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9:05 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 / Beyond Binary:
Courier tablet one of many Microsoft prototypes
Discussion: Neowin.net and Pocket-lint.com
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
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
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 …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Palm WebOS and all things Palm Pre
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.
Discussion: 901am and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
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:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:   Did Apple Sacrifice ITunes With Latest Apps?
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
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 …
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:
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
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.
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
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-China mobile search: the next battle for Google, Baidu  —  * Google, Baidu vie for rule of China's mobile search market  —  * Difficult mobile search monetisation could slow development  —  * Tencent, other competitors could pose threat in mobile race
Discussion: Internet2Go
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: NBC Bay Area, Pulse2 and TechFlash
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's Unified Communications 500 system.  This follows closely similar arrangements struck up by Skype …
Discussion: DSLreports and Latest VoIP, Voice 2.0 …, Thanks:atul
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Trendsmap is a slick Google Maps - Twitter trends hybrid  —  While it won't give you any local insight if you happen to be from just about anywhere in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Dakotas, Trendsmap is a slick, visual way to see what people are buzzing about on Twitter.
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 …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Eliminate the ‘sleaze’ factor on your next date with Date Check  —  Looking for someone to date — but want to eliminate losers, criminals and crackpots?  There's a new app for that.  —  Intelius, the Bellevue provider of background checks, today is introducing a new iPhone application called Date Check …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Patricia and Telecompetitor
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Over 30 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones to be launched before year-end, says Microsoft executive  —  More than 30 smartphones running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 from a total of over 15 handset vendors are to be launched before the end of 2009, according to Benjamin Tan, senior director, GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China.
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget Mobile
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
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.
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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ESPN Mines For Gold In Torrent Of iPhone Downloads
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 launch party finalist e-mails sent out
Jonathanhstrauss / SnowBlog:
The Facebook Sharecount Button
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Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Twitter's Stone says no ads in 2009
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