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5:45 AM ET, September 14, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.  The deal should be announced in the next few days.
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 …
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Intel exec Gelsinger leaving for EMC  —  IDG News Service - Pat Gelsinger, a top executive who has been with Intel for 30 years, is leaving the company for EMC, an EMC spokeswoman said Monday.  —  Storage vendor EMC will hire Gelsinger as president and chief operating officer …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Is Said to Plot an Executive Overhaul  —  Intel is expected to reveal a sweeping management change on Monday, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  Among other changes, the chip maker will announce that Pat Gelsinger, the senior vice president in charge of Intel's enterprise group …
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...
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 …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Is Apple too powerful?  —  The new iPod nano is a tour de force, the Swiss Army Knife of mobile entertainment.  I'm sure there's some obscure gadget from Japan that packs more features per cubic millimeter, but I've never heard of it, and chances are neither have you.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Edible Apple
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 …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
WebGL: bringing native 3D graphics to your browser  —  One of the most-anticipated features HTML5 promises for the web is the canvas tag, which allows for dynamic rendering of 2D images.  If you can use HTML to draw a 2D image, can native 3D graphics be far behind?
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 …
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.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Ad Shift Throws Blogs a Business Lifeline  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lisa Sugar began blogging about celebrity gossip in her spare time four years ago.  Now she and her husband, Brian, have a little media empire called, sensibly enough, Sugar Inc., with 12 blogs, 11 million readers a month and advertisers like Chanel and Sony.
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Discussion: Computerworld
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Joost: Volpi Was Forced Out As Chair, ‘Investigation’ Underway
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Filesharing crackdown divides UK music industry
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Not Let Silicon Valley Become Just Like Hollywood
John Schwartz / New York Times:
A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar
Discussion: Daily News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Settles Mob Wars Litigation As It Settles In To Playdom Fight
Discussion: Softpedia News
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Opera: What's next? A whole bunch of ‘shiny’
Discussion: everwas and Download Squad
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Dirt cheap: Techdirt bets on ‘free’ business models
Sean Power / Watching Websites:
An Open Letter To All TechCrunch50 2009 Startups: The TC “Bump” …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web Blog:
iPhone usage on Flickr falls dramatically - What's happening?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Set to Unveil Massive New Marketing Campaign …