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9:45 AM ET, September 30, 2009

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Genius Bar: iPhones' 30% Call Drop Is “Normal” in New York  —  How utterly s**tty is the iPhone on AT&T in the New York area?  The average iPhone drops 30 percent of all calls.  And that's considered acceptable by Apple.  —  Giz reader Manoj took his iPhone to the Genius Bar …
blog.seattlepi.com:
Judge overturns Uniloc's record $388M victory over Microsoft  —  A district judge has abolished a high-profile, $388 million award against Microsoft and ruled that the company did not infringe a patent held by software maker Uniloc.  —  The judgment, signed Tuesday by Judge William Smith …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK internet ad spend overtakes TV  —  Record £1.75bn online spend makes UK first major economy to spend more on web ads than TV, says IAB  —  The UK has become the first major economy where advertisers spend more on internet advertising than on television advertising …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First look: Microsoft Security Essentials impresses  —  After a short three-month beta program, Microsoft is officially releasing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), its free, real-time consumer antimalware solution for fighting viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans.
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Q: How essential is Microsoft Security Essentials?  A: Does your door have a lock?
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Meets The iPhone; Access Files On The Go  —  Dropbox, the easy to use file access manager which syncs your files across all your computers and the web, has introduced an iPhone application to make it even easier to access your files anywhere in the world.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Top Executives Get A Paycut  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) just completed the worst fiscal year in its history, with revenue down three percent; the first decline in sales in its history.  And its executives did not get off easy.  All of Microsoft's top executives …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Touching: All Rumors Point To The End Of Keys/Buttons  —  Anyone who has followed Apple news/rumors/patents over the past couple of years has probably noticed a certain trend emerging: Apple seems to be slowly shifting its entire line of products to touch-based computing.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear, Thanks:atul
Heather Kelly / Macworld:
Zipcar app pulls into the App Store  —  According to Zipcar, a whopping 25 percent of its members own iPhones.  So it was only a matter of time before the urban car sharing service released an iPhone app.  —  Originally demoed during the keynote of June's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco …
Discussion: AppScout, VentureBeat and Fast Company
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Everything We Know About Apple's Touchscreen Tablet  —  It's looking more and more likely that Apple will release a 10-inch tablet computer in early 2010.  —  Even if you're sick of Apple tablet rumors, we promise you'll like this one.  The latest update comes from a tipster with a solid track record …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
RIM launches TiVo for BlackBerry  —  How long does it take to pump out an TiVo app for BlackBerry?  One year, evidently, as RIM and TiVo have just announced the availability of TiVo for BlackBerry.  Allowing BlackBerry users with a TiVo set-top box to view their program guide and remotely schedule …
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Data Mining the Mint.com Demographic  —  Last week we reported on Intuit's acquisition of personal finance site Mint.com.  Now Mint Founder Aaron Patzer is lifting the curtain on a few fantastic new features—for businesses.  —  The most significant: Mint is now aggregating data …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Two-Thirds of Americans Object to Online Tracking  —  ABOUT two-thirds of Americans object to online tracking by advertisers — and that number rises once they learn the different ways marketers are following their online movements, according to a new survey from professors at the University …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
HP Envy 13 Review: The MacBook Imitated, Not Duplicated  —  You know what they say about knock offs; they're never quite as good as the original.  But HP's Envy 13, which is clearly a rip of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (everything down to packaging screams Apple), comes pretty darn close.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple offers new resource for finding iPhone, iPod touch apps  —  Apple on Tuesday rolled out a new resource on its Web site for users that want to find apps for the iPhone or iPod touch.  —  The new section, called “Apps for Everything” breaks down the apps into numerous categories.
Eric Miraglia / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
YUI 3.0.0: First GA Release of YUI's Next-Generation Codeline  —  YUI().use("node", function(Y) { Y.one("#message").setContent("Hello, World!")  We're pleased to announce today the general-availability release of YUI 3.0.0.  YUI 3's core infrastructure (YUI, Node and Event) …
Discussion: CNET News and Ajaxian
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Misfired e-mail was never viewed by Gmail user  —  A sensitive e-mail mistakenly sent by a bank to a Gmail address that prompted a court to order Google to deactivate the account was not viewed by the recipient and has been deleted, the bank said on Tuesday.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
New Malware Re-Writes Online Bank Statements to Cover Fraud  —  New malware being used by cybercrooks does more than let hackers loot a bank account; it hides evidence of a victim's dwindling balance by rewriting online bank statements on the fly, according to a new report.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:ritubpant
Lars Rasmussen / The Official Google Blog:
Surf's up Wednesday: Google Wave update  —  Starting Wednesday, September 30 we'll be sending out more than 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave to:  — Developers who have been active in the developer preview we started back in June  — The first users who signed up and offered to give feedback on wave.google.com
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Ribbit injects voice into Google Wave release  —  Ribbit, one of the earliest web-based telephone services (acquired last year by British telecom giant BT), plans to ride Google Wave's coattails — announcing the integration of several gadgets allowing voice calls, phone conferencing …
Discussion: dot.life and CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
DoubleTwist Remakes Apple's Classic 1984 Ad With A New Dictator: Steve Jobs  —  On January 22, 1984 during the third quarter of the SuperBowl, Apple broadcast one of the most famous television commercials of all time.  Based on a dystopian future George Orwell described in his novel 1984 …
Paulbradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The end of objectivity - web 2.0 version  —  This week a new nail was driven into the coffin of the notion of journalistic objectivity.  The culprit?  The Washington Post's leaked social media policy.  —  The policy is aimed at preserving the appearance of objectivity rather than its actual existence.
Discussion: racetalkblog.com
Matt Brezina / Xobni Blog:
Xobni now featuring Twitter!  —  Tonight we're launching a feature we've wanted to launch for a while and one which we've been using internally with much glee.  Twitter is now integrated with Xobni.  When you click on an Outlook email message from a contact, that contact's Xobni profile will now contain their recent tweets.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Palm Pre Woes — When the Cloud Goes Down  —  The big news in the Palm world yesterday was the release of webOS 1.2.  This new version had been delayed once or twice and contained a lot of fixes and new features.  Like most Pre owners I jumped on the update as soon as the word spread …
Discussion: InformationWeek and IntoMobile
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Calm down!  Twitter's featured-users list has been there since the beginning  —  Some Twitter users demonstrated a renewed upheaval over the weekend in response to the site's Suggested Users list, but everyone seemed to forget that a similar list was there during the site's infancy.
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
New England Patriots Use Facebook As Primary Online Presence  —  The New England Patriots have partnered with Buddy Media to create a new Facebook page that is now their primary source of online content for fans.  The Patriots Fan Zone offers fans of the team a opportunity take part …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Craigslist's Missed Connections as Art  —  Some browse the “Missed Connections” section on Craigslist in the hopes of spotting a posting from the dapper gent they exchanged a glance with in the checkout line.  Others read the listings purely for entertainment.
Discussion: PSFK and Mashable!
Agence France Presse:
Bing ads to warn of online scams  —  Microsoft on Tuesday began serving up scam warnings with Bing search results for topics such as fixing credit scores or rescue from home foreclosure that are prime material for online cons.  —  Microsoft worked with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker Joins Yammer's Board Of Directors  —  Sean Parker is no stranger to Internet success.  He's 28 years old and has already helped start four very well-known services on the web: Napster, Plaxo, Causes, and of course, Facebook.  And now he's taking his impressive resume to Yammer …
 
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Peter / Local Onliner:
San Diego Hyperlocal Site Launches ‘U.S. Local News Network’
Discussion: paidContent
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
First signs of Twitter, Facebook running on Microsoft's Xbox Live
Discussion: Neowin.net and Techgeist
Terri Schwartz / MTV:
Jesse Eisenberg Says ‘The Social Network’ Isn't Just About Facebook
Discussion: The Social, Thanks:taylorbuley
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friendster Partners With Intelius. Let The Scams Begin.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Wanted: Home Computers to Join in Research on Artificial Life
Discussion: Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
OnLive raises big round from AT&T and others for on-demand gaming
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, VG247, TechCrunch and Joystiq
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Perform OCR with Google Docs - Turn Images Into Editable Documents
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Co-Founder And CTO Aber Whitcomb Leaves, To Be Replaced By Alex Maghen
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Courier tablet: A Franklin Covey planner on steroids?