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5:25 AM ET, September 18, 2010

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Brian J. Dunn / Best Buy:
Statement: Reports of notebook, netbook sales declines grossly exaggerated  —  RICHFIELD, Minn., September 17, 2010 -In a statement today, Brian J. Dunn, CEO, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), likened recent rumors of a pending decline in notebook and netbook sales to a legendary Mark Twain-ism:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy CEO: The Reports Of Microsoft's Death Are Grossly Exaggerated... By Me.  —  All day, the Internet has been erupting with news that the age of notebook and netbooks is over, and the age of tablets — specifically, the iPad, of course — has begun.  One of the main catalysts …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Finally Lets A Google Voice Application Into The App Store (Again)  —  Google Voice applications have had a pretty tumultuous history in the App Store.  At first, Apple approved them, and the people rejoiced.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, they were pulled, with …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil Goes Down, And We Hear It's Down For Good  —  Cuil, the much maligned search engine that at one time had hopes of toppling Google, has gone offline.  And from what we hear from former employees, it's not just a temporary outage, it may be done for good.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Andy Beard
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The First Rule Of Defeating Web Censorship Is You Do Not Talk About Defeating Web Censorship  —  In the fight for the freedom of the global Internet, the heroes aren't always so easy to identify.  Case in point: Haystack, a much-hyped software tool aimed at circumventing Iran's strict filter …
Discussion: Economist and Slate
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Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
On Writing, Funding, and Distributing Software to Activists …
Discussion: John Graham-Cumming and Guardian
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack  —  Intel threatened legal action Friday against anybody who uses its proprietary crypto key — leaked on the internet — to produce hardware that defeats the so-called HDCP technology that limits home recording of digital television and Blu-ray.
Doug Aamoth / Techland:
AirScouter Projects a 16-inch Display Directly onto Your Retina  —  Here's a quick glimpse into what may be the future of head-mounted displays.  Recently shown off in Japan, Brother's AirScouter projects the equivalent of a 16-inch display directly onto your retina.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Airplay is Apple's ‘Go to Market’ Internet TV strategy  —  Steve Jobs told the AllThingsD audience a few months ago that the reason no one including Google and Apple have been successful in the TV space is that they lacked a successful ‘Go to market TV strategy’.  Apple has that strategy.
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MacDailyNews:
With Apple TV, any H.264 Web content can be broadcast over AirPlay to your HDTV
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Distribute Mobile Devices To Businesses For Checkins, Ratings And More  —  In an effort to compete with services like Facebook, Yelp and Foursquare, Google is preparing to distribute millions of custom mobile devices to small businesses around the U.S., says a source with knowledge of the program.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Shooting From Carol Bartz's Hip: Apple's iAds Are Just Awful, Which Is Why Yahoo Buys Them!  —  If you're going to trash the competition in the online advertising business in a widely quoted press interview, it's probably a good idea to check if someone on your staff was, you know, buying up the very product you dissed.
Jon Mundy / The Pocket Gamer iPhone gaming podcast:
EA set to throw its weight behind Android  —  Sees a shift in the smartphone balance  —  It seems everyone wants a slice of the Android gaming pie all of a sudden.  —  With OpenFeint bringing its social networking charms (along with 20 games) to the platform, id Software advertising …
Discussion: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and AndroidGuys
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
When Web sites and Web apps collide with IE 9: Questions and some answers  —  “People go to the Web for sites, not the browser, much as they go to their PC for apps, not Windows.”  —  That's what Microsoft Corporate Vice President Dean Hachamovitch told attendees of Microsoft's Internet Explorer …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Skyhook: Google forced Motorola to drop our location service, delay the Droid X  —  We figured Skyhook's business interference and patent infringement lawsuits against Google would turn up some dirt, and we didn't have long to wait: the location-services company's complaint flatly alleges …
Austin Haugen / Facebook Blog:
A New Movie Experience, Starring You and Your Friends  —  “Have you seen any good movies recently?” is something I usually ask my friends as I start to make weekend plans.  My friends are the most important movie critics to me, and we're constantly exchanging opinions about movies, whether in person or online.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Facebook Expands Instant Personalization Program, Adds Rotten Tomatoes As Partner
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Fly on the wall says Apple made Newsday kill funny iPad ap ad  —  Report unconfirmed; Apple has yet to respond  —  Yesterday we were speculating about whether Apple was behind the sudden disappearance from YouTube of a newspaper's funny iPad app ad that depicted a Dad “forgetting” …
Amit Singhal / Wall Street Journal:
Is Google a Monopolist?  A Debate  —  Amit Singhal of Google argues the competition is one click away.  Charles Rule, an attorney whose firm represents corporations suing Google, counters that the company commands a share of search advertising in excess of 70%—the threshold for monopoly under the Sherman Act.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
YouTube vs. Fair Use  —  In YouTube: The Big Copyright Lie, I described my love-hate relationship with YouTube, at least as it existed in way back in the dark ages of 2007. … Today's lesson, then, is be careful what you ask for.  —  At the time, I just assumed that YouTube would never …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Won't Tax Twitter Texts But Will Hike Prices  —  T-Mobile USA finally divulged a little information on its impending pricing change for text messaging, saying the move affects only the messaging aggregators that serve as a kind of middleman between businesses and carriers.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Transcript: Twitter's Ev Williams Answers An Hour's Worth Of Questions, On Twitter  —  Talk about eating your own dogfood!  Today, Twitter CEO Evan Williams took questions for an hour on Twitter, about Twitter, replying from his own account.  What was he asked?
Discussion: GigaOM and Epicenter, Thanks:rawmeet
sami ben gharbia:
The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital activism  —  Introduction  —  This article focuses on grassroots digital activism in the Arab world and the risks of what seems to be an inevitable collusion with U.S foreign policy and interests.  It sums up the most important elements …
Discussion: The Firewall and Net Effect
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lets You Mark Friend Requests with “Not Now,” then Decide on Them Later  —  Facebook is adding a new option to how people friend each other, trying to limit unwanted social behavior.  —  Now, when someone adds you as a friend, you can mark “Not Now,” thereby relegating their request …
 
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Boy Genius Report:
Verizon discontinuing original Motorola DROID 2, will only carry …
Discussion: Droid Life and Android Phone Fans
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Suppliers preparing for 2nd-gen iPad launch in Q1 2011 - report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Last Stand: Project Futura Coming October 15
Discussion: WebProNews and hypebot
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
2010 is the year of participatory platforms
Curtis C. Chen / ProgrammableWeb:
Twitter API Calls Doubled Since April: Now Serving 70,000 Every Second
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Why Yahoo plays well in Peoria
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
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Global Wireless Subscriptions Reach 5 Billion
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
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