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12:40 PM 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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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Despite lack of surprises, Apple announcements seen as positive
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple Rock and Roll event now on QuickTime
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 …
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The HTC Touch Pro2  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Verizon Wireless and HTC Corporation introduce the HTC Touch Pro2™, a global-capable smartphone designed for the busiest professionals and world travelers.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon makes the HTC Touch Pro2 official; September 11th, $199.99  —  It's official, Verizon fans — one of the sexiest Windows Mobile handsets to launch this year can be yours starting tomorrow.  Just like we exclusively scooped last week, the HTC Touch Pro2 will be available tomorrow …
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
Discussion: PC World, Computerworld and paidContent
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launches Internet Stat Center  —  Without any fanfare, Google has launched a new resource called “Google Internet Stats” which brings together industry facts and insights from across five different industries.  Using a number of third party vendor as sources, the stats tool parses through online data …
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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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: Mashable! and broadstuff
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Oracle overtures to Sun customers mum on MySQL  —  Oracle has much to say to Sun Microsystems customers in a front-page advertisement it placed in Thursday's European edition of The Wall Street Journal.  —  The advertisement commits to greater investments in Sun hardware and Solaris software …
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 …
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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.
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 …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
With iTunes 9, Apple again disables Palm Pre sync  —  The tug of war between Apple and Palm continues, as the latest update to iTunes has once again blocked the Palm Pre from syncing with a users' iTunes library.  —  When the Palm Pre was first released, it, by default …
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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 …
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: CNET News and WebProNews
Randall Bennett / TechVi:
Sprint to launch unlimited cell-to-cell calling, regardless of network  —  UPDATE: It's official.  —  An anonymous tipster tells TechVi Sprint will be launching a calling plan which will allow customers to call any other cell phone from any other carrier for free.
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!
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: Electronista and Gizmodo
Matthew Murray / AppScout:
Adobe Announces Story Script-Development Software and Flash Access SDK  —  At the IBC trade show today, Adobe—best known for its industry-leading image-editing app Photoshop and its Creative Suite collection of products—announced two new software applications that will extend …
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Courtney Love to sue over Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero appearance  —  The widow of the late Nirvana frontman has described his depiction in the video game as a ‘travesty’  —  Courtney Love plans to take legal action over the representation of her late husband in Guitar Hero 5.
Discussion: Music Ally, VG247 and Kotaku
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Google plans new mirror for cheaper solar power  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is disappointed with the lack of breakthrough investment ideas in the green technology sector but the company is working to develop its own new mirror technology …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo Ex-President Returns to Harvard  —  Former Yahoo President Susan Decker is going back to school. … Harvard Business School, that is, according to an HBS press release.  —  The notice describes Decker, who left Yahoo earlier this year when she was passed over for the CEO spot, as a new “Entrepreneur in Residence.”
Discussion: hbs.edu, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Did Bartz Cash Out Of Yahoo?  Not Really  —  There has been much made of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's sale of company stock over the past 9 months, but if you look at it pragmatically she has only sold a very small portion of her Yahoo stock.  —  When she took on the job she was granted 5 million shares, according to Web Guild.
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 and Switched
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Listening to Radio on the Web?  That's So Last Year  —  The next generation of radio listeners might not remember the olden days of scrolling through stations by turning a knob on a car or home stereo.  Instead, the radio they listen to could very well be on their mobile phones.
Discussion: Download Squad and Pandora
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
 
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Journalism Online's charging clients a 20% commission
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Discussion: Screenwerk
Steven Kim / Engadget:
Samsung's LN65B650 LCD takes a 65-inch bite out of CEDIA, no LEDs harmed
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and Ubergizmo
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Webware.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian / YouTube Blog:
Coming soon: Finding your friends on YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Softpedia News, T3.com News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Facebook and StudiVZ end legal dispute
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Carriers to Facebook Mobile: Get on a Data Diet
Discussion: Phone Arena
Ben Leach / Telegraph:
Blur and Radiohead join forces to battle Government over proposed piracy laws
Discussion: BBC
Jacqueline Marino / Newspay:
Salon CEO Richard Gingras: ‘It Was a Mistake to Think of Ourselves As a Magazine’
Discussion: paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Experimental Desktop Notifications App For Mac Is Very, Very Slick
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:thinkmantra