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11:00 AM 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.
Discussion: open
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 …
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
How Google Reader and RSS beat Twitter in some cases  —  Scoble and myself had another argument a few days ago about reading RSS feeds.  Robert argues that no-one should read any feeds anymore outside of Twitter and Facebook, the rest is useless (right?) while I am still using Google Reader every day.
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! and UMBC ebiquity
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 …
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Patent Office Admits the Truth: Things Are a Disaster  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under its new director, David Kappos, has finally begun to seriously address transparency of information with a new data visualization dashboard.  The big lesson?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Go That Way, Really Fast  —  When it comes to running Stack Overflow, the company, I take all my business advice from one person, and one person alone: Curtis Armstrong.  —  More specifically, Curtis Armstrong as Charles De Mar from the 1985 absurdist teen comedy classic, Better Off Dead.
Discussion: A VC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The “Verizon iPhone” Versus “The iPhone On Verizon's Network”  —  If you think back to 2005, you'll remember that the Motorola RAZR phone was all the rage.  Not entirely unlike the iPhone today, it was the sleek phone that everyone wanted.  But if you happened to be on the largest carrier in the U.S., Verizon, you couldn't get one.
Discussion: Computerworld
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
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Phone running ZuneHD2 confirmed in Microsoft job post?  —  Even with all the Windows Phone news around, it seems it is still worth keeping an eye on Microsoft's job board.  —  it appears the Entertainment and Devices Division is looking for a Hardware Engineer for …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Instant Search in Google Chrome  —  Google Chrome will add support for instant search, the feature released this week by Google.  An early implementation is already available in Chrome Dev Channel and in Chrome Canary build.  You can enable this feature by adding the following command-line flag …
Discussion: BlogsDNA and Download Squad, Thanks:arpitnext
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple may abandon Intel's Infineon chips in next iPhone - report  —  The next iPhone may forgo an Infineon baseband chip in favor of one from Qualcomm, according to an unconfirmed report.  —  The Commercial Times reported (Google translation) earlier this week that Infineon will not provide …
Discussion: BlogsDNA and TG Daily
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Closer Look At The Google Buzz Privacy Settlement
Anil Dash:
Forking is a Feature  —  While Linus Torvalds is best known …
Discussion: Smarterware, Thanks:atul
Raffi Krikorian / mehack:
Twitter by the Numbers  —  Yesterday I gave a talk at UC Berkeley …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google search index splits with MapReduce
Discussion: High Scalability
Guardian:
The slow death of Dopplr
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mixed messages from Google: is Android ready for tablets?