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4:40 PM ET, September 16, 2010

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Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Looking Ahead: The Future of Yahoo! Products  —  A few months ago, when I first yodeled my way into Yahoo!, I told folks that I was stoked for the opportunity to join up with some of the smartest and best-in-class talent in the world to deliver the future products vision for a company with such a rich history.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo unveils three-year plan to become cool again  —  Yahoo executives spoke to journalists at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters this morning about their future plans — both upcoming improvements to products like Yahoo Mail, and an ambitious three-year strategy to revitalize the company.
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Groupon's Success Disaster  —  There's a fascinating essay on Facebook just now from the owner of the lovely Posie's Cafe in Portland, about how Groupon nearly bankrupted her business.  —  The coffeeshop proprietor, Jessie Burke, was shocked at how much money the daily deals site charged to run the promotion.
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Jessie Burke / Posies Cafe:
Groupon in Retrospect  —  For months I've been thinking about whether or not to write a blog post about Groupon, and sharing the kind of experience it has been for the business.  I've been weighing the possible repercussions of such a candid post as well, but after today …
Alex Payne / Online Writing:
The Very Last Thing I'll Write About Twitter  —  I have an odd mental relationship with my former employer.  Clearly, I wouldn't have worked there for three and a half years if I didn't care about the product and the community.  But then, I wouldn't have left if I really wanted to see that commitment through.
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
The Next “Facebook Platform” …
Discussion: Victus Spiritus, Thanks:jesse
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Needs to Become More Open or Die
Thanks:nelsonko
Brandon Watson / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developer Tools Are Final  —  When the Windows Phone 7 OS went gold two weeks ago, the Windows Phone ecosystem began the final preparations for the upcoming launch.  OEMs and mobile operators have begun final testing of their handsets, but developers have had to wait just a little while longer to complete apps and games.
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Tamlin Magee / TechEye:
Why the snooping ex Google engineer is in trouble  —  Remember that 27 year old ex Google engineer, David Barksdale, who's allegedly been hassling minors, not miners, with cyber-stalking and snooping?  The great and mighty 'Ogle fired him, but here's exactly how he's in trouble according to federal law in the US.
Discussion: PogoWasRight.org
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
‘Halo: Reach’: $200M in 24 hours, biggest game in Microsoft history  —  “Halo: Reach,” the new installment in the blockbuster Xbox 360 series, topped $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in its first 24 hours, according to data released by Microsoft tonight.
Join Diaspora Blog:
Developer Release  —  Today, we are releasing the source code for Diaspora.  This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control.  From now on, we will be working closely …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Android vs. iPhone: Wait just a minute!  —  Sure Google is gaining on Apple, but not as fast as comScore's latest data suggest  —  I don't want to get into what Ben Bradlee, the Watergate-era editor of the Washington Post, used to call a “defensive crouch,” but I've got a bone to pick …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP  —  Chrome and Firefox always an option  —  Microsoft has ruled out putting Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP, leaving millions of PCs open to Mozilla and Google browsers providing hardware-accelerated rich-internet.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Logitech Revue with Google TV coming 9/29 for $299, Dish Network offering discounts?  —  Google TV is coming, and Logitech's Revue is gonna bring it to ya first.  But, if you're a Dish Network subscriber, it looks like you might be able to get yours for cheaper — a lot cheaper.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv's Newest App Now Broadcasts Live Video From Your iPhone  —  Time spent watching live video is up 650 percent in the U.S. over the past year, thanks to the proliferation of a number of live video publishers including Justin.tv, Ustream, Qik and Livestream.
Matt Gross / New York Times:
A Baby Photo Becomes an Internet Meme  —  SOMETIME back in 2000, Allen S. Rout, a systems programmer from Gainesville, Fla., posted a few photos of his 5-month-old son, Stephen, on his personal Web site.  They were the kind of photos that every parent takes, but one in particular stood out …
Discussion: Gawker
Richard Tom / Hulu Blog:
Hello Seattle  —  Perhaps when you think of Seattle your taste buds prepare themselves for a freshly brewed espresso or a not-so-simple soy-decaf-single-shot-one-pump- vanilla-iced-latte.  Or perhaps Seattle conjures images of the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital, where lives are saved and relationships flatline.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nokia Is the McDonald's of Phones  —  Didn't you notice?  It was just Nokia World!  But with sales plummeting and executives fleeing—both at alarming rates—maybe it should be a reckoning instead.  —  Let's not confuse things: Nokia still sells more phones than anybody on the planet.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Extreme Netflix Some Users Have Rated 50,000 Movies  —  So, you think you've honed the Netflix recommendation engine by rating a thousand movies?  That's nothing, according to the company's internal statistics.  —  Several hundred Netflix members have rated more than 50,000 filmed entertainment programs.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's ambitious AirPlay, AirPrint plans detailed in patent applications  —  As Apple prepares to unleash its new AirPlay and AirPrint wireless standards this fall, details on the technology and what functionality it might gain in the future were detailed in a plethora of patent applications revealed this week.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The real Facebook burglaries story  —  I did a little reporting to get the real story behind the reports of a Facebook burglary spree that supposedly used the service — right after its launch of Places — to find victims who were away on vacation.  I emailed Nashua, NH detective Dan Archambault …
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Computerworld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM  —  As if Research in Motion didn't have enough to worry about, Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Good Technology to equip all of its Android devices with better enterprise-grade security and management.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cell tax phone ‘fairness’ bill moves forward  —  Consumers may soon get a guarantee that no new local and state taxes will pop up on their cell phone bills over the next few years.  —  A House Judiciary subcommittee today passed the Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2009 (H.R. 1521) …
Chris Ramsdale / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
Google Relaunches Instantiations Developer Tools - Now Available for Free  —  In early August, Google acquired Instantiations, a company known for its focus on Eclipse Java developer tools, including GWT Designer.  We're happy to announce today that we're relaunching the following former …
Discussion: TechCrunch
AppleInsider:
iOS 4.2 packs new, improved YouTube, FaceTime features and more  —  Apple's forthcoming iOS 4.2 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes a number of subtle improvements that have not yet been publicized, including expanded features for YouTube and FaceTime.  AppleInsider offers a closer look.
 
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Oh Goody! Microsoft is working on iPad Apps
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Yahoo CEO says no interest in Alibaba stake sale
Mike Champion / oneforty devblog:
Twitter Permissions & Security
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and PogoWasRight.org
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Understanding the HDCP Master Key Leak
Eric Lempel / PlayStation Blog:
Blu-ray 3D Disc Playback Support Coming to PlayStation 3 System Next Week
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Sony Taps MySpace to Market Facebook Movie
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Paul Marks / Gizmodo:
Nokia Developing 3D Rival to Google's Street View
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Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bullish on Kinect
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MySpace and Google Zero in on Renewing “Realistic” Search Deal
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad