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4:30 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
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  —  Google just announced the launch of Chrome Frame, a new open-source project that will allow Chrome's rendering engine to run within Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6,7, and 8.  This plugin, which is available now …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Ben Parr / Mashable!:   Google's Plan to Kill Internet Explorer? Google Wave
Google Wave Developer Blog:
Google Wave in Internet Explorer
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 …
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
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: Pulse2, NBC Bay Area and TechFlash
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.
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: paidContent, TeleRead and Engadget
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
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
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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
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, Forbes, Digits and paidContent, Thanks:johnhcook
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
ESPN Mines For Gold In Torrent Of iPhone Downloads  —  In less than a year, ESPN iPhone apps have been downloaded more than 4.5 million times—more than [2.2] 2.7 million of the free ESPN (NYSE: DIS) ScoreCenter alone since its June debut.  Most of the downloads are for ad-supported versions …
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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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.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 launch party finalist e-mails sent out  —  Microsoft has sent out confirmation e-mails to finalists chosen to host their own Windows 7 launch parties.  —  Las night, Redmond sent out e-mails to finalists chosen to host a Windows 7 launch party.  Finalists were told they need …
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.
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.
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
 
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New York Times:
Antitrust Chief in Europe Seeks to Close Cases
MacNN:
Eminem lawsuit against Apple set to begin trial
Discussion: PhysOrg.com and Perez Hilton
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AT&T notifies iPhone users of impending MMS launch
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Clinton Manning / Mirror.co.uk:
Internet piracy policing could add £24 to every phone bill
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
 Earlier Items: 
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobilizy Proposes Open, Cross-Platform Markup Language for Augmented Reality
Discussion: Technology Review and Mobilizy
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel announces Moblin 2.1 for phones
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
WhoDoYouKnowAt: Because LinkedIn is Too Open
Discussion: VentureBeat
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
How Pizza Hut App Got Role in Latest iPhone Spot
Discussion: mocoNews