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6:25 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.
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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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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Down, Again, Just Like the Old Days  —  UPDATE: Our long international nightmare is over.  Or at least, it appears to be getting better: Twitter seems to be functioning normally now.  For me, at least.  —  Unless the 400 or more people I follow on Twitter have all gone mute at the same time …
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Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble to sell own electronic reader-WSJ  —  * Retailer's reader could come as early as November - WSJ  —  * Flurry of e-readers hitting market before holidays (Adds company comment, details on rivals, analyst, share move)  —  Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Barnes & Noble's eReader Will Run Android
Discussion: paidContent and Electronista
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 Skype Blogs
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 …
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: PR News
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 …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Yes, Rock Band is coming to iPhone.  Here's proof.  [Updated]  —  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 …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Mickos letter to EU: Approve Oracle-Sun deal  —  As the European Commission continues to evaluate the potentially deleterious effects of Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems and its open-source MySQL database, concern is rising that delay will harm MySQL without helping competition.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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.
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
It's My Browser, and I'll Auto-Click if I Want To  —  Free file hosting provider MediaFire seems to think that, when you follow a link to download a file from its service, it has the right to control your browser.  This is yet another example of a web site owner forgetting that it's your computer …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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 …, Bits and NoMoreServers.com, Thanks:atul
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
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Ozzie FUSEs social media teams in Microsoft reorg  —  For months now we've been wondering when Microsoft was going to start making moves in the social media space.  Rumors of talks with Twitter have been swirling at all levels of the company, but now a subtle re-org may shed light …
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Employs New Botnet Alert System …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Look Who's Selling Warner Music's Videos on YouTube: Veoh's Sales Team
Discussion: Warner Music Group and hypebot
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Using The International Kindle Could Rack Up Fees
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Lures Local Advertisers by Subverting Its Own Search Policies
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
My Interview With FCC Chairman: No Retreat On Net Neutrality
Discussion: PolicyBeta
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What's Next for the Netflix Algorithms?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ooyala announces live video streaming feature
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Contentinople 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
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
YouTube to sign landmark content deal with Channel 4
Discussion: MediaMemo
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Amie Street Raises $3.9M Series B Round
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Best Buy Announces MobileMe Competitor “mIQ”
Discussion: Fast Company and mocoNews