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6:55 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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Refine your search results with new Search Options  —  In May, we launched Search Options, a side panel that lets you filter, refine and generate different views of your search results.  We've received lots of positive feedback, and we're seeing more and more people using Search Options every day.
David Faber / CNBC:
GE Is in Talks to Spin Off NBC, Give Comcast 51% of New Unit  —  General Electric [GE Loading...  () ] and Comcast [CMCSA Loading...  () ] are in talks about a deal in which GE would spin off its NBC Universal unit into a new company that would be merged with the content assets of Comcast …
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Stake in NBC Said to Face Regulator Scrutiny on Competition Impact
Avg WebLab / AVG Blogs:
Automated Facebook Attack underway  —  Today our LinkScanner users started detecting rogue spyware attacks that seemed to be originating from Facebook.  The first profile that we looked at looked like this ...  (click image to enlarge)  —  And then the next one that we looked at looked like this ...
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 …
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Technology Review:
Wireless Network Modded to See Through Walls  —  The way signal strength varies in a wireless network can reveal what's going on behind closed doors.  —  It's every schoolboy's dream: an easy way of looking through walls to spy on neighbours, monitor siblings and keep tabs on the sweet jar.
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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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.
Chris Alden / Six Apart News & Events:
Announcing the TypePad Platform and TypePad Motion  —  It was almost 8 years ago today that Ben and Mena Trott released Movable Type and helped spark the blogging explosion that followed.  Before that time, personal web publishing was largely difficult and expensive, but with MT …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Movable Type
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Opens Up TypePad APIs, Relaunches Pownce As TypePad Motion
Discussion: CNET News
Matthew Jones / Reuters:
UK court orders writ to be served via Twitter  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's High Court ordered its first injunction via Twitter on Thursday, saying the social website and micro-blogging service was the best way to reach an anonymous Tweeter who had been impersonating someone.
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Secret Service IDs kid for Facebook ‘assassination poll’ — no charges  —  The Secret Service announced today that a juvenile was behind the Facebook posting that asked whether President Obama should be assassinated, calling it a prank that would not lead to prosecution.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple resellers advised of 2-3 week delay on Mac mini orders  —  As reports of a forthcoming hardware refreshes continue to mount, Apple has braced its certified resellers for unusually long shipping times of two to three weeks for both models of its minute Mac mini desktop systems.
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Larry Ellison Still Hates “Cloud Computing Nonsense” (Video)  —  According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet.  According to Larry Ellison, it's nonsense and water vapor.
Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pixi launching on October 20th?  —  We just got word that Palm's second webOS device, the Pixi, is set to launch on October 20th.  This includes Sprint corporate stores as well as Best Buy locations presumably.  —  This intel is from new source but it sounds right.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to surprise with Oct. 19 earnings report  —  New accounting rules are expected to push Apple's stock even higher, as Wall Street still underestimates the profitability of the iPhone, a new report has concluded.  —  Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board approved …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and LOOPRumors
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
No Recovery in I.P.O.'s Yet  —  A small flurry of initial public offerings and acquisitions has had some in the technology industry talking about a more open door for cashing out of startups.  Not so fast.  —  The number and value of acquisitions and public offerings of venture-backed start-ups …
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Can Google Stay on Top of the Web?  —  As Bing, Facebook, Twitter, and less well-known upstarts nip at its heels, Google has hundreds of wizards racing to come up with smarter answers  —  High on a wall of the lobby at Google's (GOOG) sprawling headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. …
Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Register
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Washington Post, Bloomberg Team Up For New Syndication Service:  —  The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) and Bloomberg News are launching a new syndication service Jan. 1, 2010—the Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News, which will provide daily content from the paper and the financial newswire …
Discussion: Washington Post
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Evidence of Apple's tablet-like input interface reappears  —  In a new patent application revealed this week, Apple has again disclosed plans for a multi-touch surface that could accommodate two full hands and distinguish between palms and individual fingers for typing, gestures and more.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Game censorship crusader sues Facebook for $120m  —  Claims emotional distress from user group threats  —  Anti-video game gadfly Jack Thompson is suing Facebook for $120 million, accusing the social website of causing him emotional distress by not removing threatening comments posted by gamers.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases XP Mode virtualization to manufacturing  —  Microsoft has released Windows XP Mode to manufacturing on October 1, company officials said, and it will be generally available on Microsoft.com on October 22, the launch day for Windows 7.  —  XP Mode is a Microsoft virtualization …
Discussion: The Windows Blog and geeksmack.net
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
‘State of the Internet’ assessed  —  Internet attacks came from 201 different countries in the second quarter, up from 68 countries in the first quarter, according to a report released Thursday.  —  Akamai Technologies' quarterly “State of the Internet” report compiles data about the online world …
Discussion: Akamai
Randybias / Cloudscaling:
Amazon's EC2 Generating 220M+ Annually  —  Today I'm going to tell you how much revenue Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is generating.  After all, you, my regular readers, come to this blog for its insight, original thinking, and gems of wisdom.  Today I have something particularly juicy for you …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:atul
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Tim Armstrong: The name of the game is (still) content
Leslie Cauley / Technology Live:
Former FCC chairman endorses “net neutrality” rules
Discussion: Post I.T. and FierceWireless
Adam Swidler / Google Enterprise Blog:
Q3'09 Spam & Virus Trends from Postini
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:sizzler_chetan
Chris Williams / The Register:
UK already ‘major world power’ in cyberwar
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
O2 sells out of iPhone 3GS
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google has Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox up its sleeve, says Mozilla
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First Round Capital to open NYC office
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Facebook Users Download 1 Million Mobile Apps A Week—With The Help Of GetJar
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Breach Payroll Giant, Target Customers
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