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5:10 AM ET, September 11, 2009

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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kickin' It Old School: Facebook Lite Launches In The U.S. And India  —  Well here it is.  Just as we first discovered a few weeks ago, Facebook Lite has just been released for U.S. users to test out.  Simply put, the site is SO much cleaner than Facebook regular, and much, much nicer to look at.
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 …
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft and CloudAve
Tom Occhino / Facebook Blog:
Tag Friends in Your Status and Posts  —  One of the most popular features on Facebook is tagging, which gives you the ability to identify and reference people in photos, videos and notes.  Today, we are adding a new way to tag people and other things you're connected to on Facebook …
Motorola Media Center:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR  —  First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage  —  T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola …
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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.
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  Mac OS X v10.6.1 Update  —  This update is recommended for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard users and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  —  For detailed information about the security content …
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Aron Trimble / TUAW:
iPhone OS 3.1 now enforces Exchange encryption policy, may block pre-3GS iPhones  —  The Apple Support forums are a'buzz with reports of several users upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1 and discovering a new “feature” which was not available previously.  As mentioned in our comments, after upgrading to 3.1 …
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David Recordon / Facebook Developers:
Tornado: Facebook's Real-Time Web Framework for Python  —  Real-time updates have become an important aspect of the social Web that make it easier to share with friends.  In March, we introduced a real-time News Feed to make the stream as relevant and engaging as possible for users.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft founds, funds a new open-source foundation  —  A new, non-profit open-source foundation — one dedicated to increasing the participation of commercial-source vendors in the open-source world — is being unveiled on September 10.  Microsoft is providing the initial funding …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Bing 2.0: Coming this fall (maybe even next week)  —  If the Tweets coming out of Microsoft's annual company meeting are on point, the 2.0 release of Microsoft's Bing search engine is coming this fall, and possibly as soon as next week.  —  Today, September 10 …
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).
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bartz: You Better Believe I Would Have Taken Microsoft's $33  —  If Carol Bartz were Yahoo's CEO when Microsoft was offering $33-$34 per share for the company last year, would she have taken the deal that Jerry Yang shot down?  —  “Well, sure.  You think I'm stupid?
Discussion: Computerworld, NBC Bay Area 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.
iFixit:
iPod nano 5th Generation Teardown  —  We've got our hands on the new iPod nano 5G, now with a video camera!  Thanks to FedEx, we got our nano early on the morning of September 10, 2009.  — Step 1 — Teardown — Apple's got a routine going with the nano.  Never fail, come September, we get a new one.
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM's New Image Recognition-Based Search  —  We've all seen photos of ourselves in locations we can't quite remember.  Often they're from exotic travels or from days long past.  Regardless of the reason for your memory loss, IBM is working on a tool that can help.
Discussion: ITworld.com and eWeek
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPod touch with camera remains in Apple's pipeline  —  A rare misstep on Apple's part saw the world's tech darling surprise in an unusual way Wednesday, leaving onlookers scratching their heads at changes — or lack thereof — to certain members of the iPod family.
BBC:
PM apology after Turing petition  —  Gordon Brown has released a statement on World War II code breaker Alan Turing, recognising the “appalling” way he was treated for being gay.  —  It follows a petition on the Downing Street website calling for a posthumous apology to the computer pioneer.
Discussion: Number10.gov.uk and Gizmodo
Drew / blog.return7.com:
What Happens When Apple Features Your App?  —  BillMinder is our most popular application.  It has been in the Top 20 Paid Finance apps since it's release over a year ago.  We recently made a lot of changes to BillMinder and got some unexpected but appreciated help from Apple, <3.
Directions on Microsoft:
5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard (and Likely to Remain that Way)  —  Organizations are finding it more challenging than ever to determine which Microsoft licenses to buy, how to buy them, and how to withstand an audit.  Constantly changing rules, numerous exceptions, expanding choices …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, eWeek and InfoWorld
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
South Carolina's Joe Wilson Faces The Wrath Of The Web  —  It seems just about everyone on the web is talking about Joe Wilson, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina (yes, our favorite state) who accosted President Obama during his speech to Congress yesterday.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lets You Filter Friends By City  —  Facebook has quietly introduced a way for you to find friends in particular cities.  It's a new version of a feature it had removed when it deprecated the “networks” part of user profiles a few months ago.  —  Within the Friends page on the site …
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
T3.com News:
Spotify reverts back to invite-only system due to popularity  —  Spotify has had a week of success, thanks to its Music app launching on both the Apple App Store, and Android Marketplace.  But they've had such a huge interest in their service since Monday they've had to revert back to being a snooty invite-only service.
Discussion: Music Ally, Spotify and Pocket-lint.com
 
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft-Yahoo Web Search Deal Faces In-Depth Justice Department Review
Discussion: BoomTown
MacNN:
Apple patent filing details acceleration-based theft alarms
Discussion: AppleInsider
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile CTO: Our Subscribers Text The Most Worldwide; Aggressive 3G Upgrades Coming
Discussion: TmoNews and Between the Lines
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API
Discussion: Box.net Blog, Macworld and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
Amir Khan and Frank Warren launch legal bid to force Facebook …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Adult Films Push For Presence on Gaming Consoles
Discussion: GameLife, Pocket-lint.com and Gizmodo
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Planned Payment Service Will Flop
Owen Thomas / NBC Bay Area:
Time Inc.: Time for a New E-Reader  —  Magazine giant considering …
Discussion: Gawker, MediaMemo and Gizmodo, Thanks:owenthomas