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6:05 PM ET, September 12, 2010

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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Using Microsoft, Russia Suppresses Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microdata: HTML5's Best-Kept Secret  —  Given the amount of industry noise about native video and scripted animations, you'd be forgiven if you had never heard of the new microdata specification included in HTML5.  —  Similar to outside efforts like Microformats, HTML5's microdata offers …
Mike Elgan / mikelgan's blog:
Why is Google so condescending?  —  Recent comments by Google's top PR guy and even its CEO make me wonder whether the company understands how such comments do far more harm than good.  —  I like it!  —  Google's Gabriel Stricker, director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, opened the Google Instant launch this week.
Thanks:rawmeet
Associated Press:
Report: HP close to buying ArcSight for $1.5B  —  NEW YORK — Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. may be close to another major acquisition.  —  The company is nearing a deal to buy security software provider ArcSight for about $1.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal said on its website Sunday.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nokia's New CEO: Challenges  —  Here we are, back from last June's Nokia science-fiction romp.  The company has finally elected a new CEO to replace OPK, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. 43-year-old Stephen Elop's bona fides are in order: As President of Microsoft's Business Division (since January 2008) …
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and Digits
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
As “Instant” Services Proliferate, Instantise Gives Them All A Home  —  Yesterday I wrote about how all web services could possibly be more useful with some “Instantization”; Scottish engineer Tam Denholm had the very same idea, and built Instantise to house the recent outcrop …
Discussion: PC Magazine and WebProNews
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Page Discovery “Browser”  —  Facebook has launched a new way to “Discover Facebook's Popular Pages” called Browser.  It shows icons of Pages that are popular in a user's country, but factors in which Pages which are popular amongst their unique friend network.
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and UMBC ebiquity
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Reading E-Books in All the Colors of the Rainbow  —  BLACK-AND-WHITE movies have their film noir appeal, yet it's glowing color that rules on most consumer displays these days, with one exception: the pages of e-book readers.  There, color is still supplied the old-fashioned way — not by filtered pixels, but by readers' imaginations.
Discussion: Personanondata
Alex Gasparski / TechReviewSource News Blog:
Leaked: Acer Laptop with Dual Touchscreens  —  From one of our sources, we have received pictures of a laptop from Acer that is currently in development.  It has two touch screens, one as the laptop's display and one as the keyboard/trackpad.  In other words, it has no physical keyboard …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe to Back Plan to Create Pan-European Mobile Market  —  BERLIN — The European Commission is poised this week to back a plan that would divert a portion of the valuable broadcast spectrum used by television stations to mobile operators by 2013, in a bid to create an E.U.-wide market for wireless broadband services.
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Is Game Center capped at 500 friends?  —  Game Center, Apple's new live gaming network for iOS, seems to be capped at roughly 500 friends per account.  A few days ago, after reaching 501, my account stopped receiving new friend requests.  I didn't notice at first since I'd turned off popups and trumpets …
Discussion: IMAK Creations, 9 to 5 Mac and Covering Web, Thanks:pand21b
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Why the digital hub died  —  Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.  —  A decade ago at Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs provided a rare look into the vision guiding Apple.  Breaking with naysayers foretelling the demise of the PC …
 
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple may abandon Intel's Infineon chips in next iPhone - report
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Anil Dash:
Forking is a Feature  —  While Linus Torvalds is best known …
Discussion: Smarterware, Thanks:atul
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Instant Search in Google Chrome
Discussion: BlogsDNA and Download Squad, Thanks:arpitnext
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google search index splits with MapReduce
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