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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
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
Sergey Brin / New York Times:
A Library to Last Forever  —  “THE fundamental reasons why the electric car has not attained the popularity it deserves are (1) The failure of the manufacturers to properly educate the general public regarding the wonderful utility of the electric; (2) The failure of [power companies] …
Discussion: Guardian
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Exclusive!  Yahoo provided Iran with names of 200,000 users  —  This post is going to make some major allegations.  I realize this is not completely buttoned down, but I believe there is sufficient veracity in what I have right now to publish.  I am expecting to be able to provide further proof as the story unfolds.
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 …
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, Pulse2 and WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
WebGL slips into Chrome, too, for 3D Web  —  When it comes to built-in support for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, WebGL is being built into Firefox and the browser project behind Safari, and now Chrome is following suit.  —  “Preliminary WebGL support is now being compiled into Chrome …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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: jkOnTheRun, Macworld, Gearlog and PR News
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 …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
The “WiFi At Conferences” Problem  —  Why does WiFi work so poorly at tech conferences?  —  Marcus GriepI assume that WiFi wasn't really designed to handle a big ballroom with 2000 people, all trying to connect with their laptops and cell phones at the same time.  Sometimes I feel like I'm lucky if it works in my apartment.
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.
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: The Register, PC World and Guardian
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.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why IBM is in trouble with the antitrust police  —  Of course Microsoft is behind this government inquiry into IBM over antitrust issues.  Ballmer is going nuts because he wants to own the glass house and for years he's tried and failed to pry customers away from those fugly old mainframes.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, Thanks:pospischil
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
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
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
NYPD tracking cell phone owners, but foes aren't sure practice is legal  —  The NYPD is amassing a database of cell phone users, instructing cops to log serial numbers from suspects' phones in hopes of connecting them to past or future crimes.  —  In the era of disposable, anonymous cell phones …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Phone Arena and Pulse2
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
IBM throws DB2 Power cluster at Ellison's Exadata  —  Sun thunder stealer  —  The war of words and technology between IBM and Oracle will get a little warmer today as Big Blue launches its DB2 PureScale clustering technology for its DB2 database and Power Systems Unix servers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:cye
 
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Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nielsen Calls Elite Client Pow-Wow To Pitch Online Measurement Wares
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon to take its other Kindle, the DX, international next year
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
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Brad Stone / Bits:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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