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4:15 PM 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 …
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What Caused the Sidekick Fail?  —  By now the word is out on the street.  Microsoft/Danger has most likely lost everyone's personal info including contacts, notes, calendar entries, to-dos, etc.  The question remains: How did this happen?  Microsoft is a big software company …
Amy Willis / Telegraph:
Twitter to introduce live videotweeting  —  Twitter users may soon be posting real-time video tweets in addition to text tweets under plans to modernise the site.  —  The upgrade, which is being discussed by Twitter's founders, will enable Twitter users to upload brief video snippets …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Chink In Android's Armor  —  75 million phones running the Android operating system will be sold in 2012, says research firm Gartner, which if right, would eventually make it the second most popular mobile OS after Symbian.  —  This makes sense, because the operating system is free …
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Weston Kosova / Newsweek Blogs:
Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content.  So Why Doesn't He Stop Them?  —  The executives who run big, ailing news organizations—in particular Tom Curley of AP and News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch—complain every chance they get that search engines—in particular Google …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
A Twitter Engineer's Epic Diss of ‘Disgusting’ San Francisco  —  Gavin Newsom loves Twitter.  The San Francisco mayor is convinced his hometown microblogging service will change the world.  How heartbreaking it must be, then, to read that a key Twitter coder can't wait to escape his “filthy... disastrous” town.
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Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
Seeking Energy Savings at the Heart of the Internet  —  NEW YORK — Digital-era icons like Google and Twitter have made life more efficient — and fun.  But they also guzzle vast amounts of energy.  —  Scattered around the world are scores of data centers that sift through the endless streams …
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2 Firmware with blackra1n  —  George Hotz (aka geohot), the kid who was the first to unlock the original iPhone back in 2007 and then iPhone 3GS in July of this year is back!  This time he is the first one to release jailbreaking solution for the new iPhone 3.1.2 Firmware …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
WITN?:  Yahoo didn't sentence 200,000 Iranians to death, and other misadventures in online journalism  —  In one of those wonderful ironies of scheduling that make columnists weep with joy, Larry Dignan spent yesterday at a Yahoo! hack day in New York.  —  This is the same Larry Dignan …
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
ZDNet:
Hacked web mail accounts used to send spam  —  There has been a marked increase in the amount of spam emails being sent from Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail accounts, according to analysts at Websense Security Labs.  —  Websense said on Thursday that personalised spam emails had been sent …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Conan O'Brien talks to the co-creator of USB on The Tonight Show  —  Now this is kind of amazing.  Remember those Intel “rock star” ads — featuring the co-creator of USB, Ajay Bhatt?  Of course you do.  What you might not know is that the Ajay Bhatt in those commercials is actually an actor.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
AT&T: What iPhone problem?
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The two App Stores  —  Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory recently …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Any Data You Give to Google Can and Will Be Used Against You
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Downed Facebook accounts still haven't returned
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