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11:50 PM ET, October 10, 2010

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
R&D: Short-term focus, cynicism hampers us  —  Google creates a car that uses artificial intelligence to drive itself and the tech conversation automatically goes from research and development to the search giant's motives to future business models.  —  Can't we just sit back and enjoy a neat technology breakthrough for a few hours?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Self-Driving Car Spotted On The Highway Almost A Year Ago (Oh, And Scoble) [Video]  —  In November 2009, Ben Tseitlin was driving along on the 280 highway between San Francisco and Palo Alto when he noticed something weird.  There was a Toyota Prius next to him with a weird spolier-like thing on the roof.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why do technology research? Is Google's car going to lead anywhere?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:mamk
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
On eve of Windows Phone 7 launch: all hat and no cattle?  —  I've played with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.  I've read all the reviews.  I've talked with Microsoft's head of PR.  Starting tomorrow morning you will hear more about this new OS and OEM'd product line like nothing since Xbox.
Discussion: Engadget
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time  —  Just blocks from the New York City GooglePlex and Apple's flagship West Village store, Microsoft and partners will be launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11.  —  “Launching,” in this case, is not synonymous with shipping.
New York Times:
After Building an Audience, Twitter Turns to Ads  —  Twitter at last looks serious about making money.  —  In the last two weeks, the company has introduced several advertising plans, courted Madison Avenue at Advertising Week, the annual industry conference, and promoted Dick Costolo …
TmoNews:
Is This The T-Mobile HTC HD7?  —  With only a day left until the Windows Phone 7 Launch Party and the HTC HD7 all but confirmed for Magenta, one of our ninjas dropped something interesting in our inbox.  Above you will see what seem to be the very first T-Mobile branded HTC HD7/Schubert images.
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Details Come To Light, $399 After Rebate?  —  At this point there isn't much we don't already know about the Galaxy Tab heading the Magenta way but two questions have lingered, price and release date.  Given the above image (and assuming its legit, real, believable etc) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Eric Schmidt (On Facebook)  —  I'd like to apologize to Google CEO Eric Schmidt for impersonating him on Facebook today.  —  It's actually pretty easy, too easy, to do this.  A reader emailed earlier today letting us know that someone had been impersonating them on Facebook based on a real, but unused, email account.
Discussion: Gawker
Mariya / Founders Block:
25 Best Startup Failure Post-Mortems  —  The guys at Chubby Brain have graciously allowed Founder's Block to repost this compendium, originally published October 3rd, of some of the best startup post-mortems from the web.  —  We love a good entrepreneurial success story …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio ‘not committed’ to Windows Phone 7  —  Software developers make or break a platform, as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer once famously stressed, but that shiny new Windows Phone 7 site has angered a mildly important one.
The H Open Source:
Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”  —  Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have announced the arrival of version 10.10 of their popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, code named “Maverick Meerkat”.  Ubuntu 10.10 is the first standard release to be issued following the latest Long Term Support …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“Saturday Night Live” Really, Really Likes Facebook  —  Here's the Saturday Night Live “Your Mom's on Facebook” sketch I told you about last night-the one you're going to see all over the Web for the next few days.  —  And here's another SNL Facebook sketch, which also ran on last night's show.
Discussion: SelectStart
 
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
XKCD Updates Its Map: We No Longer Live In Actual Countries But Digital Ones
Discussion: GeekSmack
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
European Antritrust Deal With Microsoft Barely Affects Browser Market
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Rik Fairlie / Gadgetwise:
Coffee, TV or Wi-Fi?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gawker
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
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ScienceDaily:
New Computer Switches Handle Heat That Renders Transistors Useless …
Zack Sheppard / Flickr Blog:
Help record 10/10/10!  —  Depending on your timezone it is or soon …
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Going The Distance: Nike+ GPS Vs. RunKeeper
Discussion: IntoMobile
Times of India:
India to develop its own futuristic computer operating system
Discussion: ArabCrunch and India IT Blog
 

 
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