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8:55 PM ET, September 13, 2009


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Laura Northrup / Consumerist:
MMS For iPhone Rollout Begins, 2 Weeks Early  —  Reports are showing up online that AT&T is beginning a slow rollout of official MMS functionality to seemingly random iPhone users, from Manhattan to Idaho.  The official start date is September 25, but it makes sense that the company …
Ran / Omgili blog:
Near-Real-time search on Google  —  Did you ever want to know what's happening on the internet in real-time?  Yes you say, I use Twitter!  Well good for you, I guess I can't teach you anything new since you already know everything... So go on and don't read the rest of the post because you are so smart and successful...
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Home Delivery: The New York Times Serves Up Some Malware  —  Here's a front page story the New York Times (NYT) would rather not be running: The paper is warning readers to be aware of bogus ads running on its Web site.  —  The paper says “some readers” have seen unauthorized pop …
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Opera: What's next?  A whole bunch of ‘shiny’  —  Opera Software, makers of the popular Opera Mini 4.2 mobile web browser, are cooking up something really big in their R&D kitchens.  Opera's browser technology is already good enough to get bundled on new smartphones like the HTC Touch Diamond2, but things are about to get even better.
Discussion: Download Squad and everwas
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Dirt cheap: Techdirt bets on ‘free’ business models  —  Heaping criticism and scorn on media companies has worked well for Mike Masnick, operator of the popular blog Techdirt.  —  Masnick is the firey commentator who blasts copyright owners and anyone else he believes has failed to accept …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web Blog:
iPhone usage on Flickr falls dramatically - What's happening?  —  Only three weeks ago the iPhone was on course to become the most popular camera on Flickr.  It had been just below the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi for several weeks but now iPhone usage on Flickr, as measured by Flickr's own data, has started to fall off dramatically.
Sean Power / Watching Websites:
An Open Letter To All TechCrunch50 2009 Startups: The TC “Bump”, What It Really Means & How To Navigate It  —  Disclaimer 1: All site-related data found in this post comes from  The company was kind enough to give us a “pro account” to help us research the O'Reilly book …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Pondering “Email Conservation” After Hitting Gmail's Storage Limit  —  Back in April, I became one of the rare people to run out of Gmail space.  Due to a glitch with Google, I was also unable to purchase more space for several weeks.  As a result, I became hyperaware of how much email space gets eaten up each day routinely.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Set to Unveil Massive New Marketing Campaign at Advertising Week, Declaring Size Does Matter  —  Yahoo is set to unveil a major marketing campaign to reset advertiser and consumer perception of the long-troubled company during Advertising Week in New York, which starts a week from tomorrow.
Discussion: paidContent
TMobile owner eyes multibillion dollar bid for Sprint  —  Deutsche Telekom has called in banking advisers to study a possible multi-billion dollar bid for Sprint Nextel, the third-largest mobile phone operator in the US.  —  The company's decision to call in Deutsche Bank comes hot on the heels …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Settles Mob Wars Litigation As It Settles In To Playdom Fight  —  Social game startup Zynga sure does get into a lot of legal fights.  Just as they settle down to business with the Playdom you-stole-our-playbook fight, we've confirmed that they settled a different lawsuit - one where they were playing defense.
Discussion: Pulse2
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar  —  Sean Conway was steamed at a Fort Lauderdale judge, so he did what millions of angry people do these days: he blogged about her, saying she was an “Evil, Unfair Witch.”  —  But Mr. Conway is a lawyer.
Discussion: Daily News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hands-On: iPod Nano vs. Flip SD  —  We were intrigued and excited about the addition of a video camera to the iPod nano this week.  Apple threw the gauntlet down against the Flip in the battle to get stupidly simple video cameras into the hands of consumers.  But how do the two compare when used literally side-by-side?
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Review: Apple's fifth-generation iPod nano (2009)
Discussion: PC World
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Richard Tyler / Telegraph:
DFJ Esprit buys telecoms and technology portfolio from 3i
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Google and newspapers: the false choice of opting out
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Forrester Plan For ‘Saving’ The Music Industry: Annoying Windowed Releases?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Linux webserver botnet pushes malware
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Hard To Believe But Motorola Is Now A Software Company
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What's Yahoo's “Plan B” For Search?
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
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Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What information is “personally identifiable”?