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3:25 PM ET, September 24, 2009

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Deal Journal:
Breaking News: Twitter to Raise $100 Million From Insight, T. Rowe Price, Other Investors  —  The WSJ's Michael Corkery and Jessica E. Vascellaro report:  —  Twitter, the messaging web site that has become an Internet sensation, is nearing a deal to close as much as $100 million of new funding …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Twitter to Become Tech's Newest $1 Billion Company  —  Twitter, the fashionable microblogging service, is set to close a round of financing of around $100 million that values the three-and-a-half-year-old start-up at $1 billion, according to a person briefed on the company's plans.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   What does staid T. Rowe Price see in Twitter?
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 …
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Announcing the WebsiteSpark Program  —  I'm excited to announce a new program - WebsiteSpark - that Microsoft is launching today.  —  WebsiteSpark is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple ready and waiting with redesigned iMac line  —  Apple as early as this month will begin to fill out its 2009 Mac product line with a new family of iMacs sporting classier enclosures and a few added bells and whistles, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New study says Palm Pre second only to iPhone 3GS in mindshare  —  Market research firm Interpret recently made some discoveries about public perception of smartphones that should shock, surprise, and amaze you.  The just released report, dubbed “Signature Smartphones: Gaining Mindshare …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Confirmed — Nvidia Working on Chrome OS Tegra Devices  —  Earlier this month, rumors out of China indicated that we'd see Google Chrome OS devices running on Nvidia's Tegra platform.  I had a product briefing with Mike Rayfield, Nvidia's GM of Mobile Business, and heard it directly from the source.
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Zee / The Next Web:
(Updated) Gmail Problems Arise Once Again.  [downtime]  —  We're receiving messages and tweets reporting Gmail being down for some and inaccessible in parts for others.  —  This comes soon after a major downtime period just three weeks ago, where the company were forced to explain …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's 2009 earnings up nearly 44% under new accounting rules - analyst  —  How much will Apple's (AAPL) reported earnings be affected by the new accounting rules approved Wednesday?  —  A lot, says Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.  —  In a note to clients issued early Thursday …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Teaching Moment For Lily Allen [Update: And *Poof* Goes Her Blog]  —  In my last post about Lily Allen's hypocrisy in uploading tons of songs without authorization, while saying it's good to cut off internet access for regular uploaders, one of the commenters made a good point …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Good News / Bad News: GSM Palm Pre Bands and Unlocking  —  Let's start with the good news: The Palm Pre will be Quad-Band on GSM and Tri-Band 3G.  The devil's in the details, but it this case it's angels  — Palm Pre GSM Bands: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  — Palm Pre UMTS/HSDPA Bands: 850 / 1900 / 2100
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Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Cuts Price of Wii Console for First Time; Sony Makes PSP Cheaper  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Nintendo Co. cut the top-selling Wii's price for the first time and Sony Corp. lowered the cost of buying its PlayStation Portable player in Japan to help revive industry sales.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp, Engadget, VG247 and Gearlog
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T announces time for iPhone MMS availability Friday  —  American iPhone users should see multimedia messaging features unlocked late in the morning Friday on the west coast by way of a carrier update file that will be delivered through iTunes, AT&T announced Wednesday.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft plays the security card in response to Google's Chrome Frame  —  I was doubtful that Microsoft execs would have anything to say about Google's introduction this week of a plug-in that allows users to run the Google Chrome browser inside Internet Explorer.  —  But I was wrong.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Security Watch
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 …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Engadget
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC HD2 (aka, Leo) launching on O2 UK October 12th?  —  A trusted tipster with a proven past just gave us the launch day scoop on the hotly anticipated HTC Leo.  A Windows Mobile 6.5 handset we recently spied with HD2 branding and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800x480 resolution …
John Burke / TUAW:
A collection of iPhone home screens from your favorite Apple celebrities  —  With over 75,000 applications to choose from, it's no secret that every iPhone or iPod touch user has a different set of “favorites”.  A new website, First & 20, is shedding some light on the mystery of home screens starting …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Wacom Tablets Get Multi-Touch, Gestures  —  Input tablet maker Wacom has just updated its Bamboo line to accept multi-touch gestures from fingers as well as the more traditional pressure-sensitive pen.  There are three main models — pen only, touch-only, and one with everything.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft study says white spaces worth over $100 billion  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. estimates that the unlicensed “white spaces” spectrum coveted by the software giant and other technology companies could be worth more than $100 billion over the next 15 years.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook wastes no time putting FriendFeed to work  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Facebook has unleashed a Tornado, and it's hoping that some eager engineers will go catch it.  —  Earlier this month, Facebook released the open-source Web server framework called Tornado, which powers the real …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Judges in Microsoft-i4i case question damages  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appeals court judges hearing the latest round of a long-running patent fight between Microsoft Corp and Toronto technology company i4i on Wednesday questioned a lower court's calculation that the software giant owed $290 million in damages to the smaller firm.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Techgeist
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Congrats to Dopplr?  Maybe.  But before the champagne, some context  —  So before we get into this, let's build the case for the defence.  Nokia has been acquiring lots of small startups lately (Plum, Cellity and Bit-Side this year) and TechCrunch.com now has a source that says they've bought boutique travel social network Dopplr.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The HP DreamScreen Not So Dreamy  —  Last week I saw some coverage of this new HP device called the DreamScreen.  And more than a couple of blogs were comparing it to the elusive Apple Tablet.  Given my extreme interest in this space, I thought I should get this new DreamScreen in my hands …
 
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