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9:50 AM ET, September 10, 2009

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David Pogue / Bits:
Steve Jobs on Amazon and Ice Cream  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple music event on Wednesday. … Wednesday in San Francisco, I attended Apple's annual iPod Show, its holiday-season kickoff of new iPods and iTunes Store developments.  —  I'll have a look at what's new in a post on Pogue's Posts on Thursday.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Jobs makes it clear he's back in charge at Apple  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Though technically he returned to work two months ago, it was as the host of Wednesday's Apple music event that Steve Jobs publicly retook the reins of the company he founded.  —  Jobs was the first person to emerge on stage …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs is going after the game market  —  In an interview with the New York Times columnist David Pogue, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs emphasized that Apple was going after the video game market, particularly with its iPod Touch gadget.  —  That explains why there is no camera in the iPod Touch …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Arnold Kim / macrumors.com:
Apple's Focus on Games: Madden NFL 10, Nova, Assassin's Creed, Riddim Ribbon
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “'Open' need not mean free”  —  Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content
Tom Krazit / Webware.com:   Recurring problems with Google Checkout
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.  And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size.  Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rolls Out The Mother Of All Updates: A Larger Search Box
Discussion: The Register
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Somebody Has To Say It: It's Time For iTunes Lite  —  Facebook integration.  Tweeting my music interests.  AppleTV.  Full-screen album extras.  App management.  An entire online store.  Smart playlists.  CD burning.  Ringtone creation.  Tips the scales at 88MB.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iTunes 9 bringing iTunes LP functionality, ‘beautiful new look’
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Approves Real's Rhapsody iPhone App; First Look  —  Maybe it was the anti-trust patrol looking over Apple's shoulder or the memory of the RealNetwork settlement with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), but the Rhapsody iPhone/iTouch app—the first in the U.S. to offer on-demand streaming music …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Google Voice and Gmail are sort of merging  —  Two new little Google Voice features just made their way into Gmail.  A new option lets text messages sent to Google Voice show up as e-mail messages in Gmail.  You can reply to messages from Gmail, too, which makes it a nice platform for carrying on a text message conversation.
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Voice, Skype Are on a VOIP Collision Course
Discussion: Google Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bing Loves The Porn Hounds  —  Bing is an excellent search engine.  For one thing the surprising early reviews probably forced Yahoo's hand as they entered into one of the dumber corporate transactions I've ever seen.  So, kudos to Bing.  Golf clap.  Etc.
Discussion: WebProNews
BBC:
Unhappy with your broadband speed?  Try Winston the pigeon  —  Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.  —  A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's 09/09/09 09:09:09 Logo  —  For a brief period of time, the following logo doodle was showing on the Google US homepage yesterday, the 9th day of the 9th month of the 9th year of this millenium:  —  It's not the first time that Google only briefly displays a special logo.
Discussion: Mashable!
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora for Android  —  When we set out building Pandora four years ago we knew that our work wouldn't be done until we'd found a great way to unlock the service from the PC.  Just over a year ago the iPhone let us take the first compelling step in that direction and the year since has been filled …
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Listening to Radio on the Web? That's So Last Year
Discussion: Download Squad
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay buyer ‘misled’ investors, booted off exchange  —  A Swedish stock exchange has banned Global Gaming Factory X from offering its shares there after concluding the company “misled” investors about its ability to purchase The Pirate Bay.  —  AktieTorget, the Swedish stock market …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital introduces smarter, more intuitive backup drives  —  Try as they might, the hard drive companies just can't convince consumers to backup their precious computer data.  Only about 14 percent of consumers use an external hard drive, according to hard disk maker Western Digital.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The future of Windows phones and Windows Mobile  —  Today at TechEd Australia I took the opportunity to chat with Loke Uei Tan - program manager on the Windows Mobile team - to talk about the future of Windows phones and the Windows Mobile OS.  —  As a Windows Mobile user who's doubted …
Jeff / The NewsCloud Blog:
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff  —  After twenty-five days on the run, the New Orleans' Naked Pizza team caught Evan Ratliff, the Wired magazine writer who voluntarily disappeared as part of its Vanish contest!  This is how we tracked Evan to New Orleans in time to alert …
Discussion: Vanish
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The New iPod Nano Shoots Video, Plays Radio  —  As well-documented by the “word on the street,” the fifth generation iPod nano is also a video camera...and radio and a pedometer and a voice recorder too...and it's available today.  Details:  —  • Video camera (640x480)  —  • NO STILL CAMERA
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
AMD Presses Consumers to Rethink the Chip  —  Tired of losing speed comparisons with Intel processors, Advanced Micro Devices will stress how its chips can satisfy specific computer needs  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) wants to change the way you think about its chips.
Brian / YouTube Blog:
Coming soon: Finding your friends on YouTube  —  YouTube has always been a place for you to share and enjoy videos with family and friends.  Soon, we'll be making it even easier for you to find people you know on the site.  We'll start by launching a “You may know these people” …
Discussion: Softpedia News, T3.com News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Steve Jobs says iPod touch didn't get a camera because “it's a great game machine”  —  Wondering why Apple chose to add a camera to the iPod nano, but not the revised iPod touch?  You're not alone, but one Mr. Steven P. Jobs has an answer for you: it's because the touch is a game machine, you see.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Analyst: Slowing iPod Sales Should Worry Record Labels  —  In its spartan Wednesday event, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) boasted it's sold 225 million iPods to date.  So when we saw Forrester VP and music analyst Mark Mulligan suggest, on Guardian.co.uk, that customers upgrading to a new model every …
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Experimental Desktop Notifications App For Mac Is Very, Very Slick  —  If you're on a Mac and you use Facebook frequently, you're going to love this.  We've stumbled across a new experimental application being developed in-house at Facebook that's called “Desktop Notifications”.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:thinkmantra
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
'It's Only Rock and Roll' Event Video Now Available, Steve Jobs' Return
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Docs “hidden” viewer feature coming to Chrome OS
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: We're Rolling Out Awesome New Ad Formats That Will Drive Revenue To Moon