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5:55 PM ET, September 13, 2009

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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 compete.com.  The company was kind enough to give us a “pro account” to help us research the O'Reilly book …
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.
Thanks:zee
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
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 …
Boy Genius Report:
Yep, Motorola CLIQ definitely launching in October to T-Mobile  —  Thanks to one of our top ninjas, we've been able to score this shot of an internal T-Mobile PowerPoint clearly showing the Motorola CLIQ release date listed as October which further supports our previous story about a mid-October launch.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Hard To Believe But Motorola Is Now A Software Company
Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How the Cliq May Make Handset Makers Uncomfortable
Discussion: PC World and I4U News, Thanks:atul
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Windows 7 upgrade can take nearly a day (Updated)  —  While developing Windows 7, Microsoft ran many different performance tests to make sure the operating system was an improvement over its predecessors.  One of the tests focused on upgrade performance: Microsoft wanted to make sure …
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?
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Review: Apple's fifth-generation iPod nano (2009)
Discussion: PC World
Chris / cdixon.org:
Google and newspapers: the false choice of opting out  —  First let me say I love Google.  I think Google created one of the greatest inventions of the past century and continues to give back much more value to the world than they “capture” in revenue.  —  Secondly, I think Google itself …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Geoff Fox / AppScout:
Who Do You Trust?  Is Any Website Safe?  —  We've all heard stories of sketchy websites acting as the conduit to bring ‘evilware’ to your computer.  Of course you don't go to those sketchy sites, do you?  —  Guess again.  Here's a cautionary tale from the New York Times.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Linux webserver botnet pushes malware  —  Attack of the open source zombies  —  A security researcher has discovered a cluster of infected Linux servers that have been corralled into a special ops botnet of sorts and used to distribute malware to unwitting people browsing the web.
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What's Yahoo's “Plan B” For Search?  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo search deal isn't a forgone conclusion.  In fact, news out yesterday suggests the companies may face serious regulatory hurdles.  Potentially, it won't be allowed.  That leaves me wondering.  What's Yahoo's Plan B?
Discussion: Screenwerk and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
 
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