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1:10 AM ET, October 11, 2009

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile: we probably lost all your Sidekick data  —  Well, this is shaping up to be one of the biggest disasters in the history of cloud computing, and certainly the largest blow to Danger and the Sidekick platform: T-Mobile's now reporting that personal data stored on Sidekicks has …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why startups shouldn't have to pay to pitch angel investors  —  [ disclaimer: written with boiling blood ]  —  When confronted with an abuse of power, an injustice or a scam I've developed a really effective technique: I blog, tweet and whine about it passionately for as long as possible.
Discussion: Scobleizer, 901am and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Philip Lam / all things Palm Pre:
What happens if you drop Palm Pre in Beer?  —  What happens if you were to drop your Palm Pre into Beer or some sort of liquid?  The embedded video will give you a good idea...  Link to Video
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cityfile:
NBC Sued in Font-Related Flare-Up  —  NBC's legal team has one more headache on its hands.  On Tuesday afternoon, the company was served with a lawsuit by the Font Bureau, one of the country's leading typographic design firms and the company responsible for crafting typefaces for the likes of Apple …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
What's replacing P2P, BitTorrent as pirate hangouts?  —  RapidShare, others provide ‘essentially your own private FTP server’  —  Computerworld - Driven by increased crackdowns on BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, software pirates are fast-moving their warez to file-hosting Web sites.
Discussion: Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
AT&T: What iPhone problem?  —  Why is the carrier trying to downplay the effect of Apple's bandwidth-hogging smartphone?  —  Source: Rysavy Research  —  In his keynote address at the CTIA's (Cellular Telephone Industries Association) big fall meeting in San Diego Thursday, AT&T's (T) …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Any Data You Give to Google Can and Will Be Used Against You  —  The uber-geeks who run Google don't seem like to think about the messy world of law and politics.  But it can't be avoided.  The latest example: A Bear Stearns manager done in by a GMail account he thought was closed.
Discussion: thebigmoney.com and Fast Company
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Shake.  Load.  Kaboom.  $600+/day.  —  Most iPhone apps lose money, but some freebies — like Shotgun — rake in the cash  —  As an app, Shotgun Free doesn't do much.  Give it a shake and it makes the sound of a shell being chambered.  Tilt it up sharply and the gun fires with a bang …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Downed Facebook accounts still haven't returned  —  Something is really odd here.  —  As a reporter covering Facebook, I do get the occasional cranky complaints from members who, for one reason or another, are experiencing errors when they try to access their accounts.
Discussion: All Facebook
Marco.org:
The two App Stores  —  Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory recently wrote Losing iReligion, in which he criticizes the business prospects of the App Store.  He cites some general concerns, but much of the post is based on the unfortunate commercial failure of their Ramp Champ game.
Discussion: TUAW
Sponsors of Elliot / Elliot's Blog:
Insure.com Sells for $16 Million - Highest Domain Sale Recorded  —  Insure.com, a publicly traded company whose shares trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange, sold its corporate name and related domain name for $16,000,000, and the company will be renamed Life Quotes.  The company paid $1,600,000 for Insure.com in 2001.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Video: The New Windows Mobile advertisement is kind of strange  —  Microsoft has been absolutely hammered in the press this week over the introduction of its new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.  And, I am afraid, the new ad campaign won't do too much to help things.  —  Am I missing something here?
 
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