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6:20 PM ET, September 14, 2009

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Bing / Search Blog:
Visual Search - Why type when you can see it?  —  How many times have you seen a movie trailer and forgotten the name of it the next day?  You go online to search for it but you can't seem to find the movie with “what's-his-name” in it anywhere but you can picture the actor in your head.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Microsoft launches Bing ‘Visual Search’  —  You see that headline?  “Visual Search” is in quotation marks because Monday's announcement at the TechCrunch 50 conference about Bing's new search feature is a bit of a canard.  —  What Microsoft is launching is very cool, mind you.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Intuit To Acquire (Former TechCrunch50 Winner) Mint For $170 Million  —  Intuit will acquire the free online personal finance service Mint, we've confirmed from a source close to the deal, for around $170 million.  Silicon Alley Insider first reported a rumor on this.  The deal should be announced in the next few days.
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Brian Fitzpatrick / Google Public Policy Blog:
Introducing DataLiberation.org: Liberate your data!  —  Imagine you want to move out of your apartment.  When you ask your landlord about the terms of your previous lease, he says that you are free to leave at any time; however, you cannot take all of your things with you - not your photos, your keepsakes, or your clothing.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Drops 40GB Apple TV and Discounts 160GB Model to $229  —  Apple has quietly discontinued the 40GB Apple TV overnight and reduced the price of the 160GB model down to $229.  Previously, the 40GB and 160GB models were priced at $229 and $329, respectively.  —  Now Apple is offering only a single 160GB model at $229.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's TuneKit iTunes LP format appears aimed at Apple TV  —  The iTunes LP album and iTunes Extras movie-enriching bonus material bundles Apple introduced as a new feature of iTunes 9 are built using a new TuneKit JavaScript framework and appear aimed to deliver new big screen content to Apple TV.
Troy / Inputs & Outputs:
Anatomy of a Malware Ad on NYTimes.com  —  On Saturday evening, Avast displayed a malware warning as I loaded a nytimes.com article.  After some digging, here's the malware I found.  —  Ad Delivery  —  nytimes.com article pages include an ad placement with the HTML DOM ID adxBigAd.
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Times Site Was Victim of a Malicious Ad Swap
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
BusinessWeek Staffers “Freak Out” Over Error-Filled New York Times Story  —  BusinessWeek staffers are upset about “numerous errors” in an unflattering story published on the McGraw-Hill magazine in this morning's New York Times.  —  None challenge the gist of the Times's story …
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
BusinessWeek, on the Block and Ailing
Discussion: Mediaite
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Accounting rule change in Apple's favor  —  A change in accounting rules for which Apple (AAPL) — among other high-tech companies — lobbied heavily won tentative approval last Thursday.  The change could significantly affect both the company's reported earnings and its stock price.
Ian Paul / PC World:
iPhone MMS Shows Up Early  —  Some lucky iPhone owners are reporting that multimedia messaging has started working on their iPhones.  The earliest report about MMS activation came from Mediaite blogger Ash Kalb on Saturday who said select U.S. iPhone customers now have MMS support.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: Spawn Labs Is Slingbox For Video Games  —  Slingbox owners love their devices.  They allow you to watch your home television content anywhere you are in the world with an Internet connection.  A new startup, Spawn Labs, launching today at TechCrunch50 wants to extend that concept to video games.
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein on the Pre, the Pixi, and Apple's sense of taste  —  Jon Rubinstein, CEO of resurgent smartphone-maker Palm (PALM), didn't want to talk about the iPhone when I caught up with him after an event in New York City on Sunday.  “I don't focus on the competition,” he told me.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Jeff / Wolfire Blog:
Preview of WebKit's WebGL / Canvas 3D  —  Yesterday, I was updating my local checkout of WebKit and I noticed a few tests for “WebGL” scroll by (view commit).  Apparently, a big WebGL patch has quietly landed.  With a name like “WebGL”, I couldn't help but investigate.  —  What is WebGL?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
LG officially announces GW620, its first Android phone  —  Though it already broke cover at IFA out in Germany a few days ago, LG's just sealed the deal on its very first Android phone — the GW620 landscape QWERTY slider.  Interestingly, the “Etna” name seen at IFA is missing …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook support for Twitter-like mentions now live  —  Facebook is now supporting @ symbol for tagging friends in posts and status updates.  The company said last week it would move toward adopting the convention, which started on Twitter.  —  The symbol has been part of Twitter etiquette for a long time.
WMPoweruser.com:
First real pictures of HTC Leo - All rumours confirmed  —  PDA.Pl has been lucky enough to have the very first real pictures of HTC Leo (Via PDAClub.pl forums), and the device is a stonker!  Present is the massive screen, the gigahertz processor, the amazing thinness, the dual flash and even the words at the back.
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Galleries: Unleash your inner curator  —  There's a long list of features that we've wanted to develop for our members.  Giving our members a way to celebrate the creativity of their fellow members has always been high on that list.  Today, we're thrilled to launch our newest feature: galleries.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to businesses: Enough with the Windows XP already  —  Microsoft has been haunted for years by the ghost of Windows XP — the 8-year-old operating system that many big businesses still view as good enough for their purposes and far less painful than upgrading to its successor, Windows Vista.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: Clicker Wants To Be TV Guide For The Web  —  More and more television content is making its way online.  But because of different deals by various networks, it's all over the place.  Even the huge sites like Hulu, only skim the surface in showing what is out there.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
iPhone gets .Net app development  —  Novell technology lets developers use .Net and C# instead of C or Objective-C to build applications for Apple's handheld  —  Novell on Monday will offer a kit for developers to build Apple iPhone and iPod Touch business applications using Microsoft's …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
App Watch: Finding Pot With the iPhone  —  Medical marijuana, meet location-based mobile marketing. … Seeing an untapped opportunity in the growing number of legal California dispensaries and limited advertising outlets, app developer NexStudios launched iPot, an application for Apple's iPhone that lists nearby stores.
Discussion: I4U News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50: Penn & Teller Show Off Their iPhone Magic Trick  —  The magicians Penn & Teller have this card trick.  Except it's not really a card trick, it's an iPhone app.  You tell a friend that you know Penn & Teller and that they can guess cards remotely.  To prove it you ask them to name a card …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Shows Some Microsoft Love, Launches Plug-In For Outlook And Windows Mobile App  —  At the start of this year's TechCrunch50 conference, last year's TechCrunch50 winner, Yammer, is making a significant announcement about a partnership with Microsoft.  Yammer, a micro-messaging tool for enterprises …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Only 51% of pubs think pay walls will fly  —  A bare 51% of the newspaper publishers in the United States believe they can charge successfully for access to their interactive content, according to a survey released today.  The other 49% of publishers either fear that pay walls will fail or just aren't sure.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The TechCrunch50 List: the presenting startups  —  TechCrunch50, which showcases 50 yet-unlaunched startups, kicks off today.  Here's a partial list of the companies that are demoing throughout today and tomorrow.  There are a few ones that are still unreleased:  — Story Something  — Clasemovil
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Thanks:paulboutin
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Dell gives Zune HD a 15 percent discount for launch  —  Chances are if you're wanting a Zune HD on launch day, gaming capabilities in tow, you've already gotten one pre-ordered, but if you're not already financially committed elsewhere, this deal from Dell's website might sway your opinion.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: Safe Harbor applies to Veoh; UMG lawsuit eviscerated  —  Universal Music Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against Veoh Networks is all but over after a judge issued a summary judgment in favor of the user-generated video site, saying it qualified for protection under the DMCA's Safe Harbor provision.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: ToonsTunes is like GarageBand for kids
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and Techgeist
iSuppli:
Intel Microprocessor Domination Reaches Four-Year High in Second Quarter
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: Story Something creates personal stories for your children
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comScore, Inc.:
Google Dominates Internet Landscape in India and Brazil
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Bits
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized
Sharon Pian Chan / Chicago Tribune:
Microsoft interns still feel the love
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The “Good Enough” Test: Flip vs. Apple iPod Nano
Discussion: Gizmodo and PC Magazine
Zephyr Teachout / Washington Post:
A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Solid-state drives offer new savings over disks
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