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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia tells all on Booklet 3G: $299 with a 2-year contract on AT&T  —  Nokia, AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft are all holding hands and singing the same song about Nokia's Booklet 3G today.  The good news is that the device will be subsidized by AT&T, at $299 with a 2-year contract at a $60 a month data plan …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Latest Deal, Cisco Buys Starent for $2.9 Billion  —  Another week, another $3 billion acquisition for Cisco Systems.  —  On Tuesday, Cisco announced that it would pay $35 a share or $2.9 billion for Starent Networks, which makes products that help wireless telecommunications companies ship large volumes …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage  —  Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft's troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.
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Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile says Sidekick data may yet return  —  T-Mobile said late on Monday that it may yet be able to recover Sidekick users' information that it had previously thought was lost as part of a massive server failure by Microsoft's Danger subsidiary.  —  “Recent efforts indicate the prospects …
Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Building Maker  —  [Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog]  —  Some of us here at Google spend almost all of our time thinking about one thing: How do we create a three-dimensional model of every built structure on Earth?  How do we make sure it's accurate …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Got the wrong Bob?  —  Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center  —  When's the last time you got an email from a stranger asking, “Are you sure you meant to send this to me?” and promptly realized that you didn't?
Royal Pingdom:
Sweden's Internet broken by DNS mistake  —  Last night, a routine maintenance of Sweden's top-level domain .se went seriously wrong, introducing an error that made DNS lookups for all .se domain names start failing.  The entire Swedish Internet effectively stopped working at this point.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ViVu Raises $3 Million For Online Video Conferencing Platform  —  ViVu, an online video conferencing platform, has raised $3 million in Series A funding led by Inventus Capital Partners, with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Quest Venture Partners and entrepreneur Bill Carrico participating.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney's Retail Plan Is a Theme Park in Its Stores  —  LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company, with the help of Steven P. Jobs and his retailing team at Apple, intends to drastically overhaul its approach to the shopping mall.  —  At a time when many retailers are still cutting …
PC World:
Acer's First Windows 7 Netbook: Aspire One D250  —  Acer has unveiled a new version of its Aspire One netbook running Windows 7 and plans to put it on sale simultaneously with the new operating system's debut next week.  —  The Aspire One D250 has a 10.1-inch screen, which is the same size …
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Twitter can't be gagged: online outcry over Guardian/Trafigura order  —  While the Guardian could be prevented from reporting, Twitter couldn't: Trafigura was the most used word on micro-blogging site this morning  —  Trafigura, a London-based oil trader connected with dumping toxic waste …
Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Lives  —  Barney Frank spares venture capital.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a rare bit of good news from Washington, the investment model that created Intel, Apple and Google will be allowed to exist.  According to his draft legislation, Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple acknowledges Snow Leopard data loss issue  —  For the past month, some Mac OS X users have been reporting their personal data missing after logging into their guest accounts, and Apple now says it's working on finding a fix.  —  “We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases …
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Who needs a key?  IPhone app unlocks and starts car  —  A California company Tuesday will announce an iPhone application and car receiver that will enable users to lock, unlock and remotely start their car with the phone rather than the car's key fob.  —  The Viper SmartStart is the latest example …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Next Firefox can detect computer orientation  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET  —  The upcoming version 3.6 of Firefox will be able to tell if you're listing to starboard—and pass that information along to applications running in the browser.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai Rallies On Rumor Of Google Bid  —  Akamai (AKAM) shares are trading higher in a down market this morning amid rumors that the company might be a takeover target for Google (GOOG).  Briefing.com notes that AKAM calls are seeing buying interest this morning amid “GOOG for AKAM chatter.”
24/7 Wall St.:
Major Blogs Can Lose 90% Of Their Value If Founders Go: Huffington, TechCrunch, Gawker, Drudge  —  The author was a member of the board of directors of TheStreet.com from 2000 to 2005.  One of the major concerns of the board was what would happen if Jim Cramer left the company …
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Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
Now This is How the iPhone Should Handle Multitasking  —  I really hope someone at Apple sees these concept interfaces from Ocean Observations.  They've taken the best elements of the Pre's card system, combined them with Cover Flow, and created an awesome vision of multitasking on the iPhone.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Gist unveils iPhone app: Managing contacts on the go  —  Just last month, Gist unveiled a new online service that allows users to peruse emails, Tweets, news stories and other information.  Now, the Seattle startup is bringing that power to iPhone users.  —  Gist today is introducing a free app …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sue or Sign: EMI Trades Lawsuit for Deal With Music Start-Up Grooveshark  —  Well look at that: EMI Music Group, which had been working on a licensing deal with music start-up Grooveshark but ended up suing it instead, now has a licensing deal with Grooveshark after all.
Music Week:
Apple denies iTunes LP charges  —  Apple said today that it does not charge a production fee for iTunes LP, after an independent label in the US claimed that it was being priced out of the market for the new format.  —  Brian McKinney, who runs Chicago's Chocolate Lab Records …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and iLounge
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP brings touch to the mass market with new laptops and desktops  —  Hewlett-Packard is launching a series of new products today, including some long-awaited touchscreen laptop computers.  —  The highlight of today's 10 product introductions are laptops with multi-touch touchscreens that work …
Sagar Kamdar / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Fetch as Googlebot and Malware details — now in Webmaster Tools Labs!  —  The Webmaster Tools team is lucky to have passionate users who provide us with a great set of feature ideas.  Going forward, we'll be launching some features under the “Labs” label so we can quickly transition …
Money - AOL Money & Finance:
Crowd Around the Couch!  TiVo and BLOCKBUSTER Bring Hit Movies to a Living Room Near You  —  BLOCKBUSTER(R) is also the newest place to purchase TiVo DVR boxes, helping to give consumers one more way to bring home the box that does it all  —  Starting today, broadband connected TiVo® DVR subscribers …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Electronista
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Factual: Parting The Curtains Of The Invisible Web  —  This year, we've seen several ambitious new efforts to mine and make searchable the vast part of the web that remains largely hidden to search engines—often referred to as the deep, hidden or invisible web.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Looks Back: the “//” in Web Addresses Was Unnecessary  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the “//” after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary.
 
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DigiTimes:
Acer eyes 30 million notebook shipments for 2009
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
Apple Taught Lazard How Not to Talk About CEO Illness
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Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
People ‘anxious’ when cut off from internet
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New York Times:
Truth in Advertising, Offline or Online
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee releases new security suite for Macs
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Chat With Motorola CEO: Looking For Mojo In Android; Handset Deals Spur Innovation
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Apple's iPhone will be available from every UK mobile operator
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Refuses to Punish Lawyer for Anti-RIAA Blogging
Discussion: Between the Lines and Techdirt
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ooyala gets $10M more for online video