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8:40 AM ET, October 8, 2009

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
A Windows to Help You Forget  —  In just two weeks, on Oct. 22, Microsoft's long operating-system nightmare will be over.  The company will release Windows 7, a faster and much better operating system than the little-loved Windows Vista, which did a lot to harm both the company's reputation …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer: Testers didn't ring Vista warning bells; Could the same happen with Windows 7?  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has done his best over the past year-plus to try to dampen expectations around Windows 7.  He's doing it again this week during his pre-launch European tour, telling press …
Discussion: I4U News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter Talking Separately to Microsoft and Google About Big Data-Mining Deals  —  Is there gold in them thar tweets?  —  Maybe so, because-according to sources familiar with the situation-Twitter is in advanced talks with Microsoft and Google separately about striking data-mining deals …
The Official Google Blog:
Quickly view formatted PDFs in your search results  —  Google search results sometimes include documents that were not originally formatted to be viewed in a web browser, such as PDFs.  In the past, the only way to view these documents was to download them and open them in a separate viewer application.
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Reza Ziaei / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Search Options for mobile  —  Finding the exact information you need sometimes requires filtering and refining your search results.  Earlier in the year, we launched a collection of tools called Search Options which enable you to easily and quickly do this from a computer.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9  —  Believe it or not, Windows 7's successor(s) have been in the planning and early development stages for a while now.  We haven't posted anything about any of them yet, but we've been watching closely to see if anything really interesting turned up.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google: We're Hiring, and Spending, Again  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt used the opening moments of a New York City press conference to reinforce a message he's been delivering for a couple months: The worst is over, things are looking up, and Google is spending accordingly.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Schmidt: “We Have Not Yet Found The Evil Room.”
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Reviewing Some Bad Google Search Results With Sergey Brin
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Ozzie on the realtime wave  —  In June, I spent several days on the Microsoft campus talking with Microsoft executives about the impact of realtime and the emerging era of cloud computing.  My conversation with Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie began with a discussion of the recently unveiled Google Wave …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Join the Minimalist Google Homepage Prototype  —  You might have heard of the new experiment Google is running for its homepage, showing only logo and search box (and apparently search buttons, at times) unless your mouse moves over the page.  To join this prototype, you can go to google.com …
Discussion: Mashable!
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Iomega's StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Has Bluetooth, Time Machine, Chubby Exterior  —  Iomega's on to something with the StorCenter ix2-200: built-in torrent and Time Machine support, Bluetooth-based uploads from phones, remote access, and lotsa spiffy features wrapped up in an earth-friendly green gadget.
Jennifer Vilaga / Fast Company:
FTC Responds to Blogger Fears: “That $11,000 Fine is Not True”  —  As you've likely heard by now, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to reign in freebie-grabbing bloggers and graft-happy social media users masquerading as unbiased critics.  The agency announced an update to the FTC Act of 1980 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Cisco becomes a major Linux server vendor overnight  —  In the battle for supremacy among the software industry's Big Four, Cisco may be placing the biggest bets and angling for the biggest returns.  Some still think of Cisco as a networking hardware vendor, but hardware is simply Cisco's beachhead …
Discussion: searchnetworking …, Thanks:atul
Kevin Poulsen / Epicenter:
Google's Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles  —  Imagine a world where Google sucks.  —  It might seem a stretch.  The Google logo is practically an icon of functionality.  Google's search engine and other tools are the company's strongest, if unstated, argument in favor …
Discussion: Television Archiving, Beyond Search and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Google's vision of journalism's future  —  Despite its non-journalistic approach, Google's latest tools could revolutionise both the experience and production of news media  —  Google's search algorithm works on a simple principle: on the web, sites link to other authoritative sources …
Robert Mueller / CNET News:
FBI head banned from online banking after phishing attempt  —  SAN FRANCISCO—No one is immune from cyberthreats, not even the head of the FBI.  —  FBI Director Robert Mueller was banned by his wife from doing online banking after he nearly fell for a phishing scam, he said on Wednesday during …
Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Build Android Phone for AT&T  —  Dell Inc. expects to launch a smart phone on AT&T Inc.'s cellular network as soon as early 2010, said people briefed on the plans.  —  The Dell phone uses Google Inc.'s Android mobile-operating system, said the people briefed on the matter.
Skipper / Skipscreen Blog:
MediaFire tells Mozilla to ban SkipScreen from addons.mozilla.org  —  Mozilla has told us they received a takedown from Mediafire, demanding they pull SkipScreen from addons.mozilla.org.  —  Mozilla gave us about 24 hours (until the end of the west-coast business day today) …
Ppk / QuirksBlog:
There is no WebKit on Mobile  —  Last week I spent a lot of time on WebKit in order to produce a comprehensive comparison of all WebKits.  My purpose was to prove there is no “WebKit on Mobile,” and to gain some more insight in the complicated relations between the various WebKits.
BBC:
‘Phishing’ raids in US and Egypt  —  Dozens of people have been arrested in the US and in Egypt, accused of links to an alleged international identity theft ring targeting American banks.  —  FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said about 100 arrests were expected across the US states of California …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry Bold 2 to be announced October 21 for T-Mobile, AT&T  —  We have it on good authority that T-Mobile and AT&T both currently plan on announcing the Bold 2 — also known as the Onyx — on October 21.  As a refresher, this would be the touchpad-driven piece with model number 9700 that's …
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Royal Mail loses Amazon contract as postal strikes loom  —  Threat to deliveries forces major client to pull plug on £25m deal  —  Royal Mail has lost a crucial contract with its second largest customer, the online retailer Amazon, as a wave of strikes threaten parcel deliveries in the busy pre-Christmas sales period.
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Mighty Mouse Never Lived Up To Its Name.  And Now It Can't.  —  It seems pretty clear at this point that Apple is getting ready to release a new mouse, probably with some kind of multi-touch capabilities, that is probably attached to some new iMacs.  No one is happier about that than me, as I hate the current Mighty Mouse.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Drew Carey Raises Bid to $1 Million for @Drew on Twitter  —  Over the weekend, we reported on Drew Carey's bid of up to $100,000 (if he reaches 100,000 followers by Nov. 9th) for the Twitter name @drew.  The name is currently up for auction by Drew Olanoff, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year …
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Online ads: Big Brother or customer service?  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. marketers and consumer advocates are preparing for battle over the rules governing online advertising tailored to individual browsing habits, often tracked and collected without notice or permission.
Andrew Lookingbill / Google LatLong:
Your world, your map  —  One of the exciting challenges of working on the Geo team at Google is that the physical world is constantly changing, and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavor.  For example, 15,000 miles of roadway are built in the United States each year.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Yes, Rock Band is coming to iPhone.  Here's proof.  —  A few weeks back, we got a press release from EA's PR company.  It was tucked within an attachment titled “Rock Band Verizon iPhone Fact Sheet_V3.docx”.  As if seeing “iPhone” behind “Verizon” wasn't strange enough …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
What A $3.65 Billion Mistake Looks Like  —  In 1999, Yahoo (YHOO) paid $3.65 billion for GeoCities.  Today it sent out a “final notice” warning GeoCities users that its pulling the plug.  —  Yahoo is shutting down or selling a lot of businesses lately.  (Find out what's for sale here.)
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Spotify leaves Napster gasping  —  Only when you put the numbers in perspective does the remarkable nature of Spotify's offering becomes clear.  If you're a premium user - paying £10 a month - you can store more than 3,000 tracks offline, to listen to as and when you want …
 
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Business Wire:
CTIA-The Wireless Association Announces Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey Results
Discussion: Mashable!, GigaOM and Pulse2
Christine Herron / Christine.net:
What's the Secret Success of MINT.com? …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
VideoWTF Wants to Answer All Your Video Production Questions
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
C:\ONGRTLNS.OSX  —  Or: There Is No Replacement for Creator Codes in Snow Leopard
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
New report warns of dangers of trashy avatars
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internetnews.com:
AT&T: Go Easy on Wireless Industry Regulation
Discussion: PC World
George White / Dealscape:
PE lobbyists throw VCs under the bus
 Earlier Items: 
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Personal Web Systems Raises $1.2 Million For Web-to-TV Browser
Discussion: alarm:clock, NewTeeVee and VatorNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google: Computer memory flakier than expected
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher refutes Microsoft's account of hijacked Hotmail passwords
Discussion: PR News and Macworld