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7:40 PM ET, October 7, 2010

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About?  —  Left Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg; right, Matthew Staver/Bloomberg.  —  Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe.  At right, Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft.  —  Steven A. Ballmer …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Adobe Soars On NYT Report Microsoft May Bid; Stock Halted By Circuit Breakers (Updated)  —  Is Microsoft (MSFT) considering buying Adobe Systems (ADBE)?  —  The New York Times raises that possibility today.  In a blog post, the Times reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed …
Ryan Block / gdgt:
With Antennagate over, is Glassgate next for the iPhone 4?  —  Whether or not you've experienced the iPhone 4's famed death grip, or even believe it's a real phenomenon (and based on extensive personal experience I can assure you that it is), the whole Antennagate scandal undoubtedly left …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Email I sent to Zuckerberg & Sheryl over “FORCE JOIN” Groups on Facebook  —  This company is trusted with 500 people's data (and growing)?  —  Really?  —  Wow.  —  Forwarded message —  From: Jason Calacanis
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook Groups: Privacy Blunder or Twitter Replacement?  —  Facebook rolled out a comprehensive upgrade to its Groups feature on Wednesday, but judging by some of the responses from both high-profile users and regular Facebook fans, the ability to “tag” anyone and add them to a group automatically …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Conspiracies, Privacy, Spam And NAMBLA: Facebook Groups Are Fun!
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity and Fast Company
Stan Medvedenko / Sony Insider:
Sizes And Pricing for Sony Google TV Family Leaked  —  Many of our readers out there are pretty excited about the Sony Google TV.  We've written about it nearly a dozen times and it's basically a television with an Intel processor and the ability to fully surf the web (including flash sites).
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Am I Blind, Or Am I Just Not ‘Seeing’ What's So Great About Google TV?  —  You can't see it, but I'm tapping out over here.  Why?  Because for the life of me I cannot understand the hype surrounding Google TV (and by extension, the Logitech Revue and other, similar items).
Discussion: eWeek and Rakesh Agrawal's Blog
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Now Available  —  Our first Firefox 4 beta for mobile is now available to download and test.  It's built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop and optimized for browsing on a mobile phone.  Firefox beta for mobile comes …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Verizon prez: ‘Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind’  —  Some juicy remarks today from Lowell McAdam, president and COO of Verizon Communications and CEO of Verizon Wireless, about Microsoft and its standing — or lack thereof — in the mobile business.
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and The Next Web
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Former FTC Employee Files Complaint Over Google Privacy  —  A former Federal Trade Commission employee has filed a complaint with the agency accusing Google Inc. of not adequately protecting the privacy of consumers' search queries.  —  The complaint was filed September 6 by Christopher Soghoian …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Verizon, Apple quarreled over iPhone retail options, digital content  —  Major sticking points in negotiations between Verizon and Apple have reportedly been the wireless carrier's interest in allowing retail partners to sell the iPhone, and Verizon's promotion of its V Cast digital video-on-demand store.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Oops!  That Facebook Location Patent Forgot To Mention Crowley's Earlier Dodgeball Patent  —  Earlier this week, Facebook was granted a broad patent on mobile location-based social networks.  It seems to cover everything from members of a social network sharing their location with each …
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry Facebook, Google Already Had A Patent On Location-Based Social Networks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Raises $10 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy  —  It looks like short links are here to stay, at least for a while longer.  Bit.ly, the largest independent link shortening service out there, closed a $10 million Series B financing.  The round was led by RRE Ventures, with AOL Ventures also becoming a new investor.
Yehuda Katz / Katz Got Your Tongue?:
What's Wrong with “HTML5″  —  In the past year or so, the term “HTML5″ has increasingly been picked up by the tech press as the successor to “DHTML”, “Web 2.0″ or “Ajax”.  When used by the tech press, it is becoming a generic term for “the next generation of web technology” …
Discussion: Inquirer, Erictric and Mashable!
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks Victory for the Users, by the Users  —  The past ten days have been an amazing lesson in the power of community.  Not in the “web 2.0 social graph” sense - I'm talking about old school community with users speaking up, speaking out and banding together.  Thank you Xmarks users.
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Japan's DeNA Mulling $400+ Million Acquisition of ngmoco  —  Japanese gaming company DeNA is considering an acquisition of San Francisco-based ngmoco, we've heard from multiple sources.  The price, says one source, is north of $400 million, although that probably includes …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Testing Twitter Integration With “Friends”  —  Google is apparently testing a new feature that lets you connect your Twitter account to Google News.  Some people are seeing a “Friends” box on the right hand side of Google News.  —  The friends box asks you to enter your Twitter username and click “Save.”
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Stuxnet  —  Computer security experts are often surprised at which stories get picked up by the mainstream media.  Sometimes it makes no sense.  Why this particular data breach, vulnerability, or worm and not others?  Sometimes it's obvious.  In the case of Stuxnet, there's a great story.
Discussion: rc3.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco: The Umi Is Simply Too Expensive To Drive Much Demand  —  I said it yesterday, and now the Street is saying it: Cisco (CSCO) has got to be kidding if they think people are going to line up to buy their Umi home video conferencing system with a price tag of $599 - plus $24.99 for monthly service.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skype's Android shackles are broken, 3G calling hacked into reality  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Just days after the official Skype application finally landed in the Android Market, along comes an .apk that's far more salacious for Americans.  Thanks to xeudoxus over at Droid Forums …
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
AT&T Early Upgrade Fee for Smartphones Goes from $75 to $200  —  Hardly a week goes by that a new smartphone option doesn't pop up for major carriers, and with new choices comes higher consumer desire to upgrade early.  AT&T is keenly aware of this, and the company that just added a handful …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Akamai employee charged with fraud  —  An employee of Cambridge Internet company Akamai Technologies Inc. was arrested yesterday and charged with wire fraud after allegedly trying to sell confidential information about the firm to a foreign government, according to the US attorney's office.
Discussion: CNET News and Hillicon Valley
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Microsoft agrees to license mobile patents  —  Microsoft took a break today from suing the mobile industry to examine life on the other side of the coin as a patent licensee.  —  The company has agreed to license patents belonging to what many have derisively considered the ultimate patent troll …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
CNN's research says 27% of us share 87% of news links  —  CNN has been researching how news articles are shared through social media, identifying different motivations for sharing and the increased benefit for advertisers who feature on recommended news pages.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
McClure Adds 500 Mentors to 500 Startups  —  Angel investor Dave McClure has added a roster of mentors and advisors to the team at his recently launched seed fund/incubator 500 Startups: a group he's decided to call (not surprisingly) 500 Mentors.  Although there aren't actually 500 people on the list …
Discussion: 500 Startups Blog
 
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Facebook denies claims that iPhone app means private phone numbers …
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Stealth Startup Proferi Raises $6.3 Million From Andreessen Horowitz …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendShuffle: StumbleUpon for Facebook Likes
Discussion: All Facebook and Techland
Erik Siemers / San Jose Business Journal:
CollegeNET sues Google over ‘Speedbook’
Discussion: MediaPost and bizjournals
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony's 16.41MP Sensor Shoots 1080p Video and Will Be in Phones Next Year