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9:15 AM ET, October 13, 2009

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Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile says Sidekick data may yet return  —  T-Mobile said late on Monday that it may yet be able to recover Sidekick users' information that it had previously thought was lost as part of a massive server failure by Microsoft's Danger subsidiary.  —  “Recent efforts indicate the prospects …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Lets Furious Sidekick Users Ditch Their Contracts for Free
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Desktop Touch Screens Don't Really Work Well For Humans  —  Hewlett Packard refreshed their TouchSmart line of computers today.  If you're not familiar with these, imagine an iMac all in one computer that has a touch screen, and you're most of the way there.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP brings touch to the mass market with new laptops and desktops  —  Hewlett-Packard is launching a series of new products today, including some long-awaited touchscreen laptop computers.  —  The highlight of today's 10 product introductions are laptops with multi-touch touchscreens that work …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney's Retail Plan Is a Theme Park in Its Stores  —  LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company, with the help of Steven P. Jobs and his retailing team at Apple, intends to drastically overhaul its approach to the shopping mall.  —  At a time when many retailers are still cutting …
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Scott McNulty / Macworld:   NYT: Apple inspiring new Disney retail strategy
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Pepsi apologises for ‘sexist’ iPhone app  —  Pepsi has apologised for releasing an iPhone app that encouraged men to brag about their sexual conquests.  —  The AMP UP Before You Score app also provided phone users with chat-up lines for “getting lucky” with 24 different types of women …
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
Shared folders and more in Google Docs  —  Today, we are happy to announce the updates to the Google Docs docs list that we promised in July.  We're rolling out these update gradually, so they should be available to everyone soon.  The biggest update is the introduction of shared folders …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple acknowledges Snow Leopard data loss issue  —  For the past month, some Mac OS X users have been reporting their personal data missing after logging into their guest accounts, and Apple now says it's working on finding a fix.  —  “We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: Finding Even More Uses for iTunes  —  The online media store is already one of the largest e-commerce sites in the world.  Here are some other things Apple might be able to sell via the Web  —  As Apple closes in on the release of a device usually described as a tablet …
Electronista:
Dell offers more looks at its “ultra-thin” Adamo XPS laptop  —  Dell on Monday offered two new product shots of its upcoming Adamo XPS" ultra-thin laptop.  The highly stylized laptop, which was unveiled in early September, is thinner than the Apple's revolutionary MacBook Air—under 10mm thick.
Discussion: Crave and Electricpig.co.uk
Computerworld:
Browser wars redux: The top 5 contenders duke it out  —  With major new versions released this year, Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari vie for the browser crown.  —  Computerworld - For browser fans, this is the best of times.  The five most popular Web browsers …
Discussion: Security Bytes
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Tim Berners-Lee Looks Back: the “//” in Web Addresses Was Unnecessary  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the “//” after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary.
Discussion: Bits, Guardian and Gizmodo, Thanks:beet_tv
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ooyala gets $10M more for online video  —  Ooyala, a video startup founded by a group of former Googlers, has raised $10 million in a third round of venture funding.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., company sells its technology to companies that want to include video as part of their web content.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Google Is Trying To Hold Up The Microsoft-Yahoo Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — You didn't think Google was going to take the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal lying down, did you?  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based giant hasn't taken an official position on the proposed deal …
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Who needs a key?  IPhone app unlocks and starts car  —  A California company Tuesday will announce an iPhone application and car receiver that will enable users to lock, unlock and remotely start their car with the phone rather than the car's key fob.  —  The Viper SmartStart is the latest example …
Discussion: textually.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Next Firefox can detect computer orientation  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET  —  The upcoming version 3.6 of Firefox will be able to tell if you're listing to starboard—and pass that information along to applications running in the browser.
John P. / Woopra:
Woopra Officially Exits Beta  —  Well, the day has finally come.  It simultaneously feels like its been both forever, and just yesterday, since we started developing Woopra.  Today, I'm happy to announce the beginning of Woopra General Availability!  —  Let's talk a little about what that means.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple immune to Windows 7 impact, analyst says  —  Analysis shows Mac sales typically climb after Microsoft unveils a new OS  —  Computerworld - Microsoft's introduction of Windows 7 later this month won't cost Apple any Mac sales, a Wall Street analyst said today.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Unemployed?  Blogging?  Don't Put Ads On Your Site Or You Might Lose Your Unemployment Check  —  For quite some time, many people credited part of the rise of blogging to the fact that many folks in the tech industry found themselves out of work in the wake of the dot com bubble bursting.
Royal Pingdom:
Sweden's Internet broken by DNS mistake  —  Last night, a routine maintenance of Sweden's top-level domain .se went seriously wrong, introducing an error that made DNS lookups for all .se domain names start failing.  The entire Swedish Internet effectively stopped working at this point.
Mike Tedesco / Mac Mojo:
Office 2004 Mainstream Support Has Been Extended  —  A few months ago we received questions about the scheduled Mainstream Support retirement date for Office 2004 for Mac.  While most customers have upgraded to Office 2008 for Mac, some have remained on Office 2004 in order to take advantage …
PC World:
Acer's First Windows 7 Netbook: Aspire One D250  —  Acer has unveiled a new version of its Aspire One netbook running Windows 7 and plans to put it on sale simultaneously with the new operating system's debut next week.  —  The Aspire One D250 has a 10.1-inch screen, which is the same size …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Videogame Firms Make a Play for Women  —  Publishers Roll Out Fashion-Themed Games for Girls, Workout and Dance Titles for Older Females  —  Videogame publishers, pushing to expand their businesses, are making games that target girls and women a new industry battleground.
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing
Discussion: eWeek
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Refuses to Punish Lawyer for Anti-RIAA Blogging
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and digg.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google's Ad Gadfly
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter moving to larger SoMa office space
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Hops On A New Satellite To Watch Us From Space
Discussion: Google LatLong and Softpedia News
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Studies Point to Growth for Search Ads, and for Bing
Discussion: MediaPost, Tech Beat and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With Another Beacon Lawsuit
Discussion: All Facebook
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
More Layoffs Rumored at Current TV
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:nbcbayareacom
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
The Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi on his plans to leave no entrepreneur behind
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook database outage cut off about 150,000
Discussion: Maximum PC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Aiming To “Make Meaning,” Jaiku Co-Founder Leaves Google
Discussion: All About Symbian
Bloomberg:
Google Director Resigns, Resolving Regulatory Probe
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Peeks Out Its Head A Bit Further. And What Is The Touchpad?
Discussion: Download Squad and Maximum PC
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Nokia Booklet 3G Hands On: Nice Netbook, But How Much?
Discussion: MobileContentToday and GigaOM
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Asks Page Owners to Prove Authenticity
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Venture Funds Raise Only $1.6 Billion In Third Quarter. …
 

 
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