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1:45 PM 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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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google's Latest Ambition: A Universal Commenting System For The Web  —  A new feature on the toolbar—which is installed on millions of computers around the world—lets users comment about the content of any web page they visit; the comments are then visible to other toolbar owners when they visit that site (see screenshot to the left).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Sidewiki Allows Anyone To Comment About Any Site  —  Google Sidewiki is a new feature being added today to the Google Toolbar that allows anyone to leave comments about pages as they surf the web.  Love something you're reading?  Hate it?  You can share your views with others who visit …
The Official Google Blog:
Help and learn from others as you browse the web: Google Sidewiki  —  As you browse the web, it's easy to forget how many people visit the same pages and look for the same information.  Whether you're researching advice on heart disease prevention or looking for museums to visit in New York City …
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 …
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David Rothman / TeleRead:
iRex's $399 reader to go on sale by next month at hundreds of Best Buy stores
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and CrunchGear
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Starbucks Unveils Its First iPhone Apps  —  Starbucks is launching a store-finding and menu-information application for the iPhone, and is testing a second app that will let customers use the phone as their Starbucks card. … The two apps are the coffee chain's first for the iPhone and iPod touch.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
USB-IF Sides With Apple, Spanks Palm in iTunes Synch 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 synch with iTunes-and it's not looking good for Palm.
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Wall Street Journal:
South Korea to Allow iPhone Entry  —  SEOUL — South Korea's communications regulator decided Wednesday to allow the sale of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, amending a technical ban that had blocked the product, a spokesman said.  —  The Korea Communications Commission made an exception in a rule …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wii price drop confirmed: $199 starting this weekend  —  The rumors were true, and Nintendo's knight in shining armor is finally about to see its first-ever price drop.  For nearly three years now, the console has sold briskly at $249.99, but beginning on September 27th at Best Buy …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Skype Plans to Dominate Business Telephony  —  Skype, a division of eBay, is likely to announce tomorrow that the beta version of its Skype for SIP offering will interoperate with Cisco Systems' Unified Communications 500 system.  This follows closely on the heels of similar arrangements struck …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did Apple Approve Spotify?  —  AdAge has a long article trying to puzzle out why Apple potentially “sacrificed iTunes” in approving Spotify's streaming music app.  Oddly, while the article touches on a few of the reasons, I don't think it clearly highlights what seems like the most obvious reasons:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Really Nasty Ad Slips Past Google  —  Generally you can trust the ads on Google to at least be safe.  But that's not the case right now for the top ad being served on the query “Firefox.”  —  The top ad says it is linking to “Firefox ® OfficiaI Sit” at the URL www.mozilla.com/firefox/.
Discussion: Graham Cluley's blog
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
One-fifth of buyers interested in Apple's unseen tablet  —  Despite the fact that no one has seen it, a new survey says that 21 percent of buyers are interested in purchasing an Apple tablet device.  That demand, along with strong Mac and iPhone sales, is expected to propel the company's stock.
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 …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
The Dev That Came in From the Cold: iPhone Camera App Goes Legit  —  It's been a long road, but Snapture, the pro iPhone camera application, has finally gone legit.  We have covered the app since it was born 18 months ago into the then tumultuous sea of jailbroken iPhone apps, way back before the app store existed.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell leaks revamped Alienware m15x, Core i7 confirmed  —  We're expecting an announcement later today but the Alienware m15x has already been leaked in a trio of Dell service documents.  Updates include a Core i7 processor, 15.6-inch 1920x1080 LED backlit display, a full 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory …
Mike Fleming / BFDealmemo:
Fincher Makes Facebook Connections  —  Columbia Pictures and director David Fincher have set its core cast for “The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama about the formation of Facebook.  —  Jesse Eisenberg will play founder Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
iStockphoto Will Soon Start Selling Stock Logos, Too  —  Getty Images' iStockphoto is moving into new territory.  In a statement sent out last night and relayed on the official forum, the company announced that it will soon start facilitating stock logo sales through its online marketplace.
Discussion: CNET News
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Rumor: webOS 1.2.1 Delayed, but Will Fix iTunes Sync  —  Bad news PreCentral Nation: an anonymous tipster sends word that webOS 1.2 (and possibly paid apps in the App Catalog) could be delayed (again) until next week.  The delay comes from Sprint's need to test the changes made since …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A Slippery Slope  —  Now that Google launched a Chrome plug-in for Internet Explorer, users will see dialogs that suggest to install the plug-in.  The first Google service that will show this message is Google Wave.  —  “To use Google Wave in Internet Explorer you need to install the Google Chrome Frame browser plugin.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Palm overwhelmed with application submissions  —  Starting up an application store is no easy matter.  With Palm's App Catalog set to begin application sales this Thursday, many developers have been submitting their applications for consideration.  The flow of new apps into Palm HQ …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
A Year Later, H.P.'s Bet on E.D.S. Looks Like a Winner  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — By many measures, it has been a tough year for employees of Electronic Data Systems.  —  After Hewlett-Packard bought the computer services company last August for $13.9 billion, it immediately began hacking the work force.
Discussion: DailyFinance and Deal Journal, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets
Discussion: p2pnet and Techgeist
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Digits
D.C. Denison / Boston Globe:
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Yahoo's Agreement With Microsoft Covers China, Japan
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
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