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5:40 AM ET, October 17, 2009

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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 …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Android 2.0 First Look: Fresh Face, Sick Speed  —  While Android 1.6 is still writhing around in amniotic fluid, BGR had the nerve to publish shots of version 2.0 “Eclair,” which doesn't even have a formal due date yet.  They look great.  Sorry, 1.6: I'm already over you.
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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 …
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.
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: eWeek and PC World
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shepard Fairey Responds To The AP: Yes, I Lied.  But It Was Still Fair Use.  —  We reached out to Shepard Fairey about the AP's release this evening claiming that he had admitted lying about which image he used as the source image for his iconic Hope poster.
Discussion: paidContent and TechNews AM, Thanks:daniel_levine
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 …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Supply Issues Dulling Apple's Shine?  —  Overwhelming demand for the iPhone has made it hard for Apple to keep the device in stock globally, so much so that some observers wonder if the company's fourth-quarter earnings might be a slight disappointment.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Vilaga / Fast Company:
FTC Sticks to Its Regulations as Blogger Backlash Builds  —  Today, the Federal Trade Commission responded to an “open letter” from online advertisers that asked for the commission's newly updated guidelines to be scrapped because they purportedly “muzzle social media” and, thus, inhibit the freeflow of ideas.
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
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) …
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
James Holland / Electricpig:
EyeTV backdoor opens 3G TV streaming for iPhone  —  We went ga-ga for the EyeTV iPhone app, but our singular complaint was that live telly could only be streamed over a Wi-Fi connection.  Now we've discovered a backdoor built into the EyeTV iPhone app to allow TV shows to be viewed even if you're on a 3G connection.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Got a #tip?  Gawker Media opens tag pages to masses, expecting “chaos”  —  Gawker Media is unveiling an innovative and unruly twist on traditional reader forums this morning.  The new feature, part of an otherwise modest redesign across the company's nine blogs, could transform tag pages …
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