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11:05 AM ET, September 8, 2010

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Oracle:
Oracle Responds to HP Lawsuit  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) today issued the following statement:  —  “Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard …
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Hani Durzy / Data Central:
BREAKING: HP Files Civil Complaint Against Hurd; Includes Statement …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Bypassing “Search” Button: More “Streaming” Search Results  —  Several people are reporting seeing Google automatically take them to the search results page from the Google home page, as they type a search query.  Imagine you are on Google.com and you begin typing a search query.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod touch review (2010)  —  At Apple's last event, Steve Jobs called the iPod touch the company's “most popular iPod,” and it's easy to understand why.  In just a few short years, the iPhone-with-no-phone has kept in lockstep with Cupertino's halo device, benefitting from the same kind …
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Dan Frakes / Macworld:
iPod nano (sixth generation, late 2010)  —  Biggest nano makeover yet gains Multi-Touch but loses features and screen size  —  No iPod model has received as many makeovers—both minor and dramatic—as the iPod nano.  (Perhaps not coincidentally, no other iPod model has sold as well.)
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Buys Amie Street's Digital Music Store, Shuts It Down  —  Add another digital music startup to the bonfire: Amazon is buying up the retail operations of Amie Street, the online music store it helped fund four years ago, and will then shut it down.  Meanwhile the Amie Street guys …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Takes Chatter Mobile With iPhone, iPad, Android And BlackBerry Apps  —  As Salesforce's foray into social collaboration, Salesforce Chatter, gains traction amongst enterprise users, it makes sense for the company to launch complimentary mobile apps to the platform.
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Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta With Faster Graphics and New Audio Capabilities for the Web  —  The latest update to Firefox 4 Beta brings super fast graphics and incredible new audio capabilities to the Web.  Firefox 4 Beta now leverages hardware acceleration to improve graphics performance for Windows users …
Gizmodo:
Justin Bieber Has Dedicated Servers at Twitter  —  Justin Bieber uses 3% of Twitter resources at any moment.  According to a Twitter employee—talking to designer Dustin Curtis—Bieber has “racks of servers dedicated to him.  I'm sure this will excite his haters (hello 4chan!) even more.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why iTunes song samples are still only 30 seconds  —  Apple's plan to extend the length of song samples doesn't appear to be dead.  —  “We are in active negotiations with Apple,” about the length of song samples, said Hanna Pantle, a spokeswoman for Broadcast Music Inc., (BMI) …
asymco:
iTunes app total downloads to overtake songs this year  —  Last week I posted the iTunes download rate graph that showed how Apps are being downloaded much more rapidly than songs and revealed an inflection point in the song rate.  —  Based on the recent updates to iTMS and iTAS on Sept. 1 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Ping Might Grow  —  Matt Drance on Ping: … Agreed.  Ping on the iPhone feels like a decent native client to a social network.  Ping on the desktop (Mac/Windows) feels like an afterthought to iTunes — one little source list item halfway down the list, with content that doesn't seem designed at all.
Discussion: Jonny Evans's blog and Apple Outsider, Thanks:atul
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Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:   iTunes in the Cloud and Why This Scares Me
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kno Raises $46 Million More To Build “Most Powerful Tablet Anyone Has Ever Made”  —  Marc Andreessen is normally enthusiastic about the startups he's invested in.  Still, when I spoke to him last week about Kno, he surprised me by saying it will be “the most powerful tablet anyone has ever made.”
Discussion: GigaOM, VatorNews and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple forecast to sell 28M iPads in 2011, chipping away at PC sales  —  Apple's competitively priced iPad is expected to reduce sales of low-end notebook PCs in 2011, when consumers are projected to buy at least 28 million of the touchscreen tablet, one analyst believes.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Scribe  —  Google launched a very interesting tool that offers suggestions as you type: Google Scribe.  It's not exactly the service I anticipated 3 years ago, but Google Scribe works surprisingly well.  For example, I started to type “This works sur” and Google suggested …
Melissa Petro / The Huffington Post:
Thoughts From a Former Craigslist Sex Worker  —  People — not just prostitutes — have sex for many reasons.  Sometimes, for some of us, one reason is money.  From October 2006 to January 2007 I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the …
Discussion: PC World
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
In Facebook's Crosshairs  —  It was not an invitation that Dennis Crowley could have been thrilled about.  Mark Zuckerberg wanted him to do what, exactly?  Fly to California and stand onstage while Facebook unveiled the launch of a new location-sharing check-in feature that tech pundits …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Microsoft Needs To Make Office Apps For The iPad  —  One thing has been consistent since Apple's iPad launched in April: Apple's iWork apps, its versions of Microsoft Office apps — Word ("Pages"), Excel ("Numbers"), and PowerPoint ("Keynote") — are near the top …
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:rawmeet
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do People Want ‘Amateur Hour’ on Their TVs?  —  Last week Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, unveiled a new version of the Apple TV, which is smaller and, at $99, less expensive than the previous model.  —  Before showing off the new device, Mr. Jobs walked the audience through a list …
Thanks:bobcaswell
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Freed Journalist Tricked Captors Into Twitter Access  —  A Japanese journalist freed over the weekend by captors in Afghanistan managed to send two Twitter messages before his release while teaching a captor how to access the Internet on a new cell phone, he said Tuesday.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Google's Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee's Gain?  —  Former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, insists—insists— that he is not happy that Google imploded its business in China.  “Seeing the work that I put in, how could I be happy to see that?” he says.  In fact, in a press release …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:rawmeet
Bloomberg:
Vodafone Sells China Mobile Stake for HK$50.9 Billion  —  Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) — Vodafone Group Plc sold a stake in China Mobile Ltd. for HK$50.9 billion ($6.5 billion) in the biggest divestment since Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao took charge in 2008.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia N8 officially for sale last week of September, UK shops October 1st  —  At last, an official date for Nokia's N8 flagship Symbian^3 handset.  This one's been a long time coming, featuring the first of two major Symbian updates meant to bring Nokia's smartphone division in line with the competition.
 
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