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1:45 PM ET, October 25, 2010


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Ray Ozzie:
Dawn of a New Day  —  To: Executive Staff and direct reports  —  Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company.  In the opening section of that memo …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's outgoing Chief Software Architect on the ‘post-PC world’  —  Ray Ozzie may be a lame duck at this point, as he will soon be leaving his Chief Software Architect post at Microsoft.  But that hasn't stopped him from publishing an updated assessment of Microsoft's strategy and products.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Web Pioneer Profiles Users by Name  —  In the weeks before the New Hampshire primary last month, Linda Twombly of Nashua says she was peppered with online ads for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Bender.  —  It was no accident.  An online tracking company called RapLeaf Inc. had correctly identified …
Auren Hoffman / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf, Personalization, and Privacy
Discussion: Digits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Rapleaf Knows About You: WSJ Reports
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Privacy Advocate Withdraws from RapLeaf Advisory Board
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Schmidt: Don't Like Google Street View Photographing Your House?  Then Move. … Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company's “policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”  And while that may be true of Google, it's clearly not true of Schmidt who lately …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe announces Air 2.5 for TVs, tablets and phones, launches Adobe InMarket to package apps  —  Adobe's making a serious play for the app space today, and it's not limiting itself to phones — its new Air cross-platform runtime environment is designed to toss apps on your smart televisions and tablets as well.
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Samsung Galaxy Tab headed to Best Buy: $499 and up, Sprint, Verizon, silver/black, WiFi-only, WiFi + 3G  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released in the US next month, as you know, but who knew that Best Buy wanted in on the action?  The store is already advertising the 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Demands Mobile App Nimbuzz Remove Support, Effective October 31st  —  Exclusive: Nimbuzz, a popular mobile communication service provider, has been asked by Skype to remove support for all Skype services as from October 31st.  —  The startup will be announcing the news to its 30 million or so registered users later today.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: New, Cheaper Kindle Has Already Beat Last Year's Christmas Sales  —  Here's another ambiguous sales dump from Amazon, which still has never disclosed how many Kindle e-readers it has actually sold.  —  Amazon just said it has already moved more units of this year's cheaper Kindle …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Digg Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Departs for Start-Up  —  Chas Edwards (pictured here), the publisher and chief revenue officer for Digg, the social news discovery service, is leaving the San Francisco company, according to sources.  —  The exec, who came to Digg …
Discussion: paidContent and Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Direct certification begins today, device-to-device transmission starting soon  —  So, Bluetooth — last fall didn't end up being as frightful as you had probably imagined, but this fall is bound to be different.  Or so the Wi-Fi Alliance says.  If you'll recall, Wi-Fi Direct promised …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft vs. Apple: Who's winning?  The numbers don't lie  —  Microsoft has been at the top of the heap for almost as long as people have used PCs.  They've managed to sustain an overwhelming competitive advantage, even after a decade's worth of antitrust action and the astonishing transformation …
Discussion: Fortune and
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
Google Sets New Internet Traffic Record  —  In their earnings call last week, Google announced a record 2010 third-quarter revenue of $7.29 billion (up 23% from last year).  The market rejoiced and Google shares shot past $615 giving the company a market cap of more than $195 billion.
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is this the new Nook Color?  —  A few days ago, we posted a story about Barnes & Noble's next-generation Nook e-reader, which an anonymous tipster claimed would be a $249 touch-screen, Android-based color e-reader called the Nook Color.  Now a second tipster has alerted us to an image …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Jobs: There won't be a ‘mute-switch becomes an orientation lock’ option for iPad  —  Back in January 2010 Apple announced that the hardware switch on the side of the iPad would be a mute switch, just like on the iPhone.  Then, closer to the product's launch in March of this year …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
VLC now available for iPhone  —  We had a look at the VLC player for iPhone last week but now it is available for general consumption.  While there are some issues, you can now play a much wider array of movie formats on the iPhone.  Download here free.  —  What's New in Version 1.1.0:
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
App Makers Take Interest in Android  —  There was cold beer, hot pizza and shop talk at a recent informal gathering of Android programmers in downtown Manhattan.  Inevitably the chatter turned to money.  —  One software developer, James Englert, 26, had just released his first application for Android …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Firesheep In Wolves' Clothing: Extension Lets You Hack Into Twitter, Facebook Accounts Easily  —  It seems like every time Facebook amends its privacy policy, the web is up in arms.  The truth is, Facebook's well publicized privacy fight is nothing compared to the vulnerability of all unsecured HTTP sites …
Zijing Wu / Bloomberg:
Russian Facebook Investor Seeks $876 Million in IPO  — Group Ltd., a Russian internet company with stakes in Facebook Inc. and Zynga Game Network Inc., is seeking as much as $5.7 billion in an initial public offering in London.  —, partly owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov …
Logitech Revue Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.Featured Guide This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.The Logitech Revue is the first set-top box device on the market with Google TV.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Former Oracle President Phillips Lands C.E.O. Gig at Infor  —  It took Charles E. Phillips Jr., the former co-president of Oracle, all of about six weeks to find a new job.  —  On Monday, Mr. Phillips, who stepped down from his Oracle post last month, will show up as the new chief executive of Infor …
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WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil
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