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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.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing Communications Business at $2.75 Billion  —  eBay to Receive Approximately $1.9 Billion in Cash; Retain Approximately 35 Percent Stake  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) …
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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
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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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Sony to distribute Google browser
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 …
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
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.
Milo Yiannopoulos / TechCrunch Europe:
Twitter overtakes MySpace in the UK  —  We all knew Twitter was on the way up and MySpace was on the way down, but who'd have thought that the once-mighty behemoth would be eclipsed by our favourite avian upstart quite so soon?  Yet here it is, in black and white (well, blue and orange):
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter overtakes MySpace in the UK
Discussion: The Next Web Blog and paidContent
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:
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Harry McCracken / PC World:
Opera 10: It's Final. And Worth Trying
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
British small biz falls out of love with Microsoft, heads to the Clouds
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Its Desktop App, StockTwits Grows Up...And Away From Twitter
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Digiprotect Admits It Shares Files Just To Find People To Demand …
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Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Friends Checker Tracks Who's Removing You From Their Facebook Friends List
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Vik Singh / delicious blog:
How SPEAR Identifies Domain Experts within Delicious
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Can Hulu's High Prices Hold?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rolling Stone's Web Failure Wasn't So Shabby, After All.  But Now What?
Discussion: TeleRead
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: The New Microsoft
Discussion: digg.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Check Out The Future Of Television!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Interview: His Thoughts On Search, Books …
Discussion: scobleizer's posterous, Thanks:mrinaldesai