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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 …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Selling Your Tweets to the Enemy  —  Tech bloggers are in a tizzy over the prospect of tech giants Google or Microsoft getting real-time access to the thoughts of Twitterers, but Valleywag has learned that cash-hungry Twitter is already selling access to its “firehose” of data.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Barnes & Noble's eReader Will Run Android  —  It's not certain, but I'll be damned if it isn't the best idea I've heard in a while: Barnes & Noble's rapidly-approaching eReader will be an Android piece, according to our source.  And it should be, according to me.
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Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble to sell own electronic reader-WSJ
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft to replace Works with ad-supported ‘Office Starter 2010’  —  In a bold new experiment for distributing Office that, quite surprisingly, does not involve Office Web Apps, Microsoft announced this afternoon its plans to let OEMs pre-install the full Office 2010 on new PCs …
John Poirier / Reuters:
Lawmakers seek FCC probe into Google Voice  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Google Inc's ability to block calls to rural telephone exchanges.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
IPhone Tethering Still Unavailable, AT&T Says  —  AT&T subscribers still won't be able to use their iPhones as wireless modems for their computers, despite the carrier's reversed position on Internet-phone applications. … Tethering, the process of using an Internet-enabled mobile device …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
What's wrong with Windows 7  —  Reading between the lines of Walt Mossberg's review  —  It's a given that Windows 7, scheduled for release in two weeks, is an improvement over Vista.  But how does it stack up against Apple's (AAPL) Snow Leopard?  —  The definitive word comes …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's mounting customer service crisis  —  There are some things that are nice to wake up to.  The smell of bacon, for example.  On Thursday morning, however, I woke up to something a little less pleasant: an in-box full of e-mails from Facebook members whose accounts are still inaccessible.
Thanks:blogfisher
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Recasts Itself As A Social Search Engine “Between Google And Twitter.”  —  Ever since StumbleUpon spun itself off from eBay last April, it's been reinventing itself at a rapid pace.  In June, it launched Su.pr, its own URL shortening service, but that was just an interesting new product.
Discussion: Maximum PC and WebProNews
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.1.2 [Updated]  —  Apple today released iPhone OS 3.1.2, addressing several issues regarding waking from sleep, network service disruption, and crashing during video streaming. iPhone users should connect their iPhones to iTunes and click the “Check for Update” button to obtain the new version.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon-iPhone deal less likely after Google move, IDC says  —  Google and Verizon plan to bring more Android smartphones to market  —  Computerworld - SAN DIEGO — This week's announcement by Verizon Wireless and Google that they plan to bring more Android smartphones to market means Verizon …
Discussion: Macworld, Gearlog and PR News
Alex Dobuzinskis / Fan Fare:
Miley Cyrus quits Twitter  —  On television, Disney star Miley Cyrus can flip between her normal self and her Hannah Montana alter ego, just by putting on a blond wig.  —  On the Internet, the 16 year-old Cyrus also can switch off unwanted public attention, just by deleting her Twitter page …
Discussion: Digits, Extra, Mashable! and Telegraph
Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Expands Legal Battle Against Spammers  —  Craigslist is taking its battle against spammers back to federal court.  —  On Monday, the classified advertising site filed four lawsuits in the northern district of California against companies and people offering tools that automate the mass posting of ads on the site.
Gady Epstein / Forbes:
China's Web 2.0 Nightmare  —  A Chinese microblogger discusses why the government is vexed by Twitter.  —  The 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1 took on symbolic importance not only for the Communist Party, but also for connoisseurs of China's Internet controls.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Lures Local Advertisers by Subverting Its Own Search Policies  —  Two-City Test Takes on Yellow Pages With New Pricing System, Ad Model  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google is experimenting with its deepest foray into local advertising and along the way is branching …
Discussion: Fast Company
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Fight For Skype  —  Don't be fooled.  Even though there hasn't been any news on the various lawsuits around Skype's intellectual property ownership, that doesn't mean things aren't happening behind the scenes.  —  Negotiations continue, say multiple sources, between eBay …
Discussion: PC World and Seeking Alpha
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Coming Soon: Twitter in More Languages  —  Twitter is currently available only in English and Japanese.  With some help, we will soon be rolling out support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish.  These languages are commonly referred to using the acronym FIGS and are often the starting point …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Intel's Light Peak optical links could arrive in 2010  —  In September, Intel showed off Light Peak as if it were the latest the latest hot idea out of the labs.  But the fiber-optic communication technology could well be coming to near you next year rather than in some distant sci-fi future.
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Employs New Botnet Alert System - Will alert customers via proxy system that they need a cleaning...  Comcast reached out to us today to note that they're employing a new strategy to help deal with customers they've identified as having trojan-infected PCs.
Discussion: CNET News
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Touchscreen PCs Prompt Interface Innovations  —  Touchscreen displays are going to get a big boost from Windows 7's built-in support for multitouch tech — but there's a hitch: Flicking, scrolling and opening programs can be cumbersome when stubby fingers meet Windows' tiny icons and menu items.
Thanks:cye
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Amie Street Raises $3.9M Series B Round  —  Amie Street, the online music store best known for its innovative dynamic pricing of songs, has revealed a $3.9 million second round of funding.  The company has been raising the round for about a year, and inked a regulatory filing on Sept. 30, with a formal announcement expected today.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Twitter's Official Series E Raise: $100 Million Plus Six Dollars  —  That's according to its SEC filing just in.  If they can use some multiple of that $6 to fix the problem today, all is forgiven.  This filing also confirms the amount, which the company didn't disclose when it announced the round officially on Sep 25th.
Discussion: silicontap.com
Harro Ten Wolde / Reuters:
PCs are best for e-reading, Microsoft's Ballmer says  —  ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - Microsoft has no plans to develop a digital book reader to compete with the fast-growing popularity of Amazon's Kindle or a device that rival Apple is reportedly developing.
Discussion: Guardian and PC World
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Pirates Try to Nail The Pirate Bay with Faked Evidence  —  In an attempt to take The Pirate Bay offline, BREIN took three of the tracker's ‘founders’ to court.  BREIN won the case and Fredrik, Gottfrid and Peter were ordered to block Dutch users within 10 days or face thousands of euros each day in penalties.
Discussion: Copy me happy, Techdirt and CNET News
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 …
Discussion: paidContent and The Equity Kicker
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official  —  GPU giant NVIDIA has confirmed that the company is putting the brakes on the Nforce chipset line because of legal wranglings with Intel.  —  According to an spokesman, NVIDIA will “postpone further chipset investments”.
 
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Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nielsen Calls Elite Client Pow-Wow To Pitch Online Measurement Wares
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon to take its other Kindle, the DX, international next year
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Mickos letter to EU: Approve Oracle-Sun deal
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Using The International Kindle Could Rack Up Fees
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Larry Hardesty / MIT News Office:
Securing the web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ooyala announces live video streaming feature
Discussion: Contentinople, NewTeeVee and VatorNews, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Apps: A Long Road Ahead
Discussion: Forrester Research and NoMoreServers.com, Thanks:mgcreed
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Overnight success takes a long time...
Thanks:mgcreed