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12:50 PM 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.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes Web development tools available for free
Discussion: Download Squad
Deal Journal:
Breaking News: Twitter to Raise $100 Million From Insight, T. Rowe Price, Other Investors  —  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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
Breaking: Gmail Problems Arise Once Again.  [downtime] - updated  —  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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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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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 and Gearlog
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile gets My Location and more  —  It's easier and faster than ever to search Google using your Windows Mobile phone.  Just visit m.google.com to download the latest version of Google Mobile App, which includes these new features:  — My Location.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Drudge, other sites flooded with malicious ads  —  IDG News Service - Criminals flooded several online ad networks with malicious advertisements over the weekend, causing popular Web sites such as the Drudge Report, Horoscope.com and Lyrics.com to inadvertently attack their readers, a security company said Wednesday.
Discussion: Security Watch and threatpost
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NetSuite Launches iPhone App To Access Business Software On The Go  —  NetSuite, a company that provides cloud-based business management software suites, is furthering its mobile strategy by launching a free iPhone app to compliment its web-based products.  The iPhone app gives NetSuite users …
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 …
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
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.
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Tweet, Tweet, Ka-Ching: Twitter is Changing the Way Nonprofits Make the Ask  —  Can non-profits raise awareness, increase membership, and—most critically—"make the ask" successfully on Twitter?  Can a 140-character message deliver the visceral wallop of, say, heart-wrenching footage …
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.
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.
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
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: Security Watch and Zero Day
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla And Going: A Couple More iPhone Apps To Prove You Own This Town
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Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Moritz Revisits Steve Jobs and Apple
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Time for Demo to change—a lot
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers …
Discussion: broadstuff and Snarkmarket, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Google CEO sees one small acquisition a month