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5:00 PM ET, October 3, 2010


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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacStories, Fortune and TUAW, Thanks:rawmeet
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The OS Doesn't Matter...  Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do.  The “old” OS orchestrated the use of resources: memory, processors, I/O (input/output) to external devices (screen, keyboard, disks, network, printers...).
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
New has rate limits too  —  Remember when we told you that the new was re-engineered to use its own APIs?  Well, apparently Twitter also decided to set a rate-limit for usage on as well.  That's right, I just got shut down for using too much within an hour.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Shows You Where The Ladies Are At  —  At the Tahoe Tech Talk this weekend, someone from the audience introduced themselves as a representative of, a domain whose extreme ridiculousness piqued my interest a) because it is actually real and b) …
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.’ ”
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Sharad Goel / Yahoo! Search Blog:
What Can Search Predict?  —  This week research scientists at Yahoo! Labs published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines the possibility of using web search data to predict consumer behavior.  Their results have captured the public imagination …
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.
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  Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision?
Discussion: Webomatica, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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.”
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Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government
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