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1:05 PM ET, September 17, 2009

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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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HP:
HP Announces New Line of Wireless Connected Screens with HP DreamScreen  —  People now can stay current with Facebook friends and photos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, share Snapfish personal photos and enjoy their music and pictures from home networked PCs(1) with a new category of connected screens from HP.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Early Snow Leopard Sales More Than Double Those of Leopard  —  According to market research firm NPD, Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard has seen very strong sales thus far, having sold more than twice as many copies during its first two weeks on the market as Mac OS X Leopard did in late 2007.
Discussion: Skype Journal and Gizmodo
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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).
WMPoweruser.com:
Social networking to be “integrated into the core” of Windows Mobile 7  —  The Windows Mobile team is looking for a senior product manager to bring their mobile social networking vision to life. … The above is certainly interesting, but unfortunately is a case of Windows Mobile catching …
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MobileTechWorld:
Windows Mobile 7 to natively feature Social Networks integration
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why I chose Windows 7 over Snow Leopard (and you should, too)  —  Last week, I returned to using Windows 7 after spending the summer on a 13-inch MacBook Pro.  Apple almost had me there for awhile, but I'm back where I belong and satisfied with the switch.  Given that Apple released Snow Leopard …
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:anandiyer
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: eWeek and Post I.T., Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Report: Google considering book settlement tweaks
Discussion: Bloomberg and TeleRead
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.
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.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A Zillion here, a Zillion there [UPDATED]  —  It looks like the public will have to wait a bit longer for ZillionTV, but when it does arrive, it will be available in more places.  CEO Mitchell Berman announced this morning that privately held ZillionTV Corp. had added a new element to its Internet …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
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 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and jkOnTheRun
Andrew Seymour / ITP.net:
Exclusive: i-mate shuts down  —  UAE-based smartphone company goes out of business, according to market sources  —  UAE mobile phone company i-mate has gone out of business, according to market sources.  —  The company, which mainly sold branded smartphones, has closed its office …
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Your company?  There's an app for that.  —  Few technology and device-making companies probably realize it, but they are in direct competition with Apple (or soon will be).  How did this happen?  Well, the iPhone1 does a lot of useful things pretty well, well enough that it is replacing …
Discussion: Snarkmarket and Daring Fireball
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
By Acquiring ReCaptcha, Google Acquired a Crowd Computer Along the Way  —  As previously mentioned, Google has acquired reCaptcha, a company providing those hard-to-read Captcha tests to tell robots and humans apart on websites (e.g. to protect a comment form against automated spamming).
Ian Paul / PC World:
Place a Phone Call...Via Twitter  —  Twitter users will soon be able to make short phone calls for free directly through the micro-blogging service.  JaJah, an Internet telephony company that allows you to make VoIP calls using your landline or cell phone, today is launching the beta version …
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.
Business Wire:
NAVIGON Announces Traffic Live Feature for iPhone Navigation App  —  New traffic feature for NAVIGON MobileNavigator uses traffic information to route around congestion, service has the highest accuracy available today using data from several sources including real-time speed information …
Discussion: Engadget, SlashPhone and The Toybox
Cade Metz / The Register:
Lucky iPhone developer gets very own App Store hotline  —  The non-silent treatment  —  As a worldwide chorus of mobile developers howls over Apple's unwillingness to discuss the ins and outs of the iPhone App Store, Steve Jobs and his minions are providing at least one app seller with its very own support rep.
Discussion: iLounge
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Socializr Lays Off Staff, On DeadPool Watch  —  Socializr, the online event organization tool that first went into private beta in 2006, isn't in good shape.  —  We've heard from a couple of sources that Socializr has laid off most or all of the staff and that the site is running on autopilot.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Michael Robertson Wants To Crowdsource Proof Of EMI's Lies …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iTunes 9 Makes it Easier to Share, Organize
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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eMarketer:
Media Dollars Shift to Digital in Downturn
Discussion: Twist Image and WebProNews
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shh!!! HP sneaks Linux in on new laptops
Discussion: digg.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Man Who's Beating Google
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Bing grabs 10 percent of search market