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7:05 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
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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
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Ben Parr / Mashable!:   Google's Plan to Kill Internet Explorer? Google Wave
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
Discussion: Gmail Blog, DVICE, TUAW and Computerworld
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: Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's Bartz: Microsoft Deal Was “Very Clever”
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
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 …
Discussion: mocoNews and Edible Apple
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Picasa Gets Face Recognition, Built-in Google Maps  —  I can never quite tell if Google considers its free Picasa image organizer/editor to be a Major Google Product-it doesn't update it all that often, or promote it as energetically as it might.  But it's announcing Picasa 3.5 today …
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
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM beefs up Lotus Connections with enterprise microblogging  —  IBM rolled out more enterprise collaboration features for its Lotus Connections software such as microblogging tools and customized widgets.  —  Big Blue jumped on the enterprise social networking bandwagon early.
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 launch party finalist e-mails sent out
Jonathanhstrauss / SnowBlog:
The Facebook Sharecount Button
Thanks:atul
New York Times:
Antitrust Chief in Europe Seeks to Close Cases
MacNN:
Eminem lawsuit against Apple set to begin trial
Discussion: Perez Hilton and PhysOrg.com
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Clay Shirky and accountability journalism
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
AT&T notifies iPhone users of impending MMS launch
Clinton Manning / Mirror.co.uk:
Internet piracy policing could add £24 to every phone bill
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Five Stars Dominate Ratings
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