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4:55 PM ET, September 26, 2009

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple close to unveiling all-new MacBook line  —  An initiative on the part of Apple to retain and redesign its low-cost polycarbonate MacBook line due to ongoing economic uncertainties is now believed to be closer to fruition than once thought, AppleInsider has been told.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google barks back at Microsoft over Chrome Frame security  —  Defends plug-in, says it makes IE more secure, not less  —  Computerworld - Google hit back at Microsoft today, defending the security of its new Chrome Frame plug-in and claiming that the software actually makes Internet Explorer (IE) safer and more secure.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mozilla coders are misguided over App Store criticisms  —  Two prominent web developers involved with Mozilla have taken new positions at Palm, heading up developer relations for is webOS platform.  While both Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith extol the open web as the future of app delivery …
Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre:
Palm Pre for $79.99 at Walmart  —  Just a few days ago, we saw the Palm Pre hit Amazon for $100.  Those willing to go through the rebate process can get the Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement.  The $100 mail-in rebate goes through Let's Talk, who handles wireless sales for Walmart.
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Gizmodo
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
BoinxTV Moves to Apple's Snow Leopard OS  —  Boinx Software's video production software upgrades to Version 1.4, now operable with Apple's latest operating system—Snow Leopard.  —  Germany software company Boinx has updated BoinxTV, its live-video production software …
Discussion: Macworld
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Pandora: From Near-Death to Profitability in a Year  —  I've always liked how outspoken Tim Westergren of Pandora is.  He's not one of those all-too-common founders who puffs up his chest and gives rationalizations for why everything is great even as user numbers are sliding or a competitor is stealing momentum.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:thinkmantra
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
A Brilliant Open Letter Song On Piracy To Lily Allen  —  Say what you like about Lily Allen.  Agree with her.  Disagree with her if you like.  Whatever the position, it's difficult to take it away from her - she has done more in the last week to raise the online debate over illicit file-sharing than any other artist in recent months.
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and digg.com
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Earn 43 cents every time you infect a Mac  —  One of the most interesting talks I've attended so far during this year's Virus Bulletin conference was the one by Dmitry Samosseiko about the Russian “Partnerka”.  —  The Partnerka is the complex network of affiliates who profit from spam and malware.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Browser makers complain about Microsoft's ballot-screen fix  —  Responding to a European Union questionnaire sent out this summer, Web browser makers have complained about Microsoft's proposed ballot-screen solution to antitrust concerns.  —  The European Committee for Interoperable Systems …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Some More Positive Murmurs for Web Ads  —  More upbeat-but not too ecstatic-chatter about the state of the Internet advertising market this morning from Wall Street: Barclays Capital analyst Douglas Anmuth is raising his estimates for Google (GOOG), citing “improving macro conditions [and] a stronger ad market.”
Discussion: Contentinople, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Confirmed: Twitter is Saving All Your Tweets, After All  —  Forest fires in California, the plane landing on the Hudson river, the Mumbai hotel attacks - these historical events and many more have been recorded by everyday people on the ground, using Twitter.
Discussion: The Web Life, Thanks:mgcreed
PC World:
Freecom to Sell Early USB 3.0 Portable Drive  —  Freecom on Thursday introduced one of the earliest devices based on the USB 3.0 standard: a portable hard drive that provides faster data-transfer rates compared to drives based on the older USB 2.0 standard.  —  The Hard Drive XS 3 …
Discussion: I4U News
 
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Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup, Microsoft Said to Take on Intuit, Mint.com
Discussion: CNET News and PE Hub Blog
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Laptop searches at airports infrequent, DHS privacy report says
AndroidGuys:
Google Responds [CYANOGATE '09]
 Earlier Items: 
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Squidoo Backs Down On ‘Brand Campaign’ As Many Are ‘Not so Happy’ About It
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Verizon Might Be Considering DirecTV Bid
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Early Twitter Backer Union Square Sits This One Out
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Browser Plugin Shareaholic Passes 1 Million Downloads, Closes Seed Funding
Discussion: The Web Life, Thanks:meattle
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Response to AT&T's letter to FCC on Google Voice
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Warner Inks Deal to Bring Green Day, Madonna, U2 Back to YouTube
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai