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4:30 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: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Engadget
Microsoft:
New Zune Moves to Cloud
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google FastFlip Is Latest Attack On Amazon Kindle
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Bruce Sewell to Join Apple as General Counsel & SVP  —  Daniel Cooperman to Retire  —  Apple® today announced that Bruce Sewell, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Intel Corporation, will join Apple as the company's General Counsel and senior vice president …
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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Feds launch Apps.gov; Cloud computing players salivate  —  The Federal government launched Apps.gov, a site designed to be a storefront for approved cloud computing applications.  The move is designed to streamline application adoption at federal agencies.  —  U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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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 …
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 …
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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.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Microsoft's vision for a “next-gen newspaper” looks like TweetDeck  —  The Newspaper Association of America cast a wide net this summer in seeking proposals for generating online revenue.  Their request went out to many of the firms we've been covering closely but also several tech companies …
Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Communacopia: Murdoch: We'll Start Charging For WSJ Mobile Apps
Discussion: TUAW, Thanks:atul
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: TUAW and Softpedia News
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 …
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.
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.
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
Zee / The Next Web Blog:
Breaking: Facebook Labs or “Prototypes” to Launch Soon...Very Soon. … Facebook's Twitter account has just posted a link to an image showing a new upcoming “prototypes” feature similar to Google Labs.  (The image has now been removed)  —  We've emailed Facebook for comment but it's pretty clear …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:boris
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Silverlight Is Still Racing Flash  —  Microsoft Closes Technology Gap With Adobe, but Bid to Win Customers Lags  —  Microsoft Corp. has closed the technological gap with Adobe Systems Inc. in a battle over software for adding video and animation to Web sites.
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, I4U News and Ars Technica
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
300 Million and On  —  As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world.  It's a large number, but the way we think about this is that we're just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.  Because we want to make it as easy and fast as possible for the world to connect …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:rkrishnakumar
 
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Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
London Startups Facing Crisis as Venture Capital Funding, Deals Disappear
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: paidContent and NBC Bay Area
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MetroPCS to Launch LTE Network, New Phones in Late 2010
Discussion: MetroPCS, Gearlog and MobileCrunch
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
U.S. Bank picks IBM's Lotus platform over Microsoft's SharePoint
Discussion: The Register