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1:10 PM ET, October 12, 2009

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Genentech's (And Apple Board Member) Arthur Levinson Leaves Google Board  —  Genentech chairman Arthur D. Levinson is resigning from Google's Board of Directors, the Mountain View company announced earlier this morning.  His departure comes shortly after Google Chairman and CEOEricSchmidt resigned …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Levinson Leaves Google Board Amid Regulatory Inquiry
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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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Spotify competitor Deezer raises €6.5 million Series B round  —  [France] - Music search and discovery engine Deezer has raised €6.5 million in a second round of financing, bringing the total amount invested in the French upstart to approx. €12.2 million.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows Vista: A Review Recap  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't so sure about how folks are going to respond to Windows 7.  As Mary-Jo Foley says in a ZDNet blog post, Ballmer told Bloomberg that “The test feedback (on Windows 7) has been good, but the test feedback on Vista was good.
Discussion: Slashdot
The Steve Rubel Lifestream:
Posterous Catches Friendfeed  —  Since it was acquired, I have basically abandoned Friendfeed.  I love the service, but I am waiting to see how the team integrates it into Facebook.  —  Unsurprisingly, traffic to the Friendfeed site has plummeted since the acquisition in August.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam steals Yahoo's head of display advertising, Josh Jacobs  —  Glam, the fast growing content and ad network for women, has hired away Josh Jacobs, a top advertising executive from Yahoo.  —  The move is significant because Jacobs was Yahoo's top executive for online display advertising.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Only 17 venture capital firms raise money in Q3 — fewest in 15 years  —  Venture capitalists are a breed in decline.  —  Just 17 venture capital firms raised new funds in the third quarter of 2009, the smallest number of number of firms in any quarter since the third quarter of 1994 …
Joe Fay / The Register:
‘Amateur’ IBM brings down Air New Zealand  —  Mainframe power failure strands thousands  —  The boss of Air New Zealand has launched an astonishing attack on IBM after a catastrophic system crash crippled the airline and left passengers stranded.  —  The massive IBM letdown …
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.
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Amanda Andrews / Telegraph:
Sky Songs service ‘will rival iTunes’  —  BSKYB will next week launch its digital music service, Sky Songs, in a move designed to challenge the domination of iTunes and Spotify in the music downloads business.  —  After lengthy delays, the satellite broadcaster has signed deals with music suppliers EMI …
Mike Chino / INHABITAT:
LG Unveils Solar Powered E-Book Reader  —  If we were stuck on a desert island with only one book, this recently unveiled solar e-book would be at the top of our list!  Designed by LG Display, the sleek reader features a wafer-fin photovoltaic cell that provides it with a steady stream of solar energy.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words  —  It's almost a truism in the tech world that copyright owners reflexively oppose new inventions that do (or might) disrupt existing business models.  But how many techies actually know what rightsholders have said and written for the last hundred years on the subject?
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
M-Commerce's Big Moment  —  Mobile commerce is gaining momentum as consumers get comfortable with ordering all sorts of products by cell phone and companies such as Papa John's watch sales climb  —  It's never been easy making mobile-commerce predictions.  Researchers who tried to forecast …
Stuart Corner / iTWire:
Industry heavyweights demand fewer standards bodies  —  The CTOs of some of the word's leading IT&T vendors - including Cisco and Microsoft - and some of the largest telcos - including BT, NTT and Telstra - have joined forces in a bid to rationalise what they see as an excess of different …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Expected to Beat Q3 Estimates as Online Ads Look Up  —  Google is expected to beat consensus estimates when its announces third-quarter financial results after the bell Oct. 15.  Bernstein Research said it expects Google to beat consensus expectations modestly, raking in earnings per share …
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
The $1.5 billion scramble for Vente Privee by Gilt, eBay and Amazon
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
International Kindle Crippled at Launch: No Web Access Outside US
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
New Ad-Aware offers behavioral detection
Discussion: Lifehacker
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft wants multicore boost from Windows 7
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
What IBM Knows About CIOs
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
In defense of fanboys  —  I'm on the take.  Microsoft pays my salary.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Facebook ensnared in two social networking patent disputes
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Underutilized Power Of The Video Demo To Explain What The Hell You Actually Do
Sharon Gaudin / Epicenter:
Study: 54 Percent of Companies Ban Facebook, Twitter at Work
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and AppScout
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Tough choices for feds giving out broadband money
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Innovation: The psychology of Google Wave
 

 
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