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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
A new chapter  —  Today, Skype begins a new chapter.  We're spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again.  This is very exciting news for all of us here at Skype, and I want to give all of you a brief overview of what's happening.  —  A small group of venture capital funds …
Stephanie Ferguson / The Windows Blog:
Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!  —  In just five weeks, you'll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from.  But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we're trying to make phones even better with Windows.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Deliver New Generation of Windows Phones on Oct. 6  —  Leading mobile operators and phone manufacturers worldwide prepare to introduce an array of sleek new Windows phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows® phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009.
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.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Steve Jobs will host next week's Apple special event  —  Steve Jobs, Oct. 2008.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  Apple hasn't confirmed it — and not every analyst agrees — but Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seems pretty certain that Steve Jobs himself will introduce a new line of iPods next week.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Another take: Steve Jobs appearance not expected Sept. 9
Discussion: PC World and ChannelWeb
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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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: eWeek
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Chris Kanaracus / PC World:   Oracle 11g R2 Makes Its Debut
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Harry McCracken / PC World:
Opera 10: It's Final.  And Worth Trying  —  Opera 10 Web browser packs new features including Turbo mode that spees up browsing on sluggish Net connections.  —  Recommends  —  Opera 10, the newest version of the browser that's arguably the most venerable one going, is now available in its final version.
Discussion: BetaNews, Download Squad and TechCrunch
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 …
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Serial Entrepreneur Al Warms Debuts Appolicious, Hoping iPhone Apps Fans Will Find it Delicious  —  Longtime Internet entrepreneur Al Warms paid a visit to BoomTown HQ today to show off a new company he has founded called Appolicious.  —  That is the unusual name Warms-who sold his Participate Media …
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
An author's guide to the Google Books flap  —  The issues surrounding Google's Book Search settlement are among the most complex surrounding the company this year: what do authors need to know about their rights and responsibilities?  —  Google has scanned over 10 million books since 2004 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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