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4:00 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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
China's Alibaba To Invade U.S.  —  Chinese firm Alibaba will launch a US B2B e-commerce platform in the US by the end of the year, CEO Jack Ma said at a business conference yesterday.  —  That means new competition for Amazon (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), and Walmart (WMT), which make a significant amount of money from third-party sales.
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” …
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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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
iPhone Developers See Sales Slump After App Store Changes
Discussion: Mashable!, GigaOM and Macsimum News
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Facebook Bans LimeWire's Share Feature
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Bloomberg:
Media Debt Sales of $18.3 Billion Show Financing Is Available for Mergers
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon and the chopping block
Thanks:johnhcook
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
INQ to Make Android Phones
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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