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1:40 PM ET, October 15, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Confirms Data Recovery for Sidekick Users  —  Data Restoration to Begin as Soon as Possible for Affected Customers.  —  Dear T-Mobile Sidekick customers,  —  On behalf of Microsoft, I want to apologize for the recent problems with the Sidekick service and give you an update …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
The CLIQ, Storm2 Join Long Parade of iPhone Threats  —  (See Correction & Amplification below.)  —  It's raining smart phones.  No, make that super-smart phones, the type of hand-held computer, like Apple's iPhone or the models powered by Google's Android software, that browse the Web well …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola CLIQ review  —  Palm and Motorola have taken very different paths to get where they are today; one began life as a scrappy Valley start-up founded by a tablet computing pioneer, the other traces its roots to all the way back to the early days of consumer electronics and the automotive industry.
Reuters:
Google to launch online electronic book store  —  Google plans to launch an online store to deliver electronic books to any device with a Web browser, threatening to upset a burgeoning market for dedicated e-readers dominated by Amazon's Kindle.  —  The Web search giant said on Thursday …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
More Details Emerge on “Google Editions,” Google's eBook Store
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Apple Spoil Microsoft's Day?  —  The impending launch of Windows 7 is being seen by Jobs & Co. as an opportunity to lure PC users away  —  The entire personal computer industry is gearing up for Microsoft's (MSFT) Oct. 22 release of Windows 7, by most accounts the best version of its operating system in years.
HardMac.com:
Future Mac Pro: Apple to Enjoy Short-Term Exclusive Use of Future Xeon CPU?  —  According to one of our sources, Apple is finalizing the future Mac Pro models.  They are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU, known as Gulftown, that Intel only demoed a couple of times so far.
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Rumors swirl over Apple's iMac Blu-ray, quad-core plans
Discussion: Gizmodo and Edible Apple
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How The Huffington Post uses real-time testing to write better headlines  —  From direct mail to web design, A/B testing is considered a gold standard of user research: Show one version to half your audience and another version to the other half; compare results, and adjust accordingly.
Discussion: Fast Company
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Huffington Post Traffic Blows Past LA Times, Washington Post
Discussion: The Next Web and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Maya Baratz / SFoodie:
Twitter is Launching Its Own ‘Fledgling’ Wine Label  —  Forget drinking the company Kool-Aid.  Twitter employees will soon be drinking the company wine.  —  ​Also known on Twitter as Bottles for Books , Fledgling Wines marks Twitter's foray into the winemaking business.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hands-on: Social networking on Xbox 360  —  Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August, It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon.com Introduces Same-Day Delivery  —  On Thursday morning, Amazon.com took another step in its effort to bring instant gratification to its customers, introducing a new “Local Express Delivery Option.”  If an eligible item is ordered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (depending on the city) Amazon will have it delivered on the same day.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
This is why Apple's iFrame is a bad idea  —  Yesterday, word got out of Apple's new iFrame standard, which purports to expedite video editing by keeping the video in “the same format used on a computer.”  Really, it's nothing but a resolution and wrapper.  So why am I losing my mind over it?
Thanks:atul
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Quietly Drops PageRank From Webmaster Tools  —  My piece this morning, Google Removes PageRank Data From Webmaster Tools from the Search Engine Roundtable has sparked a lot of discussion on Twitter.  Google had indeed removed the PageRank statistics from Google Webmaster Tools.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Returned to Growth in Third Quarter of 2009  —  Asia/Pacific and U.S. Show More Obvious Signs of a PC Recovery While EMEA Region Shows Ongoing Weakness  —  The PC industry performed better than expected as worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.9 million units …
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AppleInsider:
Mac sales grow 11.8% as Apple takes 9.4% U.S. market share
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Spigit Raises $10 Million For Social Productivity Software  —  Social productivity startup Spigit raised $10 million in Series B funding from private equity firm Warburg Pincus.  This brings Spigit's total funding up to $14 million.  Spigit's CEO and Founder, Paul Pluschkell says that the company …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Reports Unexpected $834 Million Loss as Sales Miss Analyst Forecasts  —  Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, posted an unexpected third-quarter loss, reversing a profit in the year-earlier period as demand slid.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Channel 4 signs long-form content deal with YouTube  —  [UK] BREAKING: This is quite a big move from TV broadcaster Channel 4 in the UK.  They appear to be admitting their 4oD video-on-demand ‘catch-up’ service is no match for putting the lot on YouTube.  Here's the release that just went out:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want That Early Chrome OS Build?  You Got It.  —  The hits keep on coming from Jonathan Frederickson, the TechCrunch reader who turned our initial revelation of a “chromeos” folder on the Chromium build site into a full-on walk through.  Today, he's doing what Google won't: Making the early Chrome OS build available for download.
Munir Kotadia / iTnews.com.au:
Google Wave secured with ‘crypto fairy dust’  —  Wave goodbye to email spoofing.  —  Google Wave, the search giant's email-like collaboration tool, has been designed to avoid common security issues associated with traditional email because it contains a ‘sprinkle of crypto fairy dust’ …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Download Squad
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Tandberg Shareholders Reject Cisco $3B Offer  —  Tandberg shareholders have rejected a $3 billion bid by Cisco to buy the Norwegian video conferencing equipment maker, apparently looking for a higher offer from Cisco or an-other company.  They also appear ready to keep the company independent …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending  —  Kate Lambert recalls using her library card just once or twice throughout her childhood.  Now, she uses it several times a month.  —  The lure?  Electronic books she can download to her laptop.  Beginning earlier this year, Ms. Lambert …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android about to get a lot sweeter  —  We don't know a lot about the feature set of Android 2.0, but the latest firmware version has started to appear in the wild.  Earlier today, Android 2.0 was spotted on the upcoming Motorola phone and now I have more evidence of its existence.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone Sales: Now Bigger Than Ever  —  It's a great time to be a phone buyer, for we are seeing a whole new crop of what The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg calls super smartphones (I prefer the simpler “superphones") come to the market.  Motorola's CLIQ, an Android-based device that launched …
Discussion: PC World and jkOnTheRun
 
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Google's third quarter: Expectations are high
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Flame On: FCC Launches Its Net Neutrality Web Site
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