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4:10 PM ET, September 8, 2009

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Technical issues could delay iPod camera upgrade [u]  —  Just days before Apple is expected to unveil its new line of iPods, multiple reports are suggesting that some of the widely anticipated camera-equipped media players could be delayed due to technical difficulties.  [Updated with info from Hardmac.]
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's Sept. 9 music event: What's Steve Jobs got up his sleeve?  —  New iPods?  Check.  With cameras?  Very likely. iTunes 9?  Why not.  Steve Jobs on stage?  Who knows.  The Beatles on iTunes?  Don't count on it — but don't count it out, either.  —  Apple's (AAPL) …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Don't expect Apple TV as cable set top box, Apple exec says  —  Though rumors have persisted for years that the Apple TV might transition from a media streaming solution into a cable box competitor, a new report said an Apple executive “killed that concept.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Finally Goes Native With An iPhone App  —  Despite having one of the most popular online photo services in the world, Flickr has done things the hard way on the iPhone.  That is to say, for browsing photos they've made you go through their optimized website, and for uploading you had to do it through email.
NME:
Paul McCartney: 'We'd like Beatles songs to be downloads'  —  Macca speaks in special ‘13 covers’ Beatles edition of NME - get yours now  —  Paul McCartney has told NME.COM that he wants The Beatles songs to be available as downloads.  —  The Fab Four's work has long been absent …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let It Be: Beatles Still Not Coming to iTunes Tomorrow  —  iPods with cameras?  Maybe. iTunes with new features?  For sure. iTunes with Beatles?  Nope.  —  I'm sure that Apple (AAPL) will indeed sell the Fab Four's music via its digital music store one day.  But it's not happening at Apple's keynote presentation tomorrow.
BBC:
T-Mobile and Orange in UK merger  —  T-Mobile and Orange plan to merge their UK businesses, creating a mobile phone giant with 28.4 million customers.  —  The deal between Orange-owner France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile UK will see a business with sales of 9.4bn euros (£8.2bn; $13.5bn).
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
WSJ reports OIN to acquire former SGI patents (via Microsoft)  —  An interesting story in today's Wall Street Journal states that the Open Invention Network is “nearing an agreement to acquire 22 patents that Microsoft sold to another organization earlier this year” that could be used to protect Linux from patent attacks.
Discussion: TG Daily and InformationWeek
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to preview two Silverlight 4 features  —  Microsoft is slated to show off two features that it is incorporating into the next version of Silverlight, its Internet Explorer plug-in alternative to Adobe Flash at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam, which kicks off on September 11.
Discussion: Microsoft, CNET News and Beet.TV
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Mayfield Fund Hires a Young V.C. for Her Fresh Eye  —  There are not many young faces in Silicon Valley's venture capital firms.  That worries some people, who say that young entrepreneurs need young investors who are up-to-date on new technologies.  —  Mayfield Fund, a venture firm founded in 1969, is taking that notion to heart.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obama Praises Twitter, Google & Facebook — But Not Microsoft's Xbox  —  Does today's speech from President Barack Obama to school children across the United States need any more controversy?  Having listened to it, I personally can't see many parents objecting.  But I could see one tech company not happy: Microsoft.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
iPhone C64 Emulator Approved by Apple, Removed Again for Hiding Banned Feature  —  UPDATE: C64 Emulator has yet again been pulled from the App Store for sneaking in an easter egg that allows the execution of code in a BASIC interpreter.  See the end of the post for details.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AIM Now Goes Both Ways (With Twitter And Facebook)  —  In July, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) embraced the stream in a new beta (for both Windows and Mac) and started moving beyond simple IMs.  You can now see your Facebook and Twitter feeds, along with AIM buddy updates and feeds from other services.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Tech Star, Eric Boyd, to Microsoft (via Mochi Media)  —  Eric Boyd (pictured here), a high-profile techie from Yahoo, who left the company for a start-up last year, is now headed to Microsoft to work for its digital head, Qi Lu, sources said.  —  Boyd, who is well-known …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Foxconn Developing Inexpensive, Arm-based Smartbooks  —  Foxconn Technology plans to launch its first smartbooks next year, which are mini-laptops that use microprocessors from Arm Holdings normally found in smartphones.  —  Smartbooks are similar to netbooks except that they don't use …
Lambert V. / technabob:
microsoft (mis)educates best buy employees about linux  —  A Best Buy employee recently posted screenshots of what he claims is part of a training program about Windows 7.  The screenshots show some Windows vs. Linux comparisons.  You probably know where this is going.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Exchange Support  —  Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple's support for Exchange on the iPhone and in Snow Leopard as endorsement of Microsoft in the server space.  From another angle, Apple is reducing its dependance upon Microsoft's client software …
Discussion: Macworld, Softpedia News and TUAW, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Tattoo (aka, Click) brings Android, Sense UI to all  —  This one sure took awhile but the oft leaked HTC Click has been renamed and kicked out the door as the Tattoo.  While HTC is light on specs with the press release, we know it has a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, 3.5-mm headset jack, and microSD expansion.
James Boyle / Financial Times:
A copyright black hole swallows our culture  —  Librarians call it the 20th-century black hole.  The overwhelming force is not gravity but copyright law, sucking our collective culture into a vortex from which it can never escape.  —  That culture includes millions of books Google wants to make available online.
Discussion: paidContent
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Services' E-Mail Hacking Illegal, but Officials Need More Than That to Prosecute  —  When Elaine Cioni found out that her married boyfriend had other girlfriends, she became obsessed, federal prosecutors say.  So she turned to YourHackerz.com.  —  And for only $100, YourHackerz.com provided Cioni …
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Twitterers prepare for Twestival  —  Party for a good cause with the get-together for fans of the microblogging site  —  Do something for your karma: the Live Aid of the technology world, Twestival, is about to happen again.  On Thursday evening, 10 September, Twitterers will get together …
Mark Mulligan / The Forrester Blog …:
Music Release Windows: The Product Innovation That The Music Business Can't Do Without  —  Forrester has just published a report which lays out a radical vision of the future of music products.  In the report we suggest that a comprehensive programme a product innovation is necessary to save …
Discussion: Music Ally
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New from Sprint: The $99 Palm Pre  —  Sprint effectively lowered the price of the Palm Pre today to $99 for new customers only, offering a $100 service credit to those who port their numbers over from another carrier.  To be eligible for the promotion, first noted by Pali Research …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Movie Rentals NOT A Billion-Dollar Business Any Time Soon  —  Movie rentals are a logical extension of Google's YouTube business, as it pushes the video site more toward professional content that it can profit from.  But an estimate surfacing this morning that YouTube's supposedly …
Discussion: paidContent
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Facebook Fan Check Virus scare leads to malware  —  Beware of Googling (or indeed Yahooing or Binging or using any other internet search engine) for information about something called “Facebook Fan Check Virus”, as you're likely to end up on a website hosting malicious code.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Tribune Co. plans to rid itself of SEO-killing duplicate content  —  Last month, I wrote about how The Associated Press plans to leverage its network of members and customers with centralized topic pages linked to content distributed by the consortium.  That post has sprung at least three noteworthy legs:
 
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Chris Brandrick / InfoWorld:
Firefox 4.0 to arrive late 2010
Discussion: The Register
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Google China Chief Hunts Start-Ups
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finance and Fantasy Football: Two more iPhone Apps from Yahoo
Discussion: mocoNews and IntoMobile
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker's lawyer denies spilling Apple secrets
 Earlier Items: 
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Has Anyone's iDisk Been Upgraded To 2TB?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
How electronic paper displays are stacking up
Discussion: TeleRead
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Russia drops XP investigation
Discussion: Softpedia News and DailyTech
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com:
Spotify App: iPhone versus Android
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:stuartmiles
Andrew Baron:
How Twitter Could Lose The Game By Design