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1:25 AM ET, September 29, 2009

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Apple Rehires a Developer of Its Newton Tablet  —  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ eschipul/ |  Michael Tchao  —  If you were gearing up to launch a tablet computer — and these days, who isn't — who would you hire to market it?  One obvious candidate would be Michael Tchao …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google, bank resolve issue over misfired e-mail  —  A bank that accidentally sent sensitive customer information to a Gmail address and persuaded a judge to order Google to deactivate the account has resolved the issue with Google and the companies have filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms free security software ships Tuesday  —  Slates 4.7MB Security Essentials for download in the morning, Pacific time  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today confirmed that it will launch its free security software suite, which has been in development for almost a year, Tuesday morning.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Take That, Twitter: Google Hot Trends Integrated Into Google Search  —  Twitter and real time search continues to attract buzz, and Google's reacting by positioning its “Hot Trends” information in a place where more people will see it, within Google's regular search results.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CNN Launching Pay iPhone App; Live Streaming For $2 Plus Ads  —  While Dow Jones follows through with plans to convert some of its iPhone and BlackBerry free app users to paid subscribers, CNN is jumping right into the premium market—although in a small way.
Josh Carr / TUAW:
Still doubt Apple's desire for portable gaming clout?  Here's proof...  This afternoon, we received a tip from one of our readers about an awesome ad on the IGN.com website.  We chased the bait and decided to check it out.  We're really glad we did.  What we found was the ad above.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
comScore, Inc.:
Google Sites Surpasses 10 Billion Video Views in August  —  Average Video Viewer Watched Nearly 10 Hours of Online Video During the Month  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released August 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
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.
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.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Latitude Z Hands On: Kills Cords Completely With Wireless Charging  —  Someone at Dell must have tripped over some wires and after cleaning up the bloody gash came up with the $2,000 anti-cord Latitude Z: It has wireless charging and jacks into displays wirelessly too.
jwz:
My ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm and their App Catalog submission process.  —  A few days after the Palm Pre was released, I wrote a couple of programs for it: a restaurant Tip Calculator, and a port of Dali Clock.  These were, as far as I'm aware, the 2nd …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
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 …
Chris / cdixon.org:
The new economy  —  According to the Business Insider, Facebook is “'Beating The S— Out Of Its Numbers' Thanks To Zynga's Virtual Goods.”  I wanted to try to understand this new, emerging economy.  —  It all starts when a user sees an ad on Facebook:  —  After clicking and installing the app …
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 …
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 …
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
St. Cloud shutting down the nation's first citywide free Wi-Fi network  —  In 2006, St. Cloud started offering free wireless Internet service to its residents, declaring itself the first in the nation to do so.  But faced with a $1.3 million budget shortfall, city leaders have decided to shut down the network.
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: geeksmack.net, VentureBeat and eWeek
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony embraces small publishers and unknown authors on Sony Reader eBook store  —  The shift toward digital books is helping small fry authors and publishers to get in front of wider audiences than ever before.  That trend is being reinforced today as Smashwords is announcing …
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.
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?
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, p2pnet and digg.com
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: Maximum PC and CloudAve
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Project Playlist Pushes The Line Between Music Search And Music Hosting  —  If there is a poster child for the battered Web music startup, Project Playlist is it.  The company had to fight lawsuits from the record labels, is still trying to iron out licensing deals with those labels …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Foreign Airlines Ahead of U.S. on Cellphone Use  —  Cellphone use on airplanes, it would seem, is on extended hold in the United States.  —  The national union representing flight attendants wants Congress to ban in-flight phone calls, and survey after survey of airline passengers shows strong opposition …
Discussion: Gizmodo
MacNN:
Apple revises educational licensing agreements  —  Apple has made major alterations to its educational licensing program, ones which could potentially raise the cost of Macs for schools.  The company is said to be abandoning a previous volume licensing scheme, which allowed institutions …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's SCH-W880 12 megapixel phonecamera with 3x optical zoom  —  In a welcome reversal of trends, Samsung just stuffed a 3G cellphone into a 12 megapixel camera making this M8920 / SCH-W880 more of a camera than most 12 megapixel cameraphones can claim.  While this presumed follow …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How the YouTube-Warner Music Deal Got Done: Meet Vevo Jr.  —  Warner Music and YouTube, co-owners of the one of the Web's nastiest spats, are about to patch things up.  How'd they do it?  By cutting a deal that looks a lot like the one YouTube has already made with Universal Music Group.
Andrew Heining / Christian Science Monitor:
Zipcar parks its iPhone app - finally  —  From the “iPhone MMS?  Meh.” department.  —  Does it seem like iPhone users have been saying “finally” a lot lately?  —  Apple on Monday approved an iPhone application from car-sharing company Zipcar that allows users to find nearby cars …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Weisel Raises Apple Target to $210; Sees $800 Macbook  —  Thomas Weisel analyst Doug Reid this morning raised his estimates for sales and profit for Apple (AAPL) for this fiscal year and next, writing that “store checks” indicate demand remains healthy, IT spending is set to tick upward …
Discussion: Reuters, The Mac Observer and MacNN
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google adjusts to life with trustbusters
Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Floods Twitter With Status Updates; Now No. 2 Source of Short Links.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues Talent Scoop, Takes Digg's UX Guy
Discussion: marktrammell.com and digg.com
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Can Twitter Rake in the Ads to Justify $1 Billion Valuation?
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Robin Blumenthal / Wall Street Journal:
Monster Has Plans to Become 800-Pound Gorilla of Job Ads
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Do We Still Buy the Myth of the Can-Do Celebrity CEO?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Helios: Another Microsoft operating system project to watch
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Faces Tougher Test in Rollout to 100K Users
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