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4:05 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.
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
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.
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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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 …
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: VentureBeat and geeksmack.net
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 …
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?
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.
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
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
More insight into claimed content on YouTube  —  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.  Every major U.S. network broadcaster, movie studio and music label …
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
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
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?”
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 …
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Alibaba Starts Its Shopping Spree: Buys HiChina Stake For $63.75 Million  —  China's Alibaba Group has hinted for several months now that it is looking to make acquisitions and it has finally made a purchase: The Chinese e-commerce giant's Alibaba.com unit is buying a controlling stake in HiChina …
Discussion: News on Alibaba.com
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.
 
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Unicom says to sell iPhones in China from October
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