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1:35 PM ET, September 11, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Did Steve Jobs spin 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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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Jobs says Apple won't move into e-books - but why trust him?  —  Steve Jobs says e-books aren't worth the trouble - but should we believe him?  The Apple boss has a track record that suggests it's worth being sceptical  —  At the close of Wednesday's iPod announcement …
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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Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Twitter expands rules to allow advertising
Discussion: DailyFinance and Gawker
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.
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Antoine Bertout / Skype Developer Zone Blog:
The future of Skype Extras
Discussion: The Download Blog and Mashable!
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
Drewmccormack / MacResearch:
Grand Central Now Open to All  —  Apple today made the source code of Grand Central Dispatch available under an Apache open source license.  One of the new technologies for concurrency added to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Grand Central is Apple's attempt to help developers deal with the rise of multi-core.
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.
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).
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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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Progress & … and Growthology, Thanks:billshander
Bloomberg:
Microsoft-Yahoo Web Search Deal Faces In-Depth Justice Department Review  —  Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. have been asked by the U.S. Justice Department for more details on a proposed Internet-search partnership, expanding the agency's review of the agreement.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Nokia Acquires San Francisco “Microsocial Networking” Start-Up, Plum  —  Nokia is set to announce today that it has acquired Plum, the San Francisco “microsocial networking” start-up, for an undisclosed amount, sources said.  —  The small company, which was founded several years ago …
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?
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 and digg.com
Michael Andersen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WordPress, Twitter, the Elks Club: 10 new routines at a news startup  —  This is what a profitable post-paper newsroom looks like:  —  And this is what it feels like: 15 hours a day, seven days a week, from the 7 a.m. check-in with your spouse-turned-business-partner to the midnight bookkeeping.
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.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD, but only to Premier customers and possibly by mistake  —  Granted this isn't typically how we learn of new handsets from Sprint, but anyone still not convinced that Sprint is indeed preparing to launch a new variant of the Instinct can now rest easy.
Discussion: IntoMobile, I4U News and Gizmodo
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Wins Ruling That Overturns $358 Million Alcatel-Lucent Award  —  Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, won an appeals court ruling that overturns a $358 million patent award won by Alcatel-Lucent SA in a decision that may alter how damages are calculated.
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Last.fm To Take Over CBS HD Broadcast Stations In Four Markets  —  While most radio stations are looking for ways to expand their online presence, CBS Interactive Music Group is doing the opposite with social music site Last.fm. by giving the brand an all new station to be broadcast on the company's HD multicast stations.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Music Ally
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
SpinVox For Sale, Investor Says, As It Kisses Its Cash Goodbye  —  UK investment manager Invesco Perpetual AiM VCT, which owns a minority stake in troubled voice-to-text firm SpinVox, appears, in its 08/09 earnings, to have inadvertently confirmed rumours that paidContent:UK had received recently …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mike Volpi Out As Joost Chairman  —  Mike Volpi is no longer chairman of Joost, we have confirmed with the company.  —  Volpi resigned as Joost's CEO in June, becoming chairman.  —  He is a partner at Index Ventures — the VC firm behind Joost — which just teamed up to buy Skype from eBay.
 
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Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
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