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6:30 AM ET, October 14, 2009

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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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
New York Times:
BlackBerry, Upgraded, Aims to Suit Every User  —  The Storm was supposed to be the smartphone that would keep Verizon Wireless customers from deserting to Apple's iPhone, which runs on AT&T's network.  —  Research In Motion, the company that created the BlackBerry phones that business users find …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon D3s DSLR Has Night Vision With 102,400 ISO (Yes, You Read That Right)  —  The D3s is not simply the D3 plus 720p video recording, a la the D300s.  A redesigned sensor allows it to shoot at up to ISO 102,400.  Yeah, that's a six-digit ISO.  —  The D3s's sensor is an evolved form …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The New Technorati  —  Technorati relaunched its site tonight, changing and adding key features.  Most notable is an expanded and fresher top 100 blogs list, and a new feature that lets authors post their content directly to the site.  —  In 2007 Technorati redesigned the look and functionality of its home page three times.
Discussion: The Next Web and louisgray.com, Thanks:mgcreed
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Richard Jalichandra / jalichandra.com:
Technorati's Big Week Just Got Bigger - Now 5th Largest Social Media Property
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Derek Powazek:
Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists  —  Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing.  It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls.  If someone charges you for SEO, you have been conned.  —  First came the web, and it was a mess.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
An Open Letter To Derek Powazek On The Value Of SEO
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” …
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Google Wave chatting tool is too complicated for its own good.  —  Here's a little story to show just how thoroughly Google's long-awaited chatting tool, called Google Wave, can kill your mood to chat: The other day, I was “waving” with Zach Frechette, the editor of GOOD magazine.
Google Voice Blog:
Invite a friend to Google Voice  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google 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.
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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
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.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Acer's 11.6-Inch Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ Shows Signs of A Netbook Identity Crisis  —  The Acer Timeline AS1810TZ has got to be confused when it looks in the mirror.  Am I a netbook?  Notebook?  Acer has added the 11.6-incher to its Timeline family since it now has a Intel ULV (not Atom) processor.
Discussion: CNET News, PC World and Engadget
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 …
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk and Gawker
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 …
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
8% of Internet Users Account for 85% of all Clicks  —  The results of an update to the comScore highly publicized “Natural Born Clickers” research, conducted two years ago with Starcom USA and Tacoda, indicate that the number of people who click on display ads in a month has fallen from 32% …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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.
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Michael Dell: Netbooks go sour after 36 hours
Discussion: eWeek, PC World, EE Times and PC Pro
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Opera prepares Unite for release
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Digital Media to Be Eligible for Awards as Magazines
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Postini suffers prolonged e-mail delays
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-Mart's Hacker Attack
Thanks:atul
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
MySpace replaces all server hard disks with flash drives
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat