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3:20 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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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 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, AppleInsider and I4U News
Mike Chambers:
Building Applications for the iPhone with Flash  —  This morning during the day 1 keynote at Adobe Max 2009, Adobe announced that the next version of Adobe Flash (Flash Professional CS5) will include support for creating stand-alone applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
Discussion: Adobe, TechCrunch and Business Wire, Thanks:chrismessina
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
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 …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials  —  Changes Affect Testimonial Advertisements, Bloggers, Celebrity Endorsements  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has approved final revisions to the guidance it gives to advertisers on how to keep …
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies when reviewing products or risk being fined $16,000  —  Bloggers who receive payments or free merchandise in exchange for reviewing a product or service must disclose that relationship, the Federal Trade Commission ruled today.
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) …
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.
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast's Executive on Why the Company Closed Four Magazines  —  In an interview at Condé Nast headquarters Monday morning, chief executive Charles H. Townsend explained why he had made the cuts he had.  The simple answer: the magazines were losing money.
Discussion: paidContent and The Awl
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here Are the Condé Nast Cuts: Modern Bride, Elegant Bride …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Digits
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buys Full Page Front Page Ad In Times Of India  —  India's largest English-language newspaper, the Times of India, has an interesting print edition front page today - a huge yellow advertisement for Yahoo's It's You campaign first announced last month.  You can view the print version here.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
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 …
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: The Register and 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.
Discussion: I4U News and Android Phone Fans
Pierre / The Blog of Cligs:
Cligs Shutting Down  —  It is with great sadness that I have to shut down Cligs.  On Sunday, 25 Oct 2009 at 12:00:00 GMT, the service will stop accepting new short URLs and will stop logging analytics.  —  The forwarding data will be retained so that forwarding can continue for at least till …
Discussion: Mashable!, Techgeist and VatorNews
Ciara Byrne / TechCrunch Europe:
Ready for your close-up?  Jinni goes into public beta  —  Finding a movie to watch on a rainy Friday night can be like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.Jinni is a content discovery system, or as the makers prefer to call it a “taste engine”, for movies and TV shows which addresses this problem.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Regulators Will Excuse Venture Firms From Rules, Patricof Says  —  Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — The Treasury Department is likely to drop plans to regulate venture firms as part of new rules that rein in financial risk, venture capitalist Alan Patricof said.  —  In July, the department proposed rules …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox security technology blocks Web attacks, Mozilla claims  —  Delivers browser preview with ‘Content Security Policy’ spec, hopes rivals follow its lead  —  Computerworld - Mozilla has released a test build of Firefox that adds new technology designed to stymie most Web-based attacks, the browser maker said Sunday.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
U.S. Internet ad revenue: Down 5.3 percent; Search rules  —  U.S. Internet advertising revenue checked in at $10.9 billion for the first six months of 2009, down 5.3 percent from a year ago, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Psystar sells Snow Leopard virtualization to third-parties  —  In spite of an ongoing legal dispute with Apple, clone Mac maker Psystar Monday announced plans to license its virtualization technology for Mac OS X to third-party hardware vendors.  —  The new Psystar OEM Licensing Program …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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: paidContent, TechFlash and MediaMemo
Ina Fried / CNET News:
A CNET Conversation with Steve Ballmer  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Steve Ballmer is never at a loss for words, but that doesn't mean he always spills the beans.  —  Such was the case with the top-secret Courier dual-screen tablet that Microsoft is said to be working on.
The Official Google Blog:
Fast, simple and now stylish: Google Chrome with Artist Themes  —  We're always keen to share updates about our browser Google Chrome.  This past month, we launched a new stable release with speed improvements and updates to key features, as well as a little something extra to make your browser pop: themes.
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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Danielle VanDyke / The Official Google Blog:
AdSense for Mobile optimized for high-end phones
Discussion: AppleInsider and Inside AdSense
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Private Company Valuations: Twitter, Inc.
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Speed Of Share
 Earlier Items: 
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Edwin Chan / Reuters:
T-Mobile USA kicks off corporate Wi-Fi push
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
New API Proves Trends Are Trending
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Ad Networks On Edge As Facebook Shuts Down Developers
Discussion: broadstuff and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Bug by Bug, Google Fixes a New Idea
Discussion: eWeek
Mika Salmi / paidContent:
Time To Change The Lens: Media As A Service
Discussion: CloudAve, Software as Services and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Skype: People want total control over mobile phone apps
Discussion: Skype Journal