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12:35 AM ET, September 18, 2009

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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.
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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.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Abandons Windows Mobile  —  Another one bites the dust.  A few months ago, Motorola's consumer handset division said they were ditching Windows Mobile for an all-Android approach.  In an earnings call today (transcribed by Business Insider), Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein said the makers …
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 …
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The DoubleClick Ad Exchange: growing the display advertising pie for everyone  —  Hundreds of thousands of advertisers use search advertising — short, highly relevant text ads alongside search results on Google and other search engines — to grow their businesses.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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New York Times:   Google Aims to Wrest Display Ads From Yahoo
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Google Finally Links AdWords To DoubleClick
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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
Bikash Agarwalla Today / Facebook Blog:
Log In with Your Facebook Username  —  A couple of months ago, we made it easier for people to find and connect with each other by using Facebook usernames.  Beginning today, you also will be able to log in to your Facebook account with your username from any Web browser, mobile phone or Facebook Connect-enabled website.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Facebook Pages in Seesmic Desktop 0.6  —  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.
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 …
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.
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
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
WSJ Mobile Pay Plans Start Next Month; Includes Browser Access
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
State AGs on Google Books settlement: We object  —  Five state attorneys general have joined the opposition to Google's settlement with book authors and publishers, objecting to the way the settlement distributes unclaimed funds.  —  The attorneys general for Connecticut, Missouri …
Discussion: MarketWatch and Search Engine Land
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Memo to Start-ups: You're Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?  —  I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world.
Discussion: graffitigeo's posterous, Thanks:atul
The NPD Group:
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Kate Harding / Jezebel:
“Mommy Blogger” Heather Armstrong Monetizes The Hate [Crap E-mail From World]  —  Regular readers of Dooce know that blogger Heather B. Armstrong gets a whole lot of hate mail.  Yesterday, she launched a site featuring entertaining examples of it, surrounded by advertisements galore: A little something she calls Monetizing the Hate.
Discussion: Mediaite
Amazon Kindle, Kindle 2 And Kindle DX Blog:
Price drop on refurbished Kindle  —  Recently Amazon dropped the price on refurbished first generation Kindles.  You can now get one for $149 .00 while supplies last.  It looks like Amazon is trying to stay competitive in the cheaper eReader niche.  Don't let the word “refurbished” set you off.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook lets users decide who has the Golan Heights  —  As Facebook ramps up its growth abroad, it will have to contend with more highly-charged political conflicts.  One of them is how to manage disputed territories like the Golan Heights, a mountainous region connecting Israel to Syria that was captured by Israel in 1967.
Discussion: Al Bawaba and J. Weekly
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
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: Computerworld
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 …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley ‘seeing revival’  —  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.
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Interview: Facebook's Wable: What The Company Has In Store For Search
Thanks:atul
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia brings Braille to SMS
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Too Much Hype At PEA? Jim Breyer Sounds Gloomy
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups
Discussion: GMSV and AppScout
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Don't Tweet On Me  —  Twitter shows that stupid stuff sells.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Waxman Throws Support to Network Neutrality
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Discussion: Dealscape
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: Students to get Windows 7 for £30/$30
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
REVIEW: Microsoft's Zune HD is a nifty media player