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4:45 AM ET, September 28, 2009

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple up to its old tricks, pushing unwanted software onto PCs  —  I don't own a lot of Apple products.  My wife has an iPhone (she loves it), but I don't.  I have an iPod Nano that I keep around for compatibility testing, but I haven't plugged it into a PC in this office in more than a year.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Zune HD: The best portable media player you may never buy  —  On Friday, I bought a Zune HD 32, so that you wouldn't have to.  —  On Monday, I may return it.  —  The Zune HD is perhaps the best portable media player released by any vendor — even better than iPod touch.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Unearths A Journalistic Secret: They Have Opinions  —  “All Washington Post journalists relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens.  Post journalists must recognize that any content associated with them in an online social network is, for practical purposes …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WaPo's Social Media Guidelines Paint Staff Into Virtual Corner; Full Text of Guidelines  —  Late Friday afternoon, Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Senior Editor Milton Coleman sent a memo to the staff with a social media policy—effectively immediately—aimed at staffers' use of …
Discussion: Pursuing the Complete …, Thanks:atul
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post Editor Ends Tweets as New Guidelines Are Issued
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Where Are Google Places Pages Going?  To the Index?  —  Last week when Google Map's new Place's pages were introduced it was noted that they were not going to be indexed (there is a great discussion going on at Greg's blog now) leaving the impression amongst many that they would sit, isolated, in the Maps siloh.
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist:
How Google Just Hurt Itself A Whole Lot  —  The Story  —  While that video might be taking things a little far, it does reflect a sentiment which a lot of people have right now.  —  Once upon a time (read: earlier this week), there was a little ROM that could called CyanogenMod.
Discussion: CyanogenMod and AndroidGuys, Thanks:michaelklurfeld
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Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker:
Android Open Source Model Has a Short Circuit
Discussion: eWeek and AndroidGuys
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010  —  Remember how Intel showed off its new, advanced optical standard — Light Peak — this past week on a Hackintosh?  Well it turns out there's more to that story than you probably know …
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Find the answer to anything with StackExchange  —  When you hear the word “forum”, what comes to mind?  Ugly websites, lengthy wait times, dead ends, and 1999.  —  The guys behind Stack Overflow have redefined the web forum into something interactive, easy-to-use, and surprisingly reactive.
Discussion: Slashdot
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Critics: AT&T griping over Google Voice a “red herring”  —  They're calling it a “political stunt” and “a bid to undermine Web-based competition.”  So what is it?  A new deep packet inspection gadget or astroturf group?  An inflammatory youtube video?  Nope.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and digg.com
Howard Lindzon:
Deep Twitter Thoughts—How Would You Spend Twitter's $100 million?  —  Yahoo is spending $100 million on an ad campaign.  It should spend the money on a documentary to teach brands how to piss money away and ignore your customers.  —  Now Twitter has $100 million.
Discussion: cdixon.org, Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Sprint Banks on WiMax to Win Back Market Share  —  Sprint Nextel has taken to boasting that it offers “the first wireless 4G network.”  —  What does that mean?  Sprint's advertisements do not say.  The company assumes that most people, dizzy from the tornado of technobabble …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles City Hall becomes tech giants' battlefield  —  Microsoft and Google are vying for a $7.25-million contract to replace an outdated e-mail system.  —  As Google and Microsoft battle for dominance in technology, a skirmish in Los Angeles City Hall is offering a rare public glimpse …
 
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Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Australian Education Department Seeks To Build ‘Unhackable’ Netbook Network
Discussion: iTnews.com.au and Slashdot
Brad Stone / Bits:
Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers?
Discussion: Internet2Go and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The coming tablet wars
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:atul
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
‘Robot’ computer to mark English essays
Discussion: Slashdot
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
RIM Working on a Native Twitter Client... Should They?!
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viagra spam brings bulging returns of more than $4,000/day
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The worst Microsoft ads of all time
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Facebook lawsuit: Mom, son say pranksters setup racist, sexual profile
 

 
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