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12:15 PM ET, September 5, 2009

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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Cloud Hanging Over Skype  —  Early this week, eBay announced that after four years of owning Skype, the popular, and free, online phone service, it had sold the company to an investor group for around $2 billion.  The investors included the Silicon Valley private equity firm Silver Lake Partners …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T's ‘Blogger Guy’ Faces Public Backlash - Customers apparently not accepting AT&T's apology  —  AT&T's new self-proclaimed “blogger guy” Seth Bloom has been tasked with damage control in the face of AT&T's recent wireless network congestion PR problems.  While Bloom put a welcome human face …
Discussion: PC World
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Mike Knoop / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches New Widgets Center  —  Today Facebook officially released its new Widgets Center to the masses.  It features a number of widgets that Facebook has already made available, and will likely feature new widgets as the company rolls them out.  Many users were greeted today with this message:
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The iPhone Cash Machine  —  The Apple (AAPL) iPhone is making the company far more cash than the Street generally believes, according to Societe Generale analyst Vicent Rech.  —  In a research note this morning, Rech writes that due to the company's practice of amortizing iPhone revenue …
Discussion: MacNN
Lorelle VanFossen / Lorelle on WordPress:
Old WordPress Versions Under Attack  —  Otto42 of OttoDestruct, a key WordPress developer and supporter, reports that there is an “attack” on older versions of WordPress right now.  The number of sites hit by this is growing every hour.  Protect your WordPress blog now: UPDATE NOW!!!
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
China's favorite Internet craze: ‘Jia Junpeng, your mom is calling you to come home and eat.’  —  The post appeared on a computer gaming forum in July and became a viral joke, popping up on T-shirts and ads and celebrated in song and doctored photos.  Its author and motive are unknown.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Fox's Twitter TV Experiment Tweets Its Way to Epic Failure  —  digg_url = ‘http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit- eaton/technomix/foxs-twitter-tv- overlays-tweet-their-way-epic- failure’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; When Fox revealed its plan to broadcast reruns of Fringe and Glee with a live Twitter feed overlay …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Neighbors Adds Community Conversation To Local Search  —  After a trial run in four markets, Yahoo has just launched Neighbors nationwide.  Neighbors is an interesting and potentially very strong addition to Yahoo Local's offerings.  It's been around since November 2007, when it debuted in two California markets.
Discussion: Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Foursquare Gets $1.35 Million To Play With From Union Square And O'Reilly AlphaTech  —  As we alluded to two days ago, the location-based social network Foursquare has just raised its first round of funding.  PaidContent found out about the seed round through an SEC document, and we've confirmed the round with the company.
Jeff Leins / News in Film:
Cast Set for David Fincher's Social Network?  —  Rumor has it David Fincher has found his cast for The Social Network, a story focusing on the early days of Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin.  The screenplay was based on the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich (21).
Discussion: Gawker
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October  —  TomTom's FAQ for its iPhone navigation app now notes that the anxiously-awaited Car Kit will not be released until October: … This update to the FAQ comes surprisingly close to the kit's run through the FCC for approval just last week.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google, Twitter, Aliens, And Internet Memes: The Truth Is Out There.  —  When Google officially joined Twitter back in February, its first message was sent in code.  Earlier tonight, Google reverted to using a coded message on Twitter, with a cryptic tweet stating the following …
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
How Old Is This Internet Thing, Again?  —  Poor Al Gore has been teased mercilessly for supposedly claiming he invented the Internet. … But that's not the only portion of cyber-history that's in dispute.  —  Media outlets are celebrating Sept. 2 as the 40th anniversary of the day the Internet was invented.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cabbie's tweet reunites lost BlackBerry with owner  —  Some believe that Twitter has the power to change big events like Iranian elections.  I think that its strength may be in much smaller, but still significant, ways.  —  In fact, I was the matchmaker recently between a Barcelona cabbie …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: We're Not Setting Broadband Definition Bar Low - We're just, well, setting the broadband definition bar low  —  As noted earlier this week, a number of carriers have responded to the FCC's request for a concrete definition of broadband with the suggestion that the FCC stick …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Touch Pro2 to land September 11th, $199.99  —  As if an Android handset and a couple of Blackberry handsets weren't enough, Verizon Wireless customers may have yet another handset coming quickly down the pike.  A trusted ninja let us know that VZW's Touch Pro2 is slated …
 
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: GPU Optimization
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Brouhaha Over the Version of Flash in Snow Leopard
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Cyber-crooks exploiting unpatched IIS bug
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
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Simmi Aujla / Chronicle of Higher Education:
RIAA Says Student Continues to Encourage Illegal Downloading
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