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10:55 PM ET, October 8, 2009

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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 …
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Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering:
New Ways to Try and Buy Microsoft Office 2010  —  We're thrilled about the growing number of people who are using Microsoft Office every day to get things done at work, at home, at school and on the go.  For instance:  — 500 million people worldwide use Microsoft Office
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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.
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: Pulse2, Maximum PC and WebProNews
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, jkOnTheRun, 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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft plans monster Patch Tuesday next week  —  Unlucky 13 sets record as biggest-ever patch day, includes first-ever for Windows 7 RTM  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will deliver its largest-ever number of security updates on Tuesday to fix flaws in every version of Windows …
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
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.
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
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
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.
Jarrod Krug / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Navigator on iPhone: Intuitive, simple, voice-guided navigation at a great low price  —  Today, MapQuest released the new MapQuest Navigator for iPhone, an easy-to-use voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation application with convenient local search capabilities.
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
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
Chas Edwards / Digg the Blog:
Testing Digg-fed “Content Ads”  —  In the spirit of testing different ways to make ads on Digg better (similar to what we're doing with Digg Ads), we're launching some new ads today called Digg Content Ads and we'd love your feedback.  These ads are in limited release so only a small percentage of folks on Digg will currently see them.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ChasNote 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.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Labs Cooks Up Linux Support For Hulu Desktop, New Publisher Tools  —  Last May, Hulu launched a new project as part of its alien plot to rot our brains with premium content.  Dubbed Hulu Labs, the site now offers experimental new features that users can play around with before they're ready for prime-time.
Discussion: AppScout
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Apps: A Long Road Ahead  —  Google's efforts to cater to corporate and government customers — the enterprise market — have long been seen as half-hearted.  Google is a consumer company, after all, so the enterprise side of the business looked to be the poor relation.
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Touchscreen PCs Prompt Interface Innovations
Thanks:cye
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Using The International Kindle Could Rack Up Fees
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
My Interview With FCC Chairman: No Retreat On Net Neutrality
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Twitter's Official Series E Raise: $100 Million Plus Six Dollars
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Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Overnight success takes a long time...
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Amie Street Raises $3.9M Series B Round
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry Bold 2 to be announced October 21 for T-Mobile, AT&T