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Evan Williams / Twitter Blog:
A Better Twitter  —  Twitter is the best way to discover what's new in your world.  From football to film to philanthropy, people are using Twitter to discover what's new about what they find interesting.  —  Twitter has always been about getting a lot in a little.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Best Subtle Things About New Twitter  —  So, the new version of Twitter.com is upon us — well, some of us anyway (it's in the process of a gradual roll-out right now that will likely last over the next couple of weeks).  Everyone at Twitter I spoke with today agreed …
Gina Trapani / Fast Company:
How the New Twitter.com Gives Your Favorite App a Run for Its Money  —  Forget your favorite Twitter app: the newly redesigned Twitter.com's two panel layout adds rich media, keyboard shortcuts, infinite scrolling, and conversations to what used to be a plain old website.  The redesign's rollout began tonight.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Internet Explorer 9 beta review: Microsoft reinvents the browser  —  Today in San Francisco, Microsoft will officially unveil Internet Explorer 9 and make it available to the general public.  It is, without question, the most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken …
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Internet Explorer 9 Brings Apps to Microsoft Windows 7  —  What are apps, other than tiny colorful icons that provide rich, interactive experiences on mobile devices?  Think about your iPhone's New York Times or Facebook app.  They don't feel like an installed program—they're much less clunky …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple to announce subscription plan for newspapers  —  Apple is expected to announce soon a new subscription plan for newspapers, which hope tablets like the iPad will eventually provide a new source of profit as media companies struggle with declining print circulation and advertising revenue.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Add Social-Network Elements  —  Google Inc. this fall plans to infuse its core products with elements of social networking, said Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, ratcheting up the Internet giant's rivalry with Facebook Inc.  —  Speaking Tuesday at the Google Zeitgeist conference in Scottsdale …
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Apple:
Apple's AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch Coming to Users in November  —  Available First on HP ePrint Printers  —  Apple® today announced that it is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch® …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to offer Android 3.0 tablet PC in 1Q11, say Taiwan component makers  —  HTC plans to launch a tablet PC, possibly equipped with Android 3, in the first quarter of 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.  —  For marketing tablet PCs, HTC will have an advantage thanks …
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Bill Gates, Hero  —  It's a simple argument: Bill Gates is, by far, our industry's greatest hero.  It's hard to believe we once saw Bill as the pie-splattered villain, and others as the idealists.  And it's hard to understand why, even now, the entrepreneur whom our youth admire far …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats  —  We entrust Google with our most private communications because we assume the company takes every precaution to safeguard our data.  It doesn't.  A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Needs To Do A Lot More Than Fire Employees Who Abuse User Data
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook and Microsoft Deep in Talks About Deepening Search Ties  —  Facebook and Microsoft are discussing agreement that would significantly expand the search relationship the pair have shared for many years, said several people with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Fights Back In Battle For Talent, But May Be Creating A Worse Problem For Itself  —  Earlier this month I wrote about the extraordinary steps Google is taking to retain talent.  It doesn't seem like such a big problem - after all LinkedIn is only tracking 118 (well, it's 120 now) former Google employees now at Facebook.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC unveils Desire HD and Desire Z Android handsets  —  Nokia World isn't the only thing going on in London today.  Conveniently, HTC has scheduled a press conference in the very same city at the very same time.  HTC used this London-based press conference to announce two new Android handsets, the Desire HD and the Desire Z.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: To Ward Off Android Threat, It Needs A Verizon iPhone  —  Android is turning into a bigger threat to Apple (AAPL) in the smart phone market than some of the iPhone fanboys on the Street had expected.  And the time has come for Apple to do something about it.
Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
Exclusive: Sources Detail Google's Proposal For A Music Service  —  Google is circulating a proposal among major record labels for a long-anticipated music service that would include an a la carte digital download store and a subscription-based cloud-based locker, according to industry sources.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
IBM Buys OpenPages To Spice Up Its Business Analytics Portfolio  —  IBM has agreed to purchase OpenPages, a privately-held software company based in Waltham, MA that helps companies identify and manage risk and compliance activities across the enterprise through a single management system.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with ‘Magic Formula’  —  Why Carol Bartz wears math when it's chilly  —  Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz owns a sweatshirt emblazoned with Preston McAfee's math.  McAfee is an economist, but he's the sort of economist who's actually useful.
Mandy Stadtmiller / New York Post:
Facebook's worst enemies  —  They say that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook.  He says that's simply not true.  Meet the twins behind the explosive lawsuit and hottest movie of the season It does trouble him, however, when people paint him and his brother as jock versus the ultimate nerd.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)  —  This morning at Nokia World 2010 in London, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, widely known as the inventor of the Web, addressed the audience in a keynote speech where he spoke about the future of mobile technology …
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Novell Inc. reaches two-part sale deal: sources  —  Tweet  —  Novell Inc. has reached a deal in principle to sell itself in two parts, and is three to four weeks away from signing a deal, according to people close to the process.  —  A strategic buyer will buy the piece of the software provider …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
HTC Reveals HTCSense.com, A Cloudy Rival to Apple's MobileMe Ecosystem  —  Forget Motorola, HTC's cementing its position as the hot new smartphone maker to watch: It's just revealed new phones and HTCSense.com, which is a cloud-based rival to Apple's iOS ecosystem complete with intelligent user-centered services.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell's enterprise Streak plan: Target verticals like healthcare  —  Dell is aiming to take its 5-inch Android Streak into the healthcare industry as part of a broader set of healthcare services and IT gear.  —  The move is notable given that physicians are already eyeing Apple's iPad …
Seesmic Blog:
Congratulations to our friends at Twitter for their new web client  —  We are glad our friends at Twitter are improving their own site, as they should and congratulate them for that.  We are an open platform with more than 40 services integrated in Seesmic Desktop2 and services such as Facebook …
Discussion: The Windows Blog, Thanks:loic
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Cable Contract Has Fines for Late Service Calls  —  Besides perhaps a root canal or a tax audit, few things can be more frustrating than making an appointment to have a cable technician visit your home.  You're given a four-hour window and find yourself waiting and waiting, with no idea when the technician will arrive.
Discussion: The Awl
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Google Shows off Voice Search in New Series of Videos  —  What you say is what you search.  Or at least that is Google's latest tagline in promotion of their voice search capabilities for smartphones.  In a new series of videos the search giant is showing off some of the various situations …
 
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Markus Persson / The Word of Notch:
How piracy works.  —  Large parts of the culture these days exists …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Health Gets A Wellness Makeover, Now Integrated With Fitbit And CardioTrainer
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
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Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Europe launches 200,000 computer research grid
Discussion: EU Press Room
Patrick Seitz / IBD Click:
Best Buy Slashing CD, DVD Shelf Space For New Products
Discussion: Gearlog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GetAround Is The AirBnB For Car Rentals
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Hey, Capitol Hill: who's your daddy? AT&T
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and DSLreports
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: HP's Phil McKinney explains company's multibillion-dollar acquisition spree
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Square producing 10,000 card readers a day
Discussion: TechCrunch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Usability Study Shows Kids Don't Search