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10:05 AM ET, September 26, 2009

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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Response to AT&T's letter to FCC on Google Voice  —  This afternoon AT&T filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging that Google Voice is preventing its users from making outbound calls to certain phone numbers with inflated access charges, and asking the Commission to intervene.
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Reuters:
AT&T: net neutrality should apply to Web firms too  —  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said any new “net neutrality” rules imposed by U.S. regulators need to apply to Web companies like Google Inc as much as to phone companies to ensure a level playing field.
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.
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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
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Early Twitter Backer Union Square Sits This One Out  —  Twitter CEO Evan Williams thanked a long list of investors in his blog post today formally announcing his newest funding round.  Not included: New York's Union Square Ventures, which has been one of the messaging service's most prominent backers …
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Twitter Blog:
New Twitter Funding  —  There's a lot of talk today about our financing.
Chris / cdixon.org:
The Twitter investment and the decline of venture capital
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog, Thanks:atul
Chris Kern / The Official Google Blog:
Jump to the information you want right from the search snippets  —  For most search results, Google shows you a few lines of text to give you an idea of what the page is about — we call this a “search snippet.”  Recently, we've enhanced the search snippet with two new features that make it easier …
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: VentureBeat, 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
Ben Galbraith / Ben Galbraith's Blog:
Going to Palm with Dion  —  Do you remember how much the Web used to suck?  —  Not so long ago, we Web developers would have to constantly educate product managers and other business stakeholders about the limitations of HTML; we would often contrast it with so-called “rich client” technologies.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Mozilla coders join Palm, apparently jabbing Apple
Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: Verizon Wireless will sell the Palm Pre  —  We've just confirmed this with one of our ninjas: the rumor of Verizon Wireless passing on adding the Palm Pre to its line-up is totally and 100% bogus.  We don't have any other information to share at this time but hopefully those analysts stay …
Nicko Margolies / PSFK:
‘Best Camera’ iPhone App by Chase Jarvis  —  Chase Jarvis, a world-renowned commercial photographer, recently launched an iPhone application, book and online photo community to convince everyone that the best camera is the one that's with you and absolutely anyone can snap a remarkable image.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Apple's Shadow Hangs Over Game Console Makers  —  TOKYO — As video game giants like Sony and Microsoft touted their new gizmos at the Tokyo Game Show this week, industry executives had more than the coming holiday sales season on their minds.  —  Apple's recent foray into video games …
Shelby Bonnie / TechCrunch:
Let's Kill The CPM  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Shelby Bonnie, the CEO of Whiskey Media.  He co-founded CNET in 1993 and was the Chairman and CEO from 2000 to 2006.  He served as Chairman of the IAB from 2001 to 2003.  Whiskey Media is a content platform with three sites …
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup, Microsoft Said to Take on Intuit, Mint.com  —  Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc. has formed a venture with Microsoft Corp. to compete with Mint.com, the personal- finance Web site that Intuit Inc. agreed to buy last week for $170 million, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and CNET News
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Meet Twitter's Self-Appointed Nemesis  —  The revenues of Jason Fried's scrappy Chicago startup are estimated at maybe $10 million annually.  Twitter, meanwhile, is about to deposit ten times that in its already-stuffed bank account.  Which helps explain why Fried's sniping has reached mocking extremes.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Erin Geiger Smith / Silicon Alley Insider:
VERDICT: Why Gawker Will Win The McSteamy Sex Tape Lawsuit  —  We all know the details by now:  —  Grey's Anatomy's McSteamy, his wife, and what is apparently a very good friend made a sexless sex tape.  Gawker posted the video and McSteamy and wife (hereinafter referred to collectively as “McSteamy") sue.
Discussion: The Smoking Gun
AndroidGuys:
Google Responds [CYANOGATE '09]  —  You know something's a pretty big deal when Google feels obligated to respond to a situation.  Such is the case with the recent situation going down between the Android team and Cyanogen.  Today sees Dan Morrill dropping by the official Developer blog …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Warner Inks Deal to Bring Green Day, Madonna, U2 Back to YouTube  —  Label Also in Talks to Join Vevo, the ‘Hulu for Music’ Initiative  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Warner Music Group has completed a deal with YouTube that will bring back music videos for Green Day, U2, Madonna and other artists …
Discussion: Softpedia News and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Squidoo Backs Down On ‘Brand Campaign’ As Many Are ‘Not so Happy’ About It
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Browser Plugin Shareaholic Passes 1 Million Downloads, Closes Seed Funding
Discussion: The Web Life, Thanks:meattle
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Board Member Maggie Wilderotter Resigns
Discussion: BoomTown and The Microsoft Blog
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More Last.fm Old Timers Jumping From CBS' Ship
Discussion: Open Access News