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4:55 PM ET, September 3, 2009

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AT&T:
An Update on iPhone MMS for our Mobility Customers  —  We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).  We've been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Multimedia Messaging Coming Sept. 25 To AT&T  —  Finally!  AT&T says it will activate iPhone multimedia messaging on Sept. 25.  This allows you to send and receive photos, contacts, audio files, and location information.  —  Apple announced the feature at WWDC in June …
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Apple ships a known vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard  —  The last thing you expect when you upgrade your operating system, is that you will have some of your security silently downgraded.  —  But that's precisely what seems to have happened with Mac OS X Snow Leopard …
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David Lenoe / Adobe:
Flash Player update and Snow Leopard  —  The initial release of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) includes an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player than what is available from Adobe.com.  We recommend all users update to the latest, most secure version of Flash Player (10.0.32.18) …
Bing / Search Blog:
Share your Search with Bing and Ping  —  We at the Bing team are firm believers in the idea that the only thing better than searching with Bing is sharing what you've found with your friends.  That's why we've been working on a potential new feature for Bing that does just that in a couple of clicks, which we call Bing & Ping.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T  —  Slim and sleek as it is, the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones.  —  It's a data guzzler.  Owners use them like minicomputers, which they are, and use them a lot.  Not only do iPhone owners download applications, stream music and videos …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How the iPhone Is Driving a Wireless Bandwidth Boom
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
Henri Moissinac / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Mobile: Now Connecting 65 Million People  —  Even when you're away from your desktop, we want you to be able to share and connect with those that matter to you on Facebook.  We had that goal in mind when we launched Facebook Mobile in 2006.  Today, we reached a new milestone …
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VentureBeat:
Facebook Connect expands beyond iPhone to mobile web
Discussion: Fast Company and Forbes
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
CIOs hit the snooze button on Snow Leopard  —  The most talked about new feature in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which debuted on August 28, is its native integration with Microsoft Exchange.  The assumption was that this one feature could have the same kind of impact in opening the Mac market …
Web Ecology Project:
The Influentials - New Approaches for Analyzing Influence on Twitter  —  Using a new methodology based on the content and responses of 12 popular users, we determined measurements of relative influence on Twitter.  We examined an ecosystem of 134,654 tweets, 15,866,629 followers …
Thanks:atul
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Michael / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf Study on Trends in Twitter Followers Between Late March and Mid-June 2009
Discussion: TechCrunch
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Sony's Walkman Outsells Apple's IPod for First Time in Four Years in Japan  —  Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp.'s Walkman digital music player outsold Apple Inc.'s iPod in Japan last week for the first time in more than 4 years, according to researcher BCN Inc.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Diebold gets rid of controversial e-voting machine unit  —  Company expects to lose up to $55 million as a result of deal  —  Computerworld - Diebold Inc. has sold its U.S. election systems subsidiary, Premier Election Solutions, to Election Systems & Software Inc. (ES&S) of Omaha, Neb.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's JournE touch multimedia tablet (updated with hands-on video!)  —  Hey Apple, check this thing out!  Toshiba just blazed into IFA on a 7-inch multimedia tablet, the JournE touch.  It's dominated by the touchscreen display, but underneath there's support for a wide range of codecs …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who Invested How Much to Buy Skype  —  Earlier this week, a group of investors led by Silverlake Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity group, acquired 65 percent ownership in Internet telephony company Skype for about $1.9 billion in cash and $125 million in debt.
Discussion: Techgeist and Skype Journal, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Pre Sales To Whiff Targets?  —  Is the Palm (PALM) Pre a bust?  —  Town Hall Investment Research analyst David Eller asserted in a research note this morning that sales of the Pre “are continuing to slow,” and “likely will come in dramatically below” Sprint's (S) reputed target of 1 million to 1.5 million customers for the year.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft calling on thousands to host their own Windows 7 parties  —  Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout — launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News shines a Spotlight on “in-depth” journalism  —  Google News has quietly added a new section that steps back from the ever-quickening news cycle to highlight “in-depth pieces of lasting value.”  It's called Spotlight, and like the rest of Google News, the stories are selected by an undisclosed algorithm.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
McKinsey Quarterly:
How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0: McKinsey Global Survey Results  —  The heaviest users of Web 2.0 applications are also enjoying benefits such as increased knowledge sharing and more effective marketing.  These benefits often have a measurable effect on the business.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
T-Mobile introduces first pay-as-you-go Android smartphone, dubbed Pulse  —  T-Mobile UK this morning announced the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android 1.5 smartphone and the third coming from the network operator.  —  Available for £180 starting October exclusively on T-Mobile …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is How You Steal 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods In 31 Seconds  —  Quick: How can you get 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods in 31 seconds, for free?  Tip: According to this security video, you need four friends, a brick, and a visit to the Apple Store in Marlton, NJ.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple already testing Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update  —  Apple is moving quickly to patch holes and repair incompatibilities within Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, having already providing some developers with betas of the first maintenance and security update planned for the new operating system.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Would You Pay More Than $99 For an eReader?  —  EBooks and eReaders are a hot topic right now, especially with the new line-up of Kindle competitors scheduled to arrive before the holiday season.  However, according to a new report by Forrester Research's Sarah Rotman Epps, most people aren't willing to pay a lot for these devices.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Whats the Difference Between Youtube Today and Broadcast Networks ?  —  Youtube, CBS, NBC, ABC are going to have an awful lot in common in the not too distant future  —  Which company uses its traffic to drive eyeballs to programming on which it sells advertising ?  They all do.
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
College for $99 a Month  —  The next generation of online education could be great for students—and catastrophic for universities.  —  Like millions of other Americans, Barbara Solvig lost her job this year.  A fifty-year-old mother of three, Solvig had taken college courses …
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
Report: Intel's Braidwood flash memory module could kill SSD market  —  Flash memory cache is a quarter ogf the cost of traditional DRAM  —  Intel's upcoming Braidwood NAND flash memory module, which is aimed at giving users faster boot-ups and application launches, could undermine solid-state disk …
Discussion: prlog.org
Seth Weintraub's blog:
Snow Leopard saves millions of kilowatt hours of electricity?  —  Of all of the numerous improvements in Snow Leopard, the biggest might be its miserly use of energy.  Snow Leopard doesn't just speed up your Mac, it also makes it a better environmental citizen.
Discussion: Crave and Fast Company
Kent German / CNET News:
Sprint announces Android HTC Hero  —  Just a few days after we caught a few glimpses of a Sprint HTC Hero, the carrier surprised absolutely no one by finally announcing that it would carry the smartphone beginning October 11.  Sprint's first Google Android phone will cost $179 with a $100 mail …
Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Samsung brings Windows 7 to netbooks  —  Users will still be able to pick Windows XP as an option on the two new netbooks  —  Samsung will use Windows 7 Starter Edition on two new netbooks, it announced on Thursday.  —  Both the N130 and N140 will come with the Starter Edition …
Discussion: Engadget, jkOnTheRun and AppScout
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung X Series thin-and-lights sport dual-core CULV procs, 9 hour battery life  —  Samsung just debuted its new X Series line, a trio of fairly thin big brothers to the new netbooks Samsung is also launching today.  The X420 (14-inch), X520 (14.6-inch) and X120 (11.6-inch, pictured) …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple to offer ready-made ringtones  —  Apple has obtained the rights to offer ready-made ringtones for the iPhone and managers are trying to have them available in time for next week's press conference, music industry sources told CNET News.  —  Owners of Apple's iPhone have long had the ability …
 
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John Fontana / InfoWorld:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech launches Squeezebox Touch, but the design disappoints
Discussion: Gearlog and Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Is Growing 80 Percent A Year, While Citysearch Remains Flat
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
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