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11:05 PM ET, October 11, 2009


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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Sharon Gaudin / Epicenter:
Study: 54 Percent of Companies Ban Facebook, Twitter at Work  —  Planning on firing off a short missive on Twitter or posting an update to your friends on Facebook from the office?  —  Better check the rules of your workplace first.  —  According to a study commissioned by Robert Half Technology …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Psystar, Apple both look to avoid 2010 trial
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
AT&T: What iPhone problem?
Discussion: Ars Technica
Philip Lam / all things Palm Pre:
What happens if you drop Palm Pre in Beer?
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
What's replacing P2P, BitTorrent as pirate hangouts?
Discussion: Slashdot