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4:45 AM ET, September 12, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Steve Jobs Actually Said About eBooks  —  There's been a big brouhaha over comments Steve Jobs made to NYT's David Pogue in an interview following Apple's event on Wednesday.  Basically, most people are interpreting what Jobs said about eBook readers to mean that Apple plans to completely stay away from the market.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Skype Deal Drama Gets Joost-ier … There are growing signs of tension between some of the players behind the $2 billion deal to sell eBay's Skype to a group of investors.  —  On Friday, Joost, the U.K. Internet video company, said that by shareholder vote it had removed Michelangelo Volpi …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mike Volpi Out As Joost Chairman
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Goodbye, Gobbledygook  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — For the last 30 years, the computer industry has bragged about its achievements.  And when the industry was excited about a breakthrough, it expected — even demanded — that consumers get excited, too.  But that less-than-symbiotic relationship may be coming to an end.
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 …
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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google Economist Sees Positive Signs in Search Term Trends  —  Google chief economist Hal Varian is pretty confident the national economy is recovering, and he's not just basing that on government data.  —  He says he can tell from Americans' search habits.
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
Wall Street Journal Achieves Ad Placement Fail  —  In the September 10th edition of the Wall Street Journal, an ad promoting Halloween decor by Grandinroad.com showed two skeletons inserted next to an article entitled “Steve Jobs Returns To Center Stage At Apple”, featuring a shot of the gaunt Jobs …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gawker
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida Web sites down ahead of 9/11 anniversary  —  CAIRO — A U.S.-based group monitoring militant Web sites said Friday that jihadist forums have been experiencing technical problems on the eve of Sept. 11, finally going offline a day before the 8th anniversary of the al-Qaida attack on the U.S.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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Antoine Bertout / Skype Developer Zone Blog:
The future of Skype Extras  —  Skype has always focused on delivering products that delight our users.  For many years, the Skype Developer Program has offered a wide range of tools that allow third-party developers to create hardware and software that work with Skype.
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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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Danny Sullivan: Carol Bartz Is The Sarah Palin Of Search  —  Danny Sullivan shares an interesting theory:  —  Is Carol Bartz the Sarah Palin of search?  You be the judge!  —  Danny has a bunch of other smart things to say about Carol and search, too.  (Click through here to access the links):
Anil Mundra / GlobalPost:
Argentina's wired city  —  Buenos Aires has become a destination for IT companies, a place with Wi-Fi on every corner.  —  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In Jorge Luis Borges' “The Aleph” — arguably the Argentine Nobel laureate's most celebrated work of fiction — the author imagines a Buenos Aires basement …
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” …
Discussion: Daily Patricia
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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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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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Five Ways YouTube Could Land You in Jail
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Facebook Bans LimeWire's Share Feature
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Download Squad
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
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon and the chopping block
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