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8:55 PM ET, September 8, 2009

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Pre-Mature Elaboration: Sprint Cancels Palm Pre Offer  —  If there's a Guinness World Record for shortest-lived promotional offer by a wireless carrier, Sprint's (S) surely a front-runner for it.  —  Just six or so hours after offering a $100 service credit to new subscribers who purchase a Palm …
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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Dealscape
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
The Beatles heading to iTunes says Yoko Ono
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:stuartmiles
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Palm To Unveil Pixie Phone This Week  —  Palm will unveil its second WebOS phone this week, internally named the “Pixie,” we've heard from a source close to the company.  The debut will occur as part of Fashion Week in New York.  —  As we wrote back in April, the new phone …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Only Rock and Roll Event Prelude  —  The word is that Apple's “secrecy machine” has been kicked back into high gear ever since you-know-who returned from you-know-what.  Anecdotal evidence backs that up: I've heard very little about tomorrow's “It's Only Rock and Roll” event.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Antitrust Lawyer Slams Google Book Pact  —  Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback made his case against the Google Books settlement Tuesday, arguing that the settlement is illegal but could be remedied if the Justice Department insists that Google license the books it scanned to competitors.
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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.”
foursquare:
A few thoughts on foursquare's seed financing...  Hey all -  —  So, we wanted to say a few words about our round of seed financing that we didn't get to say last Friday.  First of all, we can't be any happier.  The financing - split between Union Square Ventures (USV), O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures …
Discussion: A VC
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.
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).
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
TMobile and Orange hope to muscle in on Apple iPhone contract after deal
Chris Wilson / Slate:
Introducing News Dots  —  An interactive map of how every story in the news is related, updated daily.  —  Like Kevin Bacon's co-stars, topics in the news are all connected by degrees of separation.  To examine how every story fits together, News Dots visualizes the most recent topics in the news as a giant social network.
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
First Official BlackBerry “Bold 9700/Onyx” (T-Mobile) Image; '09 Launch Expected  —  T-Mobile U.S.A.'s next major BlackBerry release is the BlackBerry “Bold 9700,” or Onyx, and it will be the U.S. carrier's very first 3G BlackBerry smartphone.  Though not even officially announced yet …
Rsmudge / After the Deadline:
After the Deadline: Acquired  —  Today I have big news to announce for After the Deadline.  But first, I have to tell you a story.  —  I left the Air Force in March 2008 to pursue my dream of launching a startup and to finish graduate school.  —  Coming from the US Air Force Research Lab …
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
There's a Reason RSSCloud Failed to Catch On  —  WordPress and Dave Winer are working together to bring real-time, Twitter-style updates to RSS feeds using the cloud element and the accompanying RSSCloud Interface.  Yesterday, WordPress added RSS cloud support to “all 7.5 million blogs on WordPress.com.”
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 group, now run by another ex-Yahoo, Qi Lu.
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Best Buy goes early with iPod touch 3rd gen accessories  —  Best Buy has gone live, ahead of the much rumoured and anticipated iPod touch 3rd generation launch, listing a number of accessories from Belkin all for the yet unannounced product.  —  Although none of the listings mention …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Facebook finally lands in the Android Market  —  We thought the official Facebook application was launching last month, but it never appeared.  That was until today, when it quietly rolled out to the Android Market.  Android users can finally download version 1.0 of Facebook for Android.
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.
CellPassion:
Exclusive: Motorola MB200, MB300 Android phone specs revealed!  —  Just two days before Motorola's Android portfolio announcement, we have stumbled upon the UA profiles of two Moto Android devices - the MB200 and MB300.  We had spotted this duo at Wi-Fi Alliance earlier but now we have hard proof directly …
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Who Is NYTPicker?  Don't Ask the New York Times  —  Just over an hour ago, the New York Times “revealed” the identity of NYTPicker, the anonymous blogger who made good sport of critiquing its namesake newspaper.  Now the paper has beat a hasty, somewhat embarrassing retreat.
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
As iPhone users bemoan carrier, AT&T fights to improve its image
Discussion: Crave and FierceWireless, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
What Exodus? Facebook Trumps Top 20 Sites in Time Spent
Discussion: Fast Company
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
In 8 Years, Online Video Consumption Will be Measured in Exabytes
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Mark Mulligan / The Forrester Blog …:
Music Release Windows: The Product Innovation That The Music Business …
Discussion: Music Ally
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Movie Rentals NOT A Billion-Dollar Business Any Time Soon
Discussion: paidContent
Chris Brandrick / InfoWorld:
Firefox 4.0 to arrive late 2010
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finance and Fantasy Football: Two more iPhone Apps from Yahoo
Discussion: CNET News, IntoMobile and mocoNews
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Twitterers prepare for Twestival
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Mayfield Fund Hires a Young V.C. for Her Fresh Eye
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
iPhone C64 Emulator Approved by Apple, Removed Again for Hiding Banned Feature
 

 
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Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore: Memorial Day weekend box office grossed an estimated $128.3M, a 29-year low, excluding 2020 and 2021, and down ~37% YoY; Furiosa led with just $32M

Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT CEO John Ridding says news publishers “have leverage and should insist on payment” from AI companies and disintermediation is the industry's “biggest threat”

 
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