Future Of Television!  —  No matter how much effort TV networks and cable companies put into trying to keep the TV world from changing, the future is coming.  —  And it's awesome!  —  Check out this live online coverage of the first day of the US Open.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WD ships 7200RPM 2TB desktop hard drives: Caviar Black and RE4  —  Surely you recall Western Digital's earlier 2TB effort, the Caviar Green — right?  While said drive was just perfect for the casual storage junkie, performance gurus know that it left something to be desired on the speed front.
Discussion: geeksmack.net and Electronista
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker sues Apple over Snow Leopard  —  Psystar claims it's just like Microsoft, Google in new antitrust lawsuit filed in Florida  —  Computerworld - Mac clone maker Psystar last week sued Apple for a second time, charging that it illegally ties the new Snow Leopard operating system to its hardware.
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  —  Last week, Facebook reminded users that when they ignore friend requests the requesting party is not notified, but a new Greasemonkey script lets users know if someone they're already friends with removes them …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
comScore, Inc.:
Global Search Market Draws More than 100 Billion Searches per Month  —  Google Sites Leads Global Search Market with 67 Percent Market Share  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world today released a study of the global search market showing …
Vik Singh / delicious blog:
How SPEAR Identifies Domain Experts within Delicious  —  At the SIGIR 2009 conference, we had the great fortune of learning about a new academic research project that aims to discover the top authoritative users and links in social networking services like delicious.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Can GPS help prevent another missing child?  —  The recent recovery of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was located 18 years after being abducted by a stranger, once again has parents thinking about how to protect their own kids.  That's one of the reasons behind a growing number of child locator products …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Of Living URLs, Newspaper Rankings & California Fires
Discussion: L.A. Now and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter overtakes MySpace in the UK
Discussion: The Next Web Blog
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Can Hulu's High Prices Hold?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Improves Its Share Functionality; Still Not As Good As FriendFeed's
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Makes Grab for Hollywood Dollars
Discussion: Softpedia News and paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rolling Stone's Web Failure Wasn't So Shabby, After All.  But Now What?
Discussion: Gawker
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Live Current Sells Call.com Domain Name for $1.1 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch and 901am
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: The New Microsoft
Discussion: digg.com