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Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About?  —  Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe's offices to hold a secret meeting with Adobe's chief executive, Shantanu Narayen.  The meeting, which lasted more than an hour …
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Man Who Somehow Failed To Delete Facebook Account Complains About New Feature  —  Wait a second.  It seems that everyone is missing one key element of the latest faux-controversy about Facebook.  What is Jason Calacanis doing back on Facebook?  —  Calacanis kicked off the latest bitching session today …
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Conspiracies, Privacy, Spam And NAMBLA: Facebook Groups Are Fun!
Discussion: Fast Company and UMBC ebiquity
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: The Next Web and Engadget
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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Debunk: Leaked iPad photo doesn't show next gen design  —  By now you may have seen some photos of an alleged iPad casing doing the rounds that is purported to be the next generation of Apple's tablet.  In the pics, you can clearly see that there are two distinct slots for the company's 30 pin dock connector …
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.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Spotify crashes into Apple on way to U.S.  —  These are some swinging Swedes, the guys at Spotify.  —  Founded in Stockholm in 2006, Spotify has already conquered Europe's digital music scene with the help of a revolutionary desktop service and now desperately wants to make the jump to the United States.
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and ClickZ
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: The Next Web and CNET News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The Twitterati very much mind the Gap  —  You never really know what will get social-media marketing chatter going.  Film directors getting kicked off planes, for one, or that Old Spice Man sensation.  This week, it was when retailer The Gap—which has lately been getting loads …
Discussion: Velocity, AdFreak, Mashable! and BlogPost
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 Webmonkey
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Gets a C- From the Better Business Bureau  —  Aside from the occasional privacy gaffe or questionable quote from CEO Eric Schmidt, Google tends to have a fairly positive image, or at least has the trust of millions of individuals and business around the world who use its services everyday.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
New Yahoo app to challenge Apple FaceTime on iPhone  —  Apple has based a great deal of its iPhone 4 marketing blitz around its so-called FaceTime video calling technology.  —  But Yahoo is about to challenge Apple for the mobile video calling crown, with plans to brings video chat to iPhones …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and TUAW
Teri Evans / Wall Street Journal:
No Free Stuff Here: At Angie's List, Members Pay  —  After graduating with an economics degree in 1995, 22-year-old Angie Hicks thought she'd work for a small business, preferring a close-knit environment that meshed with her small-town roots.  When venture capitalist Bill Oesterle …
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
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 …
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
AT&T U-verse customers can use Xbox 360 as a set-top box starting November 7th  —  If you'd given up hope of using your 360 to watch AT&T U-Verse after over three years of waiting, we wouldn't think any less of you; but for those still holding on to the dream of one less set-top box under the TV …
Discussion: Electronista
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Megan McCarthy: “The Cyborg of News, the Borg Queen of the Blogosphere”  —  In a profile of Mediagazer editor Megan McCarthy just out in the American Journalism Review, VentureBeat executive edtor and former boss Owen Thomas calls her “the cyborborg of news, the borg queen of the blogosphere.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Skype CEO Josh Silverman Jumps To Greylock As EIR  —  Josh Silverman, who until a few days ago was Skype's CEO, has just joined venture capital firm Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence.  In a blog post announcing the move on Greylock's website, the firm called Silverman a …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
MongoDB CTO on Foursquare's Scaling Issues  —  Eliot Horowitz is a co-founder and CTO of 10gen, makers of MongoDB, an increasingly trendy database that's used by Foursquare, among others.  He's just released a statement on what went wrong this week that led to Foursquare's 11-hour outage …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Warner Bros. Claims That Annoying Customers With 28-Day Rental Delay Is Working  —  Warner Bros. studio was among the more adamant about getting Netflix, Redbox and others to delay rentals of movies until 28-days after the DVD release, in the hopes that it would drive more people to buy.
Discussion: DSLreports and MediaMemo
 
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CNN's research says 27% of us share 87% of news links
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
McClure Adds 500 Mentors to 500 Startups
Discussion: 500 Startups Blog
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Akamai employee charged with fraud
Discussion: CNET News and Hillicon Valley
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Japan's DeNA Mulling $400+ Million Acquisition of ngmoco
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AT&T Early Upgrade Fee for Smartphones Goes from $75 to $200
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