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5:30 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 …
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.
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.
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
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 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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mobclix
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: iPhone Savior and TechCrunch
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
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?
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Psystar, Apple both look to avoid 2010 trial  —  This week Apple and clone Mac maker Psystar both asked for a summary judgment in their ongoing lawsuit before the trial can officially start in January 2010.  —  On Thursday, both Apple and Psystar filed separate motions …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Crave, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
 
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