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Dharmesh Mehta / The Windows Blog:
WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers  —  Over the last few weeks, we've spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we're deeply integrating …
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Paul Kim / WordPress News:
Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers  —  We're excited to announce that WordPress.com is now the default blogging platform for Windows Live Spaces users.  We've worked with our partners at Microsoft to create a simple migration service for Spaces bloggers to easily bring all their posts, comments, and photos to WordPress.com.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes it official: Windows Live is no longer a blogging platform
Discussion: VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Breaking: AOL Close to Buying TechCrunch  —  AOL, the New York-based online media company, is on the verge of acquiring TechCrunch, the online blogging network started by former attorney, Michael Arrington.  The deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart yet, but I don't think so.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Want Twitter to Help You Find More Followers?  Pay Up For a “Promoted Account”  —  Twitter is still working to get its first two ad products up and running.  But it's going to launch a third, anyway: Tomorrow the company will show off “Promoted Accounts” at an ad industry conference in New York.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter to Start Selling Followers
Discussion: The Next Web
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
RIM Unveils BlackBerry Playbook Tablet  —  Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had his “one more thing” moment today at the company's 2010 DevCon conference.  Near end of his opening keynote address today Lazaridis, after making a number of big announcements — in-app payments for BlackBerry apps …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
RIM announces WebWorks development kit, in-app payments, ad platform, and BBM API
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple Threatens Search Giants' Mobile Ad Shares  —  Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have swiftly lost share in the U.S. mobile advertising market to Apple's new iAd.  Independent rivals such as Jumptap and Millennial Media are gaining, too  —  Apple (AAPL) may be gaining share …
Journalism.org:
WHEN TECHNOLOGY MAKES HEADLINES  —  THE MEDIA'S DOUBLE VISION ABOUT THE DIGITAL AGE  —  The mainstream news media have offered the American public a divided view of how information technology influences society, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Study Finds That Apple Dominates Tech News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel: Facebook Won't IPO Until 2012 At The Earliest  —  Facebook's first investor Peter Thiel told Fox Business today that Facebook will not IPO until 2012.  Earlier this summer, Bloomberg reported that Facebook was holding off on its IPO for another two years and Thiel seems to confirm this line of thinking.
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Royal Pingdom:
Hold on a second, is Blackberry growing as fast as Android?  —  There has been much said about the imminent demise of RIM's Blackberry in the face of the unstoppable momentum of Android (and previously the iPhone).  But here's an interesting piece of information: According to data from Statcounter …
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Another Twitter feed gets CBS comedy deal  —  Exclu: Call it “$#*!  My Roommate Says.”  —  CBS is developing two new comedies, including a project based off a Twitter feed produced by social-media master Ashton Kutcher.  —  Following on the successful launch of its Twitter-inspired comedy “$#*!
Discussion: CBS News and Gawker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel Has New Initiative To Pay Kids To “Stop Out Of School”  —  Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel sat down with our own Sarah Lacy to talk about a whole range of issues.  But at the end of the dicussion, he disclosed a bit of news.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kno To Build A Single Screen, Education-Focused Tablet  —  Kno Inc, the company that recently received $ 46 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital to build “the most powerful tablet anyone has ever made” announces at TC Disrupt that it will also be building …
Bloomberg:
Sony, Warner, Disney Said to Plan $30 Home Film-Viewing Option  —  Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Co. are in talks with the largest cable TV systems to offer films for as much as $30 per showing soon after they run in theaters.  —  The studios are talking with In Demand …
Todd Agulnick / Xmarks Blog:
End of the Road for Xmarks  —  As I write this, it's a typical Sunday here at Xmarks.  The synchronization service continues operating quietly, the servers chugging along syncing browser data for our 2 million users across their 5 million desktops.  The day isn't over yet, but we're on track to add just under 3000 new accounts today.
Discussion: GigaOM
Reuters:
Cisco to debut consumer gear  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc is set to unveil a new consumer product in October, the company said, amid expectations for a cheaper, consumer-friendly version of its popular TelePresence videoconference systems.  —  A spokesman on Monday declined …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Dan Rayburn / Business of Video:
Confirmed: Hulu Coming To Roku Streaming Boxes  —  Last week I got sent a photo of a Hulu channel on the Roku home screen and have confirmed that Hulu will be coming to Roku devices shortly.  While both Roku and Hulu said “no comment” when I asked them about it, I was able to confirm …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet  —  WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Disrupt LIVE Webcast, Day One (TCTV)  —  Standby in 3 - 2 - 1: We are now live from San Francisco with TechCrunch Disrupt.  If you can't make the conference in person, you can still watch all the great panels, fireside chats, product launches, and the Startup Battlefield, plus a few surprises on TechCrunch TV.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Mark Zuckerberg, comic book action hero?  —  If you needed any further proof that the story of Facebook's origins has captivated the world, get this: A Vancouver-based comic book company called Bluewater Productions announced on Monday that later this year, it'll be releasing a title called “Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook.”
Discussion: All Facebook
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners Launch $20 Million Seed Fund  —  Greylock Partners' Reid Hoffman just announced the formation of a new $20 million seed fund, Greylock Discovery.  —  The new fund will allow Greylock to move more quickly to get in on early stage rounds.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
We Just Watched A Movie In 3D On An iPhone, And It Was Awesome  —  Here's something you probably didn't know your iPhone could do: display movies in 3D.  —  Actually, it can't quite yet.  But a company called Spatial View is launching an online 3D movie store, 3DeeCentral …
Discussion: Android Tapp and Ubergizmo
Wall Street Journal:
To Advertisers, Twitter's a Fledgling  —  Twitter Inc.'s foray into advertising is receiving mixed reviews among marketers, underscoring the challenges of turning the popular micro-blogging service into a highly profitable enterprise.  —  The popularity of Twitter has fueled expectations …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Be About To Launch Its Own Android App Marketplace  —  Details are still vague, so consider this speculative for now, but Amazon is poised to do something that involves Android — and it looks like it may be a competitor to Android's official Android Market, which is analogous to the iPhone's App Store.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Where is the Next Great Smartphone from Palm and HP?  —  It's been about three months since HP finalized its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, and there's obviously some digesting and transitioning going on.  —  But the growing question is: When are we going to see some new webOS handset hardware from HP and Palm?
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Qwiki Just May Be The Future Of Information Consumption.  And It's Here Now.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben / MailChimp Email Marketing Blog:
Going Freemium: One Year Later
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Badge That Tells Consumers, ‘Trust This App’
Discussion: VentureBeat and digiday:DAILY
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Censored Maps Hard-Wired on Chinese iPhone 4
Discussion: Ogle Earth and The Map Room
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Appeal Starts Tomorrow
Discussion: Mashable!, PlagiarismToday and p2pnet
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Continues To Expand Instant Personalization, Adds Scribd
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Justin Fishel / Liveshots:
Pentagon Silent on Iranian Nuke Virus
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Forbes' New Advertising Pitch: Wanna Buy a Blog?
Ankur Jain / Google Enterprise Blog:
New OAuth support for Google Apps APIs
Discussion: Macworld
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
HTC CEO Peter Chou discusses future of smartphones
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Apple granted patent for handheld that recognizes your hands
Discussion: Stowe Boyd and Gizmodo
Bryan Jacobs / Gizmodo:
How Shazam Works To Identify (Nearly) Every Song You Throw At It
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Galapagos: Sharp Announces 5.5-Inch And 10.8-Inch Android Tablets (Video)
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge puts hammer down on Hurt Locker P2P subpoena
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com, DSLreports and CNET News