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2:00 PM ET, September 9, 2010

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Apple:
Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines  —  The App Store℠ has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed.  With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world's largest mobile application platform and App Store developers …
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Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow Other iPhone Development Tools, Publishes App Review Guidelines  —  In a surprising announcement, and after receiving countless criticisms by developers and users, Apple has announced that they “are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps” and “publishing app review guidelines.”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple's App Store Review Guidelines: 'we don't need any more fart apps'  —  Apple definitely surprised us this morning by relaxing its restrictions on third-party iOS development tools and publishing its app review guidelines, but that's nothing compared to the almost shockingly blunt tone of the guidelines themselves.
Google Mobile Ads Blog:
An Update on Apple's Terms of Service  —  Today, Apple updated their iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.  Unlike the previous version, these new terms ensure that Apple's developers have the choice of a variety of advertising solutions (including Google's and AdMob's) to earn money and fund their apps.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Taste of What's New in the Updated App Store License Agreement and New Review Guidelines  —  Apple today announced several significant changes to the iOS developer agreement, and a new document called the App Store Review Guidelines.  The latter is intended as a plain-English guide …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple relents on Flash-derived iPhone, iPad apps  —  Four and a half months after an Apple license change led Adobe Systems to scrap a project to bring Flash-derived applications to the iPhone, Apple has reversed the ban.  —  Apple undid license restrictions for software developed for iOS devices …
The Droid Guy / Android Phones, Android Tips …:
EXCLUSIVE: Verizon Dropping Google Search From All Future Androids?  —  We've been working on this story since yesterday in regards to the Verizon Samsung Fascinate, A Galaxy S Phone.  After the Samsung Galaxy release event in late June we discovered, as the rest of you did, that Bing would be the search on the fascinate.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:   Microsoft: No, Bing Is NOT Powering All Android Phones
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
SEO Is Here To Stay, It Will Never Die  —  Google's press conference about Google Instant hadn't even ended yesterday when the question of “is SEO dead” started coming up on Twitter, in blog posts and was even asked about formally during the event's Q&A (the answer was no, twice over, by the way).
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Windows Phone 7 launching 11 October  —  Pocket-lint told launch date by multiple sources  —  Multiple sources?familiar?with the matter have confirmed to Pocket-lint that Microsoft will launch its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, on 11 October 2010.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey iPhone, Meet a Tiny Chip With Superpowers.  —  I can distinctly remember the day when Intel Corp. launched the Pentium processor.  It was the day the desktop computing changed for me and for a lot of others.  It was also the day when Intel started to put a gap between itself and all its wannabe processor rivals.
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
Display advertising: “WATCH THIS SPACE”  —  Last year, the travel industry—like many others—was having a difficult time.  To grow its business, Hawaiian Airlines created and ran an engaging and interactive display ad campaign on the Google Display Network (comprising over a million partner websites …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Jailbreak hole in iOS 4.1 will be hard to close  —  All Steve Jobs's horses and all Steve Jobs's men ...  Just hours after Apple released iOS 4.1 to great fanfare, hardware hackers found a way to jailbreak devices that run the new operating system.  More surprising still …
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Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Fast Access to Google Voice with Android Widgets  —  Mobile is all about getting super fast access to what you're looking for and Google Voice is no exception.  So, today we're releasing an update to the Android app, which gives you immediate access to your Google Voice Inbox and settings via two new home screen widgets.
DigiTimes:
Apple products are a mutant virus, but PC brands will eventually find a cure, says Acer founder  —  Acer founder Stan Shih, in a talks with reporters on September 8, commented that Apple's strong popularity is mainly due to its products such as iPad and iPhone, and these products are like mutant viruses …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When Does A Company Deserve A Fresh Ethical Start?  —  Zynga has been taking it on the chin from the SF Weekly the last few weeks.  First there was a four part series about some stickers that Zynga's ad agency put on the streets of San Francisco - lame but not exactly Third Reicht territory.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Google Ad That Steve Jobs Will Hate  —  Google sure knows how to push Steve Jobs' buttons.  This advertisement for Google's new instant search system is bound to get under the Apple CEO's skin — and intensify one of the most heated rivalries in tech.  —  The ad combines a video …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I'd Like To Punch The Carriers With  —  This past weekend, I wrote a post wondering if Android was surging in the U.S. market because Apple was letting it?  The main thought was that by remaining exclusively tied to AT&T, Apple was driving some users to choose Android …
Discussion: TeleRead and GottaBeMobile
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Wireless call quality matters and that's bad news for AT&T, good for Verizon, Sprint  —  When it comes to dropped mobile calls, the wireless industry is a lot like real estate: It's all about location.  —  J.D. Power measured call quality in a report released Thursday and found that AT&T lags in most regions.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, Twitter Has Become a News Platform  —  There's been plenty of debate lately about whether Twitter has become “mainstream” or not, but examples continue to pile up of how the social network/microblogging platform has worked its way into our lives, to the point where it has become a form of media unto itself.
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
For Advertisers, Location-Based Services “Blew Up Overnight”  —  Advertisers have long talked about the mystical possibilities of using real-time location data to target customers.  The technology existed; most cell phones have a GPS receiver in case of emergency.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How an Anti-Piracy Firm Became Banned In Its Own Country  —  A notorious Switzerland-based anti-piracy tracking company has to stop harvesting the IP addresses of citizens using P2P networks.  The Swiss High Court ruled that IP addresses constitute personal information and when Logistep collected …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechEye and THINQ.co.uk
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile officially announces G2, pre-orders begin “later this month”  —  Early this morning, T-Mobile officially announced their first HSPA+ device, the G2.  The G2 will pair “a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard.”
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
TweetDeck Adds Posterous Pics, T.co Support & More  —  Multi-column, multi-platform social network client TweetDeck has issued an update that fixes a few bugs and adds “some small, but important, new features”.  We're talking support for Twitter's t.co URL shortener, uploading pics to Posterous …
Beet.TV:
Ooyala Raises $22 Million in New Funding: Lands GigaOM, Business Insider and TechCrunch as Customers  —  Ooyala, the fast-growing online video platform company, has raised $22 million, brining the total raised to $42 million, the company just announced.  —  The investors include several …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent and TechCrunch
David Kaplan / mocoNews:
Best Buy Adding Amazon Kindle For Expanded E-Reader Section  —  Best Buy is working on building out its in-store digital reading section this fall with the addition of the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle.  The retailer has already been selling Barnes & Noble's Nook and the various Sony (NYSE: SNE) Readers.
 
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Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle, NetApp agree to settle patent litigation
Discussion: TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Payments Now Allows Users To Checkout Directly On Merchant Websites
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Business Wire
Brett Smith / Free Software Foundation:
FSF responds to Oracle v. Google and the threat of software patents
Discussion: Open Source Blog, Thanks:rawmeet
Reuters:
Google calls for pressure on Internet censors
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Want to Create Jobs? Certainly Don't Rely on the USPTO
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
California testing iPads as algebra textbooks
Discussion: Macsimum News and Gearlog, Thanks:gnagesh
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Craigslist removes ‘censored’ bar from site
Discussion: Bits
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ongoing Brain Drain Claims Yahoo Finance Head
Discussion: paidContent
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Film industry hires cyber hitmen to take down internet pirates
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk and TG Daily
Ranjit Devraj / AlterNet.org:
Creepy Biometric IDs to Be Forced Onto India's 1.2 Billion Inhabitants
Rebecca O'Brien / The Daily Beast:
My Classmate Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: GigaOM