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8:45 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.
Shane Richmond / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Fake Eric Schmidt: Google Fast Flip has saved newspapers.  Happy now, bitches?  —  Below is an email that we received this morning from Fake Eric Schmidt about Google Fast Flip, the search company's new news service.  The email was headlined MESSAGE FOR THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google sharing revenue with publishers for first time
Discussion: Mediaite and SiliconValley.com
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 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 isn't on the Zune's funky design or wireless sharing feature.
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’
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Fresh Apple tablet rumors: February launch.  $800-$1,000.  AT&T, not Verizon
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Mobility Site
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.
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SANS:
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 …
Discussion: eWeek and ITworld.com
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Massive Study of Net Vulnerabilities: They're Not Where You Think They Are
Discussion: Bits and InformationWeek
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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David Kravets / Threat Level:
New York Times Reforms Online Ad Sales After Malware Scam
Discussion: Spyware Sucks
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.
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.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Gets Twitter-Like Free Marketing for @
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Will Head / The Register:
Freecom MediaPlayer II 500GB … Review Despite its name, the Freecom MediaPlayer II is more than just media streamer - it's a Nas box too.  So, not only can you use it to play video files in your lounge, but it's easy to get content on to it as well.  Just hook it up to your network, and drag and drop what you want to watch.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, The Seattle Times and Xconomy
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
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.
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.
 
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Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 Now Available
Discussion: Macworld, Imaging Insider and Crave
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
HP MediaSmart home servers get cozier with Macs
Discussion: Crave
Reuters:
Chinese schools quietly discard controversial Web filter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Mota Motors Takes The Pain Out Of The Used Car Marketplace
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Journalism Online Says Letters Of Intent Now Cover More 1,000 …
Discussion: Gawker and DailyFinance, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50: HealthyWage Pays You To Get In Better Shape
Discussion: Webware.com, Techgeist and VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TC50: FluidHTML Wants To Rewrite The Web With Flash-like HTML
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Gain Dedicated iPhone Activation Areas and Staff?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Edible Apple
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yammer Shows Some Microsoft Love, Launches Plug-In For Outlook …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
VCs Increasingly Keeping Young Start-Ups To Themselves
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to businesses: Enough with the Windows XP already
Discussion: Engadget
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
Nokia's NAVTEQ Acquires Location-Based Mobile Ad Firm Acuity Mobile
Discussion: VentureBeat and PR Newswire
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Accounting rule change in Apple's favor
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget, iLounge and Macworld