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12:15 PM ET, October 2, 2009

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AppleInsider:
Apple plans Mighty Mouse makeover  —  Twenty five years after introducing the world to mouse-based computing, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now hoping to deliver significant advances to the input device by applying the company's extensive research and development in multitouch technologies, AppleInsider has learned.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Market Share Could More Than Double When Apple Drops AT&T Exclusivity  —  Apple is stifling the iPhone's share of the mobile market by selling it through so few carriers.  And when it eventually starts selling the iPhone at more carriers per country, its market share could more than double …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Broader distribution could double iPhone sales in 2010 - Morgan Stanley  —  One of the biggest drivers of Apple's (AAPL) growth — and the company's share price — over the next two years will be the expiration of the exclusivity deals Steve Jobs cut with carriers during the iPhone's first two years.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/IE market share slide, Win 7/Firefox/Chrome surge  —  According to data supplied by web metrics firm Net Applications, both Vista and Internet Explorer lost market share during September, while Windows 7, Firefox and Chrome all saw a surge in market share.
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Electronista:
18% of Macs using Snow Leopard in one month
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Wave crashes on beach of overhype  —  I just got my Google Wave invite.  No, I'm already out, so I can't send one to you, sorry.  —  But this service is way overhyped and as people start to use it they will realize it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductivity.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Crowdsourcing coming to iPhone apps, big time  —  If you've ever been driving down the highway and looked at the Google Maps application on an iPhone to see what traffic is like ahead, you may have wondered where the data behind the green, yellow, and red lines indicating real-time vehicle flow come from.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Russian investor buys more Facebook shares - sources  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies has begun buying more shares in Facebook, seeking to expand its stake in the world's No. 1 social networking company, two sources told Reuters.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The $25 Million Demo.  Yext Scores A Big Round From IVP After TechCrunch50 Debut.  —  Howard Lerman can be a little intense.  After the CEO of Yext finished his demo at this year's Techcrunch50 (embedded below) he left one judge “speechless,” and during rehearsals Michael took him aside and asked him, “Are you on drugs?”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Removes Pirate Bay Frontpage From Search Results  —  Removing search results is nothing new for Google.  The company has been cleaning up its search results for years, following up on complaints from the Chinese government, and of course copyright holders.
Discussion: The Web Life
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intuit and Mint promise “no changes”; but maybe a few would be OK  —  When it comes to personal finance software on the Web, I like Mint - even though I was a bit concerned that the site would change after Intuit announced the acquisition last month.  But the message seems to be coming through loud …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Publishers Like Time Inc.'s “Hulu for Magazines” Pitch.  What Will Apple and Amazon Say?  —  Earlier this year, Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore tasked her lieutenant John Squires with figuring out how to put the digital “genie back in the bottle”.  Here's part of his answer: A Hulu for magazines.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LinkedIn Launches Profile Organizer, Enters Salesforce Territory  —  The business social network LinkedIn is not just a way to connect with your business contacts.  For a lot of recruiters, salespeople, and other professionals, it's a great business database for finding potential leads and new employees.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Computerworld:
Sony prototype sends electricity through the air  —  Despite the numerous technologies that exist for sending data through the air there's one cable that most gadgets can't do without at some time.  The power cable remains a necessary but sometimes unsightly part of many modern electronic appliances …
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.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Friendster bets its future on Southeast Asia  —  (10-01) 19:25 PDT — Before Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, Friendster was the social media king.  Now, Friendster is barely an afterthought in its home country, although it hasn't disappeared.  —  The Mountain View firm is betting its future …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Mass Bans & Warns AdWords Advertisers, But Why?  —  I have been watching ongoing complaints from Google AdWords advertisers for the past five days or so, in regards to Google both banning and warning of banning advertisers for having “poor quality landing pages.”
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
NVCA Is Happier With Congress  —  After all that lobbying, the National Venture Capital Association managed to get venture capitalists exempted from the proposed Private Fund Investment Advisors Registration Act that's been working its way through Congress.  —  There is now new language in the bill reads:
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Researchers Hijack a Drive-By Botnet  —  The team gathered data on compromised pages and the would-be victims.  —  By infiltrating a criminal computer network aimed at infecting visitors to legitimate websites, university researchers have gained firsthand insight into the scale and scope of so-called “drive-by downloading.”
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Technorati to change how it measures bloggers' influence  —  Technorati is about to make some big changes to the way it measures how important bloggers are.  That means its top-100 list of the most influential bloggers is going to change.  Some bloggers may be delighted by the changes …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
No, Your Social Networking “Friend” Isn't Really in Trouble Overseas  —  According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), there has been an increase in the number of hijacked social networking accounts reported to www.ic3.gov.  —  One of the more popular scams involves online criminals …
Discussion: Computerworld
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
ComScore: Forget About Clicks  —  It's time for online marketers to forgo click-through rates for a better measure of success, according to new data from comScore in conjunction with media agency Starcom USA and behavioral targeting firm Tacoda.  —  TOP STORY  —  P&G Extends Sponsorship With Olympic Games
Discussion: internetnews.com
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says  —  Sensitive Information Found by Using ‘Peer to Peer’ File-Sharing Software  —  The personal data of tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers — including those in the Special Forces — continue to be downloaded by unauthorized computer users …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sidebar Will Deliver Personalized Mobile Apps And Content To Your Phone  —  With over 85,000 apps on Apple's App Store alone, the task to find apps tailored to your needs and likes is daunting.  Who wants to sift through that?  Sidebar is hoping to help smartphone users with the process of finding the perfect apps for their phones.
Economist:
Cleverly simple  —  As internet-capable handsets become more popular, they are also changing  —  IF THE recession is the cloud hanging over the mobile-phone business, “smart” phones are the silver lining.  Sales of mobile phones were 10% lower in the second quarter of this year …
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
IBM undercuts Google with discount e-mail service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — IBM Corp. is trying to stymie Google Inc.'s expansion into the business software market.  —  IBM is now selling a bare-bones e-mail service to companies for $36 annually per worker, undercutting a more comprehensive package …
Economist:
Laptops for all  —  A pioneering project's chequered start  —  FOR the past year the pupils of Escuela 95, in a poor neighbourhood of Montevideo, have had a new learning tool.  Each has been issued with a laptop computer.  This has been of particular help to the 30 or so children …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Cyclopedia mixes Wikipedia and augmented reality on the iPhone  —  Cyclopedia ($2 App store) is a new iPhone application that allows to to view geo-tagged Wikipedia articles in a augmented reality browser.  The browser uses the iPhone's camera to create a backdrop while the Wikipedia articles …
 
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
C4 notes: Developers cool towards iPhone projects
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Acer to shift focus to Android smartphones
Discussion: SlashGear and CrunchGear
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Has A Plan To Stop The Mass Exodus From Orkut: No Friend Exports For You!
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robin Kwong / Financial Times:
AUO to kindle rivalry with half-price e-readers
Discussion: Electronista
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Fujitsu's hard-drive business now Toshiba's
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
M.I.T. Taking Student Blogs to Nth Degree
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Has Begun Geolocation Rollout
Discussion: Mashable!
Randybias / Cloudscaling:
Amazon's EC2 Generating 220M+ Annually
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple resellers advised of 2-3 week delay on Mac mini orders