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2:05 PM ET, September 28, 2009

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Apple:
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.
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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: The company says it has served up two billion apps for the iPhone and iPod touch from its iTunes store.  —  How do we put that in context?  A couple different ways.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Faces Tougher Test in Rollout to 100K Users  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google's Wave collaboration platform will soon face its first true test when the company rolls it out to 100,000 consumer and business users.  Perhaps the biggest mystery is what companies will do to build on top of the Wave platform.
Discussion: DailyTech, Maximum PC and FierceVoIP
Business Wire:
Xerox to Acquire Affiliated Computer Services  —  NORWALK, Conn. & DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX - News) and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS - News) today announced a definitive agreement for Xerox to acquire ACS in a cash and stock transaction valued …
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion
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 …
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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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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's $100 Million TV Ad  —  Don't say they didn't warn you: Last week, Yahoo formally rolled out its new $100 million-plus marketing campaign.  Today, the TV ads begin.  Here's what you'll be getting if you watch AMC, ESPN, USA, Comedy Central, Bravo or any of the broadcast networks in the U.S. (Live in the U.K. or India?
Discussion: paidContent
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey invested in Foursquare  —  Twitter just closed a massive funding round that reportedly has given it a billion-dollar valuation.  Meanwhile, co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey is making investments of his own: he's one of the undisclosed angel investors …
Discussion: Mashable! and FierceVoIP
Phone Arena:
The Motorola Sholes A855 passes the FCC, next stop Verizon as the Tao?  —  Published on: Yesterday by PhoneArena Team  —  According to the FCC site, the Motorola Sholes A855 has passed testing.  When going through the available files, we see that the Sholes A855 will not only support EVDO Rev A …
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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
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Online electronics store NewEgg files for $175M IPO  —  NewEgg, a consumer-facing online retailer that sells computer components and other electronics, including software, digital cameras, cell phones and laptops, has filed to go public, expecting to raise $175 million, reports PE Hub.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Lenovo vows ‘unbelievably’ fast Windows 7 boots  —  Business PCs will boot up to 56% faster  —  Computerworld - Lenovo Group Ltd. is staking an early claim to potentially key turf in the Windows 7 gold-rush: the PC vendor boasting the fastest boot-up and shutdown times.
Discussion: geeksmack.net
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Helios: Another Microsoft operating system project to watch  —  Microsoft's researchers are working on yet another operating-system research project which can trace its roots to the company's Singularity project.  This new operating system, known as Helios, is a heterogeneous multiprocessing platform built around satellite kernels.
Mallary Jean Tenore / poynter.org:
AP Stylebook iPhone App Launches Today, a Hybrid of Print & Online Versions  —  In recent months, the AP Stylebook has made headlines for adding Twitter and other techy terms to its list of entries, increasing its print sales and redesigning its Web site.  Now, in an attempt to reach …
Discussion: Editor and Publisher
Laura June / Engadget:
Website rates best and worst cellphones by radiation output levels — how does yours stack up?  —  You're surely aware that your cellphone bleeds radiation into your face the whole time you're on the phone with your mom, best friend or lover, right?  Yes, it's a fact we try …
Discussion: digg.com
The Official Google Blog:
More insight into claimed content on YouTube  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  We announced last week that we now have over 1,000 partners using our content identification and management tools to control how and where their videos are distributed on YouTube.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ignoring RIAA lawsuits cheaper than going to trial  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset and Joel Tenenbaum captured the nation's attention when they were defendants in the RIAA's first two trials against accused online infringers.  But here's the mind-warping reality: both defendants …
Discussion: p2pnet and Techgeist
 
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Sina.com Ends Deal to Buy Stake in Focus Media
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Do We Still Buy the Myth of the Can-Do Celebrity CEO?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Apps Outage Caused by High Load to Google Contacts
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
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Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
Jobvite Lets You Search for Employees Through Social Networks
 Earlier Items: 
Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Adobe, McAfee to combine DRM and data-loss prevention
Discussion: BetaNews and eWeek
John Leyden / The Register:
Reddit swiftly squishes XSS worm
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On “Moving The Needle”
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Non-profit news ventures go big time
Discussion: Romenesko
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles City Hall becomes tech giants' battlefield
Discussion: Between the Lines and digg.com
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Sprint Banks on WiMax to Win Back Market Share