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4:40 PM ET, September 20, 2010

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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Google Bringing Document Editing to Android, iPad  —  Google unveiled a new mobile login verification system today, and perhaps more importantly, said that editing of Google Docs would be coming soon to Android and the iPad.  The ability to edit docs on the two mobile platforms will bring real-time collaboration to mobile users.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google Apps gains extra layer of security with two-step verification  —  Companies migrating their e-mail and other cloud services over to Google Apps is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon, but there have been lingering doubts about whether making such a transition would put company security at risk.
Google Enterprise Blog:
A more secure cloud for millions of Google Apps users  —  Cloud computing is about making your information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device.  Until today, organizations looking to secure their information beyond a password have faced costs and complexities that prevented …
Dave Girouard / The Official Google Blog:
Three million businesses have gone Google: celebrating growth …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Swedish face-recognition company Polar Rose?  —  According to Norwegian Mac Site Mac1, Apple has bought up all of the shares of a Swedish face recognition company called Polar Rose.  An example of their technology can be seen above (Flashless).  Google translated:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
UPDATED: Apple buys Polar Rose for a rumoured $29 million  —  Polar Rose, a Malmö, Sweden startup which built a very interesting facial recognition programme which hooked into Facebook photos, has been bought by Apple, according to Swedish media.  —  The 15-person company …
BerryReview:
First Picture of the BlackBerry Storm 3?  —  We were just sent a picture of what is supposedly the BlackBerry Storm 3.  Our tipster wishes to remain anonymous but it looks legit.  According to the tipster the Storm 3 will have a 3.7 inch display and 8GB of internal memory.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad Newsstand Could Work, But Will Publishers Cede Subscriber Control To Apple?  —  This past May, a month after the iPad's launch, I wrote about my changing media consumption habits due to the device.  Surprisingly, I had started reading print media again after several years away.
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:   Rumor: Apple's newspaper subscriptions could debut next month
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to License Unspecified Intellectual Property From Rovi  —  In a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Rovi announced that has reached a “multi-year agreement” with Apple for access to Rovi's intellectual property. … Rovi, originally founded as Macrovision …
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Frederico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iPad Available  —  Great news, folks!  VLC for iPad has been approved by Apple and is now propagating in the App Store.  New Zealand users can find the app already available here, anyone else will have to wait a few hours to see the app available for sale in iTunes.
Stuart Dredge / Recombu:
Plane Finder AR app lets you identify planes... in the sky!  —  There are moments when technology still makes our jaws drop.  This is one of them.  —  We'll let iPhone app Plane Finder AR's App Store description speak for itself: “Point the camera at a plane and you'll see the flight number …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and MobileWhack.com, Thanks:recombu
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM scoops up Netezza for $1.7 billion, broadens data analytics lineup  —  IBM on Monday said it will acquire data warehouse appliance company Netezza in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.  —  With the move, IBM picks off one of Oracle's key competitors for its Exadata line.
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
What IBM sees in Netezza
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas-the squiggly, indecipherable text strings Web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A PR Spin (AKA How To Lie Like A Pro)  —  How do you know when a Facebook PR person is lying?  When their lips move (or they issue a statement!) ba-dum ching!  —  We've been taking a beating today on our story about Facebook working on a branded mobile phone.
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Scott Ard / CNET News:
Facebook mulling a branded smartphone
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab feature tour reminds of just how pocketable it isn't (video)  —  Sony tried to convince us that its VAIO P was a pocketable computer, so we quite naturally pointed, laughed and mocked.  It seems only fair, therefore, to give Samsung the same treatment when it tries to sell us …
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash runs faster, more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile  —  Web developer Chris Black benchmarked an HTML5 animation made using the Canvas tag against the same animation running in Flash.  The results may surprise you:  — HTML5 Canvas on iPhone 4: 22fps  — HTML5 Canvas on Nexus One: 40fps
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N8 delayed ‘for a few weeks to do some final amends’  —  Sounds like it's not much of a delay — but be that as it may, if you were hoping to pick up your colorful N8 in the tail end of this month... well, we don't quite know how to say this, but you're going to want to make other plans.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Fring reveals FringOut for cheap VoIP calls, challenges Skype head-on  —  When we first caught wind of Fring a while back, Skype compatibility was the draw, but as the years progressed and Fring grew some, the VoIP services didn't exactly get along.  Today, the company's taking matters …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Private Equity Firm Acquires Internet Brands In $640 Million Deal  —  Internet media company Internet Brands this morning announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Native Apps Account for Half of Mobile Internet Traffic  —  Native data applications, such as those installed on smartphones like the iPhone and devices running Android, now account for 50% of all mobile data volume according to a new report from Finnish mobile analytics company Zokem.
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