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3:40 AM ET, September 15, 2009

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Krishna Bharat / The Official Google Blog:
Read news fast with Google Fast Flip  —  One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow.  A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating.  What we need instead is a way to flip through articles …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
New Google Service Allows Readers to Flip Through the News  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, long seen as an enemy by many in the news industry, is making a bold attempt to be seen as its friend with a new service it hopes will make it easier for readers to view newspaper and magazine articles.
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP ENVY 13 and 15 bring luxury to the everyman, look like MacBooks  —  There's no getting around it, so we'll just say right at the outset: HP's new ENVY 13 and 15 laptops might've been built on the “Voodoo ENVY legacy,” but they sure look a lot like Apple's unibody MacBook Pros.
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.
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.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:   Accounting rules change could end iPod touch update fee
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Gaming veteran Shane Kim to leave Microsoft  —  Shane Kim — who, last year became the Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) — is leaving the company, according to a September 15 post on Gamespot.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
New York Times Reforms Online Ad Sales After Malware Scam  —  A security breach forced The New York Times on Monday to suspend online ads that are served directly from an advertiser's website.  —  The move comes after a security loophole allowed scammers over the weekend to swap …
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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 Carr / TechCrunch:
WITTC50?:  The TechCrunch 50 Day Two Drinking Game  —  So that was day one of Techcrunch 50.  The best tech conference in the universe, that pays my wages.  —  And what did I learn today?  Today I learned that the Rocky soundtrack makes any technical hitch a million times more dramatic.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook fights Virginia's demand for user data, photos  —  The state of Virginia has backed away from its attempts to force Facebook to divulge the complete contents of a user's account to settle a dispute over workers' compensation, narrowly avoiding what promised to be a high-profile privacy battle in federal court.
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
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.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
404: Intel General Counsel Not Found  —  Pat Gelsinger isn't the only Intel veteran departing the company amid the big management restructuring announced today.  Longtime general counsel Bruce Sewell is taking his leave as well.  —  Which is interesting since Sewell has been quarterbacking Intel's …
Discussion: Intel and blogs.ft.com
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.
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Taiwan Economic News: 9.6-inch, PA Semi Apple Tablet due in February, cost $800-$1000  —  We went a few weeks without a tablet rumor - which was scary - but the Taiwan Economic News chimes in today with a bunch of parts information on Apple's forthcoming Tablet.
Discussion: CENS.com, MacRumors and Engadget
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: Udorse lets you tag your photos with product endorsements  —  Turn your Facebook album into a Wheaties box or Armani ad.  —  That's the premise behind Udorse, a new company that debuted at the TechCrunch50 trade show in San Francisco.  Udorse lets you tag personal photos with product endorsements or “Udorsements.”
Discussion: TechCrunch, AppScout and Webware.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: FluidHTML Wants To Rewrite The Web With Flash-like HTML  —  Adobe's Flash product has obviously been an integral part of the web for many years now.  But it still has a major weakness when it comes search engines and complexity.  While Adobe and others have been working on solutions …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Lenovo introduces multitouch ThinkPad X200 Tablet and T400s laptop  —  Lenovo's getting a little jump on the wave of Windows 7 machines due to hit next month with a multitouch update to the X200 convertible and a new multitouch version of the T400s.  The new X200 Tablet is pretty much what you'd expect …
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
eMarketer:
US Twitter Usage Surpasses Earlier Estimates  —  Numbers worth tweeting about  —  In 2009, there will be 18 million US adults who access Twitter on any platform at least monthly.  That represents a 200% increase over 2008 levels.  Usage will reach 26 million US adults in 2010, a further 44.4% climb.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50: DataXu Optimizes Ad Bidding, Buying Across Exchange Platforms In Real-Time  —  DataXu is a Boston-based startup founded by a couple of tech entrepreneurs and MIT alums who are committed to making waves in the online advertising landscape by debuting the first real …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Techgeist
 
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Nima Badiey / Everything TypePad:
Making Your TypePad Blog “Real Time”
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TC50: iMo turns the iPhone into a joystick for your PC games
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techgeist
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Startup Perfecto Mobile Raises $7M for Device-testing Service
Discussion: mocoNews
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Says Letters Of Intent Now Cover More 1,000 …
Discussion: DailyFinance, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50: HealthyWage Pays You To Get In Better Shape
Discussion: VentureBeat and Techgeist
Ben Grubb / SC Magazine:
ISPs asked to cut off malware-infected PCs
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Gain Dedicated iPhone Activation Areas and Staff?
Discussion: Edible Apple and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Shows Some Microsoft Love, Launches Plug-In For Outlook …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Venture Capital Dispatch:
VCs Increasingly Keeping Young Start-Ups To Themselves
Discussion: HipMojo.com
iSuppli:
Intel Microprocessor Domination Reaches Four-Year High in Second Quarter
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Only 51% of pubs think pay walls will fly
comScore, Inc.:
Google Dominates Internet Landscape in India and Brazil
Discussion: Bits and Search Engine Watch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50: Penn & Teller Show Off Their iPhone Magic Trick
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
App Watch: Finding Pot With the iPhone