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5:25 AM ET, October 1, 2009

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Twitter Blog:
Soon to Launch: Lists  —  My name is Nick Kallen (@nk) and I'm the project lead on Lists, a new feature we're testing with a small subset of users.  The idea is to allow people to curate lists of Twitter accounts.  For example, you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple purchased Placebase in July to replace Google Maps?  —  On July 7th, Fred Lalonde, the founder of openplaces.org announced in a tweet that Apple had bought the company that produced the Maps API that his company used in their software.  —  Pushpin is the name of the software API …
Joshua Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the new Local Search for Mobile  —  The mobile search team is always looking for new ways to make searching the world around you as easy and useful as searching the web.  Today we're introducing a redesigned local search experience on your phone that integrates with Google Maps …
Jeff Chin / The Official Google Blog:
Translate your website with Google: Expand your audience globally  —  How long would it take to translate all the world's web content into 50 languages?  Even if all of the translators in the world worked around the clock, with the current growth rate of content being created online …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Buys Norwegian Firm for $3 Billion  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Cisco Systems continued to show just how serious it is about video conferencing, announcing late Wednesday night the $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, a Norwegian video communications company.  —  Cisco has sold expensive …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BumpTop Goes Multi-Touch.  Um, Awesome.  —  What if the desktop on your computer was just like your actual desktop?  That's the core idea behind BumpTop, a really nice looking graphical overlay for Windows-based operating systems.  But as cool as BumpTop looked, you still had to use your mouse and keyboard to manipulate it.
Discussion: VentureBeat, StartupNorth and Technologizer, Thanks:cye
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple Tablet Aiming To Redefine Newspapers, Textbooks and Magazines  —  Steve Jobs said people don't read any more.  But Apple is talks with several media companies rooted in print, negotiating content for a “new device.”  And they're not just going for e-books and mags.  They're aiming to redefine print.
Johanna Wright / The Official Google Blog:
Surfacing forum posts in search results  —  Today, we introduced a new search feature that makes it easier for you to find forum posts or discussions related to what you're searching for.  This new addition to Google search results applies to sites that tend to have a large number of posts on a specific topic.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
HTC's Hero May Be Your Scene  —  Super-smart phones based on Google's Android operating system have been relatively slow to take off since the first one appeared a year ago.  Despite Google's iconic brand, they have yet to develop the strong bond with U.S. consumers achieved by the Research in Motion …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Toshi Tajima / Google Mobile Blog:
Your mobile and desktop search history now in sync  —  Sometimes I do a search on my desktop computer, only to find that I need to repeat the same search again later on my mobile phone.  Today in the US we're launching Personalized Suggest for Android, iPhone and Palm WebOS …
Discussion: MobileContentToday and SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
A peek inside an iTunes LP file  —  On the shiny exterior, the new iTunes LP may seem like some sort of fancy proprietary format.  In actuality it's an image-heavy, JavaScript-driven webpage that only renders correctly in iTunes or, with a bit of hackery, WebKit-based browsers such as Safari, Omniweb, or Google's Chrome.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
Electronista:
iPhone, Android, Pre trump others in satisfaction  —  Modern touchscreen phones like the iPhone, Android devices and the Palm Pre are proving to be much more enjoyable to use than conventional smartphones — at times in spite of their networks, according to a CFI study.
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Google Wave First Look  —  If you're not one of the 100,000 lucky users who gets an invitation to Google Wave today, don't fret.  You can check out Google Wave right here.  —  But first, ground rules.  Click on all images in this post to see them full size.  Uppercase “Wave” refers to the entire Google Wave product.
Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm 2 hitting Verizon Wireless around October 25th?  —  One of our ninjas just blessed us with a product inventory shot from Best Buy.  It shows that Best Buy locations will be getting BlackBerry Storm 2 dummy units starting October 25th.  Why is that important?
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Tweetie pricing fuss highlights App Store flaw  —  You need no better sign that Twitter and the iPhone have gone mainstream than the absolute furor that's erupted over Tweetie 2 for iPhone.  A fuss over upgrade pricing ?  Have we now so exhausted our concerns over swine flu and the health-care debate …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Best Buy Partners With Google On Mobile  —  Retailer's mobile division is creating its own mobile apps and launching a new Web site to sell phones.  —  Best Buy is giving consumers more reasons to purchase cellphones at its stores instead of at mobile operator shops.
Discussion: Googling Google and Android and Me
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Recite dies on December 31, 2009  —  Seven months after its initial release, Redmond has announced it will be killing off Microsoft Recite on the official Microsoft Recite blog as well as the Microsoft Recite website: “Microsoft will no longer be offering the Microsoft Recite Technology Preview as of December 31, 2009.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and TechFlash
Business Wire:
AT&T Acquires Plusmo to Further Mobile Applications Strategy  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - News) today announced the acquisition of privately-held Plusmo, Inc., a leading provider of cross-platform mobile application solutions, bringing to AT&T an open standards technology …
Microsoft:
MSN Introduces Online Tools to Help People Make Smarter Health and Lifestyle Decisions  —  From swine flu info to symptom checkers, MSN My Health Info includes a broad range of widgets and tools to attract health-minded consumers.  —  Today, MSN released the beta of My Health Info …
Discussion: BoomTown and LiveSide
Alex Himel / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Connect, Easy as 1, 2, 3  —  Earlier today, we announced Translations for Facebook Connect, which simplifies and streamlines the process of translating a website into to any of the more than 65 different languages Facebook currently supports.  As we continue to provide ways …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Delicious' New Flavors: Refined Search, Interactive Graphs, & Much More  —  On the Delicious blog today, the social bookmarking site has announced a slew of enhancements in addition to the usual bug fixes for their most recent release.  —  From their interactive graphs to their iPhone-optimized mobile site …
Discussion: delicious blog
Motoko Rich / ArtsBeat:
The Vook: A Picture Book, but the Pictures Move  —  In a book-bending experiment combining film and prose, Simon & Schuster and Vook, a multimedia company that produces video content for books, are releasing four digital titles in which links to short video segments are seamlessly interspersed throughout the text.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon debuts the HTC Imagio, their first smartphone with V CAST TV  —  Aaaand the rumor mill nails it again.  Confirming rumors from a few weeks back, Verizon has just announced that their big, beautiful Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, the HTC Imagio, will be launching on the same day as 6.5 itself: October 6th.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Web Survey Finds Speed Is Quickest Overseas  —  PARIS — The performance of broadband Internet connections has surged ahead in many countries in the last year, even before government stimulus packages aimed at upgrading networks take full effect, according to a study to be published Thursday.
Discussion: BBC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Geolocation API Appears To Be Live.  But Most Of You Are Lost.  —  I noticed something interesting tonight.  In the new build of Tweetie 2 (not out yet), a bunch of little red location markers started appearing next to tweets in my stream.  Knowing that this new version …
Thanks:ritubpant
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
L.A. Times, Post to End Joint News Service  —  One of the oldest corporate marriages in the newspaper business ended in divorce Wednesday.  —  The Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service, a syndicate with more than 600 clients around the world, is being dissolved with the agreement of both sides.
Discussion: Associated Press and paidContent
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon settles lawsuit over deleted Kindle copy of ‘1984’  —  Amazon.com caused a stir a few months ago when it remotely deleted copies of George Orwell's “1984” and “Animal Farm” from people's Kindles as part of a dustup with publisher.  A Michigan high school student, Justin Gawronski …
Thanks:toddbishop
 
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BBC:
Google bosses on trial in Italy
Discussion: Pulse2 and p2pnet
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Recognize That Cute Picture Online?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Gawker
Mark Relph / The Windows Blog:
The Windows 7 Logo Program