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10:00 PM ET, October 4, 2009


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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple ads hint at thinner iMacs, lighter MacBooks, cheaper Mac minis [u]  —  First on AppleInsider: A trio of online advertisements that appear to have been published prematurely by one of Apple's international online stores suggest it's only a matter of days before the Mac maker takes …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ixnay on the Blu-ray  —  My updated if-I-were-a-betting-man wagers for upcoming Apple hardware announcements: all-new iMacs, all-new low-end (plastic) MacBook, new keyboard and mouse, speed-bump/price-cut Mac Mini update.  Scratch that previous bet on Blu-ray in the iMacs, though …
Craig A. Hunter /
On Palm, Competition, and iTunes Sync  —  Back when the Pre was announced, a frequent conversation topic among developers was “competition” — as in, it would be great to have some healthy competition against the iPhone.  At the time, the Pre looked promising, and seemed to be the first viable competitor …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Ignores USB Group's Warning, Restores iTunes Sync
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Will Books Be Napsterized?  —  YOU can buy “The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown, as an e-book for $9.99 at  —  Or you can don a pirate's cap and snatch a free copy from another online user at RapidShare, Megaupload, Hotfile and other file-storage sites.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Kevin Rose Accidentally Announces Digg's Upcoming iPhone App  —  In a bit of “gotcha” journalism, interviewers Arnt Eriksen and Thomas Moen got Digg founder Kevin Rose to confirm that his company is developing an application for the iPhone.  —  When Eriksen referred to having seen a sneak preview …
Discussion: and Mashable!
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Gordon Gekko 2.0: Flipping is GOOD.  (aka Memo to Jason Fried: Sorry, You're F**king Wrong.)  —  [disclosure: the views expressed below are my own, and do not in any way represent the official position or perspective of either or Founders Fund... so please f**k off.]  —  Dear Jason Fried:
Discussion: Why does everything suck?, Thanks:atul
Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
What Do All These Phone Apps Do?  Mostly Marketing  —  When Stanley Works, the hand tool maker, offered an iPhone App that turned the phone into a level, its goal was to create young loyalists to the Stanley brand.  —  The company does not know if the iPhone app drove a single sale or fostered any brand loyalty.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Matt Cutts: How Google Deals With Web Spam  —  It's up to Matt Cutts and his team at Google to keep search results as free as possible from Web spam, those pages full of Viagra ads or even malware.  A 10-year veteran of the company, he got into this online underworld after working …
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Print-Era Shackles for a Twitter World?  —  A newspaper typically gets applause when it tightens its ethics policies.  But there were some loud boos when The Post recently implemented newsroom guidelines governing the use of social media.  —  The guidelines cover popular social networks …
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy Mobile's Holiday Playbook: Upcoming Android launches, BlackBerry devices, Nokia Booklet  —  We were lucky enough to get our hands on Best Buy Mobile's entire Holiday Playbook and after combing through it, there's a couple little nice nuggets of information.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Popularity of Pirated TV-Shows Still Rising  —  In the US streaming sites such as Hulu offer ‘legal’ platforms to watch TV-shows online.  However, in the rest of the world people have to wait for weeks or months until they can watch US TV-shows.  —  Most TV-show downloads come from overseas …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T Pure now on sale — with Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Well hey, look at that — AT&T's riff on the HTC Touch Diamond2, the Pure, has quietly gone on sale, meaning Windows Mobile 6.5 just hit the world a couple days early.  The glory won't last long, though: the nicer Imagio is hitting Verizon on the 6th, and the Leo's looming.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Hide The Noise
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Justin / TweetMiner Blog:
Dear Twitter. I Want To Share My Revenue With You.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Why Tech Mergers May End Up Hurting the Web
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
How Microsoft Will Lift Us Out Of the IT-Spending Dumps
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and CrunchGear
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Messages with Enhanced Content
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Wave's unproductive email metaphors
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:sampad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Two New Apps Superimpose Wikipedia Over Your iPhone Camera View of the World
Discussion: I4U News and Mashable!