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4:05 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 …
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  —  At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Google announced more details about their upcoming online ebook service known as “Google Editions.”  Originally revealed earlier this year, Editions will be a hosted electronic bookstore for a selection …
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.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple plans Mac marketing blitz around Windows 7 launch
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.
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.
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Rumors swirl over Apple's iMac Blu-ray, quad-core plans  —  The latest rumors surrounding Apple's plans for its upcoming iMac makeover hint that Blu-ray could remain a “bag of hurt” for a bit longer, while the company taps Intel for its latest mobile chips to help fill the void.
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 …
Fred / A VC:
The ‘We Need To Own’ Baloney  —  Over the past few months, I've heard countless VCs utter the words ‘we need to own’ followed by some number.  Often it is 20pcnt, but it is frequently 30pcnt.  I heard someone tell me about a VC yesterday who said they needed to own 44pcnt.
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.
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.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Huffington Post Traffic Blows Past LA Times, Washington Post
Computerworld:
I don't want to sell Twitter, says Biz Stone  —  When you're co-founder of one of the hottest companies on the Internet dealing with acquisition rumors is a constant part of the job, but on Thursday Twitter's Biz Stone sought to put an end to the persistent talk that he wants to sell the company.
Discussion: I4U News
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 …
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009.  —  “Google had a strong quarter—we saw 7% year-over-year revenue growth despite the tough economic conditions,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Discussion: Tech Beat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Post-Hype, Wolfram Alpha Turns On Its API And Preps An iPhone App  —  While Wolfram Alpha, the website, has so far failed to capture the imagination of the public in a meaningful way, the core idea has always been about the data.  And it does contain data that is interesting, and potentially quite useful if presented in the right way.
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
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: Macworld and jkOnTheRun
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Google's vision for future of search  —  Hybrid intelligence, where computers learn from the search habits of people, will be key, says Google's Alfred Spector  —  Alfred Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, said that the company remains dedicated to …
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.
David Talbot / Technology Review:
China Cracks Down on Tor Anonymity Network  —  A leading anonymity technology is targeted by the Chinese government for the first time.  —  For the first time, the Chinese government has attacked one of the best, most secure tools for surfing the Internet anonymously.
Dan Moren / PC World:
PhoneView 2.3 Can Retrieve IPhone MMS, Visual Voicemail  —  Ecamm Network's PhoneView is already one of the best tools you can put on your Mac for interfacing with your iPhone.  Need to retrieve music?  Grab camera photos?  View your call history?  Create, edit, and save notes?
Discussion: Ecamm Network News and TUAW
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 …
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Entrepreneurs wring cash from Twitter  —  The challenge for the startup Assetize Inc. is monetizing the micro-blogging giant  — He moves houses - Chef McEwan's big gamble - How to sell a business - How to write a business plan - The Rules  —  When Twitter - vanguard …
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Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
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