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5:15 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Rise & Fall of a Billionaire Technology Hedge Fund Guru  —  About fifteen years ago, as a young reporter covering the semiconductor industry for a newswire, I met a man called Raj Rajaratnam.  At that time he was not only an influential semiconductor analyst at Needham & Company, but also the President of the brokerage.
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
IBM, Intel execs arrested over alleged insider trading  —  Hedge fund and McKinsey men too  —  Executives from IBM and Intel have been arrested amid allegations they were involved in an insider trading scam.  —  According to a report from the Associated Press, six people were arrested today …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk  —  An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves that browser open to attack, Microsoft's security engineers acknowledged earlier this week.  —  An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped …
Dan Ratner / The Official Google Blog:
Street View: We can trike wherever you like  —  With Street View on Google Maps, you can take a virtual drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or see the bustle of Times Square from the comfort of your own home.  But some of the country's most interesting and fun places aren't accessible with our Street View car.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Acquires Kevin Rose Side Project WeFollow  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose launched a side project called WeFollow, a Twitter directory, earlier this year.  Twitter users can go to the site and add themselves under a specific category.  Without much in the way of marketing …
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg/WeFollow: Understanding User Influence
Discussion: AppScout and Mashable!
BBC:
ISP in file-sharing wi-fi theft  —  TalkTalk security expert Matt Roxburgh demonstrates the problem to Rory Cellan-Jones  —  UK ISP TalkTalk has staged a wireless stunt, aimed at illustrating why it thinks Lord Mandelson's plans to disconnect filesharers is “naive”.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DanceJam Finds A Buyer  —  DanceJam, a dance video startup founded by MC Hammer, Geoffrey Arone and Anthony Young in April 2007, will soon be acquired by Purevideo Networks, we've heard from multiple sources.  Note: I am a small stockholder in DanceJam, although the company won't comment to me about this at all.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft store opening October 22nd, insides revealed?  —  Imagine for a second that you're Microsoft: unimaginably rich, a bit bloated after years on the Office hog, and worried about a few big projects you've been meaning to finish if only you could find the time.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Comes With Music: 107k users worldwide  —  Music Ally has been passed details of the global uptake of Nokia's Comes With Music service, which suggest it is struggling to make headway.  As of July, Nokia had just over 107,000 active users of CWM in nine markets around the world.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
YouTube's Bandwidth Bill Is Zero.  Welcome to the New Net  —  YouTube may pay less to be online than you do, a new report on internet connectivity suggests, calling into question a recent analysis arguing Google's popular video service is bleeding money and demonstrating how the internet has continued to morph to fit user's behavior.
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson reports third quarter results  —  Q3 highlights:  —  The consolidated financial summary for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Sony Ericsson) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 is as follows:  —  Q3 2008  —  Q2 2009  —  Number of units shipped (million)  —  25.7
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Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
Sony Ericsson Q3 loss widens, gets new financing
Discussion: Daring Fireball and GigaOM
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Launches Real-Time Discussion Search and Tracking  —  Real-time information is red hot all around the web but it made a surprise appearance on YouTube tonight in the form of real-time search for comments, of all things.  YouTube comments are notoriously not worth reading, but now you can search their full text...in real time.
Discussion: Fast Company and AppScout, Thanks:chrismessina
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sometrics Raises $4 Million For Social Analytics And Advertising Platform  —  LA-based Sometrics has secured a Series B round of venture capital, led by Walt Disney Company-affiliated Steamboat Ventures and joined by previous investors The Mail Room Fund and Greycroft Partners.
Jared Stivers / MediaPost:
Bacardi Rum, 80 Million Bucks and Facebook  —  Bacardi recently launched its latest campaign, called “Islands,” which is poised to make a splash (pun intended) in the world of social media — but in the end, what is the company trying to accomplish?  Like any successful marketing campaign …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Programmer slip-up produces critical bug, Microsoft admits  —  Microsoft has acknowledged that one of the critical network vulnerabilities it patched earlier in the week was due to a programming error on its part.  —  Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that one of the critical network vulnerabilities …
The Hollywood Reporter:
HEY, SHOWBIZ FOLKS: CHECK YOUR CONTRACT BEFORE YOUR NEXT TWEET  —  Hollywood is coming down with the Twitter jitters.  —  There's a growing number of studio deals with new language aimed specifically at curbing usage of social-media outlets by actors, execs and other creatives.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, AppScout, Gawker and Mashable!, Thanks:enauzer
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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Michael Dell Says Phone Coming In 2010; May Use Platforms Beyond Android  —  CEO Michael Dell confirmed the computer-maker will be launching a smartphone in the U.S. based on the Android operating system next year, although he did not address rumors that it will be available AT&T.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Unwiring Wired  —  For a digital bible, Wired has been turning surprisingly analog over the past year.  The latest regressions: The publication just fired two top editors from Wired.com and may soon lose the founders of Reddit.com.  —  Wired.com managing editor Marty Cortinas …
Discussion: broadstuff and /Message
Anastasia Teterevleva / Reuters:
MTS in talks to bring Kindle to Russia-sources  —  * Talks taking place with Kindle-owner Amazon  —  * Sources say no agreement reached as yet  —  * Sales could amount to 50,000-70,000 a year -analyst  —  MTS (MBT.N), Russia's largest mobile phone operator, is talking to Amazon.com …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Dear FTC: Is This the Kind of Thing You Want Me to Disclose?  —  I go back and forth on the new blogger disclosure rules the Federal Trade Commission rolled out last week.  Part of me thinks the agency is trying to boil the ocean, and without any good reason-even if a blogger runs a post …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Acer AspireRevo Upgraded: Windows 7, Ion Graphics, Dual-Core Atom CPU  —  Acer's funky book-sized AspireRevo nettop just got a little better...and a touch pricier.  This R3610-U9012 model has Windows 7, a dual-core Atom 330 processor, double the RAM (2GB), and full Ion graphics.
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear and Netbooked
 
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Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Microsoft's free AV got 1.5 million downloads in first week
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe are Facebook Applications?
Discussion: PC World
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The future of online video: Q & A with Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
John Ozimek / The Register:
Landmark ISP piracy case could kick thousands offline
Discussion: iiNet Australia
Robert Roy Britt / LiveScience:
High-Speed ‘Other’ Internet Goes Global
Discussion: nsf.gov
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
No, that's not the Google Chrome OS
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Bloggers howl after conference snoops on ‘secure’ network
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