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8:05 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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
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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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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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.
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
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Windows Mobile 7 not on the PDC docket  —  I (and others) have been wondering and speculating whether Microsoft might be holding its Windows Mobile 7 cards close to the vest and be planning to show, or at least talk about, Windows Mobile 7 at this year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in mid-November.
John Cox / PC World:
802.11n Wi-Fi Standard Gets IEEE's Green Light  —  Despite lack of an official announcement, task group chairman has sent out a notification to a listserv for task group members.  —  Recommends  —  The IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.
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.
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 …
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.
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 developed entirely in-house: It's iPhone app.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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?
Mike Markson / Brainstorm Tech:
Eight hard truths about online media  —  Think you can create the next Twitter or Facebook?  Good luck with that.  —  Markson: Building an online business has many offline challenges.  Photo: Blekko  —  By Mike Markson, co-founder, Blekko  —  Many a consumer looks at an “overnight sensation” …
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
StalkerCheck, I Mean FanCheck: Explosive New App Gains 5 Million Users in One Day  —  A clever new app on Facebook, called FanCheck, gained five million users on Sunday, according its creator, a company called Smile.  —  Why the growth?  The app lets you see which of your friends spend …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AIM Brings Your Lifestream To The iPhone  —  A few months ago AOL found a way to fuse AIM, its popular instant messenger client, with the broader messaging systems like Facebook and Twitter that have begun increasingly important on the web.  AIM now includes a new tab dedicated to the lifestream …
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: NewTeeVee and Download Squad
 
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