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2:35 PM ET, September 15, 2009

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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Zune HD to get Twitter, Facebook as Microsoft abandons ‘squirting’  —  One of Microsoft's big bets when it decided to challenge Apple's iPod in 2006 was a feature known as Zune-to-Zune wireless sharing — or “squirting,” as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer dubbed it.
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft launches Zune, clarifies what's up with apps, raps iPod  —  Microsoft's third and perhaps best Zune effort goes on sale today, taking on the new generation of camera and app-equipped Apple iPods with a relatively pure music and video player.  —  This time the emphasis …
Grahm Skee / Anything But iPod:
Zune HD Disassembly
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
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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Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Fast Flip for Android and iPhone
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Fresh Apple tablet rumors: February launch.  $800-$1,000.  AT&T, not Verizon  —  The iPod event is behind us.  Apple TV did its thing on Monday.  No new MacBooks loom on the horizon.  So it's time for Apple (AAPL) watchers to talk once again about the tablet computer that is said to be the focus of Steve Jobs' laser-like attention.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Voice chat coming to Facebook  —  The new Vivox voice chat system for Facebook will allow any user to start a conversation with anyone on their friends list.  The service will also be available to third-party developers who want to integrate voice into their applications.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Times Web Ads Show Security Breach  —  OVER the weekend, some visitors to the Web site of The New York Times received a nasty surprise.  An unknown person or group sneaked a rogue advertisement onto the site's pages.  —  The malicious ad took over the browsers of many people visiting the site …
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The Top Cyber Security Risks  —  Two risks dwarf all others, but organizations fail to mitigate them … Executive Summary  —  Priority One: Client-side software that remains unpatched.  —  Waves of targeted email attacks, often called spear phishing, are exploiting client-side vulnerabilities …
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Massive Study of Net Vulnerabilities: They're Not Where You Think They Are
Discussion: Bits, InformationWeek and eWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gets Its WiMAX; Clearwire Launches Silicon Valley Network  —  What's the point of being an investor in WiMAX operators if you can't get them to build a network in your backyard?  Clearwire says that it has completed its “innovation” network in Silicon Valley that covers more than 20 square miles …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News, Techgeist and eWeek
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Murdoch: We're Going To Charge You To Read The WSJ On The Blackberry  —  Bad news for people reading the Journal for free on their BlackBerries: Rupert says he's going to start charging you.  —  If you have a subscription to the paper then it's only going to be a dollar a week.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Communacopia: Murdoch: We'll Start Charging For WSJ Mobile Apps
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Galen Gruman / Computerworld:
Apple betrays the iPhone's business hopes  —  InfoWorld - Fixing a major but unacknowledged bug in the operating system, last week's iPhone OS 3.1 update has rendered most iPhones and all iPod Touches incompatible with Exchange 2007 servers that require on-device data be encrypted, a standard safeguard used by businesses.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iPhone predicted to drive Apple stock to $235  —  A new report predicts Apple stock will break past the $200 milestone, riding high on the successful and profitable iPhone, even as the company's other businesses are predicted to lose value.  —  In a note to investors, Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co …
Discussion: Edible Apple and Tech Trader Daily
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
AOL embraces Twitter, Facebook with AIM Lifestream  —  AOL's instant messenger, AIM, becomes on Tuesday the AIM Lifestream and gets support for modern social services Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Flickr, and Delicious.  —  A multiple-platform suite of products being announced at the TechCrunch50 event will support the service.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Second time a charm?  Seagate launches new version of its entertainment player  —  After an unsuccessful attempt last spring, Seagate is launching a new and improved version of its backup device that lets you play your computer's videos and pictures on a living room TV.
Rick Broida / CNET News:
Get BioShock (PC) and other games for $5 each  —  Game-download service Direct2Drive is celebrating its 5-year anniversary by offering a large selection of games (all for PC) for $5 each.  My top pick: BioShock, one of my all-time favorites.  —  It's primarily a first-person sci-fi shooter …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Gist opens up, adds noise and friends filters  —  Communication organization tool Gist is opening up to everyone on Tuesday, and has come a long way since we profiled its private beta offering back in January.  It can still plug into your Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn accounts and help organize things …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Viacom and Google Fight in Court, but Work Together to Keep Kanye West Off of YouTube  —  Yes, Viacom is still suing Google for a billion dollars, because it says too many of its videos showed up on YouTube.  But that doesn't mean Viacom and Google (GOOG) can't work together to prevent …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: CitySourced Lets You Report Pot Holes And Graffiti On The Go  —  Ever seen a nasty pot hole or a wall full of graffiti and wished you could report the problem on the go instead of writing a letter or email to your city bureaucracy?  TechCrunch 50 startup CitySourced is launching an a slew …
Jack Riley / The Independent:
Twitter users solve Google's crop circle mystery  —  Eagle-eyed users of microblogging site Twitter claim to have unearthed the secret meaning of today's “Google doodle”, a depiction of crop circles spelling out the Google name which has puzzled many users of the ubiquitous search engine.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Goes 3.0: Gets Themes, Improved Omnibox & Better New Tab Page  —  Just about a year after Google launched the first version of Chrome, the company released the first stable version of Chrome 3.0 today.  According to Google, this release comes after 21 beta and 15 stable updates and 3,505 bugfixes.
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 …
 
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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Mobile Social App Maker Xumii Bought By Swiss Myriad Group
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
How Will Facebook's Fan Box Widget Affect Online Ads?
Discussion: All Facebook
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web users will trade privacy for security and convenience
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Soon to Sink, Pirate Bay's Torrents Come Ashore
Discussion: Softpedia News and p2pnet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: ClientShow Allows For Real-Time Collaboration During Creative Pitches
Discussion: VentureBeat and Techgeist
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Despite murders, SiPort completes its radio chip for Microsoft's …
Discussion: Engadget and Geek In Disguise
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50: Yext Offers Local Businesses A Smart Inbox For Phone Calls
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Rubicon Project Buys Behavioral Targeter Others Online
Discussion: Tech Beat, Contentinople and Xconomy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Best Buy earnings miss targets
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Company hosting Joe Wilson fundraising site recovers from DDoS attack
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
U.S. Bank picks IBM's Lotus platform over Microsoft's SharePoint
Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 Now Available
Discussion: PC World and Imaging Insider
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
HP MediaSmart home servers get cozier with Macs
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
WITTC50?: The TechCrunch50 Day Two Drinking Game
Discussion: broadstuff