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3:30 AM ET, September 25, 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
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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Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT  —  CHICAGO—September 24, 2009—37signals is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% of the company in exchange for $1.  —  Founder Jason Fried informed …
Discussion: CloudAve
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 …
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.
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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
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
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 …
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: The Register and paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Interview With Steve Ballmer: Products, Competition, The Road Ahead  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited Silicon Valley on Thursday for his annual meeting with top venture capitalists to talk about Microsoft product strategy.  This was his first visit to Silicon Valley since announcing …
Thanks:mgcreed
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge Orders Google To Deactivate User's Gmail Account  —  In a highly unusual move, a federal judge has ordered Google to deactivate the email account of a user who was mistakenly sent confidential financial information by a bank.  —  The order, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge James Ware …
Discussion: Techdirt
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It Took A Year, But Fitness Gadget Fitbit Will Finally Launch  —  Fitness gadget Fitbit was a hit at last year's TechCrunch50, where it created a ton of buzz and was a runner-up for the top prize.  Of course, we all know that it takes hardware companies longer to launch than software startups …
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: 9 to 5 Mac, Electronista and CNET News
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and Maximum PC
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft pulls music service from wireless carriers  —  Musiwave goes Zune only  —  Exclusive Nearly two years after spending $46m to acquire the Musiwave mobile tunes service, Microsoft has informed wireless carriers they can no longer use the service once their contracts expire, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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) …
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, Contentinople and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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: Techgeist, Digits and VatorNews
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
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
HP sees tech rebound  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co predicted that overall IT spending would bounce back next year, but set a fiscal 2010 revenue forecast that came in just below Wall Street's expectations.  —  The IT industry will return to growth in 2010 …
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google announces Project 10^100 themes
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Elliott C. Back
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture: Who Were The Other Potential Bidders?
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Behind the Apple-Eminem Feud
Discussion: Mashable!
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Guardian News and Media: Media vultures circling for PaidContent.org
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Ad data implies only 23% of iPhone owners updated to 3.1
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Brands Flickr; Users Retaliate
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As FiOS Zooms, Time Warner Scrambles to Launch Wideband Service
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The HP DreamScreen Not So Dreamy
John Burke / TUAW:
A collection of iPhone home screens from your favorite Apple celebrities
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft giving free tools — lots of them — to woo Web designers