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10:55 AM ET, September 28, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple's Apps Flying Off the Virtual Shelves: 6.6 Million Downloads Per Day  —  Another milestone Apple is happy to brag about: It says it has served up 2 billion apps for the iPhone and iPod touch from its iTunes store.  —  How do we put that in context?  A couple different ways.
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Apple's App Store Downloads Top Two Billion  —  More Than 85,000 Apps Now Available for iPhone & iPod touch  —  Apple® today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With Google Places, Concerns Rise That Google Just Wants To Link To Its Own Content  —  One of the original goals of Google has always been to help people find the information they are looking for and get out of the way as fast as possible.  It was a point of pride, and in fact a design principle …
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Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Xerox Buys Affiliated Computer Services For $5.75 billion  —  Another big Monday merger with echoes of last week's purchase of Perot Systems by Dell.  —  NORWALK, Conn. & DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX - News) and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS - News) …
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Xerox Corp said on Monday it will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc for $6.4 billion in a cash and stock deal that expands the copier company into technology outsourcing and data management.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Unearths A Secret: Journalists Have Opinions  —  “All Washington Post journalists relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens.  Post journalists must recognize that any content associated with them in an online social network is, for practical purposes …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WaPo's Social Media Guidelines Paint Staff Into Virtual Corner; Full Text of Guidelines  —  Late Friday afternoon, Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Senior Editor Milton Coleman sent a memo to the staff with a social media policy—effectively immediately—aimed at staffers' use of …
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple ends iPhone exclusive distribution deal in the UK ... US next?  —  Cellphone provider Orange has announced a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in the UK, a move which will see the end of O2's exclusive deal.  How long until Apple does the same in the US?  —  The announcement is short and to the point:
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009  —  UK would-be iPhone users desperate to avoid O2's network can take heart in the fact that rival network Orange have just announced they will be offering the iPhone 3GS later this year.  The Orange iPhone 3GS is yet to be priced …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On “Moving The Needle”  —  Last week we showed the highlights and 10+ minutes of video footage of an exclusive hour-long TechCrunch interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  Now for the rest of that interview.  The video was just a teaser.
Kirby Chien / Reuters:
Unicom says to sell iPhones in China from October  —  China Unicom, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, said on Monday Apple's popular iPhone would be sold in China from October at a retail price of 5,000 yuan ($732.5).  —  Eight service packages will be available for iPhones ranging …
 
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
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Find the answer to anything with StackExchange
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The coming tablet wars
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