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11:00 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 …
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 …
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / The Daily Beast:
The Social Network's Female Props  —  Missing from what critics are calling the defining story of our age are female characters who aren't doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys, says Rebecca Davis O'Brien.  By the time Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's …
Discussion: All Facebook
David Carr / New York Times:   Film Version of Zuckerberg Divides Generations
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opening Weekend: The Social Network Tops Box Office With $23 Million In Ticket Sales
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Goldman Suggests Microsoft Start Bending Spoons With Its Mind  —  In a note tonight, Goldman Sachs analysts paddle Microsoft's ass for not living up to its expectations.  They downgrade the firm to neutral, then say Microsoft needs to do the following to get back into Goldman's good graces:
MG Siegler / parislemon:
I, Cringe  —  For the most part, I've really enjoyed reading all the various takes on TechCrunch's acquisition by AOL this week.  Some are good, some are bad, some are just sad.  But two have stuck out to me as being decidedly full of s**t.  Interesting, both are by Robert Cringely.
Discussion: I, Cringely
LG Elec says Android 2.2-based tablet plan dropped  —  LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS) said on Monday that it had scrapped a plan to launch a tablet computer based on Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android 2.2 operation system known as “Froyo”, a decision that may delay the rollout of its first tablet PC slated for next quarter.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's speed need: ‘instantaneous Internet’  —  In late 2007, Google engineers set out to test a hunch.  —  For about a million oblivious users, the company throttled back the delivery of search results by 100 to 400 milliseconds for several weeks.  Less than half a second is barely perceptible, but the results were unmistakable.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC HD7 leaks out once more with Dolby Sound, stars in a brief video  —  HTC may have stemmed the flood of HD7 activity, but details about the 4.3-inch Windows Phone 7 device keep leaking out.  Today, an O2 Germany tipster blew off most of the remaining doors.
Tim Weber / BBC:
Can companies ignore social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?  —  Once upon a time companies could afford to be rude.  Unhappy customers would grumble to a few friends, withdraw their custom, but there was little else they could do.  Today, they still tell their friends …
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 …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:   FCC Probes Verizon Wireless for ‘Mystery’ Data Charges
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch gets reintroduced, 1GHz Snapdragon, 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 …
Paul Bradshaw / Guardian:
How to be a data journalist  —  Data journalism trainer and writer Paul Bradshaw explains how to get started in data journalism, from getting to the data to visualising it  —  • Guardian data editor Simon Rogers explains how our data journalism operation works  —  Data journalism is huge.
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Verizon Fivespot: Giving up to 5 devices a WiFi connection, anywhere in the world
Vladimir Katalov / Advanced Password Cracking:
Smartphone Forensics: Cracking BlackBerry Backup Passwords
Discussion: Download Squad and Computerworld
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Remote Linux desktop for your iPad
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Ad Group Unveils Plan to Improve Web Privacy
Discussion: paidContent and Adweek
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise Blog:
Hey Larry (Ellison), worry about your own stuff before firing barbs
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
If Web 1.0's Kryptonite Was the Bust, Web 2.0 Kryptonite Was the Grind
Discussion: FM Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jimmy Pitaro Lands Digital Co-President Job at Disney …
Discussion: Softpedia News, mocoNews and CNET News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Surface computing + augmented reality = Microsoft LightSpace
Discussion: Microsoft Research, Thanks:rawmeet
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The OS Doesn't Matter...  Once upon a time, operating systems used …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and ReadWriteWeb
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
New has rate limits too