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1:40 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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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.
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia shows off next-generation graphics chip — it's a little late  —  Nvidia announced today that it has created a next-generation graphics chip, code-named Fermi, that is crucial to the future of the company and its crusade to spread graphics computing beyond graphics.
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
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: SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Cry Us A River: Timberlake Bails On His Own SF Party To Go Dress Up As Sean Parker  —  So, Justin Timberlake was supposed to be at a party tomorrow night in San Francisco.  The “special, private celebration” was in honor of the company Particle (which counts Timberlake as its lead investor), which recently launched its Robo.to service.
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
Forbes:
Broadcom's Nicholas After The Fall  —  Forbes Magazine dated October 19, 2009  —  Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicholas faces up to 360 years in jail on charges of backdating options and distributing illegal drugs. … Henry T. Nicholas III says he didn't do it.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
City of Portland, Oregon Officially Backs Open, Structured Data  —  The City Council of Portland, Oregon unanimously approved a resolution today that directs the city government to open data to outside developers and encourages adoption of open source solutions in technology procurement.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Silicon Florist, Thanks:turoczy
BBC:
Google bosses on trial in Italy  —  The trial of four Google employees has begun in Milan with an engineer from the search giant giving evidence.  —  The employees are accused of breaking Italian law in allowing a video of a teenager with Down's Syndrome to be posted online.
Discussion: Pulse2 and p2pnet
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft opens Chicago and Dublin datacenters; preps for more hosted offerings  —  Just a week after celebrating the opening its “chiller-free” Dublin datacenter, Microsoft is turning on its $500 million, 700,000-square-foot Chicago one.  —  Phase one of the Chicago datacenter opened on September 30.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
No, Apple's iPhone Is Not 40% Of The Smartphone Market  —  Another month, another report that Apple's iPhone market share is vastly larger than it really is.  —  As with last time, this new report is based on the same source of highly slanted statistics, mobile ad network AdMob.
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
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
Mark Relph / The Windows Blog:
The Windows 7 Logo Program  —  First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Mark Relph and I am a Senior Director with the Windows Product Strategy Group and I lead a group known as the Windows Ecosystem Team.  My team and I focus on a few specific areas - compatibility of applications & hardware …
Scott Merrill / CrunchGear:
Pioneer outs the first 12x Blu-ray writer  —  Behold, the Pioneer BDR-205!  Thrill to the 12x write speeds on double layer Blu-ray media!  Marvel at the 50Gbytes of storage capacity!  Be amazed by the low, low price of $250 United States dollars!
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Electronista
 
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Great VC Ice Age is Thawing (for now) - Part 1 of 3
Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Scott MacKintosh / GamesIndustry.biz:
Activision recruiting talent for DJ Hero sequels
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Yahoo updates Zimbra's application platform
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Genius Bar: iPhones' 30% Call Drop Is “Normal” in New York