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10:30 PM ET, September 29, 2009

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Lars Rasmussen / The Official Google Blog:
Surf's up Wednesday: Google Wave update  —  Starting Wednesday, September 30 we'll be sending out more than 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave to:  — Developers who have been active in the developer preview we started back in June  — The first users who signed up and offered to give feedback on wave.google.com
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:   Google to expand Wave testing, eyes Wave store
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Courier tablet: A Franklin Covey planner on steroids?  —  Since the first video and photo leaks went public last week of Microsoft's alleged second-generation Tablet PC, tipsters have been working overtime.  —  Since Microsoft isn't commenting at all on Courier (the official statement is …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First look: Microsoft Security Essentials impresses  —  After a short three-month beta program, Microsoft is officially releasing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), its free, real-time consumer antimalware solution for fighting viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans.
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Q: How essential is Microsoft Security Essentials?  A: Does your door have a lock?
Steve Ballmer / Microsoft Corporation:
The New Efficiency  —  In all the talk about the economy, one term that comes up more and more frequently is something called “the new normal.”  I like this phrase because it speaks to the fact that economic reality has undergone a fundamental shift over the course of the past 12 months.
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says Ford, Continental Moving to Windows 7
Discussion: Digits and All about Microsoft
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Palm Pre's New Strategy: Forget iTunes, Hello Wireless Amazon Downloads  —  When the Palm Pre debuted, one of its most useful features was its ability to sync with Apple's iTunes software.  Unfortunately, how it went about doing this was a little bit underhanded: it pretended to be an iPhone.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Ten New Details on the Apple Tablet  —  Want to know some more about Apple's upcoming tablet device?  You're in luck.  We've received the scoop from our reliable source—who correctly called the iPod nano 5G, iPhone 3GS and Chinese iPhone 3G months ago.  — Apple has created …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Meets The iPhone; Access Files On The Go  —  Dropbox, the easy to use file access manager which syncs your files across all your computers and the web, has introduced an iPhone application to make it even easier to access your files anywhere in the world.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Top Executives Get A Paycut  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) just completed the worst fiscal year in its history, with revenue down three percent; the first decline in sales in its history.  And its executives did not get off easy.  All of Microsoft's top executives …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns of near-term iMac, Mac mini constraints [u]  —  Apple this week began informing its direct sales channels that several of its desktop-based Mac offerings have entered a period of constraint, further hinting that Mac hardware updates are on the horizon.  [Updated with additional info on Mac mini.]
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Warner Music Comes Back to YouTube  —  Music Licensing: It's complicated.  Let's face it.  But today all of that is beside the point: we are happy to announce that Warner Music Group (WMG)'s artists are returning home to YouTube.  Under this new, multi-year global agreement …
Electronista:
Moto Cliq to ship Nov. 2, match iPhone's price  —  T-Mobile this afternoon set out official launch details for the Motorola Cliq, its newest Android phone and Motorola's first touchscreen smartphone.  Pre-orders for existing users should start on October 19th while the phone should ultimately arrive …
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Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile makes Motorola CLIQ preorder and pricing official, $199 with contract
Discussion: TmoNews and IntoMobile
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Misfired e-mail was never viewed by Gmail user  —  A sensitive e-mail mistakenly sent by a bank to a Gmail address that prompted a court to order Google to deactivate the account was not viewed by the recipient and has been deleted, the bank said on Tuesday.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Co-Founder And CTO Aber Whitcomb Leaves, To Be Replaced By Alex Maghen  —  MySpace has just announced that CTO and co-founder Aber Whitcomb will be leaving the company, to be replaced by MySpace Music's current CTO Alex Maghen.  The news doesn't come as much of a surprise …
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Akamai Rolls Out HD Video Network For Flash, Silverlight And iPhone  —  People continue to increase the amount of time they spend watching full-length movies and other premium content online—so shouldn't they be able to watch more of it in HD quality?  That's the premise behind the launch …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Metered Broadband Is the Future: Verizon CTO  —  Verizon Chief Technology Officer Dick Lynch said today that in the coming years, wired broadband will likely be sold in packages based on the amount of data a person wants to consume, much like wireless broadband is sold today.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Data Mining the Mint.com Demographic  —  Last week we reported on Intuit's acquisition of personal finance site Mint.com.  Now Mint Founder Aaron Patzer is lifting the curtain on a few fantastic new features—for businesses.  —  The most significant: Mint is now aggregating data …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
DoubleTwist Remakes Apple's Classic 1984 Ad With A New Dictator: Steve Jobs  —  On January 22, 1984 during the third quarter of the SuperBowl, Apple broadcast one of the most famous television commercials of all time.  Based on a dystopian future George Orwell described in his novel 1984 …
Discussion: Technologizer and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
GM, eBay End Online Sales Effort  —  General Motors Co. is ending a seven-week experiment to sell new cars in California with eBay Inc., as many dealers report the online marketplace didn't help sell more vehicles and led shoppers to offer low-ball prices.  —  The program, which ends Wednesday …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos Joins Benchmark As Entrepreneur In Residence  —  Mårten Gustaf Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, is Benchmark Capital's newest Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR).  —  Mickos served as chief executive officer for the open source database company from January 2001 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digits, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Apple working on a touchscreen remote for upcoming Apple TV?  —  Our Apple tipster (who accurately predicted organizable iPhone homescreens in iTunes as well as integrated social networking components) is back at it again!  This time we've been sent an image that we're told is a …
 
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
‘Clear’ Security Service May Return at Airports
Reuters:
U.S. may need as much as $350 bln to extend broadband
Discussion: Electronista
Gadi Evron / darkREADING:
Dutch ISPs Sign Anti-Botnet Treaty
Discussion: Security Watch and CircleID
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Echofon (Formerly TwitterFon) Unveils A Simple And Fast Native Mac Twitter Client
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify Connection Disqualifies Pirate Bay Appeal Judge
Discussion: Threat Level and ZeroPaid.com
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Battelle Changes Mind, Stays CEO; Deanna Brown Exits Scripps …
Discussion: VentureBeat and FM Blog
Sydney Morning Herald:
Google Earth climate change 3D map unveiled
Information Warfare Monitor:
Targeted Malware Attack on Foreign Correspondents based in China
Discussion: Zero Day
 Earlier Items: 
Cecilia Kang / Post I.T.:
Internet Speeds Are Often Slower Than What Consumers Pay For, FCC Finds
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
iPhone Developers Accessing Users' Telephone Numbers for Telemarketing?
Discussion: Mac4Ever.com and The iPhone Blog
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Dogster and ICanHazCheezburger Join Ad Forces
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Chrome And Safari Are Rounding Errors
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 finally ready for AT&T: $300 on October 4?