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9:40 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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Boy Genius Report:
Android 2.0 screenshot walkthrough  —  We hope you Android lovers out there are sitting down, because we're about to knock your socks off.  Android 2.0 hasn't been released, announced, or even pictured.  Until now.  And we're doing it like we're doing it for TV — major screenshots …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Rise & Fall of a Billionaire Technology Hedge Fund Guru  —  About 15 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 & Co., but also president of the brokerage firm.
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Raj Rajaratnam with Insider Trading  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2009-221  —  High-Ranking Corporate Executives Also Charged in Scheme That Generated More Than $25 Million in Illicit Gains  —  Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 2009 …
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 …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk  —  Patches critical bug, exploitable because of add-on silently slipped into Firefox last February  —  Computerworld - An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves the browser open to attack …
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.
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Performance showdown: Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard  —  As someone who uses both platforms for work and personal entertainment, I've been wanting to do a performance comparison between Windows 7 and Mac OS X since I first got my hands on the Windows 7 RTM (the final build of the OS) …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Thinks You're All MotherF*ckers  —  Hey there.  It's me, with another apology.  I'm sorry we didn't review the BlackBerry Storm 2.  It's because RIM doesn't care about you guys.  —  It's been total radio silence from them regarding a review unit, so we're late with a review.
Discussion: PC World, eWeek and Daring Fireball
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security boss calls for end to net anonymity  —  Kaspersky's online police state  —  The CEO of Russia's No. 1 anti-virus package has said that the internet's biggest security vulnerability is anonymity, calling for mandatory internet passports that would work much like driver licenses do in the offline world.
Discussion: ZDNet and Daily Patricia
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Microsoft's free AV got 1.5 million downloads in first week  —  I like it!  —  Microsoft registered more than 1.5 million downloads of its free antivirus software in the week after it shipped.  —  The company's Security Essentials software is a basic antivirus program designed to appeal …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Close To Spinning Off Photobucket  —  News Corp., via MySpace, acquired photo/video sharing site Photobucket back in 2007 for $250 million, plus a $50 million earnout.  We've now learned through a source with knowledge of the deal that MySpace is in the process of selling at least a majority interest in Photobucket.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg/WeFollow: Understanding User Influence  —  As some of you may have read overnight, Digg and WeFollow (a Twitter directory where users can add themselves under a specific category) will now be more closely linked as we experiment with user influence as it applies to the Twitter universe.
Discussion: AppScout and Mashable!
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker ‘happily’ agrees to OS X injunction  —  Psystar won't fight Leopard injunction now that it's using Snow Leopard  —  Computerworld - Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar traded barbs last week in federal court as they simultaneously asked a judge to end the case that began more than 15 months ago.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year  —  Nearly half of 1,200 companies surveyed by a veteran technology analyst plan to deploy Windows 7 in its first year of availability, and another 11 percent say they will make the shift as soon as Microsoft releases the first service pack update for the new operating system.
Discussion: Gartner and The Microsoft Blog
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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The App Store Effect: Are iPhone Apps Headed for Oblivion?  —  It's uncanny.  When known software gets repackaged for iPhones and iPod Touches and passes through the hallowed gates of the App Store, something happens: Almost invariably, it gets cheaper.  Waaay cheaper.  Good right?  Well, not always.
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Verizon releases the Samsung Omnia II on 1 November?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Last week we told you that the Samsung Omnia II looked rather conspicuous by its absence in the latest rebate sheet of Verizon and that we expected to see the device hit the shelves sometime around the Black Friday.
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PayChoice Suffers Another Data Breach  —  Payroll services provider PayChoice took its Web-based service offline for the second time in a month on Wednesday in response to yet another data breach caused by hackers.  —  Moorestown, N.J. based PayChoice, provides direct payroll processing services …
Discussion: Computerworld and Threat Level
 
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