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8:15 PM ET, October 8, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Down, Again, Just Like the Old Days
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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: The Equity Kicker and paidContent
Venture Capital Dispatch:
VC Fund-Raising Drops, Marketing Not Worth ‘Brain Damage’  —  Just like their portfolio companies, venture capital firms continue to find it difficult to raise funding compared with last year.  —  Through the end of the third quarter, 83 venture funds raised $8 billion …
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.
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”.
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
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
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon to take its other Kindle, the DX, international next year  —  Amazon.com generated a lot of headlines this week by taking its Kindle reader international, giving it the ability to wirelessly download books and other content in more than 100 countries.  But the global rollout was strictly for the entry-level Kindle.
Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nielsen Calls Elite Client Pow-Wow To Pitch Online Measurement Wares  —  According to letter obtained by B&C, authentication-centric meeting set for October 16  —  Nielsen on Thursday contacted 75 of its clients ranging from top advertisers, agencies and media companies to ask …
Discussion: paidContent
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Using The International Kindle Could Rack Up Fees  —  Not only does the new international Kindle cost more than its U.S. counterpart, owners who want to take advantage of the wireless connectivity will be paying more for it.  In addition to the $2 per-book fee for non-U.S. downloads …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Daniel Rodriguez / all things Palm Pre:
GSM Palm Pre on its way to exclusivity on Telcel in Mexico?  —  Video footage has been released showing a GSM version of the Pre running on Telcel.  There hasn't been any official announcement at Telcel just yet, but according to the video Telcel will be the exclusive carrier of the Palm Pre.
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Touchscreen PCs Prompt Interface Innovations
Thanks:cye
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Look Who's Selling Warner Music's Videos on YouTube: Veoh's Sales Team
Discussion: Warner Music Group and hypebot
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
My Interview With FCC Chairman: No Retreat On Net Neutrality
Discussion: PolicyBeta and Washington Post
Larry Hardesty / MIT News Office:
Securing the web
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What's Next for the Netflix Algorithms?
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
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Amie Street Raises $3.9M Series B Round