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1:45 AM ET, September 23, 2009

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The Paperboy / Gizmodo:
Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet  —  It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet.  But maybe we've all been dreaming about the wrong device.  This is Courier, Microsoft's astonishing take on the tablet.  —  Courier is a real device …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Courier tablet one of many Microsoft prototypes
Discussion: All about Microsoft and TechFlash
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Sync: Now with push Gmail support  —  Earlier this year, we launched Google Sync which allows you to synchronize your Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with your iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices.  Today, we're adding Gmail support to Google Sync for iPhone, iPod Touch and Windows Mobile devices.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Push Gmail Finally Comes To The iPhone, No Thanks To Apple  —  Push Gmail support for the iPhone is finally here.  And you have Microsoft to thank.  —  No, Push support has not finally been added to Apple's Mail app for the iPhone, that would be too easy and make too much sense.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Has A Solution For Internet Explorer: Turn It Into Chrome  —  People hate IE6; they've made that abundantly clear on the web.  Unfortunately, plenty of people are still stuck using it for reasons such as their work not letting them upgrade.  So Google is doing something about it.
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Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Introducing Google Chrome Frame  —  Today, we're releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.  —  We're building Google Chrome Frame to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Injects Itself Into Internet Explorer With Chrome Frame
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Ben Parr / Mashable!:   Google's Plan to Kill Internet Explorer? Google Wave
Google Wave Developer Blog:
Google Wave in Internet Explorer
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype Founders Pull Out the Stops  —  The men who launched the Internet-calling service are redoubling their legal efforts after a failed last-minute bid to buy back the eBay unit  —  Skype's founders aren't letting go of their brainchild without a legal fight.  Turns out they mounted a formidable financial battle, too.
Thanks:dmac1
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
USB-IF Sides With Apple, Spanks Palm in iTunes Sync Spat  —  The USB Implementers Forum, the industry group that oversees the universal serial bus standard, has finally responded to Palm's claim that Apple is “hampering competition” by repeatedly disabling the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes-and it's not looking good for Palm.
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com to Sell Groceries to All of Seattle While Heeding Webvan Lesson  —  Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc., saying it's learned from the mistakes of supermarket-delivery failures, is expanding its fresh-grocery business to the entire Seattle metropolitan area in the next three months.
Discussion: TechFlash and NBC Bay Area
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can We Please Have Jerry Back?  —  Last November we all knew Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang would be stepping down after a disastrous tenure as CEO.  He spurned Microsoft without realizing the consequences, and he had no ability to describe an alternate path for the company.
Thanks:atul
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's Bartz: Microsoft Deal Was “Very Clever”
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows Live lost $560m in FY09  —  Microsoft this morning gave Wall Street analysts new information about some recent behind-the-scenes reshuffling of its business groups.  In the process, the company provided details about the financial performance of groups whose results are normally hidden …
Discussion: LiveSide and internetnews.com
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
NetFlix Everywhere: Sorry Cable, You're History  —  It had taken the better part of a decade, but Reed Hastings was finally ready to unveil the device he thought would upend the entertainment industry.  The gadget looked as unassuming as the original iPod—a sleek black box …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Best Buy and Verizon Jump Into E-Reader Fray  —  The budding market for electronic reading devices is about to get two powerful new entrants: Best Buy and Verizon.  —  On Wednesday, iRex Technologies, a spinoff of Royal Philips Electronics that already makes one of Europe's best-known e-readers …
Discussion: Engadget
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's Digeo sold for $20m  —  The assets of Kirkland-based Digeo Inc., a home-entertainment technology company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, are slated be sold for $20 million to ARRIS Group Inc. under an agreement announced this afternoon.
Discussion: ARRIS, Digits, paidContent and NewTeeVee, Thanks:johnhcook
Jonathanhstrauss / SnowBlog:
The Facebook Sharecount Button  —  We hadn't really planned to announce this yet, but the cat is now out of the bag.  —  A few weeks back I decided to build a button for my blog that would give me the same functionality of ‘retweet’ buttons, like the ones from TweetMeme and Backtype …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Goes Live With New Search Format  —  Yahoo has now gone live with its new search format.  There's nothing radical or “game changing.”  However, there are some nice upgrades and improvements.  Most prominently, it features a new left column that allows users to filter results …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Battles Entrepreneur Over ‘Pod’ Trademark  —  We assure ourselves that words will never hurt us, but they can cost a lot of time and money when it comes to trademark battles.  Take the story of Daniel Kokin, who is continuing to fight Apple over a three-letter word: Pod.  —  Not iPod, mind you — just “Pod.”
Discussion: MacNN
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Twitter's Stone says no ads in 2009  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twitter has no plans to put advertisements on the popular microblogging site this year, co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday, amid a growing push for the 2-year-old Internet sensation to begin making money.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
HP unveils Skyroom video collaboration tool  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Looking to take advantage of tightened corporate travel budgets, Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday showed the latest tech to come out of its labs, called Skyroom.  —  Unveiled together with Intel at the start of the Intel Developer Forum here …
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Said to Be Talking With Clearwire to Expand U.S. Networks  —  Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — Deutsche Telekom AG is in talks to gain access to airwaves controlled by Clearwire Corp. and MetroPCS Communications Inc. as the German company seeks to expand U.S. networks, said two people familiar with the matter.
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Clay Shirky and accountability journalism  —  NYU Professor Clay Shirky published an essay, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”, that suggested that journalists needed to radically rethink the assumptions that have made market-supported newspapers possible.  It was a bombshell, cited and commented on thousands of times.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AT&T notifies iPhone users of impending MMS launch  —  Wireless carrier AT&T began sending out text messages this week letting iPhone users know that multimedia messaging capabilities will be available on Friday, Sept. 25.  —  The free message sent from AT&T to subscribers reaffirms …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Five Stars Dominate Ratings  —  This graph fascinated us and so we wanted to share.  It shows the number of videos that receive specific star ratings: one star for when you loathe something, five for when you love it.  Judging from this chart, it looks like some of you are moved to rate videos …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Picasa Gets Face Recognition, Built-in Google Maps  —  I can never quite tell if Google considers its free Picasa image organizer/editor to be a Major Google Product-it doesn't update it all that often, or promote it as energetically as it might.  But it's announcing Picasa 3.5 today …
MacNN:
Eminem lawsuit against Apple set to begin trial  —  Eminem's lawsuit against Apple and Aftermath Records, filed by the rapper's publisher Eight Mile Style, is set to begin trial on Thursday.  Each party has yet to agree on a settlement since the proceedings were initiated in 2007.
 
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New York Times:
Antitrust Chief in Europe Seeks to Close Cases
Clinton Manning / Mirror.co.uk:
Internet piracy policing could add £24 to every phone bill
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire: 'We're Not For Sale'
Discussion: paidContent and ClickZ, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Jessica Shambora / CNN:
eBay exec departs seeking CEO job
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
How Pizza Hut App Got Role in Latest iPhone Spot
Discussion: mocoNews
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
AT&T takes the phone out of iPhone
Discussion: Gear Diary, 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com