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8:40 PM ET, September 17, 2009

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Imitation Isn't Always Flattery: Microsoft Previews Google Apps Killer To Beta Testers  —  Imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery, and this is certainly the case for Microsoft in the development and launch of its web-based browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Web Apps go to testers: Ten things to know  —  Microsoft is making available to thousands of pre-selected testers on September 17 the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its Web-ified version of Office.  —  Microsoft officials first announced plans for Office Web Apps …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Palm: 823,000 smartphone units shipped; Outlook lumpy  —  Palm's first quarter had multiple moving parts.  The company shipped 823,000 smartphones, announced plans to raise capital, beat estimates, delivered a mixed outlook and said the company's fortunes will be tied to product launches.
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Palm, Inc.:
Palm Reports Q1 FY 2010 Results  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today reported that total revenues in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended Aug. 28, 2009, were $68.0 million.  Gross profit was ($2.8) million, and gross margin was (4.1) percent.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Abandons Windows Mobile
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music publishers: iTunes not paying fair share  —  Songwriters, composers, and music publishers are making preparations to one day collect performance fees from Apple and other e-tailers for not just traditional music downloads but for downloads of films and TV shows as well.  They contain music after all.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
How The Joltid Suit Is a Ploy to Buy Back Skype  —  Table of Contents:  —  Bernstein Research's Jeffrey Lindsay says new litigation filed by Joltid against eBay, Skype and its pending investors stems from the Joltid owners' failure to buy back Skype from eBay.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups
Discussion: GMSV and Mashable!
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.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   HP DreamScreen: Absolutely Not an Apple Tablet Rival
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
On Demand Books Turns Google's eBook Archive Back Into Paperbacks  —  When you think about Google Books, chances are that you are thinking about eBooks and searching books on your desktop.  Starting today, however, On Demand Books, the makers of the Espresso Book Machine …
Martin Gordon:
So I Got A Call From An App Store Reviewer  —  The latest update to Flickup was rejected last week because of an admittedly semi-sketchy keyword (I had mentioned a competitor in my keywords).  I fixed the keyword issue, and because of some confusion on my part surrounding the amendment process, I uploaded a new binary as well.
Thanks:pospischil
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Lucky iPhone developer gets very own App Store hotline
npd.com:
Snow Leopard Leaps Out of the Gate: Sales for Latest Apple OS Far Exceed Prior Launches, According to NPD  —  Sales during the first two weeks of Apple's Snow Leopard OS X release far exceed those of the last two Apple operating systems.  According to leading market research company …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact  —  The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that Google Inc. struck with book authors and publishers over the rights to distribute digital copies of certain works, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
State AGs on Google Books settlement: We object
Discussion: MarketWatch and Webware.com
Garry Tan / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Posterous Theming: It's here, it's live, and it's time to make your site yours!  —  Posterous is proud to announce the ability to change the look and feel of your Posterous blog!  It's been a long time coming, and are we ever excited about releasing this feature to you guys today.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Boss Hangs Up on Landline Phone Business  —  Roll over in your grave, Alexander Graham Bell.  —  That was in effect what Ivan Seidenberg, the chief executive of Verizon Communications — one of the largest descendents of the old Bell System — declared Thursday morning.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Dell's New Laptop  —  Dell thinks recession-weary companies are finally ready to upgrade their technology.  It has a pricey laptop to entice them.  —  In Texas they do everything big, even obsolescence.  Take the abandoned Dell desktop computer factory just a few miles from its Round Rock headquarters.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Valley rally?  —  Silicon Valley is stirring back to life, following a bruising economic downturn, according to industry insiders and start-up entrepreneurs.  —  The view seems to underscore Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's belief that the US recession has ended.
HP:
HP Names Marc Andreessen to Board of Directors  —  HP today announced that Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz and co-founder and chairman of Ning, has been elected to serve on the HP board of directors.  —  Andreessen will join the board immediately …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IE program manager endorses HTML 5 multimedia tags  —  On Wednesday, Google's Mark Pilgrim published episode 35 of This Week in HTML 5, a series of articles that he is writing at the WHATWG blog to document the progress of the Web standards effort.  In this episode, he praises Microsoft's Adrian Bateman …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Eats Away at Email Usage on Today's Web  —  According to recent analysis by the Online Publishers Association (OPA), more people than ever are spending their time online visiting content sites which provide news, information, and entertainment.  Despite the emergence of social networks …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Don't Tweet On Me  —  Twitter shows that stupid stuff sells.  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 28, 2009  —  The comedian Dane Cook apparently believes he is building his brand by pumping out a steady stream of comments on Twitter, the microblogging site that lets you broadcast 140-character messages …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Big Advertising Experiment Drives New Revenue  —  On Tuesday, Facebook said it had become “free cash flow positive” this past quarter — meaning the company is financing its own growth rather than using investor money.  But why is revenue growing?
Thanks:atul
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: Students to get Windows 7 for £30/$30  —  Microsoft has taken the wraps off an amazing offer for UK and US students today.  —  From October 1, students in the UK with a valid email address (an email address given by the college or university, e.g. name@leeds.ac.uk) …
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google CEO questions Murdoch's online pay plan  —  CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) - Publishers of general news would find it hard to charge for their content online because too much free content is available, the chief executive of Google Inc said on Thursday.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Loic / Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic Desktop Version 0.6 Updates  —  Facebook Pages  —  We're excited to share with you a new feature that will allow Seesmic Desktop to access and manage your Facebook Pages.  In version 0.6, you now can view and manage any Facebook Page you follow.  Configure each Facebook Page to show …
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
REVIEW: Microsoft's Zune HD is a nifty media player  —  When discussing their respective approaches to product development, I'm fond of comparing Apple to a sniper and Microsoft to Tony Montana.  —  Apple is covered in camouflage and lying motionless a mile from its target.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
More Details About the Intuit-Mint Deal: Quicken Online to Get Mint-ized  —  I just spoke with Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint and general-manager-to-be of Intuit's personal finance group, about Intuit's planned $170 million acquisition of Mint and what it means for consumers.
Discussion: Dealscape
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bahama Botnet Discovered as Source of Click Fraud Surge  —  Click Forensics discovers a botnet behind a significant spike of click fraud traffic.  As in the recent scam making use of NYTimes.com, attackers are using fake antivirus software to infect PCs.  —  Click Forensics has found …
Discussion: PC World
 
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Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Too Much Hype At PEA? Jim Breyer Sounds Gloomy
David F. Carr / Baseline:
Smarter Search for South Park
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
WSJ Mobile Pay Plans Start Next Month; Includes Browser Access
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Waxman Throws Support to Network Neutrality
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Someday, AdSense Publishers May Know Google's Cut Of Ad Revenues
Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Corkd Is Back With A New CEO, Winery Fan Pages, And A Social Stream
Royal Pingdom:
Internet users expect websites to load twice as fast now as in 2006
Thanks:leemathews
 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pay Developers to Write Apps for webOS? “Rubbish.”
Discussion: PreCentral.net and Palm WebOS
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A Zillion here, a Zillion there [UPDATED]