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4:45 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Yes, It Makes Money On The App Store  —  There is widespread agreement that the Apple (AAPL) App Store has changed the face of the handset business, forcing other companies to scramble in a desperate attempt to keep up.  At last count, Apple said over 1.8 billion apps had been downloaded …
Discussion: Digits
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: Engadget, VG247, Electronic Pulp and Gearlog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As FiOS Zooms, Time Warner Scrambles to Launch Wideband Service  —  Time Warner Cable today finally launched its super high-speed wideband consumer and business Internet service in New York.  It's been a long time coming, for as we've noted before, Time Warner Cable is a laggard when compared to other cable providers.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Brands Flickr; Users Retaliate  —  It appears that a few days ago there was a slight change to Flickr's logo: an addition of a small Yahoo logo to the right side so it reads “Flickr from Yahoo.”  In response, many Flickr users have taken to the photo-sharing site's forums to express their horror at Yahoo's branding on Flickr.
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Google exec says Canada missing web's potential  —  Canadian businesses are lagging behind their peers in other developed countries when it comes to advertising online, according to one of Google's top executives.  —  “It's not as competitive a business market, which basically suggests …
Discussion: p2pnet
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Obama Administration Creates Office to Boost Entrepreneurs  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Commerce Department is setting up an office intended to help entrepreneurs transform ideas into companies.  —  Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will announce the initiative in a speech today in Maryland …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:wesleybarrow
 
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