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6:15 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 …
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Gmail Still More Reliable Than Many Corporate Email Systems
Thanks:mgcreed
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 …
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 and VatorNews
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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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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter “Reckless Hulu Streams”  —  There is no love lost between CBS and Hulu.  You won't find any full episodes of CBS shows on Hulu, and CBS's own site TV.com is so similar in look and feel that one might call it a product of envy.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Contentinople, Thanks:atul
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 and metarand, Thanks:wesleybarrow
Datamation:
Why Microsoft's ‘Courier’ Tablet Will Never Exist  —  Microsoft geniuses are secretly toiling away in an underground lab to build a gadget that will kill the coming Apple Tablet device, right?  Wrong.  —  The device in question is called Courier, and it's got two 7-inch screens, one camera …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Guardian News and Media: Media vultures circling for PaidContent.org  —  Guardian News and Media, the U.K. publisher of The Guardian and The Observer, is losing so much money — £100,000 ($162,000) per day — that it may be forced to sell assets to raise cash, industry sources say.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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 …
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.
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Intel's TV Everywhere Push: One New Chip, Many Partners  —  Intel today at its developer conference in San Francisco said it's committed to the future of entertainment — a different kind of “TV Everywhere” than the one we talk about when we're referring to Time Warner and the rest authenticating subscribers online.
Discussion: BetaNews and Intel
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Ad data implies only 23% of iPhone owners updated to 3.1  —  A look at some recent statistics from mobile advertising firm AdMob gives us a rough idea of how iPhone users are upgrading to the latest software.  A few weeks after its release, only about a fourth of AdMob's ad requests are coming …
Discussion: iLounge and AdMob Metrics
Economist:
ICANN be independent  —  America is poised to loosen its control over cyberspace  —  FORTY years ago this month American academics sent the first message over the ARPANET, a military network that was the precursor of today's internet.  A legacy of those efforts is that the American government continues …
Discussion: CircleID and Domain Name Wire
 
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Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Opera Mini Tops 30 Million Users, But Is It The World's Most Popular Mobile Browser?
Discussion: Opera Press Room
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Unnamed, unpriced PS3 motion controller arrives next spring
Discussion: Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report and Kotaku
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Kleiner Perkins' iFund Can Help Marketers Navigate Mobile Apps
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As FiOS Zooms, Time Warner Scrambles to Launch Wideband Service
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The HP DreamScreen Not So Dreamy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Newspapers to Congress: Please Don't Give Us a Bailout
Discussion: Romenesko and Editor and Publisher
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Drudge, other sites flooded with malicious ads
Discussion: Security Watch and threatpost
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Inside HP's Huge Tulsa Data Center
Discussion: Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NetSuite Launches iPhone App To Access Business Software On The Go
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook wastes no time putting FriendFeed to work