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1:15 PM ET, September 12, 2009

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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.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and p2pnet
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Sprint CEO on Pre vs iPhone: “It's like comparing someone to Michael Jordan”  —  Charlie Rose asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about how the Palm Pre is doing against the Apple iPhone.  The bottom line: Well, but not too well.  It almost feels like he's admitting defeat from the start.
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):
Discussion: Techgeist and Beyond Search
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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
10 TechCrunch50 grads: Where are they now?  —  Tech blog TechCrunch is hosting the third iteration of its annual startup show next week, where 50 brand new sites and services are slated to be launched.  The show was started in early-2007 by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and entrepreneur …
Discussion: digg.com
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD promotional videos offer brief glimpse at 3D gaming  —  Zune HD may really be just around the corner — this Tuesday, in fact — but there's still a few things we don't know about.  Enter a handful of promotional videos care of Buy TV to fill in some pieces.
Adrian Humphreys / National Post:
Google ordered to ID authors of emails to York University  —  Christian Hartmann/Reuters An employee answers phone calls at a Google office  —  TORONTO — York University has won court orders requiring Google Inc. and Canada's two largest telecommunications companies to reveal the identities …
Discussion: p2pnet and Beyond Search
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Chinese EBay Rival Aims for 1 Billion Global Users  —  The company known as “China's eBay” will aim for expansion abroad in the long term, but first it wants more foreign products sold on its platform in China, it said Saturday.  —  Taobao.com, a booming auction and retail site …
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 …
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.
Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Why the DOJ wants more on Yahoo search deal  —  The long road toward Microsoft and Yahoo's search deal could be set to get a little longer, or fall off a cliff.  —  Both companies have long expected the U.S. Department of Justice to scrutinize the deal to install Microsoft …
Discussion: internetnews.com and CNET News
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.
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Support for versions 6.0 - 7.5 ends September 30th  —  A couple of months ago, we told you that we would be retiring Yahoo! Messenger versions 6.0 through 7.5 this Fall.  The date for retirement has been set for September 30, 2009.  —  This means that if you are currently using a version of Yahoo! …
Discussion: Softpedia News and WebProNews
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.
 
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Anil Mundra / GlobalPost:
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Skype Deal Drama Gets Joost-ier
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
Wall Street Journal Achieves Ad Placement Fail
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gawker
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
China's Alibaba To Invade U.S.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AIM Brings Your Lifestream To The iPhone
Discussion: Lifestream Blog
Mike Markson / Brainstorm Tech:
Eight hard truths about online media
Discussion: Daily Patricia
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Got That New iPod Nano? You Might Risk Arrest In Massachusetts
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Five Ways YouTube Could Land You in Jail
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook Lite is a Black Hole for Brands
Discussion: Technologizer and PC World