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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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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 …
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google Sidewiki: Danger  —  Google just introduced Sidewiki, which enables anyone to comment on a page using Google's toolbar.  —  I see danger.  —  Google is trying to take interactivity away from the source and centralize it.  This isn't like Disqus, which enables me to add comment functionality on my blog.
Discussion: NPR Blogs, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Nokia To Acquire UK Startup Dopplr  —  Nokia has been on an acquisition tear lately, albeit mostly small deals (Plum, Cellity and Bit-Side all this year).  A source close to the deal says that they've just made one more acquisition: boutique travel social network Dopplr, headquartered in London.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Google CEO sees one small acquisition a month  —  PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said acquisitions are “turned on again” at the Internet company and expects to do one small deal a month instead of hiring new staff.  —  Schmidt also reiterated his view …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 8: More early clues start to emerge  —  As soon as Microsoft releases the final bits of a new Windows release to manufacturing — and often before — many users' thoughts turn to what's next.  —  Windows 7 and its server complement, Windows Server 2008 R2, were released to manufacturing in late July.
Discussion: Microsoft, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Reuters:
Palm shares rise on short covering, Nokia talk  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palm Inc (PALM.O) shares jumped to their highest level in nearly two years on Tuesday, fueled by short covering and renewed speculation that the smartphone maker may be a takeover target.
Discussion: mocoNews, 9 to 5 Mac and Gadgetell
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.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Nervous About Smooth iPhone MMS Launch - Source says that 10AM Eastern on Friday is the magic hour...  Insiders involved with AT&T's belated launch of iPhone MMS support tell us that everybody's highly anxious about the launch, as the carrier rushes to beef up infrastructure in order …
Discussion: MacRumors and iLounge
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Confused Justine Bateman Attacks ‘Human Waste’ on Tumblr  —  The internet continues to baffle and comically anger Justine Bateman.  The Family Ties star and manic blogger is calling people “s**thead” and “human waste” for spamming her Twitter homepage, unaware she's seeing a new feature announced over a month ago.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Switched
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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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Industry group: OK for iTunes to block Palm Pre
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Open Cafe In Paris To Build Windows 7 Buzz (Pics)  —  Microsoft is close to opening retail stores in several major cities across the planet, but in Paris they're doing something special in anticipation of the real shops and the imminent launch of the Windows 7 operating system.
Cecilia Kang / Post I.T.:
Senate Republicans Scrap Anti-Net Neutrality Push  —  Senate Republicans have stopped their push to prevent funding for the Federal Communication Commission as a protest of proposed net neutrality rules.  —  “While we are still generally opposed to net neutrality regulations …
Discussion: BetaNews, ZDNet Government and eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
That's one way to get Silverlight on a mobile device: Port it to Moblin Linux  —  To date, whenever anyone asked Microsoft officials when the company will deliver a version of Silverlight running on mobile phones, the answers range from a flat-out no comment, to a “real soon now/stay tuned.”
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Accounting rule changes in favor of Apple  —  A change to the rules on how companies must report their earnings was made official Wednesday, a move that is expected to benefit Apple's publicly stated iPhone profits.  —  The Financial Accounting Standards Board certified the change …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook sued over social networking patent  —  IDG News Service - Facebook has been sued by a software company in Baltimore that claims the social networking site is violating a two-year-old patent.  —  WhoGlue filed its lawsuit Monday in Delaware federal court.
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
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.
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel unveils Light Peak 10Gbps optical interconnect for mobile devices  —  USB 3.0 might be one of the big stories here at IDF, but Intel just showed off a glimpse of the future: Light Peak, an optical interconnect for mobile devices that can run as fast as 10Gbps.
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:
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Appeals court weighs Word injunction  —  A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard arguments over whether to uphold an injunction that would ban sales of Microsoft Word in its current form.  —  Microsoft is appealing a jury's ruling that a custom XML feature in recent versions of Word infringes …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Last Has Fallen.  The Embargo Is Dead.  —  Late last year I announced a new policy at TechCrunch - we don't do embargoes.  Well, it was a little more complicated than that, and designed to stir up chaos in the PR ranks.  We said we'd break every embargo, and we also said we'd honor embargoes …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DEMO: OrganIP hopes to make phone numbers a thing of the past  —  A new service called OrganIP makess it possible to speak anyone's name and call them using voice over IP technology.  A company called Digitrad developed the service by combining its Yes.tel unified identity technology …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
cabel.name:
Windows 7 Party  —  Good news!  Microsoft recently released some very helpful tips for hosting your own Windows 7 party!  —  Can I just stop here, and can we be honest with each other?  Does this kind of acting resonate with anybody?  (As Steve noted, it's totally Shovin' Buddies! )
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner Sees 2009 PC Unit Sales Down 2%; Expects 2010 Up 12.5% But With Flat Revs  —  Gartner this morning asserted that “the worst may be over for the PC industry.”  —  The research firm now sees 2009 unit shipments off just 2% from 2008, revising their previous forecast of down 6%.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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AnnArbor.com News:
1,085 NEW JOBS: Startup tech company will invest $15M to expand in Ann Arbor area
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A Slippery Slope  —  Now that Google launched a Chrome plug …
Discussion: SitePoint
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
The Dev That Came in From the Cold: iPhone Camera App Goes Legit
Discussion: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
iStockphoto Will Soon Start Selling Stock Logos, Too
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can We Please Have Jerry Back?