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11:55 AM ET, September 28, 2009


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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Business Wire:
Xerox to Acquire Affiliated Computer Services  —  NORWALK, Conn. & DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX - News) and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS - News) today announced a definitive agreement for Xerox to acquire ACS in a cash and stock transaction valued …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 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: PC World, DailyTech and FierceVoIP
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009  —  UK would-be iPhone users desperate to avoid O2's network can take heart in the fact that rival network Orange have just announced they will be offering the iPhone 3GS later this year.  The Orange iPhone 3GS is yet to be priced …
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Sholes passes the FCC with EV-DO and Wi-Fi on board
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 …
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Jobvite Lets You Search for Employees Through Social Networks  —  More companies are turning to social networks to recruit and vet potential employees, and Jobvite is offering a service to take advantage of this on Facebook and other sites including LinkedIn and Twitter.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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 …
Discussion: FierceVoIP
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.
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Laura June / Engadget:
Website rates best and worst cellphones by radiation output levels …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The TomTom XL 340S LIVE uses AT&T to deliver Google data
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Electronista
Agence France Presse:
EU orders MP3 makers to turn down the volume
Discussion: Reuters, I4U News, Electronista and Gearlog
Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Adobe, McAfee to combine DRM and data-loss prevention
Discussion: eWeek
John Leyden / The Register:
Reddit swiftly squishes XSS worm
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Non-profit news ventures go big time
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