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5:00 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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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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Evidence of Apple's tablet-like input interface reappears
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.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google: Pirate Bay booted off search by mistake  —  Google on Friday said an error caused the search engine to remove The Pirate Bay from its search pages.  —  “Google received a (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take-down request that erroneously listed Thepiratebay.org, and as a result …
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 …
Elizabeth Linder / Facebook Blog:
Latin Becomes a Living Language on Facebook  —  Most of the time when we stumble upon a Latin phrase, it's etched in stone: carved in the hallways of universities, chiseled on facades of government buildings or carefully imprinted in cathedral foyers and churchyards.  The language seems almost immovable.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
@ONA09: Twitter's Ev Williams: ‘We Try To Be Respectful Of Developers’  —  Twitter cofounder Ev Williams knows what the consequences can be when a bigger company adds your features to its own product.  That happened to Odeo, his last company, as he told attendees at ONA this morning …
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Lost Remote
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Alfred Hermida / Reportr.net:
Twitter CEO sees journalists as curators of tweets
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Easy Does It: Google Friend Connect One-Ups Facebook Connect's Install Wizard  —  The battle over your online identity rages on.  Google Friend Connect, the search giant's platform that lets you accept Google and OpenID accounts on your site, has just made implementing the service about as easy as it could be.
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.
Times of London:
Ask the Boss: Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive of Google  —  Q: Will Google ever grow to rival Microsoft in the operating systems market?  —  Ameer Ali, London  —  Ali,  —  Well, we haven't even built Chrome OS yet - so let's wait and see!  The reason Chrome is so important …
Thanks:mikeharvey
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
sia-online.org:
Global Chip Sales Increase 5 Percent Month-on-Month  —  For Immediate Release  —  Worldwide sales of semiconductors in August were $19.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent from July 2009 when sales were $18.2 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.
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.
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat tells Supremes: software patents stifle innovation  —  Red Hat has filed an amicus curiae brief in a major Supreme Court case.  In the brief, Red Hat makes a strong case against software patents, arguing that the legal reasoning that led to software patents was flawed …
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.
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
YouTube Promoted Videos to appear on AdSense sites  —  As the number of YouTube content producers continues to grow, many are looking for new ways to reach new audiences.  That's why we're happy to announce the launch of YouTube Promoted Videos in AdSense ad units.
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Mashable! and AppleInsider
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Bill Ray / The Register:
O2 could impose out-of-contract iPhone lock-in  —  Whose handset is it, anyway?  —  iPhone users might, or might not, be able to unlock when their contract expires, as O2 still hasn't decided if deserters should be able to take their toys with them.  —  Apple fans who rushed to O2's contracts …
Discussion: T3.com News
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Battery Ventures Gears Up To Raise Fund IX  —  Battery Ventures is planning to target $750 million for its ninth fund, with a first close expected to occur in Q1 2010.  No placement memoranda yet, just initial correspondence with prospective investors.  —  This is the same amount …
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.”
 
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
New Cloudera Desktop GUI Simplifies Hadoop for Users
Discussion: The Register
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Time Warner CEO: We'll still own Time Inc. in five years
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Adobe, Google sued by Textscape over patents
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sidebar Will Deliver Personalized Mobile Apps And Content To Your Phone
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LinkedIn Launches Profile Organizer, Enters Salesforce Territory
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Economist:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Technorati to change how it measures bloggers' influence
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
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Researchers Hijack a Drive-By Botnet
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
Jack Thompson Sues Facebook
Discussion: Mashable!
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Cyclopedia mixes Wikipedia and augmented reality on the iPhone
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb