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10:45 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  —  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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 Webware.com
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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) …
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.
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Royal Pingdom:
Internet users expect websites to load twice as fast now as in 2006
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
More Details About the Intuit-Mint Deal: Quicken Online to Get Mint-ized
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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
REVIEW: Microsoft's Zune HD is a nifty media player