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5:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Apple devs get new iPhone, Snow Leopard pre-releases  —  Apple developers this weekend are enthusiastically reporting that they've been provided with new test releases of the both the next iPhone software update and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.  —  iPhone Software 2.2 beta 2
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPhone Software 2.2 to add public transit & walking directions  —  The next version of Apple's iPhone software will not only introduce Street Views to the handset's Maps application, but also provide bus, train and walking directions, a series of new photos reveal.  —  Public Transit Directions
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is Twitter the next Netscape?  —  Fred Wilson in his famous answer compared Twitter to Google when it was a pre-revenue startup.  A nice problem to have, for sure, but what if Twitter is more like Netscape than Google?  —  I was a web developer when Microsoft passed Netscape.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Alex Payne / Twitter Technology Blog:
We Got Data  —  There are lots of ways to get data into and out of Twitter.
Discussion: Channel 10
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Realtime wars pick up speed
Discussion: FriendFeed Blog
Agence France Presse:
Terrorist ‘tweets’?  US Army warns of Twitter dangers  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A draft US Army intelligence report has identified the popular micro-blogging service Twitter, Global Positioning System maps and voice-changing software as potential terrorist tools.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G1's POP3/IMAP Email Is Down  —  Over on the T-Mobile forums, there's a massive thread about the G1's totally borked POP3/IMAP email service.  Looks like receiving, sending, and even just checking email results in a nasty connection error for just about everyone (one user estimates 95%).
Discussion: TmoNews and Boy Genius Report
Phone Arena:
Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!  —  Verizon “Big Red” Wireless wants to be better than Santa and prepares a bunch of hot new phones for the Holidays, an internal document tells us.  We've heard about them in earlier rumors, but here is the real deal:
Andrew Moseman / Popular Mechanics:
Scientists Fixing Hubble Contend With Antiquated Computers  —  NASA scientists trying to find out what went wrong during last week's repair of the Hubble Space Telescope find themselves dealing with 486 processors and other outdated computer technology.  But sometimes, mission managers say …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Tom Simonite / Short Sharp Science:
Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans  —  The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses.  At least, it did mine.  They are looking for contractors to provide a “Multi-Robot Pursuit System” that will let packs of robots “search for and detect a non-cooperative human”.
Leslie Poston / Mashable!:
People Search Site 123people Goes International  —  123people is a people search engine that has been in private beta since February of this year.  Originally covering only Europe, the company is throwing open its doors to international people searches with a US launch and going into open beta today.
Discussion: Rev2.org and Webware.com
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
In search of the smart phone laptop  —  Palm tried it with Foleo and failed; will Apple do better?  —  Computerworld) In the past two years, cell phone and laptop companies have unveiled breathtaking innovations — from 24-hour battery laptops to dual-screen laptops to “augmented reality” cell phone applications.
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem, by the Numbers  —  Microsoft reported a reassuringly solid quarter in tough times on Thursday, but its Windows business looked weak.  —  The big Windows unit reported a 2 percent rise in revenue and 4 percent decline in operating income.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Five reasons to buy Yahoo stock  —  The struggling Internet company may look like a basket case but now's the time to jump in.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — Here's why you should buy, not bail, on Yahoo.  —  1. Eventually, management will get tossed.  —  Starting with the least scientific …
 
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Next-gen mobile broadband tech tops 100Mbps in Ericsson test
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia trials national net filters
Eric Lai / PC World:
In Satellite Photo Resolution Race, Who's Winning?
BBC:
iTunes glitch censors song titles
Discussion: CrunchGear, ringtonia.com and MacNN
The Technium:
Evidence of a Global SuperOrganism
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Surprise, Surprise: E-Voting Glitches Found In Early Voting
Discussion: CNN, Slashdot and Daily Kos
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
New Facebook Design: Running the Numbers on Applications
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pro Does Not Support 8GB RAM (for now)
Discussion: digg.com
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Twitter bug reveals private messages
Discussion: Startup Meme