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1:55 AM ET, September 30, 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
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?
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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blog.seattlepi.com:
Judge overturns Uniloc's record $388M victory over Microsoft  —  A district judge has abolished a high-profile, $388 million award against Microsoft and ruled that the company did not infringe a patent held by software maker Uniloc.  —  The judgment, signed Tuesday by Judge William Smith …
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 …
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
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple's hypocritical move to block competitors from accessing its software.  —  In May, Palm announced that its new phone, the Pre, would do something that only a single other smartphone in the world could do—"synchronize seamlessly with iTunes."  For years, manufacturers of digital music players …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Offers Translation Tool to Other Sites  —  Back in January 2008, Facebook was available in one language: English.  That's when the company introduced a new translation tool that allowed its members to do the hard work of translating the site into their native languages.
Discussion: TechCrunch, All Facebook and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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.]
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: IntoMobile and TmoNews
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
OnLive raises big round from AT&T and others for on-demand gaming  —  OnLive is announcing today it has raised a third round of funding from AT&T Media Holdings, Lauder Partners and its existing partners as it moves toward the launch of its video games on demand service, which will let you play high-end games with no special hardware.
Discussion: TechCrunch, blogs.ft.com and Joystiq
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 …
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Perform OCR with Google Docs - Turn Images Into Editable Documents  —  Google Docs can now perform OCR on digital images.  You can upload an image containing typewritten or printed text (like a fax document or a scanned newspaper clipping) to your Google Docs account and it will turn that image into editable text.
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: Digits and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
HP Envy 13 Review: The MacBook Imitated, Not Duplicated  —  You know what they say about knock offs; they're never quite as good as the original.  But HP's Envy 13, which is clearly a rip of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (everything down to packaging screams Apple), comes pretty darn close.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Crave and Engadget
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
RIM launches TiVo for BlackBerry  —  How long does it take to pump out an TiVo app for BlackBerry?  One year, evidently, as RIM and TiVo have just announced the availability of TiVo for BlackBerry.  Allowing BlackBerry users with a TiVo set-top box to view their program guide and remotely schedule …
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
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