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12:30 AM ET, October 16, 2009

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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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Schmidt: “Android Adoption Is About To Explode”  —  During Google's third quarter earnings conference call today, one message came out loud and clear: Google's mobile strategy is starting to pay off.  “Android adoption is about to explode,” declared CEO Eric Schmidt, explaining that all the …
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Expands Lists Beta Testing.  A Great New Feature.  —  Twitter has rolled out its new Lists feature to a larger portion of its user base right now.  The feature allows you to group users you follow together and then lets you share those for others to also follow.  —  Setting up a list is simple.
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
Discussion: InfoWorld and CNET News
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When In Doubt Throw A Party, And Turn PR Up To 11  —  Something is up at MySpace.  Everything was quiet for a long while as they went through executive turnover and mass layoffs.  But suddenly they are back seeking the limelight.  —  CEO Owen Van Natta is making his first public interview next week at the Web 2.0 Summit.
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace Tries to Recover Its Cool
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Opens Up ‘In App Purchasing’ for Free iPhone Applications  —  Apple has just sent out an e-mail to registered iPhone developers informing them that In App Purchasing, previously restricted to paid applications, is now also permitted in free applications.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ousted Twitter Co-Founder's Twitter Derivative Has a Hometown  —  It's easy to get the idea Jack Dorsey is acting out a revenge fantasy.  Fired one year ago as CEO of his brainchild Twitter, Dorsey now says he's planning a startup with “similar ideas” — right in Twitter's back yard.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Strafes Amazon in Book War  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a brash price war against Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday, saying it would sell 10 hotly anticipated new books for just $10 apiece through its online site, Walmart.com.  —  That was just the beginning.
Computerworld:
Husband, wife team arrested for allegedly stealing $23M from Cisco  —  Federal authorities arrested a husband and wife team for allegedly stealing $23 million from Cisco in a scheme that had the network giant shipping replacement parts to fake businesses in eight states.
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 …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Judge: ringtones aren't performances, so no royalties  —  Songwriters and publishers won't be able to collect royalties each time a cellphone plays an annoying musical ringtone in public, thanks to a federal judge's ruling that ringtones aren't public performances.
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.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Did Digg Buy Kevin Rose's WeFollow Twitter Directory?  —  Back in March, well-known tech icon and Digg Founder Kevin Rose made some waves in the Twittersphere when he launched WeFollow, a user-generated Twitter directory.  —  Anyone on Twitter could be added and categorized by tweeting …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Poking Fun At VCs  —  As a joke, a start-up touted a $100 billion valuation.  Sadly, at least one VC bought it.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Chicago tech entrepreneur Jason Fried, who runs a hot Web-software and development firm called 37signals, last month slipped a funny, fake press release onto his company's blog.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
News Corp Lawyer: Aggregators Steal From Us!  News Corp: Hey Check Out Our Aggregator!  —  We've already covered how Rupert Murdoch has flip flopped his position on free online news, but his recent foray into blaming search engines and aggregators is really reaching the height of hypocrisy.
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:atul
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
False Alarm: New iPhone 3GS Not Jailbreak-Proof  —  Apple has reportedly begun shipping iPhone 3GS units with a new bootrom, which might help combat hacks enabling installation of unauthorized software.  However, iPhone hackers say Apple's new firmware only causes a temporary inconvenience …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Google Docs previews  —  Being an avid Google Docs user, I receive a ton of emails with links to documents that my co-workers and friends share with me.  From technical design documents at work to my roommate's expenses spreadsheet, my inbox is full of document links that I need to view as I reply to my mail.
Daniel Tenner:
What problems does Google Wave solve?  —  There are countless pundits and other tech gurus describing Google Wave as a disappointment, lately.  Most of that seems to come from the fact that nobody seems to get what Wave is for.  So they compare it to social media.  —  Is Wave the next Twitter?
Discussion: New York Times
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Hype Is Right  —  Apple's tablet will reinvent computing. … From the magazine issue dated Oct 26, 2009  —  Apple is supposedly working on a tablet computer, and though it doesn't even exist yet, it has already enjoyed more reviews than most products that actually do.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
David Kaplan / paidContent:
IAB Calls For Reversal Of ‘Unfair and Unconstitutional’ FTC Blogger Regs  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to withdraw its recently revised guidelines governing dealings between bloggers and marketers.  The ad trade group says the rules …
Jboriss / Boriss' Blog:
Microsoft Proposes a Browser Ballot for European Windows Users, it is Not Awesome  —  (Note: This is my personal opinion and sure as hell doesn't necessarily reflect Mozilla's position or any formal statement from Mozilla)  —  Background on the European Commission/Internet Explorer case
Discussion: InfoWorld, Hardware 2.0 and Asa Dotzler
Matt Peckham / Computerworld:
Sony Launches 250GB PlayStation 3 for $350  —  Following its recent PlayStation 3 price cut fete with a high-capacity encore, Sony announced today it'll offer a 250GB version of its slimline PS3 for $350 in North America as of November 3.  The announcement comes as expected …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Sydney Morning Herald:
CSIRO earns $200m Wi-Fi windfall
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Philip Michaels / Macworld:
ZenNews adds some weight to RSS news feeds
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Why Kai-Fu Lee Turned Down Steve Jobs (And Is Still Cool with That)
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Clash of the clouds  —  The launch of Windows 7 marks the end …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Foursquare Launches in 15 New Cities
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Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Entrepreneurs wring cash from Twitter
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Computerworld:
I don't want to sell Twitter, says Biz Stone
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Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Google's vision for future of search
 

 
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