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3:38 AM ET, October 12, 2009


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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Sidekick outage casts cloud over Microsoft  —  The massive data failure at Microsoft's Danger subsidiary threatens to put a dark cloud over the company's broader “software plus services” strategy.  —  A key tenet of that approach is that businesses and consumers can trust Microsoft to reliably store valuable data on their servers.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter: Nope, We're Not Doing Video Tweets  —  We commented a few hours ago on a claim in the Telegraph newspaper that Twitter is considering the addition of video to the service, and expressed skepticism about the report.  That skepticism seems well-founded, as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone replied …
Discussion: 901am and
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Underutilized Power Of The Video Demo To Explain What The Hell You Actually Do  —  During my time at TechCrunch I've seen thousands of startups and written about hundreds of them.  I sure as hell don't know all the secrets to building a successful company, but there are a few things I've seen …
Jen Gordon / Smashing Magazine:
iPhone App Design Trends  —  For the past two years, the elegant iPhone has housed some of the most poorly designed applications you could imagine.  The hype surrounding iPhone has prompted many designers across the globe to try their skills with the new mobile medium.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Why Email No Longer Rules...  And what that means for the way we communicate  —  Services like Twitter, Facebook and Google Wave create a constant stream of interaction among users—for better or worse.  —  Email has had a good run as king of communications.  But its reign is over.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough.  But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology companies and the federal government.
John Cook / Gawker:
The Federal Trade Commission's Coming War on Bloggers  —  The FTC is planning public hearings aimed at figuring out how to prop up dying newspapers.  On the agenda: tax breaks for news organizations, changing copyright law, and “greater public funding of public affairs news.”  This is very, very bad.
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Facebook ensnared in two social networking patent disputes  —  Two companies are taking social networking heavyweight Facebook to court over claims that Facebook's website infringes on patents related to personal pages and establishing human relationships.  Tele-Publishing Inc …
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
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 …
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 …
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Sharon Gaudin / Epicenter:
Study: 54 Percent of Companies Ban Facebook, Twitter at Work
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Searchtastic Throws Its Hat Into The Twitter Search Engine Ring
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
WITN?:  Yahoo didn't sentence 200,000 Iranians to death …
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Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
What's replacing P2P, BitTorrent as pirate hangouts?
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