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2:15 PM ET, October 2, 2009

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AppleInsider:
Apple plans Mighty Mouse makeover  —  Twenty five years after introducing the world to mouse-based computing, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now hoping to deliver significant advances to the input device by applying the company's extensive research and development in multitouch technologies, AppleInsider has learned.
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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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
New Apple Bluetooth keyboard and mouse arrive at the FCC  —  Well, well, what's this?  A new Apple Bluetooth keyboard and mouse have arrived at the FCC, and they've got new model numbers of A1314 and A1296 — the current wireless keyboard is A1255 and the Mighty Mouse is A1197.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Market Share Could More Than Double When Apple Drops AT&T Exclusivity  —  Apple is stifling the iPhone's share of the mobile market by selling it through so few carriers.  And when it eventually starts selling the iPhone at more carriers per country, its market share could more than double …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Broader distribution could double iPhone sales in 2010 - Morgan Stanley  —  One of the biggest drivers of Apple's (AAPL) growth — and the company's share price — over the next two years will be the expiration of the exclusivity deals Steve Jobs cut with carriers during the iPhone's first two years.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Publishers Like Time Inc.'s “Hulu for Magazines” Pitch.  What Will Apple and Amazon Say?  —  Earlier this year, Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore tasked her lieutenant, John Squires, with figuring out how to put the digital “genie back in the bottle.”  Here's part of his answer: A Hulu for magazines.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Removes Pirate Bay Frontpage From Search Results  —  Removing search results is nothing new for Google.  The company has been cleaning up its search results for years, following up on complaints from the Chinese government, and of course copyright holders.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista/IE market share slide, Win 7/Firefox/Chrome surge  —  According to data supplied by web metrics firm Net Applications, both Vista and Internet Explorer lost market share during September, while Windows 7, Firefox and Chrome all saw a surge in market share.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Crowdsourcing coming to iPhone apps, big time  —  If you've ever been driving down the highway and looked at the Google Maps application on an iPhone to see what traffic is like ahead, you may have wondered where the data behind the green, yellow, and red lines indicating real-time vehicle flow come from.
Discussion: Channel 10
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg: The evolution of a remarkable CEO  —  About six months ago, critics pummeled Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  —  He'd made questionable management decisions, or so it appeared from the outside.  He'd fumbled the site's redesign and botched the company's terms …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Sir Martin Sorrell: Rupert Murdoch's pay wall plan is right  —  Sir Martin Sorrell, the WPP chief executive, has strongly backed Rupert Murdoch's decision to move premium newspaper content behind paywalls and has warned the media industry to expect mass consolidation in order to survive.
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Acer to shift focus to Android smartphones  —  Acer, while still developing Windows Mobile-based smartphones, has shifted its development policy to focus more on the Android platform, with at least half of new models launched in 2010 to be Android-based, according to industry sources.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intuit and Mint promise “no changes”; but maybe a few would be OK  —  When it comes to personal finance software on the Web, I like Mint - even though I was a bit concerned that the site would change after Intuit announced the acquisition last month.  But the message seems to be coming through loud …
Ed White / Associated Press:
Deal struck between Apple and Eminem's music publisher  —  DETROIT — A lawsuit between Eminem's music publisher and Apple has been settled after five days of trial in federal court in Detroit.  —  The dispute centered on who had the right to authorize downloads of the hip-hop star's music on Apple's iTunes service.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Mass Bans & Warns AdWords Advertisers, But Why?  —  I have been watching ongoing complaints from Google AdWords advertisers for the past five days or so, in regards to Google both banning and warning of banning advertisers for having “poor quality landing pages.”
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Adobe, Google sued by Textscape over patents  —  Google and Adobe Systems have been sued by a New Jersey company for allegedly violating patents used for processing text, according to recent court filings.  —  Google and Adobe Systems have been sued by a New Jersey company …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Informed P2P User Act to clamp down on filesharing software  —  Concerned that too many peer-to-peer software users don't know what they're installing and what they're sharing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday passed the “Informed P2P User Act” and sent it to the full House.
Computerworld:
Sony prototype sends electricity through the air  —  Despite the numerous technologies that exist for sending data through the air there's one cable that most gadgets can't do without at some time.  The power cable remains a necessary but sometimes unsightly part of many modern electronic appliances …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR Launching New Online Local Pilot With $3 Million From CPB, Knight  —  When Vivian Schiller took the job as CEO of NPR, she told paidContent she thought NPR was uniquely positioned in hyperlocal: “Big news organizations spend hours wondering how do I create the hyperlocal presence, you don't have the infrastructure.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Technorati to change how it measures bloggers' influence  —  Technorati is about to make some big changes to the way it measures how important bloggers are.  That means its top-100 list of the most influential bloggers is going to change.  Some bloggers may be delighted by the changes …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
No, Your Social Networking “Friend” Isn't Really in Trouble Overseas  —  According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), there has been an increase in the number of hijacked social networking accounts reported to www.ic3.gov.  —  One of the more popular scams involves online criminals …
Discussion: Network World and Computerworld
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Cyclopedia mixes Wikipedia and augmented reality on the iPhone  —  Cyclopedia ($2 App store) is a new iPhone application that allows to to view geo-tagged Wikipedia articles in a augmented reality browser.  The browser uses the iPhone's camera to create a backdrop while the Wikipedia articles …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Researchers Hijack a Drive-By Botnet  —  The team gathered data on compromised pages and the would-be victims.  —  By infiltrating a criminal computer network aimed at infecting visitors to legitimate websites, university researchers have gained firsthand insight into the scale and scope of so-called “drive-by downloading.”
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LinkedIn Launches Profile Organizer, Enters Salesforce Territory  —  The business social network LinkedIn is not just a way to connect with your business contacts.  For a lot of recruiters, salespeople, and other professionals, it's a great business database for finding potential leads and new employees.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sidebar Will Deliver Personalized Mobile Apps And Content To Your Phone  —  With over 85,000 apps on Apple's App Store alone, the task to find apps tailored to your needs and likes is daunting.  Who wants to sift through that?  Sidebar is hoping to help smartphone users with the process of finding the perfect apps for their phones.
Economist:
Laptops for all  —  A pioneering project's chequered start  —  FOR the past year the pupils of Escuela 95, in a poor neighbourhood of Montevideo, have had a new learning tool.  Each has been issued with a laptop computer.  This has been of particular help to the 30 or so children …
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
C4 notes: Developers cool towards iPhone projects
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says
Economist:
Cleverly simple  —  As internet-capable handsets become more popular …
Discussion: broadstuff
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
Jack Thompson Sues Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Has A Plan To Stop The Mass Exodus From Orkut: No Friend Exports For You!
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robin Kwong / Financial Times:
AUO to kindle rivalry with half-price e-readers
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
ComScore: Most Clicks Come From “Natural Born Clickers”
Discussion: internetnews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Fujitsu's hard-drive business now Toshiba's
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Friendster bets its future on Southeast Asia
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
M.I.T. Taking Student Blogs to Nth Degree
Discussion: Pattern Finder