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1:40 AM ET, September 28, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010  —  Remember how Intel showed off its new, advanced optical standard — Light Peak — this past week on a Hackintosh?  Well it turns out there's more to that story than you probably know …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple up to its old tricks, pushing unwanted software onto PCs  —  I don't own a lot of Apple products.  My wife has an iPhone (she loves it), but I don't.  I have an iPod Nano that I keep around for compatibility testing, but I haven't plugged it into a PC in this office in more than a year.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Zune HD: The best portable media player you may never buy  —  On Friday, I bought a Zune HD 32, so that you wouldn't have to.  —  On Monday, I may return it.  —  The Zune HD is perhaps the best portable media player released by any vendor — even better than iPod touch.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Where Are Google Places Pages Going?  To the Index?  —  Last week when Google Map's new Place's pages were introduced it was noted that they were not going to be indexed (there is a great discussion going on at Greg's blog now) leaving the impression amongst many that they would sit, isolated, in the Maps siloh.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Critics: AT&T griping over Google Voice a “red herring”  —  They're calling it a “political stunt” and “a bid to undermine Web-based competition.”  So what is it?  A new deep packet inspection gadget or astroturf group?  An inflammatory youtube video?  Nope.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Bits
Howard Lindzon:
Deep Twitter Thoughts—How Would You Spend Twitter's $100 million?  —  Yahoo is spending $100 million on an ad campaign.  It should spend the money on a documentary to teach brands how to piss money away and ignore your customers.  —  Now Twitter has $100 million.
Discussion: cdixon.org, Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Sprint Banks on WiMax to Win Back Market Share  —  Sprint Nextel has taken to boasting that it offers “the first wireless 4G network.”  —  What does that mean?  Sprint's advertisements do not say.  The company assumes that most people, dizzy from the tornado of technobabble …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Find the answer to anything with StackExchange  —  When you hear the word “forum”, what comes to mind?  Ugly websites, lengthy wait times, dead ends, and 1999.  —  The guys behind Stack Overflow have redefined the web forum into something interactive, easy-to-use, and surprisingly reactive.
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
You're not on Twitter's suggested user list but you are in good company:  —  OK, so when Twitter came out with its Suggested User List I went through a bunch of emotions.  Hatred.  Jealousy.  Self loathing.  Blaming.  Anger.  Denial.  All that kind of stuff.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
RIM Working on a Native Twitter Client... Should They?!  —  A while back now I heard that RIM was working on their own Twitter client (project banshee) and with some word of it starting to surface today figured it was about to time drop some details.  It'll be a BIS-B Push based handheld …
Discussion: Mashable! and BlackBerry Sync
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The coming tablet wars  —  I'm going to try writing longer form stuff for the weekends, sort of to stretch the old mental legs a bit and share a bit of the stuff that is floating through my transom, man, about tech and especially mobile and portable electronics.  —  Come back with me to 2001.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:atul
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Post Editor Ends Tweets as New Guidelines Are Issued  —  As tweets on Twitter, they're pretty innocuous.  —  “We can incur all sorts of federal deficits for wars and what not,” read a recent one.  “But we have to promise not to increase it by $1 for healthcare reform?  Sad.”
Discussion: paidContent and Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
 
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Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Australian Education Department Seeks To Build ‘Unhackable’ Netbook Network
Discussion: iTnews.com.au and Slashdot
Brad Stone / Bits:
Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers?
Discussion: Internet2Go and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Polly Curtis / Guardian:
‘Robot’ computer to mark English essays
Discussion: Slashdot
Jason Robitaille / PreCentral.net:
Video Recording On The Pre: Seeing Is Believing
Discussion: I4U News
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viagra spam brings bulging returns of more than $4,000/day
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The worst Microsoft ads of all time
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Fernicola / Chicago Bar-tender:
Facebook lawsuit: Mom, son say pranksters setup racist, sexual profile
Discussion: Mashable!, NBC Bay Area and digg.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Share the Moment and Spread the Wealth
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
A Brilliant Open Letter Song On Piracy To Lily Allen
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com, Techgeist and digg.com
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mozilla coders are misguided over App Store criticisms
Discussion: Electronista