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1:05 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple purchased Placebase in July to replace Google Maps?  —  On July 7th, Fred Lalonde, the founder of openplaces.org announced in a tweet that Apple had bought the company that produced the Maps API that his company used in their software.  —  Pushpin is the name of the software API …
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Joshua Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the new Local Search for Mobile  —  The mobile search team is always looking for new ways to make searching the world around you as easy and useful as searching the web.  Today we're introducing a redesigned local search experience on your phone that integrates with Google Maps …
Toshi Tajima / Google Mobile Blog:
Your mobile and desktop search history now in sync  —  Sometimes I do a search on my desktop computer, only to find that I need to repeat the same search again later on my mobile phone.  Today in the US we're launching Personalized Suggest for Android, iPhone and Palm WebOS …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Buys Norwegian Firm for $3 Billion  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Cisco Systems continued to show just how serious it is about video conferencing, announcing late Wednesday night the $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, a Norwegian video communications company.  —  Cisco has sold expensive …
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Cisco:
Cisco Makes Recommended Offer to Acquire TANDBERG  —  Acquisition of TANDBERG to Expand Cisco's Collaboration Offering and Enable Customers to Transform How They Do Business Globally  —  SAN JOSE, Calif., NEW YORK, and, OSLO, Norway, October 1, 2009 - Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How Google Wave could transform journalism  —  Google Wave lets users collaborate live on documents.  —  The tech world is awash with excitement for today's scheduled release of 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave.  —  Seems like everyone is buzzing about how the collaborative Web tool …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Mashable!, Digits and eWeek, Thanks:atul
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Google Wave Invites for Sale on eBay  —  With Google releasing 100,000 invites to test the beta version of the much-hyped Wave, one enterprising blogger decided to capitalize on all the buzz surrounding the new messaging and collaboration tool by selling his invite on eBay.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BumpTop Goes Multi-Touch.  Um, Awesome.  —  What if the desktop on your computer was just like your actual desktop?  That's the core idea behind BumpTop, a really nice looking graphical overlay for Windows-based operating systems.  But as cool as BumpTop looked, you still had to use your mouse and keyboard to manipulate it.
Twitter Blog:
Soon to Launch: Lists  —  My name is Nick Kallen (@nk) and I'm the project lead on Lists, a new feature we're testing with a small subset of users.  The idea is to allow people to curate lists of Twitter accounts.  For example, you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time …
Johanna Wright / The Official Google Blog:
Surfacing forum posts in search results  —  Today, we introduced a new search feature that makes it easier for you to find forum posts or discussions related to what you're searching for.  This new addition to Google search results applies to sites that tend to have a large number of posts on a specific topic.
Forbes:
Broadcom's Nicholas After The Fall  —  Forbes Magazine dated October 19, 2009  —  Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicholas faces up to 360 years in jail on charges of backdating options and distributing illegal drugs. … Henry T. Nicholas III says he didn't do it.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Opens Up TypePad APIs, Relaunches Pownce As TypePad Motion  —  Blogging software pioneer Six Apart this morning announced that it's debuting TypePad Cloud Platform, a new service that enables developers to use the service's API to build social applications while leaving the storage …
Discussion: CNET News
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Chris Alden / Six Apart News & Events:   Announcing the TypePad Platform and TypePad Motion
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Tech's biggest loser: Bill Gates  —  Photo: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  —  The collective net worth of the super rich on Forbes's annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans fell by $300 billion over the past 12 months, and the tech sector spilled its share of the red ink.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google has Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox up its sleeve, says Mozilla  —  Google may intend to produce a Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox, Mozilla's chief engineer said.  —  Google may intend to produce a Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox, Mozilla's chief engineer said.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Webmonkey
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Bing U.S. Search Share Falls, Sparking Google's Gain  —  Microsoft Bing's U.S. September search share fell to 8.5 percent from 9.6 percent in August, StatCounter claimed.  Google's September share rose to 80 percent from 77.8 percent in July, reversing a trend of Bing gaining share at the expense of search engine rivals.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
How Yahoo is betting its cloud will pay off  —  There was a day when information technology personnel toiled behind the scenes to make their corporate computing infrastructure work.  —  But in the Internet era, those experts increasingly are getting starring roles in corporate computing leadership rather …
TmoNews:
Dunkin' Isn't the Only One Delivering Donuts Tonight  —  You've seen the Android 1.6 aka Donut preview vids, drooling as you watch them.  And now its time to fill that G1 or MyTouch 3G up with Donut!  According to our source, T-Mobile has plans to start rolling out stage 1 of their delicious-baked-goods plan.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Facebook Users Download 1 Million Mobile Apps A Week—With The Help Of GetJar  —  GetJar, an independent mobile app store, is rolling out a new service today that is getting high-profile attention from brands like Facebook and Photobucket because it drives users to download their mobile applications to the phone.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM and VentureBeat
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon debuts the HTC Imagio, their first smartphone with V CAST TV  —  Aaaand the rumor mill nails it again.  Confirming rumors from a few weeks back, Verizon has just announced that their big, beautiful Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, the HTC Imagio, will be launching on the same day as 6.5 itself: October 6th.
Jeff Chin / The Official Google Blog:
Translate your website with Google: Expand your audience globally  —  How long would it take to translate all the world's web content into 50 languages?  Even if all of the translators in the world worked around the clock, with the current growth rate of content being created online …
Josh / Redeye VC:
First Round Capital to open NYC office  —  I believe that as the world has gotten “flatter” over the last decade, it's created a big opportunity for venture investors who recognized that great entrepreneurs can come up with great ideas in almost any location.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Express Scripts: 700,000 notified after extortion  —  IDG News Service - Nearly a year after being hacked by computer extortionists, pharmacy benefits management company Express Scripts now says hundreds of thousands of members may have had their information breached because of the incident.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Breach Payroll Giant, Target Customers  —  Hackers last week apparently used stolen account information from a New Jersey company that provides online payroll services to target the firm's customers in a scheme to steal passwords and other information.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Search Options: Search Only in Visited Pages, or Blogs, or Return Fewer/ More Shopping Sites  —  Google added the following to their search options side bar, which you can expand by clicking “Show options” on results (at least I believe they're new; note they might still be rolled out for you):
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
What to Measure?  Only 16% of the Web Is Clicking Display Ads  —  But ComScore, Starcom Study Shows Banners Are Still Effective — Especially When Paired With Paid Search  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The number of people online who click display ads has dropped 50% in less than two years …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Delivery Agent Raises $25 Million For Entertainment Commerce Platform  —  What recession?  We've confirmed that startup Delivery Agent has just raised $25 million in Series D funding led by new investor Focus Ventures with T-Venture, Coral Group, Ironwood Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and paidContent
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Announcing View-through conversion reporting on the Google Content Network  —  Earlier this year, we mentioned our plans to improve the measurement of conversions for display advertising campaigns on the Google Content Network.  Today, to help you better measure the value …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Geolocation API Appears To Be Live.  But Most Of You Are Lost.  —  I noticed something interesting tonight.  In the new build of Tweetie 2 (not out yet), a bunch of little red location markers started appearing next to tweets in my stream.  Knowing that this new version …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:ritubpant
 
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