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9:45 AM ET, September 28, 2009


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With Google Places, Concerns Rise That Google Just Wants To Link To Its Own Content  —  One of the original goals of Google has always been to help people find the information they are looking for and get out of the way as fast as possible.  It was a point of pride, and in fact a design principle …
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Unearths A Secret: Journalists 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 …
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.
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Xerox Buys Affiliated Computer Services For $5.75 billion  —  Another big Monday merger with echoes of last week's purchase of Perot Systems by Dell.  —  NORWALK, Conn. & DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX - News) and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS - News) …
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple ends iPhone exclusive distribution deal in the UK ... US next?  —  Cellphone provider Orange has announced a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in the UK, a move which will see the end of O2's exclusive deal.  How long until Apple does the same in the US?  —  The announcement is short and to the point:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On “Moving The Needle”  —  Last week we showed the highlights and 10+ minutes of video footage of an exclusive hour-long TechCrunch interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  Now for the rest of that interview.  The video was just a teaser.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple's Apps Flying Off the Virtual Shelves: 6.6 Million Downloads Per Day  —  Another milestone Apple is happy to brag about: It says it has served up 2 billion apps for the iPhone and iPod touch from its iTunes store.  —  How do we put that in context?  A couple different ways.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters and TechCrunch
Kirby Chien / Reuters:
Unicom says to sell iPhones in China from October  —  China Unicom, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, said on Monday Apple's popular iPhone would be sold in China from October at a retail price of 5,000 yuan ($732.5).  —  Eight service packages will be available for iPhones ranging …
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 …
John Leyden / The Register:
Reddit swiftly squishes XSS worm  —  WTF comment spam script  —  Popular social news website Reddit has stopped the spread of a cross-site scripting (XSS) worm that hit the site on Monday.  —  The XSS worm spread via comments on the site, originally from the account of a user called xssfinder.
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 eWeek, Thanks:michaelklurfeld
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