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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Developer Joe Hewitt Tears Into Android's Definition Of “Open”  —  In Silicon Valley, there are few developers more respected than Joe Hewitt — he helped create Firefox, he built the indispensible development tool FireBug, and he was also responsible for both Facebook's ‘Touch’ mobile website …
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Jim Balsillie / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM Responds to Apple's ‘Distortion Field’  —  For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
What is Steve Jobs so afraid of?  —  There's a saying that the more you have, the more you fear losing it.  —  Apple's CEO made a surprise appearance during yesterday's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter earnings call.  Jobs said he couldn't resist participating, given Apple's record $20.34 billion revenue.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
11.6-inch MacBook Air detailed  —  So, we've just been discussing the rumored, and long overdue, MacBook Air refresh with a trusted source.  This person recently had a working model in their possession for a few minutes and managed to glean quite a bit of detail that would seemingly confirm Apple's plan …
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple's website outs iLife '11, new Macbook Air, mystery product  —  Ahead of its “Back to the Mac” media event scheduled for this afternoon, Apple's own discussion forums have outed several of the company's new products set to be introduced later today.  Categories for iPhoto '11 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
webOS 2.0 review  —  When it comes to webOS 2.0 (now actually called HP webOS), it almost felt like we'd never see the version number, let alone get to review it.  It's been an intense few months for Palm: after floundering in the early part of the smartphone wars, it was scooped up by HP for a tidy sum of $1.2b.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Mobile Web's Explosive Growth  —  In 1999, it was the rapid growth of wired web services that was the top story.  Fast-forward to today, and it is all about the massive and seemingly unstoppable growth of the mobile Internet that is all the rage.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google ditches all Street View Wi-Fi scanning  —  Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of privacy probes after the company said it unintentionally captured fragments of unencrypted data.
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Canada, Spain Find Google Violated Privacy Laws, Collected Loads …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Local Deals Site Signpost  —  No, it's not what you're thinking — Google Ventures didn't just invest in a Groupon clone.  But the search giant's VC arm is taking a stake in a local deals startup called Signpost, which looks to help you find the best deals in your neighborhood (more on that in a moment).
David Gelles / blogs.ft.com:
Square doesn't work with iPhone4  —  Square, the much-hyped mobile credit card processing system created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has a big problem: it doesn't work with the iPhone4.  —  In a blog post buried deep in the support section of Square's website, the company acknowledges …
Thanks:dgelles
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Compromise turns Kaspersky site into malware hub  —  Hackers exploit buggy app  —  The US website for anti-virus provider Kaspersky was caught pushing malware to its users for three and a half hours on Sunday after it was compromised by criminal hackers.  —  The attack first came to light …
Jay Sullivan / The Mozilla Blog:
Prototype of an Open Web App Ecosystem  —  The open Web is a great platform for rich applications.  It would be even better if it had additional capabilities to ease discovery, acquisition, installation and use of apps, while also enabling monetization for developers.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Mozilla Wants Everyone to Have a Web App Store
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Paul Graham:
The New Funding Landscape  —  After barely changing at all for decades, the startup funding business is now in what could, at least by comparison, be called turmoil.  At Y Combinator we've seen dramatic changes in the funding environment for startups.  Fortunately one of them is much higher valuations.
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
First Look: Starbucks Digital Network Is Here  —  Beginning Wednesday, Starbucks customers who use the free Wi-Fi at more than 6,800 U.S. company-operated stores will be greeted with the Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) — an exclusive content network curated by the company and designed to enhance the customer's in-store experience.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”  —  Carol Bartz was almost subdued on today's earnings call.  Missing were the salty outbursts of previous conference calls, but she did manage one zinger.  Apparently, one of Yahoo's problems before was an inflexible content management system …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Tops Earning Expectations, While Revenues Remain Weak (and Outlook Even Worse)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Welcomes Ina Fried as Our New Mobile Reporter  —  Here at All Things Digital, we've always prided ourselves on our journalism efforts, while also fully embracing the fast-paced new world of blogging.  —  So, we could not be more thrilled to announce the hiring of Ina Fried as our new reporter …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio a step closer to revealing pirates' IDs  —  Few film companies are assailing piracy with the vigor of Third World Media.  —  Third World Media (TMW), a porn studio headquartered north of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against 1,568 unnamed individuals …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo says no Android tablet in US until Honeycomb; no Windows 7 tablet, period  —  If you happen to be enthusiastic about Lenovo, tablets, and your American residency, look away now.  Lenovo still plans to ship the Android-based LePad in China some time soonish, but its US roadmap can pretty much be summed up as “wait and see.”
Keith Plocek / Social Keith:
The Digg Effect v4  —  The Digg Effect - n.  The power of one social bookmarking site to pummel your servers with a burst of inbound traffic.  Formerly the Slashdot Effect.  —  Digg v4 launched at the end of August with a new look, new features and a lot of criticism.
Philipp Weis / Docs Blog:
Drag and drop images in documents  —  When writing a document, it often helps to augment text with images and diagrams.  Google documents already has three ways to add images: you can choose them from your hard-drive, add them by URL, and you can find them using Google Image Search.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
New photos claim to show Apple's prototype CDMA Verizon iPhone  —  Photos, possibly from a repair shop in Vietnam, have surfaced allegedly showing a prototype CDMA iPhone in Device Verification Test phase.  —  The photos, which were obtained by the blogger Richy Rich, may serve …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Salesforce.com's Benioff unplugged: Supervendors suck, Oracle, Zuckerberg as Gates  —  Salesforce.com Marc Benioff knocked so-called supervendors, their long lists of acquisitions and approach to innovation in a Gartner keynote that walked the line between a stand-up act and a pep rally for the cloud.
Discussion: ReadWriteCloud
malcolm coles:
Google adds shared by number to Google news results  —  Google seems to be experimenting with adding a “Shared by [number]” stat next to Google News results - so you can see how popular each story is on Twitter etc.  Here's a screenshot - you can see “Shared by 5+” next to the news source:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
In The Wake Of Bing & Facebook, Google Web Search Tests Getting More Social
Discussion: NewsGrange and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Kim Hart / The Politico:
Tech industry waits for President Obama
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kiva Partners With Visa To Expand Micro-Loans To U.S. Small Businesses
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Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
Bezos-Backed Doxo Launches Paperless Billing Service
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint admits losing WiMax users early on
Discussion: PC World
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Head of Mobile, North America Leaves, As U.S. Unit Reorgs
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Jean Harvey / TiVo Blog:
Pandora Now Available on TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD boxes
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Changes Photo Memories to No Longer Show Your Ex-Boyfriends …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Clears CAPTCHA-Breaking Case for Criminal Trial
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Bloomberg:
EMC Third-Quarter Profit Climbs 58% on Storage Demand
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What If Google's Social Layer Is Chrome?  What If Facebook Builds A Browser?
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