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4:55 PM ET, September 11, 2009

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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 …
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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” …
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.
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.
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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Antoine Bertout / Skype Developer Zone Blog:
The future of Skype Extras
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.
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: DailyTech, DailyFinance and Gawker
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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: NewTeeVee and Download Squad
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 Pogue / New York Times:
Apple's New Nano: Now The World's Smallest Camcorder  —  Every year at about this time, Apple hosts an auditorium full of reporters and reviewers in California to unveil the new holiday season's iPod/iTunes line—and yesterday was it.  —  There were lots of refinements to the free iTunes software …
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.
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).
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
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.
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
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon and the chopping block  —  Amazon.com is known for developing Kindles, not kitchen implements.  That's why I was a bit surprised to find that Amazon recently patented the design for a chopping block.  That's right — a chopping block.  Amazon is known for selling cooking gadgets, not inventing them.
Thanks:johnhcook
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.
 
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
China to begin reviewing all song lyrics for ‘inappropriate’ content
Discussion: china.globaltimes.cn
Bloomberg:
Media Debt Sales of $18.3 Billion Show Financing Is Available for Mergers
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
New Details on Factery's Funding & Product
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and paidContent, Thanks:furrier
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mike Volpi Out As Joost Chairman
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Wins Ruling That Overturns $358 Million Alcatel-Lucent Award
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Radio Rejoices as IPod Nano Gets FM Tuner
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple working on iPhone theft prevention technology
Discussion: iLounge, O'Grady's PowerPage and MacNN, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Business Week:
Oracle Has Customers Over a Barrel
Discussion: Zoho Blogs