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5:00 PM ET, October 22, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Creating stronger privacy controls inside Google  —  In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted WiFi payload data (information sent over networks) using our Street View cars.  We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we're acutely aware that we failed badly here.
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Reuters:
Google says Street View cars got email, passwords  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc acknowledged that a fleet of cars equipped with wireless equipment inadvertently collected emails and passwords of computer users in various countries, and said it was changing its privacy practices.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Tour Of How Networks Have Blocked Google TV  —  After less than a week since its release, three of America's largest television networks have started blocking Google TV.  Sort of.  While ABC and CBS keep Google TV viewers out, as does Hulu, NBC actually still seems to let them in.
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google in talks to unblock access to TV websites  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their websites on Google TV, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Three of the biggest U.S. television broadcasters have blocked …
Andrew Baron / TechCrunch:
The Future Of TV Is HTML
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
CBS and NBC now back on GoogleTV?
Discussion: Engadget, Yahoo! News, DSLreports and ZDNet
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds on missing Flash in new MacBook Airs, says get used to it  —  The other day, we reported on the fact that those tiny new MacBook Airs are shipping without a pre-installed version of Flash.  Based on Apple's recent, vocal anti-Flash opinions, we took it as a sign that the company …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Click Here If You've Never Seen President Obama Sign An iPad Before  —  First thing you'll notice about this picture is how utterly relaxed the Barack Obama T-shirt sporting young man holding an iPad seems to be, compared to just about everyone in his immediate neighborhood.
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Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
President Obama meets with Apple's Steve Jobs, heads to Palo Alto fundraisers  —  On a West Coast swing to help embattled Democrats, President Barack Obama on Thursday stopped in the Bay Area for the one thing this high-powered region can provide: money.  —  Reports indicate the visit scored big …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Reaching for the Cloud With MacBook Air and N.C. Data Center  —  Steve Jobs says the MacBook Air is the future of the MacBook and the future of the notebook as well.  But if that's to be the case, the machine-and Apple's ecosystem-needs to evolve a bit more to appeal to that strata …
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Foursquare Blog:
One small step for man, one giant check-in for mankind  —  Part of the founding mission of NASA is to inspire the next generation of explorers.  While we're not exploring the solar system, our idea behind foursquare is actually pretty similar: we want to help people explore.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Sorry, Windows Phone 7 app makers: the camera's off-limits  —  As developers decide whether and how to support Microsoft's nascent mobile OS, some have found that creating augmented reality and video chat apps isn't possible, at least for now.  —  For Microsoft (MSFT) …
Discussion: The Next Web and WPCentral.com
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Windows Phone 7: The Ars Review
Discussion: Bits, SAI and OSNews
Jason Boog / mediabistro.com:
Amazon to Introduce Lending for Kindle  —  Amazon will soon allow readers to loan Kindle books to other users-one crucial feature that many readers have sought.  —  Amazon shared the news in a note to Kindle readers: “later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Zatz Not Funny!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Our Friends Over At GigaOm Just Raised Another $2.5 Million  —  Om Malik, well-respected journalist and founder of technology news blog network Giga Omni Media and its flagship blog GigaOm, broke the news about us being acquired by AOL about a month ago now.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Okay, We Got More Money
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed  —  A few days ago the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about a supposed Facebook privacy breach.  We and others noted that the article was complete rubbish.  —  We also noted that the Wall Street Journal's sister company …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
R.I.P. Chatroulette: A Sad Tale of Missed Opportunity  —  Remember Chatroulette?  It's hard to believe that barely eight months ago the anonymous video chat site had everyone captivated.  Venture capitalists clamored to invest, journalists tripped over one another to profile—and now Chatroulette is dying, unused and unloved.
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Apple Passes RIM In Global Smartphone Share  —  Despite Steve Job's obvious distaste for the company, Research in Motion (RIM) has long remained ahead of Apple in the global smartphone market.  Not any longer, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which yesterday reported …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Texas slaps Amazon with $269M bill for uncollected sales taxes  —  I'm taking a closer look at Amazon.com's SEC filing on its third-quarter financial results, and just noticed an interesting development under “Other Contingencies.”  According to Amazon, last month the state of Texas issued …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones  —  Today at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 finally (finally!) official, rings up at $799  —  Nope, you're not dreaming, but feel free to pinch yourself, rub your eyes or take a cold shower!  You've read right — the HP Slate is finally official, and after all the teasing, back and forth, and (very recent) leaks …
Zach Holman:
Facelette: On TechCrunch in Three Hours and $0  —  Yesterday, Apple announced FaceTime for Mac.  A couple hours later, I launched Facelette, which is basically like Chat Roulette for FaceTime.  Post your FaceTime ID, we'll hook you up with a stranger, and you eagerly FaceTime with them.
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Hyper-V to be compatible with OpenStack  —  IDG News Service - In an effort to spur cloud adoption, Microsoft is making an unusual move: participating in an open-source project.  —  On Friday, Cloud.com said that it is working with Microsoft to make the open-source OpenStack project compatible …
Discussion: eWeek
Royal Pingdom:
The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000  —  It doesn't feel like 2000 was all that long ago, does it?  But on the Internet, a decade is a long time.  Ten years ago we were in the era of the dot-com boom (and bust), the Web was strictly 1.0, and Google was just a baby.
 
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CBS News:
Sean Parker: War on Music Piracy is a Failure
Discussion: VentureBeat and PreCentral.net
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report: China hijacked U.S. Internet data
Discussion: Bloomberg
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ustream Lets Users Set Up Their Own Pay Per View And Ad Free Broadcasting
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SCVNGR Relaunches Apps As Location Wars Heat Up
Chris / cdixon.org:
Online privacy: what's at stake
Discussion: Adotas
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Piracy-Fighting Music Search Engine For Indian Users Now Live
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Microsoft puts PC game downloads in the browser
Michael T. Jones / Google LatLong:
History in the Unmaking  —  Few events in human history have the scale of World War II.
Discussion: Search Engine Land