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7:55 PM ET, September 30, 2010

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Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web  —  As part of Google's initiative to make the web faster, over the past few months we have released a number of tools to help site owners speed up their websites.  We launched the Page Speed Firefox extension to evaluate the performance of web pages …
Discussion: OSNews, Lifehacker and creativebits
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers JPEG alternative for faster Web  —  It turns out there was more to Google's WebM technology than just a plan to revolutionize Web-based video.  The company also wants to revolutionize still images on the Web with a new format called WebP.  —  Google plans to announce …
Muthu Muthusrinivasan / Social Web Blog:
Google URL Shortener Gets a Website  —  We first introduced the Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) last December as part of Google Toolbar and Feedburner.  Since our initial release, we've integrated the technology into many other Google products including News, Blogger, Maps, Picasa Web Albums …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goo.gl's Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code  —  Earlier today, Google formally released Goo.gl, their URL-shortener, to the public.  They're calling it the “stablest, most secure, and fastest URL shortener on the web.”  But it also may be the coolest thanks to an easter egg.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Lifehacker
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public; Comparing To Bit.ly & Twitter
HP:
Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP  —  The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP's Board of Directors.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Surprise! HP names Leo Apotheker CEO; Can he rewrite his legacy?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Continuum for Verizon has double the displays, double the fun  —  The Fascinate's ride at the top of Sammy's Android lineup for Big Red might be a short one — a very short one.  Feast your eyes on this monster, said to be the rumored SCH-i400 Continuum …
Justice Godel Conder / Singularity Hacker:
The BlackBerry PlayBook Doesn't Exist  —  I am truly shocked that so many people are being duped by BlackBerry's recent announcement of their tablet, the PlayBook.  I have read endless comments from people who are saying they can't wait to get this tablet computer.  Well, I think I have some bad news for you folks.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, AT&T Set to Unveil Windows 7 Handsets  —  Microsoft Corp. will unveil a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11, and AT&T Inc. plans to begin selling them in early November, according to people familiar with the launch plans.
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Microsoft executive: Xbox Live is the hook that will sell Windows Phone 7
Discussion: VG247, Fonehome.co.uk and PC World
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Explore the world with Street View, now on all seven continents  —  Update 12:01PM: To clarify, the Street View imagery for Antarctica includes panoramas of an area called Half Moon Island—such as this view of penguins and this one of the landscape.  The blue dots you see throughout …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple shuts flagship Beijing store as iPhone 4 scalpers run amok (Updated)  —  UPDATE: All four Apple retail stores in China now require customer to show his/her identity card while purchasing the iPhone 4.  Every customer could only purchase one iPhone 4.  Apple employees will unbox …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers  —  The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could AOL Merge With Yahoo?  Could News Corp. Make a Play?  Takeover 2.0 With a Little Help From China's Alibaba?  —  Today, as news of the departure of Yahoo's U.S. head Hilary Schneider and two other top execs got around Wall Street, investors and dealmakers were actually thinking of things other than executive turmoil.
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows High Resolution Photos, Bulk Tagging, and Makes More Improvements to Photos  —  Today Facebook begins rolling out multiple improvements to its photos product.  Users will be able to upload and download high resolution photos, quickly view photos in a pop-up light box view without leaving …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook CTO “Very Confident” Facebook and Apple Will Work Together On Ping  —  At a dinner with New York media last night, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor said he is “very confident” Facebook and Apple will figure out a way to work together on Ping, Apple's music social network.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Might Microsoft break its acquisition drought with a social gaming company?  —  There's been a lot of analysis this week of a study that exposed the fact that Microsoft hasn't made a single acquisition in calendar 2010.  (The Softies told News.com there may have been some minor, quiet ones, but nothing serious.)
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks is Dead.  Long Live Xmarks?  —  First off, a big thanks to all of you that sent kudos and “Nooooooo's” in response to our shutdown announcement.  We take enormous pride in the sync service we worked so hard to create and it means a lot to hear how much our users love what we've built.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Internet Tethering coming to iPad?  —  Although Steve Jobs told a Swedish DJ that internet tethering (iPhone's connection used for a WiFi iPad, in this case) wouldn't be coming to the iPad, beta 2 of iOS 4.2 for iPad tells a different story.  Hidden within the APN network settings on the iPad 3G …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Facebook Passes Yahoo To Become The Second Largest Video Site In The U.S.  —  comScore just released its latest online video data in the U.S. for the month of August; showing that viewership remained steady since the previous month.  According to comScore, 178 million U.S. Internet …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft: Windows Live Spaces already dead, WordPress.com will only get 1% of 30M users  —  Windows Live Spaces' shutdown may not be a big win for WordPress.com, after all.  According to internal e-mail messages obtained by Betanews, Microsoft expects only about 1 percent of Windows Live Spaces bloggers to move to WordPress.com.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blame Bing: Why The Google Phone Gallery Doesn't List Verizon's Best Android Phone  —  Google rolled out a new Google Phone Gallery today, a handy way to see the amazingly huge number of Google-backed Android phones out there.  But if you're looking for what Google CEO Eric Schmidt called …
Tim Jones / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Victory: Internet Censorship Bill is Delayed, For Now  —  This morning's Politico brought with it great news for those who care about free speech and fair use online: … Translation: The Senate Judiciary Committee won't be considering the dangerously flawed “Combating Online Infringement …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft releases updated Windows Live apps  —  Microsoft today is releasing the final version of its new set of Windows Live apps, including updates to its photo- and video-editing programs, as well as synching and blogging tools.  —  The Windows Live Essentials 2011 apps …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Web Search That Talks  —  A startup unveils a tool that generates a slick video for any topic you search for.  —  Ever wished for a search engine that could talk?  Qwiki—a startup that took the TechCrunch Disrupt prize last night—has one.  —  Type in the name of one of several million people …
 
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Roy Furchgott / Gadgetwise:
Comcast to Monitor Customer Computers for Malware
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Priya Ganapati / Epicenter:
Scribd Facebook Instant Personalization Is a Privacy Nightmare
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Sprint Execs Quit Clearwire Board Over Antitrust
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Is Zynga's head count higher than Facebook's?
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Vimeo iPhone App On the Way
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David Meyer ZDNet UK / ZDNet:
Hacker group promises more attacks until it ‘stops being angry’
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
No Microsoft Windows Tablets Until Mid-2011
Discussion: Fast Company and GottaBeMobile
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Wiretapping the Internet  —  On Monday, The New York Times reported …
Discussion: @methodshop, FierceCIO News and The Register, Thanks:atul
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
Did Peter Thiel Make The Single Best Investment In History?
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Square using social media stats for credit checks and fraud prevention
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The Other Social Network  —  It launched first.  It had cooler features.
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