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8:05 AM ET, October 25, 2010

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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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Rapleaf Knows About You: WSJ Reports  —  Last week, I pointed out that in the recent brouhaha over privacy and Facebook, the real culprit was San Francisco-based identity and information aggregator, Rapleaf.  And then I explained how the company gathers information …
Auren Hoffman / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf, Personalization, and Privacy
Discussion: Digits
Julia Angwin / Digits:   Privacy Advocate Withdraws from RapLeaf Advisory Board
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shunned By Apple, Adobe Embraces Android With AIR 2.5  —  Apple keeps giving Adobe the brush-off—what with the new MacBook Airs shipping without Flash and Apple's prohibition (recently rescinded) on porting Flash apps to the iPhone.  Without Apple, industry observers are asking “Where does Adobe go from here?”
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.
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Tobias Kemper / Nimbuzz Main Blog:
What the Skype/Nimbuzz Breakup Means To You  —  Yes, it's true.  Skype will no longer be accessible via Nimbuzz starting October 31, 2010.  Why?  Skype asked us to remove support for their service.  —  In 2008 we started working on creating a free mobile communications service …
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 …
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Is this the new Nook Color?  —  This image is part of a Nook Color accessory product page on the Barnes & Noble website.  —  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.
Zee / The Next Web:
Apple to Invest in Facebook?  Facebook says “No”.  —  Earlier today Mashable broke a rumor that Facebook would be taking investment from Apple in a new Series E round of funding.  Understandably, twitter is abuzz with discussion but a sharp response from Facebook's Director …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Help Net Security and codebutler, Thanks:evolvetom
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
UberCab Ordered to Cease And Desist  —  Did Ubercab just crash and burn?  Taxi and limo industry insiders in California today informed TechCrunch that the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority & the Public Utilities Commission of California have ordered the startup to cease and desist.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Digital Letter
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   UberCab Cease & Desist Means One Thing: They're Onto Something
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 …
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 …
Larry M. Elkin / The Business Insider:
Mandatory FM Radio: A Dumb Idea For Smart Phones  —  Do you wish you could use your cutting-edge, Internet-enabled smart phone to receive FM radio broadcasts, like a transistor radio that you (or your parents) owned decades ago?  —  Me neither.  —  Well, shame on us for being so selfish and narrow-minded.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google's Self-Driving Car  —  I want one!  You probably do, too.  So do millions of readers of John Markoff's October 21st NY Times piece on Google's revolutionary cars that drive themselves—in traffic!  (More drooling on this ABC News video here.)  —  Is this really real, or is it a demo …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Andy M. Zaky / Fortune:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Adobe Featured Blogs:
Introducing the Public Preview of Project ROME, a Content Creation …
Discussion: Download Squad, PC World and BlogsDNA
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft says Windows 8 roughly two years away
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog