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12:05 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Adobe Extends Full Flash To Just About Every Phone But The iPhone  —  Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) has secured relationships will Research In Motion, Windows Mobile, Palm (NSDQ: PALM) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) to roll out full Flash capabilities to the various smartphone platforms.
Bill Coughran / The Official Google Blog:
Teaming up with Adobe and the Open Screen Project  —  At Google, we've been working closely with the folks at Adobe for years.  Some of our most exciting projects such as YouTube, Android, Google Site Search, Google Chrome and even Google web search require close integration with Adobe's technologies.
Softpedia News:   Google Half-Heartedly Joins Adobe's Open Screen Project
New York Times:
Just a Touch Away, the Elusive Tablet PC  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The high-tech industry has been working itself into paroxysms of excitement lately over an idea that is not exactly new: tablet computers.  —  Quietly, several high-tech companies are lining up to deliver versions of these keyboard-free …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working on Tablet Since At Least 2003  —  The New York Times recaps many of the rumors and expectations about the upcoming Apple Tablet, but also introduces a few original sources of information about the tablet project within Apple.  —  According to former Apple engineer Joshua A. Strickland …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Marketplace is live on Windows Mobile 6.5 phones  —  Did you pick up an AT&T Pure over the weekend?  Yeah, then you might want to spin up Windows Marketplace on your new Windows Mobile 6.5 handset.  It's live and dancing right now a full day before any of this was supposed to launch — not that we're complaining.
Tom Warren /
Breaking: Thousands of Hotmail passwords leaked online  —  Neowin has received information regarding a possible Windows Live Hotmail “hack” or phishing scheme where password details of thousands of Hotmail accounts have been posted online.  —  An anonymous user posted details of the accounts …
Discussion: Ars Technica, BBC and The Next Web
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Vonage Releases Calling Apps for iPhone and BlackBerry  —  While the Google Voice application for the iPhone continues to be hung up in Apple's review process, a similar application from another company has passed with flying colors.  —  On Monday, Vonage, the Internet telephony company …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Googled: Schmidt Wants To Build A “$100 Billion Media Company”  —  If Google were a sitcom, it would open every week with co-founder Sergey Brin arriving late to a meeting “out of breath in a T-shirt, gym shorts, and on Rollerblades.”  This familiar depiction of Brin finds …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AVG launches free antivirus suite as Microsoft crashes its party  —  AVG Technologies has made itself into a familiar name on the Internet by giving users antivirus software at a pretty good price: free.  That's how it got 85 million users.  Today, the company is announcing that the ninth version …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Toshiba's Cell-Powered REGZA 55X1 LCD TV Can Record and Display 8 Channels At Once  —  Toshiba's first TV with the PS3 Cell processor it helped develop has seriously kick-ass specs.  For starters: The 55-incher's LED backlighting divides the 240Hz display into 512 individually controlled areas …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Announces Mobile Payments Service  —  Today, Amazon launched a new service which brings the company's payment processing tools to mobile devices.  Called the “Amazon Mobile Payments Service,” the technology includes a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile to Launch Samsung's Google Phone  —  Samsung Behold II, the first an Android phone sold by the South Korean handset giant, is coming to the U.S. via T-Mobile USA, the two companies announced today.  The new device will carry Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and will work with T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
30 day challenge for October: No Microsoft Software  —  In September I didn't do a 30 day challenge because, frankly, I had a lot of work that I really needed to crunch through at the Googleplex and I didn't have much spare time.  But October is a new month, and so it's time for a new 30 day challenge.
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
T-Mobile USA kicks off corporate Wi-Fi push  —  Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA plans on Monday to start offering a wireless service for office workers, hoping to increase its presence in the corporate market as it chases larger rivals like AT&T and Verizon.
Erik Qualman / Search Engine Watch:
Is Google a Social Media Company?  —  Perhaps Google's stiffest competition in the immediate future isn't Bing and Yahoo, but rather it's the likes of Wikipedia, Twitter, and Facebook.  Just as we no longer search for the news (24 of the top 25 newspapers have shown record declines in circulation) …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Ad Networks On Edge As Facebook Shuts Down Developers  —  A number of the large ad networks have been reaching out to developers to let them know that they essentially have no idea what's going on.  Facebook has taken the latest actions without giving developers any form of early notification and many ad networks feel left in the dark.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
US Home Mac ownership hits 12 percent - NPD  —  The NPD Group's 2009 Household Penetration Study, reveals that approximately 12 per cent of all US computer owning households own a Mac, up from 9 per cent in 2008.  —  The researchers note to that while Apple ownership is growing, the mix favors mixed system environments.
James Niccolai / PC World:
Adobe Puts LiveCycle in the Cloud  —  Adobe Systems is preparing an update to its document-based workflow system, LiveCycle Enterprise Suite, that can be hosted in the Amazon computing cloud and accessed on the go from smartphones, the company said Monday.  —  LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 …
Discussion: Adobe, Softpedia News and eWeek
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Apple Looks to Patent Cutting Users Off From Cell Phone Features  —  New patent from Cupertino giant is disappointing, but hardly surprising  —  Apple has long locked users out of features on its popular iPhone.  Before the App Store, third-party apps were prohibited.  Apple still locks out non-approved apps.
Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
What Do All These Phone Apps Do?  Mostly Marketing  —  When Stanley Works, the hand tool maker, offered an iPhone App that turned the phone into a level, its goal was to create young loyalists to the Stanley brand.  —  The company does not know if the iPhone app drove a single sale or fostered any brand loyalty.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Skype: People want total control over mobile phone apps  —  Angry at being barred from some mobile 3G networks by wireless operators, Skype is pushing hard for the FCC to mandate new openness rules for handsets—and it says that public opinion is on its side.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Rumor: Windows Live Wave 4 beta this week  —  New rumors are saying we'll be seeing a beta of Windows Live Wave 4 this week, and the final release in Spring/Summer 2010.  —  Here's a tweet from user nikhil_j that is sure to get the Microsoft beta community excited: “MS set …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless, Sam's Club, TARGET: gearing up to launch Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Storm 2, BlackBerry Curve 2, more  —  If you've been wondering whether the Motorola Droid (or Tao, or Sholes — whatever), BlackBerry Storm 2, BlackBerry Curve 2 or LG Chocolate Touch would be hitting Sam's Club stores or even TARGET, you're in luck.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft's Ballmer says Web search buys unlikely  —  * Growth still seen returning slowly, at lower levels  —  Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) does not expect to make acquisitions to help the company challenge Google Inc's (GOOG.O) dominance in the Internet search market, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told Reuters on Monday.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Is Brocade selling itself?  —  Fibre Channel vendor wants to be in the tent  —  Brocade may have decided the best way to way address a changing datacentre market is to stitch itself to one of the big three server suppliers.  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Brocade may have put itself up for sale.
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Ciara Byrne / TechCrunch Europe:
Ready for your close-up? Jinni goes into public beta
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox security technology blocks Web attacks, Mozilla claims
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Solis:
In the World of Social Media, Women Rule
Discussion: broadstuff and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Speed Of Share
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Federal Register Makes Itself More Web-Friendly
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rick Callahan / Associated Press:
States pushing own e-waste recycling laws
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
New API Proves Trends Are Trending
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Bug by Bug, Google Fixes a New Idea
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mika Salmi / paidContent:
Time To Change The Lens: Media As A Service
Discussion: broadstuff and Software as Services, Thanks:atul
Julian Lee / The Age:
Apple bites over Woolworths logo