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2:20 PM ET, October 16, 2009

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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 …
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) …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   Twitter adds lists: is it mining users for reputation?
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
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple gets best spot in EU browser ‘ballot screen,’ Mozilla says  —  Safari for Windows shouldn't get first place on Microsoft's proposed ballot, Firefox maker argues  —  Computerworld - Mozilla again slammed the browser “ballot screen” proposal that Microsoft's made to European antitrust regulators …
Discussion: BetaNews and 9 to 5 Mac
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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.
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
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft giving away another 777 copies of Windows 7  —  Microsoft Netherlands is giving away 777 copies of Windows 7 to people who live in the small town of Zevenhuizen, which literally translates to “Seven Houses.”  They will be getting an English-language copy of Windows 7 Ultimate with a license code valid for one Windows PC.
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.
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Kelly Reeves / Urlesque:
Balloon Boy - Quickest Meme Ever?  —  The web exploded today with the news of six-year-old Falcon Heene from Fort Collins, Colorado who was flying across the Centennial State while (alledgedly) trapped in a giant, mushroom-shaped helium balloon.  Everyone was chained to online live streaming video to see how the story would unfold.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
The future of online video: Q & A with Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire  —  Jeremy Allaire, who behind the success of Flash as CTO of Macromedia, started Brightcove five years ago to offer media companies an online video publishing platform.  While YouTube was a consumer play …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
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
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.
 
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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
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Live Nation, Ticketmaster deal sees resistance: report
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Amazon Launches Same Day Delivery in Seven Major Cities and Expands …
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Bloggers howl after conference snoops on ‘secure’ network
Discussion: Computerworld and Andrew Hay
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Churchill Club: A Conversation With Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
Discussion: GigaOM and The Social
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When In Doubt Throw A Party, And Turn PR Up To 11
Discussion: Music Ally and Digits
Sydney Morning Herald:
CSIRO earns $200m Wi-Fi windfall
Discussion: Neowin.net, APC and Gizmodo Australia
 

 
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