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11:35 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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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 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
FTC Cracks Down on Blogger Payola, Celebrity Tweets  —  Rules on Endorsements and Testimonials Extended to Social Media  —  NEW YORK ( — The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on blogger payola.  —  The agency, which protects consumers from fraud or deceptive business practices …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
FTC regulates our speech
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies when reviewing …
Discussion: Computerworld and The SiliconANGLE
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
The iPhone finally gets Flash apps — but not Flash websites  —  When Adobe announced the latest version of its Flash technology, a bunch of writers (including me) jumped on the fact that Flash 10.1 would eventually work on most major smartphones, except Apple's iPhone.  Looks like we spoke too soon.
Adam D. I. Kramer / Facebook Blog:
How Happy Are We?  —  Every day, through Facebook status updates, people share how they feel with those who matter most in their lives.  These updates are tiny windows into how people are doing.  They're brief, to the point, and descriptive of what's going on this week, today or right now.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Facebook Now Tracking Gross National Happiness; Continues Hoarding Data
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms phishers stole ‘several thousand’ Hotmail passwords
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Bell, Telus to launch iPhone next month  —  Move will break Rogers' year-long stranglehold; telcos set to launch next-generation wireless network ahead of schedule  —  BCE Inc.'s BCE-T Bell Canada and Telus Corp. T-T will begin selling the iPhone next month, breaking the stranglehold …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why Charles River Ventures sat out on Twitter's latest round  —  When Twitter raised its most recent round of funding at $1 billion, a few players were conspicuously absent, including Union Square Ventures and Charles River Ventures.  —  Why did Charles River sit out?  Size and strategy.
Discussion: Internet Evolution and Mashable!
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 …
John Cook / TechFlash:
New Verizon ad campaign takes a direct swipe at AT&T's network  —  A new advertising campaign from Verizon Wireless starting tonight during the big Monday Night Football game will take a direct swipe at AT&T's network, playing off the successful Apple iPhone commercials.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Palm: Free Apps For The Web, Free Development For Open Source, And Free Phones!  —  I'm here in San Francisco for a meeting Palm has called to give its newest employees, Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, who both came over from Mozilla, a chance to talk a bit about the state of the webOS platform.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and EverythingPre
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft Research shows off multitouch mouse prototypes  —  Rather odd timing, given some recent developments in the Apple camp, but Microsoft Research has just surfaced some of its incredibly wild multitouch mouse prototypes.  Each one uses a different touch detection method …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Apple Leaving Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change Stance  —  Apple Inc. is pulling out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the chamber's strident criticism of plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, the computer giant said Monday.  —  In a letter to the chamber of commerce's president …
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.
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 …
Laura June / Engadget:
Gateway's Windows 7-boasting EC18T tablet images, specs leak onto the screen  —  Hey, what's this attractive looking dude?  Well, from the looks of it, it's Gateway's not-yet-announced or previously spied tablet PC.  A tipster with access to a seemingly infinite number of photos of this bad boy …
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Verizon opens 4G lab, venture-capital group  —  Verizon Wireless is bringing together venture capital firms and network equipment vendors, as well as opening a lab for testing devices, as it tries to make sure its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) business hits the ground running.
Discussion: mocoNews and GigaOM
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
I Can Has Cheezburger tops one billion views, names new exec  —  The I Can Has Cheezburger empire has a new name and a new chief revenue officer to help make money off all of those quirky cat photos and funny failure videos.  The Seattle online network of comedy Web sites, formerly known as Pet Holdings …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
GOP to FCC: analysis first, then net neutrality rules—maybe  —  The Republicans have declared themselves the Party of No Neutrality with a series of statements and Senate amendments trying to block the policy at the FCC.  The latest pushback comes from Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) …
Discussion: Associated Press and eWeek
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 …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Investigated Coder for Liberating Paywalled Court Records  —  When Aaron Swartz, a 22 year-old programmer, decided last fall to help an open government activist amass a public and free copy of millions of federal court records, he did not expect he'd end up with an FBI agent trying to surveil his house.
Discussion: Blog
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Playdom raising a significant round of capital  —  Playdom, the hot social gaming company that dominates games on MySpace and is moving into Facebook and iPhone games, is raising a significant round of venture capital, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The company is raising a sizable round …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buys Full Page Front Page Ad In Times Of India
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News