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7:25 AM ET, September 24, 2009

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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:
Google Steps Where Many Have Stumbled: Sidewiki  —  By 2001 web startup Third Voice, which let people annotate websites via a browser plugin, was done.  Website owners just didn't like the idea of people “defacing” their websites with comments they couldn't control.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Smalltalk Tidbits …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Andrey / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry Desktop Software: a Closer Look at the Mac OS Version  —  BlackBerry® Desktop Software is now compatible with the Mac OS platform, and the upcoming release is just around the corner.  We'd like to take this opportunity to share some details about the key features included in v1.0.
Chris / cdixon.org:
WSJ's factually challenged argument against net neutrality  —  Holman W. Jenkins Jr. has an op ed in the Wall Street Journal today arguing against net neutrality.  He positions himself as someone defending innovation and particularly startups against incumbents like Google.  For example, he says:
Thanks:atul
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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 …
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 …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Wi-Fi Alternative When the Network Gets Clogged  —  Talk about falling short of expectations.  —  In the last year, millions of people have snapped up new smartphones, filled them with apps and promptly found out that they couldn't actually use them.  —  The problem?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Moritz Revisits Steve Jobs and Apple  —  When a person becomes known for one thing, it's easy to forget that he once did something completely different.  Few people remember, for example, that before Babe Ruth was a New York Yankees slugger he was a successful Red Sox pitcher, with 94 wins, 46 losses and a 2.28 earned run average.
Discussion: Time
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.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Vodafone Unveils ‘360’ Social Phonebook Layer For Samsung, Other Handsets  —  Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has unveiled Vodafone 360, and it's not an app store.  The service is first a piece of software, layered on top of handsets' own OS, that aggregates users' friends and messaging.
BBC:
‘Tweeting’ medics expose patients  —  Medics posting messages on networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are breaching patient confidentiality, a leading journal reveals.  —  Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found examples of web gossip by trainee doctors sharing private patient stories and details.
Discussion: textually.org
Julian Dibbell / Wired News:
The Assclown Offensive: How to Enrage the Church of Scientology  —  In the evening of January 15, 2008, a 31-year-old tech consultant named Gregg Housh sat down at the computer and paid a visit to one of his favorite Web sites, the message board known as 4chan.
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! )
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
TomTom iPhone car kit in UK Apple store for £100  —  There's no need to Sellotape your iPhone to a dashboard anymore.  Thanks to a tweet from Mark Owen this morning, we've found out that the TomTom car kit for the iPhone 3GS is now available to pre-order from the UK Apple store …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft giving free tools — lots of them — to woo Web designers  —  Web designers haven't exactly rushed out to buy Microsoft's Expression design tools, which are aimed at a market dominated by Adobe.  —  But small design shops may have trouble resisting a new offer that Microsoft's unveiling today …
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 …
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.
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.
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
EA Stock Soars On Microsoft Buyout Rumors  —  Rumors can be powerful forces in the economy, as evidenced by an 8.1 percent rise in Electronic Arts stock today following unsubstantiated rumors that Microsoft was interested in buying the publisher out.  —  What analysts and strategists are calling …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Cisco CEO Optimistic About the Economy  —  Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers was one of the first tech executives to predict that the recession — then limited to the financial sector — would spread to the rest of the economy.  Now he's among the first to say it's on the way back.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Time for Demo to change—a lot  —  The 13-year reign of Chris Shipley as the Diva of Demo is coming to an end.  The writer, consultant, and longtime content chief of the conference series, started in 1991 by Stewart Alsop, is leaving the show.  Demo is now coming under the direction of Matt Marshall …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Joi Ito talks about Creative Commons, Twitter, and the White House
Discussion: Guardian
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
That's one way to get Silverlight on a mobile device: Port it to Moblin Linux