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12:20 PM ET, October 23, 2010


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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer: Riskiest product bet by Microsoft is the ‘next release of Windows’  —  When you're in the on-stage interview hot seat, sometimes you may say things you regret.  And sometimes you speak the truth.  —  My ZDNet colleague Larry Dignan covered Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's hot-seat appearance …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Starbucks CIO shows why next version of Windows is “risky business” for Microsoft  —  Starbucks CIO, Stephen Gillett, and I had breakfast on Wednesday.  He showed me Starbucks new Digital Network, which will pop up on the screen if you sign in on wifi at any of Starbucks US stores. 30 million people a month do that.
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Credit Cards Soon to Get a Makeover  —  The simple credit card is about to get a makeover.  —  Next month, Citibank will begin testing a card that has two buttons and tiny lights that allow users to choose at the register whether they want to pay with rewards points or credit, at most any merchant they please.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wikileaks Hacked By “Very Skilled” Attackers Prior To Iraq Doc Release  —  Update: Ahead of schedule, Wikileaks has published its latest leak: nearly 400,000 Iraq War documents.  —  Someone is trying to spring a leak in Wikileaks.  —  As the whistle-blower organization prepared earlier …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Where Does Adobe Go From Here?  —  Its been a bit of a rough year for Adobe Systems.  —  The company was pummeled in a very public fight over its software with Apple and its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.  —  After a number of attempts to sway Apple's opinion, Adobe seemed to give …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Is No Longer Bundling Flash Player With Mac OS X  —  The gist of the “Back to the Mac” theme of Apple's press event this week is that the iPhone was derived from Mac OS X, the iPad from the iPhone, and now some of the good ideas from iOS are going back to the Mac.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?  —  We've been talking about the next version of Android — (still) unofficially dubbed Gingerbread — as far back as a year ago — months before Froyo was ever announced.  But what we haven't really known was what version number it will be.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Twitter Going Back to the Funding Well for a Giant New Round?  —  Twitter, which has raised $160 million in its four-year history, may end up more than doubling that total: The messaging service is mulling yet another funding round that could see it raise more than $200 million.
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.
Anne Ward Ernst / Mercury News:
Mozilla pays 12-year-old San Jose boy for hunting bugs in system  —  It's safe to say a typical Willow Glen 12-year-old doesn't earn $3,000 for a couple of weeks' worth of work.  Then again, Alex Miller is no typical 12-year-old.  —  Alex is a bug hunter, but the bugs he's uncovering …
Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, Apps Leak User Data  —  Site Sends Personal IDs When Ads Are Clicked, a Journal Investigation Finds  —  MySpace and some popular applications on the social-networking site have been transmitting information to outside advertising companies that could be used to identify users, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ: ‘Ridiculous’ to Say We Killed Tough MySpace Story
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed
Kent German / CNET News:
Call centers connected to Verizon staff up  —  The January release of a Verizon iPhone remains unconfirmed, but we may have still more grist for the ever-churning rumor mill.  Call centers connected to the wireless carrier and Apple are hiring hundred of new positions over the next three months …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Talent Bleed At Palm Continues As Dev Leads Leave To Battle Closed Web “Dictatorships”  —  Back in August, while we were in the middle of confirming an exodus of talent from Palm after their acquisition by HP, I specifically asked them about the status of two guys: Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer.
Discussion: Electronista
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Why IPv6?  Vint Cerf keeps blaming himself  —  Impending exhaustion of IPv4 addresses ‘my fault,’ he says ... regularly  —  Are you struggling with or dreading the thought of IPv6?  —  If so, Vint Cerf, much-decorated “Father of the Internet,” wants you to know that it's OK to blame him.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Employees Get Google's 20% Time... For The Entire Next Week  —  Well this is sort of interesting.  Apparently, Twitter has just kicked off something they're calling their “Hack Week”.  But instead of it being a time when various third-party developers get together to hack on things off …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?  —  If we're reading correctly, this patent filed in March is multiplayer gaming network Zynga's application for the control of non-redeemable virtual currency and/or poker chips bought with real currency in virtual games, a.k.a US Patent Application #20100227675 …
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:evelynrusli
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Twitter's “Similar to You” could outdo “Who to Follow” for suggestions [TNW Social Media]  —  Over the last couple of days, we noticed what seemed to be a new recommendation feature on Twitter called “Similar to You”.  We reached out to Twitter just now to ask about it …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Technolicious and TechCrunch
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Piracy domain seizure bill gains support
Discussion: Slyck
 Earlier Items: 
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
The iPhone is the worst...  In my line of work, cell phones come …
CBS News:
Sean Parker: War on Music Piracy is a Failure
Discussion: The Daily Beast and VentureBeat
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report: China hijacked U.S. Internet data
Discussion: The Local and Bloomberg
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Texas slaps Amazon with $269M bill for uncollected sales taxes

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