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6:35 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 …
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Innovation: The psychology of Google Wave  — For similar stories, visit the Innovation and The Human Brain Topic Guides  —  Innovation is our regular column that highlights emerging technological ideas and where they may lead  —  Over the past week Google has been rolling …
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
Discussion: Team Think and Mobility Site
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and broadstuff
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Motley Fool, HipMojo.com and digg.com
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Searchtastic Throws Its Hat Into The Twitter Search Engine Ring  —  There are a plethora of startups that are trying to harness and improve upon Twitter's real-time search functionality, including Collecta, One Riot, Scoopler and TwitterTroll.  The simple fact is that there is considerable value …
Discussion: VentureBeat and louisgray.com
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.
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Marco.org:
The two App Stores  —  Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory recently …
Discussion: TUAW
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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