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7:45 AM ET, October 3, 2010

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Shocking: Apple Approves BitTorrent App For App Store  —  Apple is known for the stringent guidelines it applies when deciding which software to allow into their App Store - BitTorrent is one of the things on their ban list.  However, one developer who carefully avoided the dirty word …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's Most Valuable Friend  —  EVERY Monday a bit before 10 a.m., Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, dashes off a quick e-mail to her boss, Mark Zuckerberg.  “We have a routine,” Ms. Sandberg says.  “I e-mail, ‘Coming in?’  He replies, ‘On my way.’ ”
Thanks:atul
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Become Bigger In Five Years Than Google Is Today  —  Remember three years ago, when Microsoft paid a quarter-billion dollars for 1.6% of Facebook and the exclusive right to run banner ads across Facebook.com?  Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision?
Thanks:atul
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness  —  THE saga of Steven P. Jobs is so well known that it has entered the nation's mythology: he's the prodigal who returned to Apple in 1997, righted a listing ship and built it into one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Thanks:rawmeet
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Google's CEO: ‘The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists’  —  Watch the full video of this session  —  “The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists” to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum.
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adidas Gives Up On Apple's iAds Because Steve Jobs Is Too Much Of A Control Freak — Scuttlebutt  —  Apple has lost another advertiser for its “iAd” mobile advertising business — this time Adidas, the athletic apparel giant — according to scuttlebutt we have heard from two mobile industry execs.
Discussion: MacNN and iClarified
Brian Proffitt / bproffitt's blog:
Time to Move On From The Desktop?  —  The idea of open source on the desktop may no longer be viable.  —  I like it!  —  It's a good thing I'm not a conspiracy theorist.  —  Even though I don't think they meant to do it, no less than three noteworthy open source community members came …
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Rise of the Online Autocrats  —  It turns out that the enemies of free expression are adept at the Internet, too.  —  The tweets started arriving in August, and they did not mince words.  One of the first accused the South Korean government of being “a prostitute of the United States.”
Thanks:digiphile
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government  —  It seems to me that Malcolm Gladwell's debunking of the claim that the Net will empower political revolutions is right about one big thing, but wrong about a whole lot more.  —  Because of Gladwell's often-emulated twisty …
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Leo Mirani / Guardian:
Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, the revolution may well be tweeted
Discussion: Wikinomics
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Debunking the Myths About Facebook's Stock Split  —  What is it about a stock split that sets off speculation?  It is one of the most mundane and technical developments in the stock market, with little or no impact on a company's fundamental performance, and yet news of a split can set a stock's valuation soaring.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On AOL... Again  —  The question I probably get asked most often is: “what does ParisLemon stand for?”  I usually just tell people it's not that interesting — because really, it's not.  The fact of the matter is that it was just the random screen name I chose for myself on AOL when I was a kid.
Discussion: TechCrunch
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psst.  Sprint 4G is Lit up in San Francisco  —  You folks in Silicon Valley who are waiting for Sprint to light up the 4G network are going to like what I have to tell you.  I've been in San Francisco for four days and have tested the 4G coverage all over the SOMA (south of Market Street) area.
Thanks:jkendrick
 
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Eric / pskl.us:
iPhone Applications & Privacy Issues: An Analysis of Application …
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Iran ‘detains western spies’ after cyber attack on nuclear plant
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Discussion: The Next Web
BBC:
More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Dream Is Collapsing: Another Massive Yahoo Re-Org Coming Next Tuesday
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Oh Thank God Oracle Has a New Rivalry
Brian / brianstorms:
Why I Think (And Hope) @Qwiki Will Fail
Discussion: The Next Web
Google Mobile Blog:
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