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3:55 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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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 …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How Google Wave could transform journalism  —  Google Wave lets users collaborate live on documents.  —  The tech world is awash with excitement for today's scheduled release of 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave.  —  Seems like everyone is buzzing about how the collaborative Web tool …
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Google Wave Invites for Sale on eBay  —  With Google releasing 100,000 invites to test the beta version of the much-hyped Wave, one enterprising blogger decided to capitalize on all the buzz surrounding the new messaging and collaboration tool by selling his invite on eBay.
The Official Google Blog:
Refine your search results with new Search Options  —  In May, we launched Search Options, a side panel that lets you filter, refine and generate different views of your search results.  We've received lots of positive feedback, and we're seeing more and more people using Search Options every day.
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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 …
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Cisco:
Cisco Makes Recommended Offer to Acquire TANDBERG  —  Acquisition of TANDBERG to Expand Cisco's Collaboration Offering and Enable Customers to Transform How They Do Business Globally  —  SAN JOSE, Calif., NEW YORK, and, OSLO, Norway, October 1, 2009 - Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Bing U.S. Search Share Falls, Sparking Google's Gain  —  Microsoft Bing's U.S. September search share fell to 8.5 percent from 9.6 percent in August, StatCounter claimed.  Google's September share rose to 80 percent from 77.8 percent in July, reversing a trend of Bing gaining share at the expense of search engine rivals.
David Faber / CNBC:
GE Is in Talks to Spin Off NBC, Give Comcast 51% of New Unit  —  General Electric [GE Loading...  () ] and Comcast [CMCSA Loading...  () ] are in talks about a deal in which GE would spin off its NBC Universal unit into a new company that would be merged with the content assets of Comcast …
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Opens Up TypePad APIs, Relaunches Pownce As TypePad Motion  —  Blogging software pioneer Six Apart this morning announced that it's debuting TypePad Cloud Platform, a new service that enables developers to use the service's API to build social applications while leaving the storage …
Discussion: CNET News
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Chris Alden / Six Apart News & Events:
Announcing the TypePad Platform and TypePad Motion
Discussion: Movable Type and Mashable!
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to surprise with Oct. 19 earnings report  —  New accounting rules are expected to push Apple's stock even higher, as Wall Street still underestimates the profitability of the iPhone, a new report has concluded.  —  Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board approved …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Technology Review:
Wireless Network Modded to See Through Walls  —  The way signal strength varies in a wireless network can reveal what's going on behind closed doors.  —  It's every schoolboy's dream: an easy way of looking through walls to spy on neighbours, monitor siblings and keep tabs on the sweet jar.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Tech's biggest loser: Bill Gates  —  Photo: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  —  The collective net worth of the super rich on Forbes's annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans fell by $300 billion over the past 12 months, and the tech sector spilled its share of the red ink.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
How Yahoo is betting its cloud will pay off  —  There was a day when information technology personnel toiled behind the scenes to make their corporate computing infrastructure work.  —  But in the Internet era, those experts increasingly are getting starring roles in corporate computing leadership rather …
Discussion: The Register
Matt Peckham / Computerworld:
PSP Go Arrives, Sony Launches 100 Games  —  Sony's disc-free $250 PSP Go games handheld rolls out to retail today, and as expected, the company's nearly doubled the amount of PlayStation Store games content.  Sony's digital shelves now include Polyphony Digital's fresh PSP-exclusive Gran Turismo racer …
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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
O2 sells out of iPhone 3GS  —  O2 has sold out of the iPhone 3GS, the latest model.  —  The shop's website has issued a notice informing potential customers that it has run out of both the 16GB and 32GB 3GS models.  The Telegraph understands that the majority of O2 shops across the UK …
Discussion: T3.com News, Pocket-lint.com and MacNN
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google has Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox up its sleeve, says Mozilla  —  Google may intend to produce a Chrome Frame plug-in for Firefox, Mozilla's chief engineer said.  “The code is certainly there,” said Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, referring to parts …
TmoNews:
Dunkin' Isn't the Only One Delivering Donuts Tonight  —  You've seen the Android 1.6 aka Donut preview vids, drooling as you watch them.  And now its time to fill that G1 or MyTouch 3G up with Donut!  According to our source, T-Mobile has plans to start rolling out stage 1 of their delicious-baked-goods plan.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Facebook Users Download 1 Million Mobile Apps A Week—With The Help Of GetJar  —  GetJar, an independent mobile app store, is rolling out a new service today that is getting high-profile attention from brands like Facebook and Photobucket because it drives users to download their mobile applications to the phone.
Matthew Jones / Reuters:
UK court orders writ to be served via Twitter  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's High Court ordered its first injunction via Twitter on Thursday, saying the social website and micro-blogging service was the best way to reach an anonymous Tweeter who had been impersonating someone.
Josh / Redeye VC:
First Round Capital to open NYC office  —  I believe that as the world has gotten “flatter” over the last decade, it's created a big opportunity for venture investors who recognized that great entrepreneurs can come up with great ideas in almost any location.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
What to Measure?  Only 16% of the Web Is Clicking Display Ads  —  But ComScore, Starcom Study Shows Banners Are Still Effective — Especially When Paired With Paid Search  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The number of people online who click display ads has dropped 50% in less than two years …
Avg WebLab / AVG Blogs:
Automated Facebook Attack underway  —  Today our LinkScanner users started detecting rogue spyware attacks that seemed to be originating from Facebook.  The first profile that we looked at looked like this ...  (click image to enlarge)  —  And then the next one that we looked at looked like this ...
 
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Chris Williams / The Register:
UK already ‘major world power’ in cyberwar
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
‘State of the Internet’ assessed
Discussion: Akamai
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Curling Up With Hybrid Books, Videos Included
Discussion: Gizmodo and TeleRead
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Announcing View-through conversion reporting on the Google Content Network
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Delivery Agent Raises $25 Million For Entertainment Commerce Platform
Discussion: paidContent, PE Hub Blog and VatorNews
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Botnets Tighten Their Grip on the Broadband Infrastructure
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Express Scripts: 700,000 notified after extortion
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hackers Breach Payroll Giant, Target Customers
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
HTC's Hero May Be Your Scene
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
A peek inside an iTunes LP file
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Geolocation API Appears To Be Live.  But Most Of You Are Lost.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:ritubpant