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8:45 AM ET, October 31, 2010


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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
One in Five Facebook Employees Has No Imagination Whatsoever  —  Whoa!  Shocking news, guys.  An engineer left Google for Facebook.  The great Lars Rasmussen, creator of Google Maps and Google Wave, quit Google Thursday to join Facebook.  This has, admittedly, happened before.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are You A Pirate?  —  I read blog posts by Don Dodge and Glenn Kelman today about people jumping from Google to Facebook and it got me thinking about entrepreneurs.  —  Most people have an aversion to risk, my college economics professor told me.  Which means they have to be rewarded to take on that risk.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Will Facebook have an IPO bounce?  Has 409A changed the game?  —  The conventional wisdom is that you join a hot startup pre-IPO to get the low priced stock options.  Techcrunch reports that some people are joining Facebook now to get in on pre-IPO shares.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files Lawsuit against Motorola to Defend Multi-Touch  —  The inevitable: When Motorola preemptively launched their declaration judgment action against Apple earlier this month, we knew that Apple was likely to launch multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola once …
Apple countersues Motorola over multi-touch iPhone patents
Discussion: Engadget
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Investor Defends New ‘Tweet’ Usage Rules  —  Twitter is taking heat in the tech blogosphere (here and here) over its new guidelines about how others can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet.”  Now some well-known technology investors are also saying “Hey, Twitter, enough of this.”
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Hey, Twitter, Enough Of This Crap About “Here's How You Can Use The Word Tweet”  —  Twitter has issued new rules about how the rest of us can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet,” MG Siegler of TechCrunch tells us.  —  And the rules are right out of a handbook on how to take yourself way too seriously.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and TechCrunch
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why Twitter's C.E.O. Demoted Himself  —  AT the annual South by Southwest gathering of techies in Austin, Tex., in March, conference organizers had chosen a hangar-size room to accommodate their star speaker: Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, the messaging and social networking site that had become a digital phenomenon.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
On Google Growing Up, Losing Employees & Being The New “California”  —  Google's lost yet another high profile employee, apparently to Facebook.  Another sign that Google's slipping, to some.  Perhaps.  For me, Google has become the new “California,” stealing that role away from Yahoo.
Discussion: Delimiter and Techie Buzz
Aram Bartholl:
“Dead Drops” preview  —  I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks.  ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.  I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iOS May Soon Be Gone From the App Store Due To Videolan's Complaint  —  VLC, the popular media player for Windows, Mac and Linux that landed on the iPad in September and on the iPhone last week, may soon be gone from the App Store.  Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of VLC …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When the Assembly Line Moves Online  —  DO one assigned task on your computer.  It shouldn't take you more than two seconds.  Repeat 14,399 times.  Congratulations!  Your eight-hour work day is complete.  —  No such workplace yet exists, but with the fiendishly clever creation of standardized …
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Real Men Use Android: Special Forces Favor Google Phone  —  The Army is 20 years and a half-billion dollars into a star-crossed effort to build custom communications and digital-mapping gadgets for its soldiers.  Special Operations Command, on the other hand, is taking a simpler approach: They're planning to use Android phones.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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