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12:35 AM ET, October 4, 2010

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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Confirmed: Windows Phone 7 launches October 11th in New York City, and T-Mobile's on board  —  If there was any scrap of doubt in your mind, we'll obliterate it for you right now — October 11th is the day Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled in the US, not just at a fancy London event …
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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 …
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  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless company, is under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission for charging 15 million customers “mystery” fees for data use on their mobile phones.
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 and New York Times
David Carr / New York Times:   Film Version of Zuckerberg Divides Generations
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...).
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 to Hammer dance in a tux and nerd glasses in front of me.
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, Fortune, MacStories, Gizmodo and TUAW, Thanks:rawmeet
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Ad Group Unveils Plan to Improve Web Privacy  —  As the debate around online privacy and advertiser access to users' data continues, a group of the advertising industry's largest trade organizations was to announce on Monday the details of a self-regulatory program that would allow users …
Discussion: Adweek and Digital Destiny
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
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info
Discussion: pskl.us
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Breaking: Yahoo's Jimmy Pitaro Lands Digital Co-President Job …
Discussion: mocoNews
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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Wheretheladies.at Shows You Where The Ladies Are At
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 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Become Bigger In Five Years Than Google Is Today
Discussion: Webomatica, Thanks:atul