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6:10 PM ET, October 23, 2010


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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.
Discussion: Scripting News, Screenwerk and Pulse2, Thanks:scobleizer
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 …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
How Google TV Could Hand Netflix the entire streaming universe  —  I personally can't think of anything stupider for the big broadcast networks to do than give their shows to Google for free.  Why ?  Because they are finally getting BILLIONS of dollars in retransmission fees from their distributors.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix and Stowe Boyd
Om Malik / GigaOM:
There is No New Media: It's All New Consumption  —  “The most ominous of fallacies-the belief that things can be kept static by inaction.”  -Freyda Stark  —  So, now television broadcasters are blocking Google TV from getting access to the content they're putting online.
Discussion: TeleRead and NewTeeVee
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US right now, one is not a discount (update)  —  When CEO Reed Hastings called Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail,” he wasn't messing around, as the company's quietly made streaming-only plans a reality on US shores.
Discussion: Electronista
Cade Metz / The Register:
Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense  —  Java daddy deprecates Apple cult leader  —  Steve Jobs has apparently weighed into the debate over Apple's decision to deprecate Java on the Mac, and his terse explanation was promptly deprecated by Java founder James Gosling.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The new king of Apple analysts  —  He's a Romanian blogger with a Harvard MBA who lives in Finland.  Go figure.  —  Horace Dediu.  Photo: Rami Salle  —  What if you took all the estimates by all the analysts who write about Apple (AAPL) — and there are dozens — and ranked them by how closely …
Discussion: asymco
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
End Of An Era: Sony Stops Manufacturing Cassette Walkmans  —  Truth be told, I wasn't aware Sony was still producing cassette Walkmans.  But the company today announced it will stop manufacturing and selling these devices in Japan - after 30 years.  Sony says the final lot was shipped …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Is Google Broken?  Sites Big & Small Seeing Indexing Problems  —  No one seems to be immune from a Google indexing problem that has many site owners baffled.  Blogs and websites, big and small, aren't being indexed as quickly as they normally are — if they're being indexed at all.
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web, Guardian, Pulse2 and p2pnet, Thanks:forbestech
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.
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Marketers Can Glean Private Data on Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Online advertising offers marketers the chance to aim ads at very specific groups of people — say, golf players in Illinois who make more than $150,000 a year and vacation in Hawaii.  —  But two recent academic papers show …
Discussion: Gawker and TechCrunch
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley gains jobs year over year for the first time in almost two years
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Discussion: PC Magazine
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Why IPv6? Vint Cerf keeps blaming himself
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:evelynrusli
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
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