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11:35 AM ET, September 12, 2009

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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.
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: p2pnet
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: Beyond Search
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
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.
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 about.  Enter a handful of promotional videos care of Buy TV to fill in some pieces.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Spotify reverts to inviteonly signup
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Foursquare's New iPhone App Ups The Social Ante
Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Five Ways YouTube Could Land You in Jail
 Earlier Items: 
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Motorola CLIQ: A Lesson on How Not to Launch a Product
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook Lite is a Black Hole for Brands
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon and the chopping block
Thanks:johnhcook
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Twitter expands rules to allow advertising
Discussion: DailyTech, DailyFinance and Gawker