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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Talks Windows Phone 7  —  Microsoft Corp. has struggled for the past two years in the mobile-phone market.  But CEO Steve Ballmer says his company finally has a compelling story.  —  On Oct. 11, Microsoft and its partners plan to announce the initial wave of handsets that will use Windows Phone 7 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opening Weekend: The Social Network Tops Box Office With $23 Million In Ticket Sales  —  This probably isn't too surprising.  The Social Network, which had received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, topped the box office opening weekend with $23 million in ticket sales …
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Jose Antonio Vargas / The Huffington Post:
The Social Disconnect — How Hollywood Misread Facebook  —  What's Your Reaction: … Everything that's wrong about The Social Network is summed up by its title.  —  The movie, opening nationwide today, is not interested in the concept of social networking or the actual usage of Facebook.
Discussion: New York Times
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / The Daily Beast:   The Social Network's Female Props
David Carr / New York Times:   Film Version of Zuckerberg Divides Generations
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon agrees to refund customers $90 million for wrongful data charges  —  Did you have a Verizon phone sans data plan, but get billed for data anyhow?  Verizon Wireless is dropping $90 million to make things right next month.  The New York Times reports that the company …
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:   FCC Probes Verizon Wireless for ‘Mystery’ Data Charges
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...).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
If Web 1.0's Kryptonite Was the Bust, Web 2.0 Kryptonite Was the Grind  —  There were two surreal moments for me at Disrupt last week.  The first was during the SV Angels Party when Hammer was dancing.  It wasn't just because MC-Freaking-Hammer was doing the Hammer dance in a tux and nerd glasses in front of me.
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch gets reintroduced, 1GHz Snapgradon, 3.8″ display, 4G speeds  —  Well, this one came out of nowhere... T-Mobile has just introduced the new myTouch, and it's a beauty.  Packed with a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, 5 megapixel camera, 3.8″ display, and front facing camera …
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise Blog:
Hey Larry (Ellison), worry about your own stuff before firing barbs  —  Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle didn't take long before opining on Leo Apotheker's appointment as CEO H-P. … Such comments are both totally predictable and stand in sharp contrast to Apotheker's gracious response to the Red Stack threat.
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Vinnie Mirchandani / deal architect:   Sean Parker, Leo Apotheker and “lazy journalism”
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: FM Blog, MacStories, Gizmodo, Fortune and TUAW, Thanks:rawmeet
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Surface computing + augmented reality = Microsoft LightSpace  —  Microsoft is looking to extend its surface-computing work into the spatial-computing arena with a new research project known as LightSpace.  —  Andy Wilson, a Microsoft research who was key in bringing the Microsoft Surface tabletop to market …
Thanks:rawmeet
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info  —  The user data collected by some iOS apps can be correlated to real-world identities, posing a privacy risk to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.  According to research from Bucknell University, a majority of iOS apps transmit user data back to their own servers.
Discussion: pskl.us
 
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Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Ad Group Unveils Plan to Improve Web Privacy
Discussion: Adweek and Digital Destiny
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jimmy Pitaro Lands Digital Co-President Job at Disney …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
New Twitter.com has rate limits too
Thanks:zee
Sharad Goel / Yahoo! Search Blog:
What Can Search Predict?  —  This week research scientists at Yahoo! …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Wheretheladies.at Shows You Where The Ladies Are At
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Google's CEO: ‘The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists’
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:atul
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Rise of the Online Autocrats
Thanks:digiphile
Brian Proffitt / bproffitt's blog:
Time to Move On From The Desktop?  —  The idea of open source …