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1:15 PM ET, September 25, 2010

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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six High Tech Companies to Stop Entering into Anticompetitive Employee Solicitation Agreements … WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with six high technology companies - Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc. …
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
DOJ strikes down no-poaching agreements between Apple, Intel, Google, Adobe, and others  —  The U.S. Justice Department has struck down agreements that prevented some of the largest tech companies in the world from poaching employees from each other in a settlement today that included heavy hitters like Google, Intel and Apple.
Google Public Policy Blog:
On recruiting “cold calls”  —  Google grew by more than 16,000 people between 2005 and 2009 — a five fold increase in the size of our company.  In fact, we were hiring so fast that on average 40 new recruits were joining every day by 2007.  At the same time, we were also building partnerships …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Movie Gets Overwhelmingly Positive Reviews, But Will People Go See It?  —  Premiering at New York Film Festival yesterday and coming to theaters October 1st, the world's first Hollywood movie about the founding of a social network can now also claim the bragging rights …
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Founder Also Involved In Mark Zuckerberg's $100M Donation To Newark  —  Image by Twitter / Twitter via CrunchBase  —  Facebook is not the only social network Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker is getting help from for the city's public schools.  Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has also donated …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:ojchiang
Andrew Hough / Telegraph:
Social Network writer backs Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over ‘stolen ideas’ claims  —  Aaron Sorkin, the creative brains behind the new Facebook movie “The Social Network”, has offered his support to Mark Zuckerberg, after the tech boss was accused of stealing the idea for the social networking site.
Chad Catacchio / thenextweb.com:
Video of Zuckerberg's chat with Oprah today
Discussion: TechFlash
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Startup: Education  —  Education has always been important to me and my family.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Need Pre-Facebook Movie Drama?  Go Read “Googled” This Week  —  With the Facebook movie's debut a week away, how about something to keep you entertained while you wait?  A book.  About that other major internet drama story, Google.  The book?  “Googled, The End Of The World As We Know It,” by Ken Auletta.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iTunes 10.0.1 Goes Live with Ping Sidebar by Federico Viticci  —  Tweet  —  Apple released a minor update to iTunes last night, which reaches version 10.0.1 and introduces a new feature for Ping users: the Ping sidebar.  The Ping sidebar allows you to always have the updates from the people …
Patrick Thibodeau / InfoWorld:
IBM warns of challenge to U.S. supercomputing leadership  —  China is building a massive new supercomputing center ‘to basically eat our lunch,’ IBM VP warns  —  WASHINGTON — To make a point about China's interest in supercomputing, David Turek, IBM's vice president of deep computing …
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Press Association:
12 years in jail for man in ‘vile’ porn plot  —  A handyman who ruined a school caretaker's life by planting child pornography on his computer was jailed for 12 years today.  —  Neil Weiner launched the “wickedly evil and vile plot” hoping to get Eddie Thompson sacked so that he could be promoted.
Discussion: Gizmodo
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Zynga finalizing biggest S.F. office lease in years  —  (09-24) 16:28 PDT San Francisco — Zynga on Friday was putting the last touches on the biggest new office lease in San Francisco in nearly five years, finalizing a long anticipated deal that underscores the social gaming company's phenomenal growth fueled …
Spiegel Online:
Internal Strife at WikiLeaks — German Spokesman Says He Will Leave Website  —  A dispute has broken out within the leadership of WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing classified documents including the Afghanistan war logs.  In an interview with SPIEGEL, WikiLeaks' German spokesman …
Discussion: The Hindu, HeraldSun, The Local and The Age
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Vast Majority Of Software Patents In Lawsuits Lose  —  Well, this is interesting (and quite surprising).  A new study by John Allison, Mark Lemley, Joshua Walker looked at highly litigated patents to see how well they did in court, and came up with some really unexpected findings.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Confirms New Apple TV Orders On Schedule for September Delivery  —  A significant amount of attention has been focused on orders for the new Apple TV today after it was revealed that Apple had contacted some customers to notify them that their expedited shipping fees were being refunded due to an unspecified “delay”.
Discussion: I4U News, Macworld and AppleInsider
Bloomberg:
Sony Ericsson Is Planning No New Symbian Products  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd., the mobile-phone venture of Sony Corp. and Ericsson AB, is the latest vendor to abandon the Symbian operating system.  —  “We have no plans for the time being to develop …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
European Union ends antitrust investigations of Apple  —  The European Union has ended two antitrust investigations into Apple's iPhone policies after Apple relaxed developer restrictions and introduced cross-border warranty repair service.  —  According to a statement released Saturday by the EU …
Discussion: EU Press Room and Reuters
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Bets on HTML5 With Dextrose Acquisition  —  Zynga has announced its latest acquisition today, the German company Dextrose AG, which released a development platform called the Aves Engine earlier this year.  —  The news hasn't been widely commented on yet, but this could turn out to be one of Zynga's most important acqusitions.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US ISP Disconnects Alleged Pirates for 6 Months  —  The United States Internet Service provider Suddenlink has effectively implemented a three-strikes policy for repeated copyright infringers.  After three DMCA notices, alleged copyright infringers are disconnected from the Internet for six months, without a refund.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Brett Smith / Free Software Foundation:
Encourage the USPTO to stop issuing software patents; deadline September 27
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Law Firm Torn Apart By Leaked Emails
Discussion: Slyck
Ron Piovesan / A Musing:
Rooting for Roku  —  Picking up on previous posts on LiveDigitally …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Googler Cassidy Steps Down as Polyvore CEO
Discussion: paidContent and bizjournals, Thanks:atul
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Microsoft Taps Demand Media to Promote Bing
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Digg traffic down, but not out  —  A month ago …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Extremely Bizarre Pizza Video
Discussion: Geek.com and Eater National
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Verizon-Apple iPhone agreement ‘may not ever get resolved’
Discussion: SlashGear, I4U News, Crave and App Advice
Zach Holman:
Hey Twitter: Give us our Tweets
Charles Fitzgerald / Platformonomics:
The Hole in Android and Google's Double Pony Problem
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