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3:56 AM ET, September 10, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Fingers Crossed: Google Voice May Be Returning To The App Store  —  On July 28 2009, a pair of iPhone applications that offered support for Google Voice were unceremoniously, and without warning, removed from Apple's App Store.  We then learned that Apple had blocked the official Google Voice application …
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Apple:
Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines  —  The App Store℠ has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed.  With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world's largest mobile application platform and App Store developers …
Adobe Corporate Communications / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Great News for Developers  —  Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool.  This feature was created to enable Flash developers …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Did FTC Probe Cause Apple to Change App Rules? (UPDATED)
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo, Thanks:rsingel
Omar Hamoui / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
An Update on Apple's Terms of Service
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple's App Store Review Guidelines: 'we don't need any more fart apps'
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Taste of What's New in the Updated App Store License Agreement …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Seesmic Desktop Goes Beyond Twitter: Becomes a Platform for All Things Real Time  —  At last year's Microsoft PDC, Seesmic announced that it was working on a major Silverlight-based rewrite of its desktop clients for Windows and Mac.  After almost a year of development, the company just launched the final version of Seesmic Desktop 2.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With 40+ Customizable Plugins, Seesmic Desktop 2 Aggregates The Realtime Web  —  After a year's worth of work, Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur just announced the launch of Seesmic Desktop 2 (SD2), a desktop client that goes beyond Twitter; “We want to be the first platform for platforms,” says Le Meur.
Reuters:
Judge rules for eBay over Craigslist rights plan  —  (Reuters) - A judge rescinded a protective measure adopted by the board of popular classifieds site Craigslist to block a potential hostile takeover by e-commerce site eBay Inc.  —  EBay had complained that the measure diluted its stake …
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Brad Stone / Bloomberg:   Commentary: Dear Craigslist, Grow Up
eBay:   eBay Victorious in Shareholder Dispute with Craigslist
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
‘Censored’ Gone; Craigslist Could Go Before Congress
Discussion: SFGate and CNET News
Business Week:
The Man Who Makes Your iPhone  —  Foxconn founder Terry Gou might be regarded as Henry Ford reincarnated if only a dozen of his workers hadn't killed themselves this year.  An exclusive look inside a postmodern industrial empire  —  Tony Law  —  On a crushingly hot mid-August …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Maps for Android Gets Turn-By-Turn Walking Directions, Satellite Imagery  —  For smartphone owners, asking people on the street for directions is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  Why bother trying to remember a series of turns and landmarks when your phone can do that and more?
Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Fast Access to Google Voice with Android Widgets  —  Mobile is all about getting super fast access to what you're looking for and Google Voice is no exception.  So, today we're releasing an update to the Android app, which gives you immediate access to your Google Voice Inbox and settings via two new home screen widgets.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Betaworks and The Times Plan a Social News Service  —  Something is stirring deep within the technology incubator Betaworks: A personalized news service called News.me that is being developed in collaboration with The New York Times.  —  On Thursday, a cryptic placeholder for the service went live.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ex-MySpace Execs Quietly Building New Startup Called Namesake  —  One good thing to come out of MySpace's slow demise: a bunch of former employees are creating startups left and right, mostly in Los Angeles and helping to grow the startup ecosystem there.  We're tracking Gravity, Mindjolt, Gogobot and Beachmint.
Jonny Evans's blog:
Interview: Apple's AirPlay is a big, big business  —  Perhaps you didn't see it, but Apple last week helped create a brand-new $15 billion business when it introduced its new AirPlay music streaming system, which it is licensing to third party developers.  —  AirPlay will mean anyone with an iPod …
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Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
Google Instant, behind the scenes  —  Yesterday we introduced Google Instant, a change to make search fast and interactive by showing you results instantly as you type.  With Instant we've turned search from a static HTML page into an AJAX application, just as we did with Google Maps and Gmail.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Windows Phone 7 launching 11 October  —  Pocket-lint told launch date by multiple sources  —  Multiple sources?familiar?with the matter have confirmed to Pocket-lint that Microsoft will launch its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, on 11 October 2010.
Jerry Cain / Facebook Developer Blog:
New Like Button Features Mean More Opportunities for Liking  —  Since we launched social plugins in April, we've been listening to user feedback and working with developers to optimize the Like button to make it as seamless as possible for people to like content around the web and share it with their friends.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Trying to Be Something You're Not: Works for Drag Queens, not for Google  —  Contrary to popular opinion, the reason Yahoo's metrics have been stagnant and its stock has lost half its value in the last two-and-a-half years isn't because Google did search better than Yahoo.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
For-Profit Automattic Gives WordPress Trademark To Non-Profit Foundation  —  “It's not often you see a for-profit company donate one of their most valuable core assets and give up control,” Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg writes today in a post announcing that the WordPress trademark …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Google TV Will Have Its Own Instant Search  —  Ever since Google Instant launched yesterday, I've been asking myself, “Where have I seen this before?”  Today, it finally hit me: Google TV.  The TV platform set to launch this fall with initial devices from Logitech and Sony will put search front and center …
Discussion: Google Watch
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Nokia Names Microsoft's Elop CEO  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has hired Stephen Elop, the well-respected president of Microsoft's business division, which includes the Office franchise, as its new president CEO.  Elop is replacing Olli-Pekka Kallsvuo, who was appointed Nokia's CEO four years ago.
Discussion: Nokia and CNET News
 
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Romin Irani / ProgrammableWeb:
USA Today to Throw Open its Data This Month
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Facebook Begins Reporting on ‘Social Context’ In Ads
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Google Promises New France Investment After Regulatory Battles
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Facebook Files For Patent Of Social CAPTCHAs
Discussion: Go Rumors
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Not All Android Tablets Will Get Android Market
Discussion: IntoMobile, Thanks:atul
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Mark Hurd to Speak at Oracle's Annual Conference
Discussion: Oracle
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Average Number Of Apps Downloaded To iPhone: 40, Android: 25
Discussion: eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft apologizes for spate of recent Online Services outages
 Earlier Items: 
Nelson Minar / Nelson's Weblog:
Stop making social networks, Facebook won
Discussion: louisgray.com, Ben Metcalfe Blog and CloudAve, Thanks:mathewi
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Passes Google In Time Spent On Site For First Time Ever
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
iTunes Costs Apple $1 Billion to Run