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4:15 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 …
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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 and Pulse2, Thanks:scobleizer
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
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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.
Rafe / rc3.org:
The future of Java on the Mac platform  —  Yesterday, I talked about what we might be able to infer from Apple's decision to deprecate Java and prohibit Java applications from the Mac App Store in terms of the future of the Mac as an open platform.  Today, I want to round up some links …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars: report  —  (Reuters) - Italy's privacy regulator has told Google Inc it will have to make sure its “Street View” photo-collecting cars are clearly marked and their itinerary is publicized, a daily newspaper reported on Saturday.
Discussion: PC Magazine
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.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley gains jobs year over year for the first time in almost two years  —  For the first time in nearly two years, Silicon Valley in September had more jobs than at the same time in the previous year, a potential turning point for the local economy.
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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.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:   Where Does Adobe Go From Here?  —  Its been a bit of a rough year for Adobe Systems.
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Setting our own Direction; Ben and I to move on from Palm  —  When we joined Palm, we were excited to join the intersection of mobile and Web.  It has been fascinating to see how that seam has grown over a very short period of time.  The device landscape has exploded and developers have amazing …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Talent Bleed At Palm Continues As Dev Leads Leave To Battle Closed …
Discussion: Electronista and PreCentral.net
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ: ‘Ridiculous’ to Say We Killed Tough MySpace Story  —  It would be pretty scandalous if The Wall Street Journal were to publish a hard-hitting story about Facebook's failure to protect its users' privacy and only to kill a similar story about MySpace, a corporate sibling of the Journal under the News Corp. umbrella.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US right now …
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:
Twitter's “Similar to You” …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Employees Get Google's 20% Time... For The Entire Next Week
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Did Facebook Just Move to Kill Off Orkut?
Discussion: Technolicious and TechCrunch
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
CoverPad For The iPad Makes Your Blog Feel Like Flipboard
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Piracy domain seizure bill gains support
Discussion: Slyck
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Google TV Root: First Signs & Possibilities
 

 
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