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11:20 AM ET, September 11, 2009

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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Rule No. 1: Hide the iPhone from Ballmer at the Microsoft meeting  —  By all accounts, Microsoft's private company meeting at Seattle's Safeco Field today was a hit — with a preview of a “Bing 2.0” overhaul, executives demonstrating Project Natal, the unveiling of the first Windows 7 television commercial …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part LXII: Steve Ballmer publicly ridicules Microsoft employee with iPhone, threatens to smash it  —  Not every man was born with common sense.  And anyone who's ever seen Steve Ballmer take a stage knows that you don't want to get in the way of the emotionally-charged big man when the curtain opens.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Did Steve Jobs lie to the NY Times?  —  Jobs.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  When David Pogue, the New York Times' chief technology columnist, sat down with Steve Jobs after his “It's only rock and roll” keynote Wednesday, Pogue's first question was the one, as he put it, the “blogosphere's been buzzing about” …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter's New Terms of Service  —  At the start, critics often said, “Twitter is fun, but it's not useful.”  At one point @ev responded dryly with, “Neither is ice cream.”  Things have come a long way in a short time.  We recognized potential early but users and platform developers would demonstrate how much more Twitter could be.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Twitter Gives Spam Apps a Thumbs Down, Ads a “Maybe”
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lite Goes Live to Capitalize on International Growth — and Simplicity  —  Facebook has just launched a new version of the site, called Lite, to give users a simplified, faster-loading experience than the traditional www.facebook.com.  It's intended to help new users …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kickin' It Old School: Facebook Lite Launches In The U.S. And India  —  Well here it is.  Just as we first discovered a few weeks ago, Facebook Lite has just been released for U.S. users to test out.  Simply put, the site is SO much cleaner than Facebook regular, and much, much nicer to look at.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yeah Ok, So Facebook Punk'd Us  —  So we've had our fun with Facebook over the years (Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages, Republican PR Director Calls Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg “totally full of sh*t”, Randi Threatens a Bar Bouncer).
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
It's official: no plans to sell Zune HD outside the US  —  Microsoft has confirmed that it currently has no plans to bring the Zune HD outside of the US.  —  Recent whispers across the blogosphere that Microsoft currently has no plans to launch the Zune HD in France prompted us to prod Redmond impatiently for more information.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Cliq builds on iPhone idea, pushes away from smart"phone" category  —  Take a look at the picture to the right.  It's the just-announced Motorola Cliq, powered by Google Android and T-Mobile and scheduled to be released in time for the holiday season.  Do you see that little green button down on the lower right corner of the screen?
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola CLIQ listed for free on contract at T-Mobile, $400 straight-up
Discussion: eWeek, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Motorola Media Center:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR
Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
Apple fixes Flash snafu in Snow Leopard and 33 bugs in Leopard  —  Mac users get their third and fourth security updates this week, and Safari may be next, says researcher  —  Less than two weeks after Apple launched Snow Leopard, the company today issued the new operating system's first security update.
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Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update
Gordon Brown / Number10.gov.uk:
Treatment of Alan Turing was “appalling” - PM  —  The Prime Minister has released a statement on the Second World War code-breaker, Alan Turing, recognising the “appalling” way he was treated for being gay.  —  Alan Turing, a mathematician most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes …
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
iPhone OS 3.1 now enforces Exchange encryption policy, may block pre-3GS iPhones  —  The Apple Support forums are a'buzz with reports of several users upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1 and discovering a new “feature” which was not available previously.  As mentioned in our comments, after upgrading to 3.1 …
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
The Founders Visa Movement  —  In April, Paul Graham wrote an inspired post titled The Founder Visa.  In it he proposed the idea of creating a US Visa for founders of startup companies - 10,000 / year for founders of companies that are started in the US.  There was some chatter around this at the time …
Tom Occhino / Facebook Blog:
Tag Friends in Your Status and Posts  —  One of the most popular features on Facebook is tagging, which gives you the ability to identify and reference people in photos, videos and notes.  Today, we are adding a new way to tag people and other things you're connected to on Facebook …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Job Boards Are So Over.  TalentSeekr Targets And Recruits Through Ads Instead.  —  Even though unemployment is at the highest levels in a decade, companies are still finding it difficult to find the best qualified candidates to fill the positions that are available.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Run a Free BitTorrent Tracker on Google  —  In their defense, operators of BitTorrent sites often argue that they do nothing more than Google does.  They offer a search platform for people to find content on the web, specifically torrent files.  To a certain extent they are right …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RealNetworks: iPhone App Won't Help, J.P. Morgan Says (Updated)  —  J.P. Morgan analyst Vasily Karasyov this morning cut his rating on RealNetworks (RNWK) to Underweight from Neutral, asserting that there isn't much upside potential for the company from the newly approved Rhapsody software for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Third-party Google Voice client hits the webOS App Catalog  —  It looks like it isn't just bluster from Palm when it comes to thinking differently about its app approval policy.  Besides taking a pretty healthy stance on applications that deviate from its current standards …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft's Windows 7 ad campaign kicks off  —  With the launch of Windows 7 still nearly six weeks away, Microsoft has kicked off it's marketing campaign.  —  Here's the ad:  —  So, what do you think?
Discussion: Download Squad
Lon S. Cohen / Mashable!:
5 Ways Banks Are Using Social Media  —  Lon S. Cohen is a writer and Director of Communications at @ALSofGNY.  He is @obilon on Twitter.  —  Many banks have started using social websites to help them with everything from healing the financial industry to promoting their latest credit cards.
Business Week:
Oracle Has Customers Over a Barrel  —  As CEO Ellison tries to extend the company's reach into hardware, more corporate clients fret about its high prices and tough tactics  —  Over the past four years, Oracle (ORCL) Chief Executive Lawrence J. Ellison has been on an acquisition binge …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Sitelinks Now In Snippets  —  The iCrossing blog noticed Google is trying displaying anchor based links directly in the Google search engine snippets (site descriptions).  For example, a search for [pension contributions] returns a Wikipedia result with a link directly in the snippet.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Kills Extras (and Its Developer Ecosystem)  —  Skype's new owners should be aware of one small thing: They are paying $2 billion for a company that, despite having more than 400 million subscribers, doesn't know how to leverage that platform.  Why?  Because it doesn't understand developers.
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bartz: You Better Believe I Would Have Taken Microsoft's $33  —  If Carol Bartz were Yahoo's CEO when Microsoft was offering $33-$34 per share for the company last year, would she have taken the deal that Jerry Yang shot down?  —  “Well, sure.  You think I'm stupid?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Real Problem With The Google Book Settlement Isn't The Settlement, But Copyright Law Itself  —  In Congressional hearings on Thursday about the Google book settlement, most of the news reports focused on two particular things: (1) the fact that Marybeth Peters, head of the US Copyright Office …
 
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