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8:20 AM ET, September 17, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Teaching computers to read: Google acquires reCAPTCHA  —  The image above is a CAPTCHA — you can read it, but computers have a harder time interpreting the letters.  We tried to make it hard for computers to recognize because we wanted to give humans the scoop first, but we're happy to announce …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
By Acquiring ReCaptcha, Google Acquired a Crowd Computer Along the Way
Thanks:atul
Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Google acquires ReCaptcha as book-scanning aid
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The long-awaited DreamScreen tablet computer comes from HP, not Apple  —  Hewlett Packard has beaten Apple to the punch in coming up with a beautiful tablet-like computer.  The company's just-announced DreamScreen products represent a new category of wireless connected screens.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Closing New Venture Round At $1 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing startup Twitter will soon be joining a select group of startups with private venture round valuations of $1 billion, we've heard from multiple sources.  CEO Evan Williams disclosed the round to employees at a recent all hands meeting.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Insight Venture Partners Is The New Twitter Investor  —  We've been talking to sources all day about that new $1 billion valuation Twitter financing, and more information is coming in.  The big missing part of the story was who was actually doing the investing at that massive valuation.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Skype Founders File Copyright Suit Against eBay  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The founders of Skype are escalating their legal battle with eBay.  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who became billionaires after selling Skype to eBay in 2005, have filed a copyright lawsuit against Skype in United States district court in Northern California.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune HD apps are here... complete with pre-roll ads  —  The first batch of apps for the Zune HD can now be freely downloaded from Microsoft, and they come with an unexpected “present”: static and video ads that play during launch.  —  Apps for the new Zune HD (read our review) are now available …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Why You Can't Get a Good Phone With Verizon  —  Why does the U.S. carrier known for the best network have the worst smartphones?  —  Verizon gets plaudits for its coverage and call quality, but consistently loses out to AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint when it comes to getting the newest high-end handsets.
Thanks:atul
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Bing grabs 10 percent of search market  —  Microsoft's new Bing search service is the fastest-growing U.S. search engine among the top 10, according to a Nielsen report released Monday.  —  The total amount of searches on Bing rang in at 1.1 billion for the month of August …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Eyeing 10% Market Share For Chrome.  Mac Version Due By The End Of The Year.  —  As we noted yesterday, version 3 of Google's Chrome web browser is now available for PC users.  But in an interview yesterday with Reuters, Google revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the project.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Is a trade battle looming with China over World of Warcraft?  —  World of Warcraft, one of the most successful fantasy online role-playing games of all time, was recently shut down in China for weeks.  On June 7, Activision Blizzard changed its Chinese online operator from the9 to NetEase …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt To Book Settlement Critics: What's Your Solution?  —  As the proposed Google Book Search lawsuit settlement is debated, I've read calls from various critics that everything should go back to “square one” for a solution.  Would Google be willing to do this?
Discussion: CNET News, Bloomberg and TeleRead, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Taming Your Digital Distractions  —  Is there any human invention more duplicitous than the personal computer?  These machines were manufactured and initially marketed as devices to help us at work.  We were told they would perform amazing feats of office derring-do …
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Intel's Not-So-Mighty Atom  —  Netbook computers are cheap and popular, thanks in part to Intel's Atom chip.  But the Atom isn't up to the job.  —  How would you like your dear mom to have to drive herself around town in a cramped, jerky car that sputtered along the roadway …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Man Who's Beating Google  —  Robin Li has built the most popular search site for the world's biggest audience—in China.  That's round one in epic battle.  —  On a smoggy August morning outside Beijing's China World Hotel, Li Yanhong's fan club is assembling.
Zee / The Next Web Blog:
Phone Calls Come to Twitter. … JAJAH, a VOIP company, will announce the beta-launch of its Twitter calling solution, JAJAH@call tomorrow.  —  You'll be able to make phone calls via Twitter free of charge to anyone in the world, so long as they follow you back and have JAJAH accounts.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shh!!!  HP sneaks Linux in on new laptops  —  Except for Dell, the major PC vendors are reluctant to admit they actually sell and support Linux.  For instance, HP supports Linux quite well on its servers but is very reluctant to support it on its desktops.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Hands-On With The Redfly That Turns Your BlackBerry Into A Psuedo-Netbook  —  Turns out the Redfly, that netbook looking device that extends a smartphone to its 8.9-inch display via Bluetooth or USB, is doing all right.  So all right that they rolled out support for BlackBerry.  I still would rather a netbook.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Michelin Builds a Campaign Around Its Secret Reviewers  —  HERE'S a piece of advance information from the Michelin guide for New York City 2010: 18 new stars will be awarded to restaurants.  Michelin is rigorously tight-lipped about the information in its guides until they arrive in stores …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Google Delivers New Java-like Language: Noop  —  The tireless, developer-centric engineers at Google have come up with Noop, a new language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).  —  The tireless, developer-centric engineers at Google have come up with Noop, a new language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
Discussion: h-online.com and openjdk.java.net
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo May Eventually Let Home Page Users Select Alternate Search Engines  —  On Yahoo's new home page, users can check e-mail from other providers—and it's possible that flexibility could extend to search too.  During an update on the status of the home page, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
eMarketer:
Media Dollars Shift to Digital in Downturn  —  Spending recovery will lag economic recovery  —  The economic downturn is causing most marketers to decrease media spending budgets, and the remaining expenditures are shifting further toward digital, according to a Q2 2009 survey by Round2.
Discussion: Twist Image and WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
At TechCrunch50, sexy yields to sensible  —  SAN FRANCISCO—At some point during the TechCrunch50 conference it became evident that the Web 2.0 floodgates are no longer open.  —  Maybe it was when conference co-organizer Jason Calacanis asked one of the panels of judges what they'd thought …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Aviary launches impressive audio editor, Myna  —  Aviary is great at making advanced Web-based artists' tools that I haven't a hope of being able to fully use.  Case in point, the new audio editor, Myna, that joins the company's suite of graphics tools like the Phoenix image editor and the Raven vector editor.
 
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Matt Rudd / Times of London:
Music industry ready for climbdown on internet piracy demands
Discussion: Guardian, UK MUSIC and paidContent
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Court Rules Overstock Can't Enforce ‘Browsewrap’ Agreement
Discussion: Techdirt
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Your company? There's an app for that.
Discussion: Snarkmarket and Daring Fireball
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Next Headache: API Name Squatting
Thanks:atul
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
SPECIAL REPORT: Ready, Aim, Charge!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Bebo CEO and AOL Top Exec Shields and Shine's Murdoch …
Discussion: paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Zach Klein joins Boxee
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Barry Diller: Of Course People Are Going To Pay For Content On The Web
John Brownlee / Geek.com:
US Government advises technology executives to trash mobile phones …
The Business Of Online Video:
Confirmed: Google Rumor False, Not Acquiring Brightcove