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8:05 AM ET, October 6, 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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yes, new FTC guidelines extend to Facebook fan pages  —  Prominent users of Twitter and Facebook won't be exempt from controversial new Federal Trade Commission guidelines that keep tabs on blogger freebies and giveaways, according to Richard Cleland, associate director for the FTC's advertising division.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
FTC regulates our speech
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
A Dangerous Federal Intervention in Social Media
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
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.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: There's No Excuse For This  —  I really didn't want to beat up on WinMo here, because at this point it just feels tired.  But man, come on Microsoft, you're giving me no choice.  Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't just a letdown—it barely seems done.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Review: First look at Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 on the HTC Pure cell phone  —  Microsoft is moving into the modern age of cell phones today as it launches its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system for cell phones and other gadgets.  I tried it out on the new HTC Pure phone from AT&T …
Discussion: CNET News, Crave, PC Magazine and eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Debuts Mobile Backup Service ‘My Phone’, Adds Premium Features
Discussion: New York Times and PC World
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.
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Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
PhotoSketch: better than sliced bread, Photoshop  —  This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen a computer do.  —  What if you could draw some stick figures on a screen and somehow magically create a beautiful image montage?  —  Well, it's possible.
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: Raw Thought and Boing Boing
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 …
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google, Verizon plan Tuesday press conference  —  Google and Verizon Wireless plan to hold a joint press conference Tuesday morning on the eve of the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment Show, they announced late Monday night.  —  Details were scarce, and a Google representative declined to comment on the nature of the conference.
TechCrunch:
Twitter Data Analysis: An Investor's Perspective  —  This is a guest post by Robert J. Moore, the CEO and co-founder of RJMetrics, a on-demand database analytics and business intelligence startup that helps online businesses measure, manage, and monetize better.
Discussion: A VC and Web Analytics World
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft's Project Pink Might Be Dead In The Water  —  To say we were unimpressed with the first leaked shots to come out of Microsofts “Project Pink” would be a bit of an understatement.  This was Microsoft's first in-house foray into the mobile hardware space, and we'd been hearing tales of it for years …
Nielsen Wire:
Social Media: The Next Great Gateway for Content Discovery?  —  In the beginning there were ISPs, which then gave way to portals aggregators of content and links which then led to the rise of “search” as the dominant form of Internet navigation or, how we get to where we we're going on the web.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
European import 7digital takes on iTunes in the U.S.  —  7digital, an online music retailer formed five years ago in Europe, launched its U.S. outlet today — the latest MP3 store to challenge Apple's iTunes juggernaut.  The most obvious difference between the two stores …
Discussion: Music Ally and hypebot
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A New Web Tool to Take Control of Your Health  —  The national health care debate right now is all about giving more people affordable access to doctors and hospitals.  Yet the vast majority of health care decisions — 80 percent or more, experts say — are really made by individuals …
Thanks:atul
John Cook / TechFlash:
Startup pinpoints the good, bad and ugly of wireless networks  —  Fretting about dropped calls in Ballard, missing text messages in Belltown or poor network coverage in Bellevue?  If so, a new application from Root Wireless might be for you.  —  The Bellevue company, which is coming …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Creates A New, Simplified Ad Unit For Local Business  —  In December 2007 Google promised to develop a radically simplified version of AdWords targeted at the mass of small businesses who could not or would not take the time to set up an AdWords campaign.  The working name of the program was “Simple Ads.”
John Leyden / The Register:
AVG goes toe to toe with MS in consumer security fight  —  US gets discount, as usual  —  AVG is putting an emphasis on increased speed with a revamp of its free and paid for security suites.  —  The latest revamp - AVG 9.0 - boasts 50 per cent faster speed and increased ease of use.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
CTERA launches CloudPlug; Aims for cloud-attached storage
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:alliewag
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
NYC's BigApps Competition to Spawn Innovation, Gov't Accessibility
Discussion: Bits, FlowingData and NYC BigApps
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Schmidt: We paid $1 billion premium for YouTube
Discussion: Digital Daily, Thanks:beet_tv
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Experimental Homepage Fades To A Single Word
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Memory industry now on recovery path, says A-Data chairman
Discussion: Fudzilla
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tap Tap Revenge 3 Landing Any Hour Now
Discussion: TUAW and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
John Poirier / Reuters:
Four U.S. states win first broadband mapping grants
Discussion: NTIA
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why Charles River Ventures sat out on Twitter's latest round
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Sarah Arnquist / New York Times:
In Rural Africa, a Fertile Market for Mobile Phones
Discussion: Smart Mobs
John Cook / TechFlash:
I Can Has Cheezburger tops one billion views, names new exec
Discussion: Tech Central, Thanks:atul
 

 
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

Judd Legum / Popular Information:
A look at Sinclair's Rapid Response Team, which produces biased short articles; affiliates must include at least three RRT stories nightly

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Though the UK's ICO says it's “disappointed” with Google's not deprecating third-party cookies, the regulator has only weakly enforced data protection laws

 
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