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10:20 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Wave crashes on beach of overhype  —  I just got my Google Wave invite.  No, I'm already out, so I can't send one to you, sorry.  —  But this service is way overhyped and as people start to use it they will realize it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductivity.
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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 …
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook shuts down malicious fake profiles
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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.
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 …
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Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pixi launching on October 20th?  —  We just got word that Palm's second webOS device, the Pixi, is set to launch on October 20th.  This includes Sprint corporate stores as well as Best Buy locations presumably.  —  This intel is from new source but it sounds right.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Russian investor buys more Facebook shares - sources  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies has begun buying more shares in Facebook, seeking to expand its stake in the world's No. 1 social networking company, two sources told Reuters.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The $25 Million Demo.  Yext Scores A Big Round From IVP After TechCrunch50 Debut.  —  Howard Lerman can be a little intense.  After the CEO of Yext finished his demo at this year's Techcrunch50 (embedded below) he left one judge “speechless,” and during rehearsals Michael took him aside and asked him, “Are you on drugs?”
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple resellers advised of 2-3 week delay on Mac mini orders  —  As reports of a forthcoming hardware refreshes continue to mount, Apple has braced its certified resellers for unusually long shipping times of two to three weeks for both models of its minute Mac mini desktop systems.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Evidence of Apple's tablet-like input interface reappears  —  In a new patent application revealed this week, Apple has again disclosed plans for a multi-touch surface that could accommodate two full hands and distinguish between palms and individual fingers for typing, gestures and more.
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
Randybias / Cloudscaling:
Amazon's EC2 Generating 220M+ Annually  —  Today I'm going to tell you how much revenue Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is generating.  After all, you, my regular readers, come to this blog for its insight, original thinking, and gems of wisdom.  Today I have something particularly juicy for you …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Has Begun Geolocation Rollout  —  As we first reported last night, Twitter appeared to have turned on at least part of its new Geolocation API.  Today, the company has confirmed the roll out on its API Announcement Google Group page.  —  As Twitter API team member Raffi …
Discussion: Softpedia News and TheAppleBlog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Tim Armstrong: The name of the game is (still) content  —  We get it, Tim Armstrong.  We know the still relatively new AOL CEO is all about reinventing the once-mighty online access company into a digital publishing powerhouse.  But that didn't stop him from really hammering the point home …
Discussion: Gadgetell
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
IBM undercuts Google with discount e-mail service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — IBM Corp. is trying to stymie Google Inc.'s expansion into the business software market.  —  IBM is now selling a bare-bones e-mail service to companies for $36 annually per worker, undercutting a more comprehensive package …
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Larry Ellison Still Hates “Cloud Computing Nonsense” (Video)  —  According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet.  According to Larry Ellison, it's nonsense and water vapor.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Fox Fires Back Against Redbox in Rental Row  —  Here's the latest salvo in the fight between Hollywood and Redbox, the movie rental company that's roiling the studios by renting their flicks at super-cheap prices: Legal filings from 20th Century Fox, responding to a lawsuit Redbox filed in August.
Discussion: BoomTown and paidContent
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Secret Service IDs kid for Facebook ‘assassination poll’ — no charges  —  The Secret Service announced today that a juvenile was behind the Facebook posting that asked whether President Obama should be assassinated, calling it a prank that would not lead to prosecution.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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 and LOOPRumors
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Smule Sells 300k Copies Of I Am T-Pain, Celebrates With A New Song And A Huge Contest  —  The second we laid eyes on Smule's autotuning, pitch-changing iPhone app, I Am T-Pain, we knew it was going to be a huge hit - and it has been.  We just got some details from Smule's CEO, Jeff Smith, on how things are going so far.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Gizmodo
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Can Google Stay on Top of the Web?  —  As Bing, Facebook, Twitter, and less well-known upstarts nip at its heels, Google has hundreds of wizards racing to come up with smarter answers  —  High on a wall of the lobby at Google's (GOOG) sprawling headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: Tech Beat, Thanks:atul
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 …
Michael Cooney / Computerworld:
U.S. Homeland Security wants to hire 1,000 cybersecurity experts  —  The Department of Homeland Security is looking to hire 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in the next three years according to the agency's secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  The Department of Homeland Security is looking …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
No Recovery in I.P.O.'s Yet  —  A small flurry of initial public offerings and acquisitions has had some in the technology industry talking about a more open door for cashing out of startups.  Not so fast.  —  The number and value of acquisitions and public offerings of venture-backed start-ups …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases XP Mode virtualization to manufacturing  —  Microsoft has released Windows XP Mode to manufacturing on October 1, company officials said, and it will be generally available on Microsoft.com on October 22, the launch day for Windows 7.  —  XP Mode is a Microsoft virtualization …
Discussion: The Windows Blog and geeksmack.net
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
McAfee launches online backup service  —  McAfee, one of the world's largest Internet security providers, wants to go one step further in keeping your data safe.  It now offers to store your backup data for you.  —  The company announced Thursday the availability of its McAfee Online Backup …
Christian Stefansen / The Official Google Blog:
Now in Google Toolbar for Firefox: advanced in-page translation  —  Last week was a big one for Google Toolbar: we released the new Google Toolbar with Sidewiki for Internet Explorer and Firefox allowing you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage.
 
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Staff
Discussion: mocoNews and Phone Scoop
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Washington Post, Bloomberg Team Up For New Syndication …
Discussion: Washington Post
Austin Modine / The Register:
Game censorship crusader sues Facebook for $120m
Adam Swidler / Google Enterprise Blog:
Q3'09 Spam & Virus Trends from Postini
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:sizzler_chetan
Chris Williams / The Register:
UK already ‘major world power’ in cyberwar
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
‘State of the Internet’ assessed
Discussion: Akamai
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Announcing View-through conversion reporting on the Google Content Network
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How Yahoo is betting its cloud will pay off
Discussion: The Register
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Tech's biggest loser: Bill Gates
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Buys Norwegian Firm for $3 Billion