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5:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD a major sellout?  —  Let it be known: we liked the Zune HD before it was popular, before all the poseurs jumped on the bandwagon with their tight-fitting jeans and their hairstyles.  If various stores on the internet are to be believed, the Zune HD is selling out in a pretty big way.
Google Watch:
Why Didn't Google Throw Apple Under The Bus From The Start?  —  Apple lied.  That is basically what Google claimed yesterday when it published the redacted version of its filing about Google Voice to the Federal Communications Commission.  —  My first reaction to this was: WTF?!  My second take was: Why?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Importance Of Enthusiasm In Any Product  —  A video took the web by storm today entitled “Incredible, amazing, awesome Apple.”  Basically, it boils down Apple's latest event into a series of superlatives.  It's a funny video because Apple really does have a pattern of using these types …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Teds Take and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft Reader, back from dead  —  A TechFlash reader who commented on our E-Book Universe chart yesterday pointed out that we didn't include Microsoft Reader.  That's the Redmond company's software for reading electronic books, which has been updated over the past few years …
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
DOJ: Court should reject Google book search settlement  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Justice has come out against the proposed agreement to settle copyright lawsuits that authors and major publishers filed against Google over the search company's book search program.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook Beacon has poked its last  —  It's finally over for Beacon, the ill-fated advertising program that the social network initially launched with splashy Madison Avenue fanfare nearly two years ago.  —  The social network has settled a year-old class action lawsuit that targeted …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook settles Beacon case: No more Beacon, but there's a $9.5M “privacy fund”
Discussion: PC World and Wall Street Journal
Henry Newman / Enterprise Storage Forum News:
RAID's Days May Be Numbered  —  The concept of parity-based RAID (levels 3, 5 and 6) is now pretty old in technological terms, and the technology's limitations will become pretty clear in the not-too-distant future — and are probably obvious to some users already.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Once Again, Facebook Owns ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ On The Web  —  Last year, Facebook rolled out a new “pirate” language on Talk Like A Pirate Day, it was quite funny.  Naturally, it's back again this year, and it's maybe even more awesome.  —  Most impressive is Facebook's attention to detail …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Tilt 2 reappears in AT&T's system in preparation for launch  —  Are you an AT&T subscriber anxiously awaiting the day when you can finally make the HTC Tilt 2 your own?  If so, good news first came back in August when we gave you a screenshot of the handset sitting pretty in AT&T's system.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces App Store Resource Center for iPhone Developers  —  In an e-mail sent today to registered iPhone developers, Apple announced the introduction of the App Store Resource Center (iPhone developer membership required), a new site within the iPhone Dev Center dedicated …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court: Disloyal Computing Is Not Illegal  —  A federal appeals court says employees are not liable for damages under anti-hacking laws for accessing their employers' computers for disloyal purposes.  —  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that workers authorized to access company computers …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Job Listings Tell Us About Google & Yahoo's Future Plans  —  Earlier this week, Google announced its intentions to start an exchange for display advertising, an attempt to take on Yahoo and its healthy position in the display ad business.  This is a fairly big broadside by Google …
Discussion: Epicenter and Webware.com, Thanks:atul
Luis Corrons / PandaLabs:
Your Facebook account is worth $100  —  Yesterday I came across (thanks Sean-Paul!) the following site, which really attracted my attention:  —  As you can see, it is an online service which promises to hack any Facebook account just for 100 bucks (!).  My first thought about this was …
 
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Samantha Young / Associated Press:
Calif. advances tough flat-screen energy standards
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
While We Wait For Chrome For Mac, Mozilla's Camino Gets An Update
Thanks:mgcreed
Security Research & Defense:
Update on the SMB vulnerability situation
Discussion: Zero Day and Security Watch
Google Book Search Blog:
Discover Books and Magazines using Search Options
Discussion: WebProNews and ReadWriteWeb
Karl Bode / broadbandreports.com:
Broadcasters, Cable Bicker Over ‘TV Everywhere’
Discussion: Techdirt
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