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10:15 PM ET, September 23, 2009

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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 …
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: VentureBeat, louisgray.com and NPR Blogs, Thanks:atul
Pretty Boy / Gizmodo:
The Pink Phone Pictures Microsoft Doesn't Want You To See Yet  —  Project Pink is Microsoft's secret new phone, their first major phone play since the iPhone.  Here are the first pictures of Pink phones, Turtle and Pure.  —  These phones are going to be made by Sharp, who'll get to share branding with Microsoft.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Needs An App Store, Oneforty Provides One  —  With the explosion of Twitter mobile apps, web-based clients, and desktop applications, it was only a matter of time before someone launched an actual Twitter-focused app store.  Oneforty has built a marketplace to for basically all things Twitter …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
Details on Twitter's Imminent Geolocation Launch  —  Twitter's new geolocation support was supposed to launch for developers at today's Twitter Conference in LA (which I'm attending), but it wasn't quite ready yet.  Still, Twitter's platform lead Ryan Sarver announced several details about how it will work …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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 …
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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Peter Wayner / New York Times:   Before Choosing an E-Book, Pondering the Format
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! )
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, Gadgetell and 9 to 5 Mac
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 and CloudAve, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers; don't build a paywall around a public good  —  NYU professor and Internet thinker Clay Shirky gave a talk Tuesday at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, our friends just on the other side of Harvard Square.
Discussion: Snarkmarket, Thanks:atul
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Emo Labs and Liaise win $1M media prize  —  Two companies have been selected at the DEMOfall 09 conference to receive $1 million in free advertising.  The winner on the consumer side was Emo Labs, which developed a speaker that delivers great sound, despite the limited space in high-definition TVs.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Timed Its Underwater Options Bailout Perfectly  —  Google's move to reprice underwater employee stock options earlier this year couldn't have come at a better time.  —  After remarking yesterday that Google shares traded above $500 for the first time in more than a year …
Adobe:
Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac  —  For immediate release  —  Intelligent Technology and Ease of Use Delivers the Power to Do More with Photos  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe®Photoshop®Elements 8 software available …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Pho.to's a basic version of Photoshop on the web  —  Adobe Photoshop has been a must-have editing tool for almost two decades.  But with photos moving to the cloud on sites like Facebook and Flickr, VicMan Software says there's a room for a web-based competitor.
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay CEO says Skype deal “is going to close”  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe said on Wednesday that recent lawsuits will not derail a $1.9 billion deal to sell a majority interest in Web telephone unit Skype to an investor group.
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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Sharing in a crisis  —  Co-working, where small companies office share space and expertise, is a growing trend in Silicon Valley now that even Google is laying off workers, writes Bobbie Johnson  —  When walking through Sandbox Suites, a small office just south of San Francisco's City Hall …
 
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
WARNING: Twitter Worm Spreading via Direct Messages
Discussion: eWeek, InfoWorld and CNET News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Dotgo: The Web via Text Messaging
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook sued over social networking patent
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Joi Ito talks about Creative Commons, Twitter, and the White House
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Cecilia Kang / Post I.T.:
Senate Republicans Scrap Anti-Net Neutrality Push
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Shield law: Definition of “journalist” gets professionalized
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Appeals court weighs Word injunction
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Industry group: OK for iTunes to block Palm Pre
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A Slippery Slope  —  Now that Google launched a Chrome plug …
Discussion: SitePoint
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did Apple Approve Spotify?
Discussion: Techgeist