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12:20 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Pulse2
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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: A VC, Scobleizer, 901am and digg.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Psystar, Apple both look to avoid 2010 trial
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The two App Stores  —  Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory recently …
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