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6:30 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.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Off Topic: Microsoft will reveal two iPhone competitors in 2010  —  It isn't really our area of expertise, but we've gotten word that Microsoft will unleash two new Smartphones, probably at CES in January 2010.  Developed under the project “Pink” moniker, these two slider phones stem …
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 …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook settles Beacon case: No more Beacon, but there's a $9.5M “privacy fund”
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
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:
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
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 / Macworld:
DOJ: Court should reject Google book search settlement  —  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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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Apps sics crawlers on public docs and sheets  —  Beware what you publish  —  Google will soon allow search engines to crawl and index documents, spreadsheets, and presentations published to the web via its online office suite, Google Apps.  —  On Friday, in a letter to Google Apps users …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Josh Elman Leaving Facebook, Returning to More “Hands-On” Product Role  —  Facebook Platform Program Manager Josh Elman, who has been with the company since early 2008, has decided to leave Facebook.  Elman, who worked on the launch of Facebook Connect and has been focused on helping large developers …
Thanks:atul
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Jammie Thomas lawyers file suit against Scribd  —  A legal complaint seeking class action status filed in Houston on Friday accuses social-publishing site Scribd of egregious copyright infringement.  —  Scribd managers have “built a technology that's broken barriers to copyright infringement …
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 …
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court: Disloyal Computing Is Not Illegal
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Job Listings Tell Us About Google & Yahoo's Future Plans
Discussion: Epicenter and Webware.com, Thanks:atul
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
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. regulator to unveil open Internet plan
Security Research & Defense:
Update on the SMB vulnerability situation
Discussion: Zero Day and Security Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Perfect App To Start Your Weekend Off With A Drink …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Dorsey Talks About His New Venture, and Why Twitter Wasn't Called ‘Twitch’