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6:50 PM ET, September 11, 2009

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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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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Motorola CLIQ: A Lesson on How Not to Launch a Product  —  This poorly executed product introduction sends Motorola's new android phone and MotoBlur interface stumbling out of the gate.  —  Post a  —  Yesterday, at the GigaOm Mobilize conference, someone asked me what I thought about the new Motorola CLIQ with MotoBlur.
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Is this Apple's e-book trojan horse?  —  Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem is a comic book - the first standalone print publication for sale in Apple's iTunes LP format.  —  Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem is the first digital book for sale on iTunes 9 - perhaps an early sign of Apple's (AAPL) desire to take on Amazon's …
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook Lite is a Black Hole for Brands  —  Many of the Tools Marketers Use Aren't Present  —  Facebook Lite is a new streamlined version designed for people with slow internet connections.  There's no chat and no applications.  It's designed to give users quick access to their News Feed, inbox, and events.
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Nokia Acquires San Francisco “Microsocial Networking” Start-Up, Plum  —  Nokia is set to announce today that it has acquired Plum Ventures, the San Francisco “microsocial networking” start-up, for an undisclosed amount, sources said.  —  UPDATE: Nokia confirmed the purchase, but gave few details in a press release.
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Third-Generation iPod Touch Teardown Reveals 802.11n-Capable Wi-Fi Chip, Empty Space for Camera  —  iFixit has managed to get its hands on a 32 GB third-generation iPod touch and is in the process of tearing apart the device to get a look at the internals.  While the new iPod touch is similar …
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 and Beyond Search
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Rule No. 1: Hide the iPhone from Ballmer at the Microsoft meeting
Dan Moren / Macworld:
MobileMe adds iPhone, Snow Leopard features  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  In the past week, Apple's brought the new shiny to iTunes 9, Snow Leopard, and its iPod line.  But the update train doesn't stop there.  On the sly, the company also beefed up some of the features for its MobileMe online service.
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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Foursquare's New iPhone App Ups The Social Ante  —  While Foursquare's apps on other platforms (Android, BlackBerry, and WinMo) have been garnering most of the buzz recently, the company remains firmly committed to the only app it developer entirely in-house: It's iPhone app.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Got That New iPod Nano?  You Might Risk Arrest In Massachusetts  —  You may have heard that the new iPod Nano that was just released happens to include a voice recorder among other new features.  But if you get one, you might want to be careful how you use it — especially in certain states, such as Massachusetts.
Discussion: Washington Post
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple's New Nano: Now The World's Smallest Camcorder
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 …
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.
Discussion: Open The Dialogue
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Five Ways YouTube Could Land You in Jail  —  Cyrus Yazdani, the Los Angeles tagger made famous through a YouTube video, has cashed in his viral stardom — for a four-year prison sentence.  He's hardly the first delinquent done in by a Web video.  —  People have viewed more than 500,000 …
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.
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Twitter expands rules to allow advertising  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging site now seeking ways to make money, expanded its terms for users on Thursday to allow advertisers to reach the Internet site's more than 45 million monthly visitors.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
iPhone Developers See Sales Slump After App Store Changes  —  iTunes 9 has reorganized the App Store and developers are welcoming some changes while complaining about others.  —  The changes Apple made to its App Store through the release of iTunes 9 are being met with a mixture of gratitude and worry by iPhone developers.
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: eWeek, Softpedia News and digg.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Bans LimeWire's Share Feature  —  LimeWire is by far the most used filesharing application, with a market share of approximately 35%.  The client recently updated its BitTorrent support and added the option to share files with friends on Facebook, a feature that thousands of users reviewed positively.
Discussion: Download Squad and NewTeeVee
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 …
Symantec:
Google Groups Trojan  —  Maintaining a reliable command and control (C&C) structure is a priority for back door Trojan writers.  Recent developments have included the utilization of Web 2.0 social networking websites to deliver commands.  By integrating C&C messages into valid communications …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod touch 3.0 update now only $4.95  —  This one slipped through the cracks last night but for those of you mulling a 3.0 update to your iPod touches, the already low $9.95 price just got cut in half to $4.95.  The update, which will take your Touch to 3.1, is recommended by Apple and will give …
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?
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.
 
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Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
China to begin reviewing all song lyrics for ‘inappropriate’ content
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD, but only to Premier …
Discussion: IntoMobile, I4U News and Gizmodo
Michael Andersen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WordPress, Twitter, the Elks Club: 10 new routines at a news startup
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RealNetworks: iPhone App Won't Help, J.P. Morgan Says (Updated)
Business Week:
Oracle Has Customers Over a Barrel
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Job Boards Are So Over.  TalentSeekr Targets And Recruits Through Ads Instead.