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4:00 AM ET, October 14, 2009

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Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Building Maker  —  [Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog]  —  Some of us here at Google spend almost all of our time thinking about one thing: How do we create a three-dimensional model of every built structure on Earth?  How do we make sure it's accurate …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple shipping iPhone 3GS' resistant to jailbreaking?  —  To be perfectly honest we're surprised it took this long.  Reports are surfacing that Apple is now shipping a new bootrom with the iPhone 3GS that is resistant to the 24kpwn exploit used by the Dev-Team and others to jailbreak the iPhone.
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
iMovie update reveals new Apple video format  —  Like most companies, Apple periodically releases software updates for its applications, fixing minor issues.  However, an iMovie update released on Tuesday revealed a brand new video format the company has been developing.
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Bloomberg Wins Bidding For BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg LP, the global financial data and news empire created by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is the winning bidder for BusinessWeek.  —  Terms of the offer will not be disclosed by Bloomberg and BusinessWeek parent McGraw-Hill Cos.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
In-house Radio.app in the works for iPhone and iPod touch  —  We've just received a tip that an iPhone radio.app is being developed in-house by Apple for use on the iPhone and iPod touch.  From what we know, the app will be allowed to operate in the background like iPod.app and will offer …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Microsoft Taps ‘Family Guy’ to Help Sell Windows 7  —  Inks Branded-Entertainment Deal With Seth MacFarlane for Commercial-Free Variety Show on Fox  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — To sell people on the merits of its latest operating system, Windows 7, Microsoft has employed good old-fashioned PR …
The Official Google Blog:
Invite a friend to Google Voice  —  (Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog)  —  Since the debut of Google Voice, our early users have shared lots of feedback that has led to some exciting new features, like the ability to receive SMS messages via email and the option to change your Google Voice number.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Shazam's Newest Fan Is Kleiner Perkins's iFund  —  For cellphone owners, Shazam has abolished the nagging question about which song is playing.  Its cellphone application lets people simply hold the phone toward the source of the music to identify it.  —  It will soon be able to do a lot more …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Help us nail spammers  —  Today we've added another tool to our spam fighting toolbox that will give users the ability to flag bad accounts on Twitter.  —  Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable.  Click the “Report as spam” …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Facebook Nears 100M U.S. Visitors, Twitter Falls Further Behind In The Rear-View Mirror  —  Although Facebook recently admitted that Twitter was in its rear-view mirror, it appears that Twitter may be moving out of eyeshot.  September's U.S. comScore data has just been released and it appears …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Got the wrong Bob?  —  Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center  —  When's the last time you got an email from a stranger asking, “Are you sure you meant to send this to me?” and promptly realized that you didn't?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A First Glimpse Of Chrome OS In The Flesh  —  Following our post about Chrome OS yesterday, it looks like those wily folks at Google have removed the “chromeos” folder from the Chromium build folder.  Too bad.  But luckily, before they did, TechCrunch reader and Linux user, Jonathan Frederickson …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  How many servers does Facebook have?  For some time now, the stock answer has been “more than 10,000 servers,” a number the company began using in April 2008.
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake on the Value of Viral Loops [Exclusive Q&A]  —  This interview was conducted during research for my book, Viral Loop.  You can read an excerpt here at Fast Company, or find out what your friends are really worth by installing the Viral Loop widget.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Class Action Settlement May Lead to Lower Domain Parking Earnings  —  New advertising option excludes parked domain names.  —  The settlement of a class action lawsuit against Yahoo may result in lower pay-per-click revenue for parked domain names.  —  The lawsuit was brought …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype In Negotiations To Acquire Gizmo5  —  Litigation-beleaguered Skype is in negotiations to buy peer-to-peer VoIP startup Gizmo5, say multiple sources.  The price tag is said to be in the $50 million range, but the deal is far from consummated.  Other potential buyers may be looking at the company as well.
Discussion: GigaOM, VoIP Watch and Gizmodo
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Trillian for iPhone: Two months later, still no response from Apple...  We've been getting more and more questions from customers wondering where the heck our iPhone App is.  Unfortunately, we have no idea.  —  It's been 60 days since our initial and only submission to the App Store.
Vishu Gupta / Facebook Developers:
Making It Easier to Build with Facebook  —  Many websites are looking for ways to integrate Facebook Connect, such as commenting using Facebook identity or showing visitors their Facebook friends' recent activity.  Companies like DISQUS offer widgets to such websites, providing off-the-shelf Facebook integration with just a few clicks.
Jamie Sport / The Daily Quail:
The Carter-Ruck school of viral marketing  —  How to ensure maximum publicity for your new gagging order  —  Marketing experts were stunned today at the success of media law firm Carter-Ruck's high profile ‘gagging order’ campaign, designed to generate buzz around their client Trafigura's latest toxic waste product.
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker and MediaPost
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Twitter Status:
Researching username, password change problems  —  We're currently researching reports from users who are locked out after trying to reset their passwords or change their email address or user names.  This seems to affect new users as well as long term users; we do not advise changing your user name …
Discussion: Computerworld, Mashable! and Erictric
Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Lives  —  Barney Frank spares venture capital.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a rare bit of good news from Washington, the investment model that created Intel, Apple and Google will be allowed to exist.  According to his draft legislation, Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Weinstein Co. selling controlling stake in exclusive social networking site  —  Looks like it's not a small world after all for the Weinstein Co.  —  The film and entertainment company, which has been shedding staff in the wake of restructuring its operations, is selling its majority stake …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Wave's Little Secret: It Already Works On The iPhone  —  Google Wave, the search giant's latest experiment in post-email communications, is hardly out the gate, with some of the first 100,000 private beta testers still waiting for their invites.  (I just finally got mine today, two weeks after launch).
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
MOG Launching Five Dollar All-You-Can-Hear Music Service  —  Just when you thought media darling Spotify was going to be the sexiest music service of the year, music blogging platform MOG is announcing plans to offer a $5 dollar per month, all-you-can-hear music service.
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and TechCrunch
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Adobe relieves Reader and Acrobat update blues  —  Plus fixes for 29 security bugs  —  Adobe Systems has introduced a new software updater for its Reader and Acrobat applications, one of several additions released Tuesday to protect users against a growing wave of malware attacks.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
OpenMoko branches out with new $99 WikiReader device  —  With the unfortunate downfall of the company's phone business, OpenMoko is looking for some slightly greener pastures.  Its first new device hardly seems to hail from the same high-end Linux places that spawned the FreeRunner …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Is EA Going to Buy Zynga or Playfish in Social Gaming Bid?  —  In recent weeks we've been hearing rumors about gaming giant EA looking to acquire social gaming companies — specifically Zynga and Playfish.  Both social gaming companies have denied the rumors, so assuming there are no deals …
 
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Digital Media to Be Eligible for Awards as Magazines
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
8% of Internet Users Account for 85% of all Clicks
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Marchex Announces Reputation Management Beta Release
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Postini suffers prolonged e-mail delays
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Ad-Aware Free Protects Against Rootkits
Discussion: Computerworld, AppScout and PC Magazine
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-Mart's Hacker Attack
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Hi5 stagnates, and so it does the predictable: bets the farm on games
Discussion: Inside Social Games and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel's third quarter powered by inventory builds, back-to-school …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
MySpace replaces all server hard disks with flash drives
Discussion: VentureBeat and Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai Rallies On Rumor Of Google Bid (Updated)
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia tells all on Booklet 3G: $299 with a 2-year contract on AT&T
 

 
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