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11:15 PM ET, September 24, 2009

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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Palm Pre's Arrival at Verizon Shelved  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. (TheStreet) — Palm's (PALM Quote) Pre phone isn't making the cut at Verizon (VZ Quote).  —  The Pre, Palm's premier touch-screen smartphone, which has been an exclusive offering this year at Sprint (S Quote), had been scheduled to arrive at Verizon in January.
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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 …
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 …
Lior Ron / The Official Google Blog:
Place Pages for Google Maps: There are places we remember!  —  Google Maps is a great tool for exploring places — you can pan around the map, zoom in and see nearby places, look around in Street View and search for whatever you want.  But what I always wanted to do is be able to get a clear understanding of what a place is all about.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches “Place Pages,” Gets Rid Of Tabbed Info Bubble  —  Google is swapping its “info window” in Maps out in favor a much richer full-page experience that offers more information and a number of new capabilities and features.  The pop-ups on Maps, open to an expanded info bubble view …
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why You Can't Trust Google  —  If, like our little company, you run your business using Google Apps, you're playing with fire.  For time and again, the company has proven that despite all its talk, its offerings are as unreliable as those of any other service provider.
Discussion: eWeek, VentureBeat and InformationWeek
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Lisa Barone / Outspoken Media:
Seth Godin Tries Out Brandjacking  —  Seth Godin has ginormous balls.  There, I said it.  —  This morning, Seth used his much respected blog to reveal the news about Brands In Public.  If you missed it (and if you did, you should really adjust the volume on your Internet) …
Gregg Keizer / Techworld.com:
IE 8 runs ten times faster with Google Chrome plug-in  —  Chrome Frame boosts Microsoft browser's JavaScript performance  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer zips through JavaScript nearly ten times faster than usual when Google's new Chrome Frame plug-in is partnered with the browser, benchmark tests show.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Books Settlement Delayed Indefinitely  —  As currently written, the controversial settlement between Google and groups representing publishers and authors is officially dead.  On Thursday, a federal judge gave the parties time to negotiate a new deal that would address some of the many objections filed by various groups.
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Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
Google Book-Scan Project Challenged in French Court
Discussion: paidContent
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
WMPoweruser.com:
Ballmer re poor execution in Windows Mobile: “We've pumped in some new talent” “This will not happen again”  —  Microsoft is hosting a Venture Capital Summit today at Mountain View, being attended by around 200 Venture Capitalists.  Like everything else these days, the event is live on Twitter …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early debut for Windows 7 PCs  —  Eager to get your hands on a new PC with Microsoft's Windows 7 preinstalled?  If you play your cards right, you could get one as much as a week or more in advance of the software's official Oct. 22 release.  —  A custom computer maker in the Seattle region …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google announces Project 10^100 themes  —  Google has finally whittled down the more than 150,000 ideas submitted as part of its Project 10^100 to 16 themes that will compete for $10 million in funding.  —  It's taken far longer than Google had originally anticipated, but the results …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Elliott C. Back
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, Techgeist and VatorNews
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Sites now works with third-party applications  —  Google Sites, a tool for creating internal websites where your company can collaborate, can now work with the rest of your business software, Google says.  The search giant is releasing an application programming interface (API) …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Launches Major Green Effort  —  It's being more forthcoming with environmental data—and working to change the terms of the debate  —  In recent years, Apple (AAPL) has been hammered by several environmental groups.  Greenpeace singled it out for its use of toxic chemicals in 2007 …
Discussion: CNET News
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Verizon Wireless Plans Mass LTE Deployment  —  In an interview, Verizon Wireless CTO Tony Melone lays out the carrier's ambitious Long-Term Evolution plans.  —  Verizon Wireless is planning to light up its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) nationwide network next year in one fell swoop rather …
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
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.
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, IntoMobile and AdMob Metrics
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
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.
 
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Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Google exec says Canada missing web's potential
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Drudge, other sites flooded with malicious ads
Discussion: Security Watch