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10:40 AM ET, September 18, 2010

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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 …
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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:
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites  —  Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies.  The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently …
Discussion: Geek.com and Softpedia News
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Instant To Chrome Labs In Chromium (Windows Only, For Now)  —  Google Instant is great — but I rarely use it.  Why?  Because I simply don't go to google.com that often.  That's not to say I don't search Google a lot — I do — I just use the Omnibox is Chrome for almost all of my searches.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hewlett-Packard's Imminent CEO Choice Needs to (and Will) Be Internal  —  Because this is a big CEO search in Silicon Valley, naturally the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board turned to star headhunter Jim Citrin of Spencer Stuart for help in finding the next leader for the tech giant.
Discussion: GMSV and Bloomberg, Thanks:atul
Fred / A VC:
The Office Matters  —  Originally uploaded by Etsy Labs.  —  Our portflio company Etsy has a person who is focused on the office, company culture, and making the work space as comfortable as possible.  They have a chef come in and cook a healthy lunch for everyone three times a week.
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
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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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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.
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon discontinuing original Motorola DROID 2, will only carry DROID 2 World Edition?  —  We've just gotten wind of a vicious little rumor that we wanted to share.  We're hearing that Verizon Wireless will be slowly discontinuing the Motorola DROID 2 that it launched last month and will soon …
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 …
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
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
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
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Won't Tax Twitter Texts But Will Hike Prices
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Posterous fires back at TwitPic; releases an application so you …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Dell Plans More Than $100 Billion Spending in China
Discussion: DailyFinance
Jagdish Rebello / iSuppli:
Global Wireless Subscriptions Reach 5 Billion