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5:45 PM ET, September 28, 2009

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Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top Two Billion  —  More Than 85,000 Apps Now Available for iPhone & iPod touch  —  Apple® today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.
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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: The company says it has served up two billion apps for the iPhone and iPod touch from its iTunes store.  —  How do we put that in context?  A couple different ways.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Online electronics store NewEgg files for $175M IPO  —  NewEgg, a consumer-facing online retailer that sells computer components and other electronics, including software, digital cameras, cell phones and laptops, has filed to go public, expecting to raise $175 million, reports PE Hub.
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Xerox Corp said on Monday it will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc for $6.4 billion in a cash and stock deal that expands the copier company into technology outsourcing and data management.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Faces Tougher Test in Rollout to 100K Users  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google's Wave collaboration platform will soon face its first true test when the company rolls it out to 100,000 consumer and business users.  Perhaps the biggest mystery is what companies will do to build on top of the Wave platform.
Discussion: DailyTech, Maximum PC and FierceVoIP
The Official Google Blog:
Back to school with Google Docs  —  As interns on the Google Docs team this past summer, we were excited to be able to work on making Google Docs that much more useful for students like us.  We've now added a bunch of back to school features which should help our fellow students make the transition …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Seeking Alpha
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Lenovo vows ‘unbelievably’ fast Windows 7 boots  —  Business PCs will boot up to 56% faster  —  Computerworld - Lenovo Group Ltd. is staking an early claim to potentially key turf in the Windows 7 gold-rush: the PC vendor boasting the fastest boot-up and shutdown times.
Discussion: eWeek, VentureBeat and geeksmack.net
Phone Arena:
The Motorola Sholes A855 passes the FCC, next stop Verizon as the Tao?  —  Published on: Yesterday by PhoneArena Team  —  According to the FCC site, the Motorola Sholes A855 has passed testing.  When going through the available files, we see that the Sholes A855 will not only support EVDO Rev A …
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Recovery.gov relaunch puts stimulus spending on the map  — IT TOPICS:Analytics & Data Mining, Business Intelligence, Emerging Technology, Government & Regulation, Internet  —  Want to know where federal stimulus dollars are being spent in your state, your county, your town or on your street?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues Talent Scoop, Takes Digg's UX Guy  —  Fresh off their new $100 million funding round, Twitter continues to scoop up talent from around the web to expand operations.  The latest catch is Mark Trammell, who had spent the last two years working on user experience for Digg.
Discussion: marktrammell.com and digg.com
Mallary Jean Tenore / poynter.org:
AP Stylebook iPhone App Launches Today, a Hybrid of Print & Online Versions  —  In recent months, the AP Stylebook has made headlines for adding Twitter and other techy terms to its list of entries, increasing its print sales and redesigning its Web site.  Now, in an attempt to reach …
Discussion: Editor and Publisher and AppScout
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ignoring RIAA lawsuits cheaper than going to trial  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset and Joel Tenenbaum captured the nation's attention when they were defendants in the RIAA's first two trials against accused online infringers.  But here's the mind-warping reality: both defendants …
Discussion: Techdirt, Techgeist and p2pnet
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's $100 Million TV Ad  —  Don't say they didn't warn you: Last week, Yahoo formally rolled out its new $100 million-plus marketing campaign.  Today, the TV ads begin.  Here's what you'll be getting if you watch AMC, ESPN, USA, Comedy Central, Bravo or any of the broadcast networks in the U.S. (Live in the U.K. or India?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey invested in Foursquare  —  Twitter just closed a massive funding round that reportedly has given it a billion-dollar valuation.  Meanwhile, co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey is making investments of his own: he's one of the undisclosed angel investors …
David Charter / Times of London:
iPods may have to carry health warnings  —  Portable music players may have to carry health warnings under proposals from the European Commission.  —  Apple, which makes the iPod, and other manufacturers will be asked either to display labels advising users of the damaging long-term effects …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Secret Service Investigating Facebook Poll Asking Whether Obama Should Be Killed  —  The Secret Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding an eye-opening Facebook poll that asked whether Obama should be assassinated, a Secret Service spokesman confirms to us.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Apps Outage Caused by High Load to Google Contacts  —  The downtime for Gmail and Google Contacts last week was caused by high load to Google Contacts.  Google Apps users could not access or experienced disruptions in their Gmail accounts from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Discussion: CloudAve
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 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Can Twitter Rake in the Ads to Justify $1 Billion Valuation?  —  With the Money Comes Expectation of Revenue; Microblogging Service Seems in No Rush Turn on Spigot  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The question about Twitter used to be, “Is it a business?”  Now, the question becomes “How big can it be?”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
webOS 1.2 now available, brings support for app purchases  —  The tips are flooding in — webOS 1.2.0 has just been released, and downloads are starting all over.  Obviously the big new features is support for app purchases in the Catalog, but we've heard there are a ton of little fixes …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Tweetie 2 Takes The Best iPhone Twitter App And Ups The Sex Appeal  —  There is absolutely no shortage of Twitter apps available for the iPhone.  But in my mind (and the minds of many others) one stands above all the rest: Tweetie.  And while the app has undergone several small tweaks since …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and atebits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Helios: Another Microsoft operating system project to watch  —  Microsoft's researchers are working on yet another operating-system research project which can trace its roots to the company's Singularity project.  This new operating system, known as Helios, is a heterogeneous multiprocessing platform built around satellite kernels.
The Official Google Blog:
More insight into claimed content on YouTube  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  We announced last week that we now have over 1,000 partners using our content identification and management tools to control how and where their videos are distributed on YouTube.
Hyung Lee / The Daily Princetonian:
Kindles yet to woo University users  —  When the University announced its Kindle e-reader pilot program last May, administrators seemed cautiously optimistic that the e-readers would both be sustainable and serve as a valuable academic tool.  But less than two weeks after 50 students received …
Discussion: TechFlash, The Toybox, Engadget and Gizmodo
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Floods Twitter With Status Updates; Now No. 2 Source of Short Links.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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Robin Blumenthal / Wall Street Journal:
Monster Has Plans to Become 800-Pound Gorilla of Job Ads
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Laura June / Engadget:
Website rates best and worst cellphones by radiation output levels …
Discussion: digg.com
John Leyden / The Register:
Reddit swiftly squishes XSS worm
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On “Moving The Needle”
Discussion: eWeek
Kirby Chien / Reuters:
Unicom says to sell iPhones in China from October
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