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7:20 PM ET, October 25, 2009


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Nancy Scola / Personal Democracy Forum: Goes Drupal [Updated]  — has gone Drupal.  After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Thoughts on the switch to Drupal  —  Yesterday, the new media team at the White House announced via the Associated Press that is now running on Drupal, the open source content management system.  That Drupal implementation is in turn running on a Red Hat Linux system …
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and Slashdot
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What Comes After Hard Drives?  —  ( — The ability to store and retrieve data is an important component of today's computers, as well as other modern electronic devices such as cell phones, video game consoles, and camcorders.  Since their invention in the 1950s …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Japan's Windows 7 Whopper Is Real, and It's Horrifying  —  CheapAssGamer took the voyage to a Burger King in Akihabara to try the Windows 7 Burger.  Apparently, $14 buys you the most desiccating pile of adipose flesh ever to be partially congealed by man.  [CheapAssGamer Thanks Ashcraft!]
Discussion: Mashable!
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:   Windows 7 party with seven 7×7 In-N-Out burgers
Ross Miller / Engadget:
T-Mobile officially unveils $99 Even More, $79 Even More Plus plans and equipment installment option  —  Right on schedule with the whispers, T-Mobile lifted the veil off of its new price plan tier structure, Even More and Even More Plus, and from the looks of it all those leaks were pretty much spot-on.
Ken Gagne / Computerworld:
Yahoo GeoCities closes on Oct. 26  —  GeoCities, once the Internet's third most visited domain, will be shutting down on Oct. 26, taking with it thousands of user home pages.  All that information will be history.... Fortunately, some historians are making sure it's not lost to the annals of time.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Offers Windows 7 on USB Drives for Netbooks  —  Microsoft is allowing netbook users to download Windows 7, its new operating system, onto a bootable USB or burn it onto a DVD, in yet another move by Redmond to disseminate the operating system to as many users as possible.
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia is exploring 3D multi-touch interface  —  By now, almost everyone has figured what a good touch interface on a mobile device should look like.  Also, almost everyone is dabbling with at least some sort of multi-touch features on mobile devices.  —  Nokia is no exception here.
Discussion: Fone Arena, Gizmodo, News and Engadget, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
NASDAQ Launches A Slick iPhone App Highlighting Tweets From StockTwits  —  We just noticed something in the App Store: An official app made by the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (a.k.a. NASDAQ), the American stock exchange, has been approved.
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Official List of BlackBerry Devices to Get OS 5.0 Update  —  Been wondering if the BlackBerry Smartphone you already own will be getting the OS 5.0 update everybody keeps talking about?  We knew there would be a cut-off somewhere down the road of older device models and it turns …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
David Pogue Sings Steve Jobs Tribute: “Don't Cry For Me, Cupertino” [VIDEO]  —  David Pogue, the ever-entertaining New York Times technology columnist and former Broadway musical conductor, was at the Boston Book Festival today talking ebooks and the future of reading.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg on how to build hacker culture inside a company  —  (I'm live-blogging from Startup School, a daylong program from startup incubator YCombinator held at Berkeley today.  Mark Zuckerberg is on-stage for a question-and-answer session and I've embedded a short clip from the talk below.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Changing Way
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple punts on lower-cost MacBook
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Google Music: What if...  So, Google's rumors of “Google Music” …
Discussion: DeviceMAG
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The DVR vs Internet Video
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How High Will Real-Time Search Fly?
Discussion: Regular Geek, /Message and, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Capital Invests In Bump Technologies, The iPhone-Tapping Data Swap App
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Tweets from the jury box: jurors using Twitter jeopardize trials
Discussion: TechCrunch