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11:40 AM ET, September 17, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Notebook sales growth goes negative.  Can we blame the iPad yet?  —  Thursday night, just as a tornado — or something like it — was knocking down the trees that grow in our Brooklyn neighborhood, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty issued a report to clients with a chart (copied above) …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Best Buy CEO: iPad Cannibalizing Up To 50 Percent Of Laptop Sales  —  One line buried in a Wall Street Journal story is making the rounds as the latest evidence of Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPad power: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn “said internal estimates showed that the iPad had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50 percent.”
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows Phone 7 will be GSM-only in 2010  —  When Windows Phone 7 arrives later this year, it will be sold globally, but only for GSM networks.  Microsoft has opted to delay until next year the CDMA version as it works to finish work on its major rewrite of its phone operating system.
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Bloomberg:
Verizon Won't Sell Microsoft Windows Phone 7 at Start  —  Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, won't sell handsets with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 operating system when it debuts this year, a blow to the software maker's efforts to reach a broad market.
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fraudulent Groupon Photography Deal Calls Attention To Service Drawbacks  —  A photography deal offered on Groupon in Atlanta yesterday turned messy when it was revealed that the photographer had promoted her work with stolen images and was far from equipped to carry out the terms of the Groupon.
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Andrew / Groublogpon:
Too much of a good thing?  —  Traditionally, the biggest problem for most small businesses is getting customers in the door.  Now, Groupon has presented some businesses with an entirely new problem: what happens when you have too many customers?  —  There have been a handful …
Fred / A VC:
Social Layers and Social Intention  —  I read Mike Arrington's post on Google's social efforts just now.  I have not seen any of Google's work.  I have not been briefed.  I really have no clue what they are building.  But this quote got my attention: … Q. Why did Twitter succeed and FriendFeed fail?
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Of The Google Social Layer Emerge
Discussion: Bits and All Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Internal Three Year Plan: 1 Billion Users And $10 Billion In Revenue  —  Yahoo unveiled a bevy of new product features today at a press event, and Yahoo product chief Blake Irving told the crowd “You're going to see things over the next few years that will feel a little bit different.”
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
New Apple TV's iOS can be jailbroken and made to run apps?  —  Remember the mysterious reference to iProd 2,1 that appeared in the iPad's code?  We thought it might be a new CDMA or camera-equipped iPad, but it just might have been the new iOS-based Apple TV instead.
Kristin / Bing Maps Blog:
Bing Maps Gets Transit Directions  —  Commuters rejoice!  Today Bing Maps added transit routing to its directions options.  So, for those of you who like to take the bus, subway, or local rail you now can turn to Bing Maps.  This is a very important feature for us as public transit grows in popularity and coverage.
John Graham-Cumming:
A tale of two cultures  —  In recent days there's been much discussion of Digg and reddit that has concentrated on the technical and community aspects of the two sites.  This commentary has overlooked a vital component to the difference between these two social news sites: company culture.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
HDCP antipiracy leak opens doors for black boxes  —  An antipiracy code used in set-top boxes, Blu-ray and DVD players has been cracked and published on the Internet, and as a result, we may soon see devices on the market that allow people to make unauthorized copies of movies.
Serge Lachapelle / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Video chat enhancements  —  If you use video chat in Gmail, you might be interested in a new Labs feature we just rolled out that allows you to preview new video chat features before they're turned on for everyone.  Visit the Gmail Labs tab under Settings, turn on …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tech Probe Nears End  —  Several of the U.S.'s largest technology companies are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other's employees.  —  The companies, which include Google Inc. …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple, Google, et al, Trying To Settle No-Poaching Probe Before Going To Court
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T to launch LTE by mid-2011  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by the end of next year, a top executive said.  —  Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2010 Media, Communications …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's 27" LED Cinema Display Now On Sale  —  As anticipated, Apple has started selling the 27" Apple LED Cinema Display on their online store.  —  Connect the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display to your Mac and supersize your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution …
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog:
Case Study: McDonald's ups foot traffic 33% on Foursquare Day  —  McDonald's may be a large brand, but it doesn't always want to invest large budgets in marketing.  With a little help from Foursquare this Spring, the fast food chain increased foot traffic 33% in one day with an investment of less than $1,000.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Warner Bros. CEO: Apple's $0.99 show rentals “would have hurt sales of full seasons”  —  If you're wondering why Warner Brothers didn't join up with Apple for the 99 cent iTunes TV show rentals, WB Chief Executive, Barry Meyer's got an answer for you.  According to the AP …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Netflix works over AirPlay  —  We tested Netflix on our iPad and it works with Apple's AirPlay service.  We connected some speakers to an Airport Express and the audio from the Netflix film wirelessly streamed and played perfectly with absolutely no hiccups.
Discussion: Fast Company, MacRumors, iLounge, TiPb and Erictric, Thanks:markgurman
Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
View Near Real-time Flights over the U.S. in Google Earth  —  Thanks to our friends at Flightwise.com, we've published a new, dynamically updating KML file of commercial flights over the U.S. Turn on the layer to see the current location and altitude of thousands of flights, in near real-time.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Code for open-source Facebook littered with landmines  —  Diaspora release not for noobs  —  Four New York University students who raised a bundle of cash to build a privacy-preserving alternative to Facebook sure have their work cut out for them.  —  The release of pre-alpha source code …
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Near Decision on Hurd's Successor  —  Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board is nearing a decision on a successor to Mark Hurd as chief executive officer, and is leaning toward picking an internal candidate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: VentureBeat and DailyFinance
 
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
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Lauren Goode / Digits:
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