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9:55 PM ET, September 7, 2009

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Matt / WordPress.com News:
RSS in the Clouds  —  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it's a way for people to subscribe to updates to your blog using a client like Google Reader or Bloglines.  You may not know what RSS is but chances are people are using it to read your blog.  We track over 50,000,000 posts read via RSS every week.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Just Made Millions of Blogs Real-Time With RSSCloud  —  All blogs on the WordPress.com platform and any WordPress.org blogs that opt-in (using this plug-in) will now make instant updates available to any RSS readers subscribed to a new feature called RSSCloud.
AppleInsider:
New AT&T specific features rumored for future iPhone update  —  Apple and its exclusive US wireless provider AT&T could soon deliver new carrier-specific features to iPhone users through a future software update in a bid to increase customer satisfaction.  —  At least one of the enhancements …
Lucy Cockcroft / Telegraph:
Facebook ‘enhances intelligence’ but Twitter ‘diminishes it’ claims psychologist  —  Spending time on the Facebook networking site could enhance a key element of intelligence that is vital to success in life, a psychologist has claimed, but using Twitter may have the opposite effect.
Daniel Clancy / European Public Policy Blog:
Bringing the world's lost books back to life  —  Today I am attending the European Commission's information hearing in Brussels on Google Books's agreement with American authors and publishers.  This offers us a wonderful opportunity to clear up misunderstandings and further explain the opportunities offered by the US Agreement.
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EU Press Room:
“It is time for Europe to turn over a new e-leaf on digital books and copyright”.
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
New Monopoly game is streets ahead  —  Players can buy whole streets and construct everything from castles and skyscrapers to prisons and rubbish dumps  —  I last played Monopoly with my sister, her boyfriend and some friends over a year ago.  We started happily enough …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ASUS planning dual screen Eee Reader: world's cheapest e-book reader  —  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?  You betcha.  After catching an up close and personal glimpse at ASUS' dual panel touchscreen concept at CeBIT this past March, we soon forgot ASUS even had such a beast in the R&D lab.
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Alex Pell / Times of London:
Tech news: For the smarter kind of bookworm
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Android Market Now Over 10,000 Applications Strong  —  In the mobile OS world, Google's Android is still a challenger but with the amount of devices that will be running the system that are due to come out in the coming months alone in combination with its open approach it is definitely a contestant to watch closely.
Andres Sehr / Spotify:
First look at Spotify on S60  —  Today is turning into mobile day here at Spotify.  You've had a few hours to play around with our iPhone and Android apps but we didn't want to leave out all those people who have a phone that runs the S60 mobile platform.  —  So here is a first look at a demo …
Wall Street Journal:
Are Dictionaries Becoming Obsolete?  —  Do we still need dictionaries in the age of Google?  —  Dictionaries are, after all, giant databases of words compiled by lexicographers who investigate word usages and meanings.  —  These days, however, Google is our database of meaning.
Discussion: Mashable!
Wall Street Journal:
Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom Form U.K. Mobile Joint Venture  —  Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom plan to merge their U.K. operations to form the country's largest mobile phone operator, toppling current market leader Telefonica's O2 from top spot, people familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Is the iPhone really the Paris Hilton of mobile phones?  —  “iPhone makes for worldwide loss” reads the headline in Sunday's Guardian, whose editors apparently missed the flurry of similar pieces that appeared three weeks earlier.  —  “Telcom operators hurt selling iPhones” was how Reuters handled the story, back on Aug. 17.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Guardian
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The EU's Christmas gift to Oracle  —  The European Union undoubtedly believes it is taking a principled stance against the specter of antitrust as Oracle attempts to buy Sun Microsystems.  As I've written, however, the EU's delay threatens to gift Sun's customers to IBM and other competitors …
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
 
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Discussion: Reuters
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia's RD-3 modem boldly boasts LTE, and no, you can't have one
Matt Peckham / PC World:
PS3 Slim Sales Trounce Xbox 360, Wii 3-to-1
Mary Bagtas / TrendLabs:
Fake Presidential Swine Flu Stories Lead to Malware
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Privacy Policy Changes Hint at Public Launch of Mac, Linux Versions
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Cameron Stewart / NEWS.com.au:
Huawei in ASIO's net
Discussion: The Register
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
News Corp launches global internal wire