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3:50 PM ET, September 14, 2010

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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
‘Nokia Is Back’ And Ballsy; 'We're Not Sorry We're Not Apple'  —  Nokia's beaten-down top dogs opened their annual Nokia (NYSE: NOK) World show in London Tuesday morning with a blunt and rousing pep talk and a direct riposte to their competitors.  —  “We're not going to apologise for the fact …
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Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
A Week with the Nokia N8: Can Symbian Survive?
Discussion: broadstuff and Engadget
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia makes E7 QWERTY slider official: ‘beautiful and all business’ (update: specs)
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HDCP ‘master key’ supposedly released, unlocks HDTV copy protection permanently  —  Just as the MPAA is preparing to offer movies to customers at home while they're still in theaters by limiting playback to DRM-protected digital outputs only, the HDCP protocol they rely on may have been cracked wide open.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Nielsen: Bing Passes Yahoo To Become #2 Search Engine  —  According to Nielsen data out this morning Microsoft's Bing has passed Yahoo to become the number two search engine in the US.  Nielsen says that Google's August share is 65% (and growth is flat) but that Bing and Yahoo have now switched places:
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Bing overtakes Yahoo, and that's not a good thing  —  Short-sighted armchair analysts, pundits and Microsoft managers will rejoice in Bing snatching the No. 2 spot from Yahoo in U.S. search share.  Everyone should cool their jets.  Yahoo's losses are Microsoft's losses.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Seattle Times
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
QOTD: The Ninja Throwing Stars?  They're For My Friend Larry Ellison ...  Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said he'll never come back to Japan after officials at an airport barred him from taking Ninja throwing stars aboard his private plane, SPA! magazine reported in its latest issue.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Zeitgeist: Cirque de Soleil and Free Google TVs  —  Quite an Oprah moment at Google (GOOG) Zeitgeist today.  A source who's attending the event — which is being held in Paradise Valley, Arizona this year — tells me that its 600 attendees were given a doozy of a parting gift: Google TV, 6 months of Dish service and a Bravia TV.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process  —  The Google hiring process is designed to hire the most talented, creative, and articulate people in the world who will be the best fit for Google.  The Google culture is different.  You notice it the moment you walk on campus.
Discussion: Google Watch and The Next Web, Thanks:dondodge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway's Confidential Investment Guide: The Tech Megatrends  —  Angel investors SV Angel, led by Ron Conway invests so early in startups that he looks mostly at the team and current tech trends when making investment decisions.  —  Last year he was focusing on real time and location startups.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter is NOT a Social Network, Says Twitter Exec  —  Kevin Thau, Twitter's VP for business and corporate development, announced during a presentation at Nokia World 2010 today that everyone's favorite micro-blogging network is not actually a social network.  —  It's not, you say?
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web
Pew Internet:
The Rise of Apps Culture  —  Some 35% of U.S. adults have software applications or “apps” on their phones, yet only 24% of adults use those apps.  Many adults who have apps on their phones, particularly older adults, do not use them, and 11% of cell owners are not sure if their phone is equipped with apps.
Ben Bowers / Engadget:
Google TV officially launching October 17th?  —  It's been no secret that Google TV is scheduled to arrive sometime this fall and we've already seen the Logitech Revue box hardware pass the FCC, but a tipster has just shared an internal Best Buy document with us disclosing …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia hires Peter Skillman, former Palm Design VP, as MeeGo user experience chief (update: confirmed)  —  Now this, this is what we call exciting.  Nokia has managed to scoop up Peter Skillman from the wreckage of the HP/Palm merger.  One of the many senior VPs to leave Palm upon its assimilation …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Zillow Replaces C.E.O. and Hints at a Public Offering  —  Is Zillow, the real estate Web site, getting ready to go public?  —  On Tuesday, Zillow announced that its co-founder and chief executive, Rich Barton, would step down as chief executive and become executive chairman.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Chief Slams H-P  —  International Business Machines Corp. chief Samuel J. Palmisano stepped into the debate around Hewlett-Packard Co., sharply criticizing his rival for its expensive acquisition of 3PAR Inc. and giving a large severance package to former chief executive Mark Hurd.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Employees Excited About Twitter's “Big Night” Tonight, But Aren't Giving Much Away  —  Like just about everyone else in the Bay Area media business, we were instructed yesterday to show up at Twitter for “an event” taking place around 4 PM PT or so.  The invite itself gives absolutely no hints …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams Coughed Up $7,500 For Twitter.com Back In The Day  —  Mid-2006, when Twitter was born, the domain name Twitter.com changed hands for $7,500, chief executive and co-founder Evan Williams tweeted yesterday night.  —  Roughly four years, 145 million users and 300,000 third-party applications later …
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Instead of IPOs, startups look to be acquired  —  The market for initial public offerings remains badly broken in the aftermath of the financial panic of 2008, but its malaise began even earlier.  —  “The ecosystem that allowed young companies to go public has been destroyed,” …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung's i8700 Windows Phone 7 handset goes through the video leak ritual  —  It's well known around these parts that if you aspire to be a highly desirable smartphone, you have to leak out in three clearly delineated stages: pictures, video, and specs.  We've seen the i8700 a couple …
Esther Shein / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Launches Massive Wireless Hotspot  —  The “White-Fi” network on the company's Redmond, Wash. campus runs over white space spectrum left over from the conversion of TV signals from analog to digital.  —  Microsoft workers both in buildings and aboard a shuttle bus are testing …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Most Clicked Mobile Ads Aren't On Android or iPhone  —  Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and the iPhone's iOS may be the lead operating systems battling it out for smartphone supremacy, but when it comes to getting users around the world to click on ads, good-old flip-phones and Nokia's Symbian OS-powered phones beat them hands down.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and WebProNews, Thanks:rsingel
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats  —  We entrust Google with our most private communications because we assume the company takes every precaution to safeguard our data.  It doesn't.  A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses.
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Linus Torvalds becomes an American citizen  —  Having brought his open-source work and family to the United States from Finland some time ago, Linus Torvalds has marked an important personal milestone by attaining U.S. citizenship.  —  Congratulations, Linus.
Discussion: The H Open Source and Geekosystem
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Parallels launches mobile virtualization app for iPad and iPhone  —  Parallels is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley.  After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present.  Our coverage of them remains objective.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils New LifeCam With Stunning 1080p HD Sensor: Closest Thing to Being There in Person  —  LifeCam Studio is the perfect HD video calling companion for Windows Live Messenger 2011.  —  Microsoft Corp. today sets a new standard in webcams with LifeCam Studio, featuring sharp high-definition …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel's walled garden plan to put A/V vendors out of business  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In describing the motivation behind Intel's recent purchase of McAfee for a packed-out audience at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel's Paul Otellini framed it as an effort to move the way the company approaches security …
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Chairman to Step Down in 2012  —  Nokia Corp. Chairman Jorma Ollila, the executive credited with turning the Finnish company into the world's largest handset maker, plans to step down in 2012, a spokeswoman said.  —  Tuesday's surprise announcement, coming just days after Nokia …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple offers personalized support with Express Lane website  —  Apple has added a new feature to the support section of its website dubbed “Express Lane,” making it easy for customers to select a product, detail any issue they may have, and get in contact with an Apple representative.
 
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
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Elia Freedman / Elia Insider:
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Discussion: Daring Fireball and Geekosystem, Thanks:turoczy
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Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Google: Concerns over Instant unwarranted
Discussion: MediaPost and Beyond Search
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Walmart's data plans painfully expensive, not meant for geeks
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
V CAST App Store to compete with official Android Market?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Galaxy Tab, red / white BlackBerry Torch and Samsung …