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5:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Any Data You Give to Google Can and Will Be Used Against You  —  The uber-geeks who run Google don't seem like to think about the messy world of law and politics.  But it can't be avoided.  The latest example: A Bear Stearns manager done in by a GMail account he thought was closed.
Discussion: thebigmoney.com and Fast Company
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile: we probably lost all your Sidekick data  —  Well, this is shaping up to be one of the biggest disasters in the history of cloud computing, and certainly the largest blow to Danger and the Sidekick platform: T-Mobile's now reporting that personal data stored on Sidekicks has …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Downed Facebook accounts still haven't returned  —  Something is really odd here.  —  As a reporter covering Facebook, I do get the occasional cranky complaints from members who, for one reason or another, are experiencing errors when they try to access their accounts.
Marco.org:
The two App Stores  —  Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory recently wrote Losing iReligion, in which he criticizes the business prospects of the App Store.  He cites some general concerns, but much of the post is based on the unfortunate commercial failure of their Ramp Champ game.
Discussion: TUAW
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Hey Media Company, Buy BNO News.  Now.  Really.  —  By now, there's no need to repeat the backstory of Breaking News Online to the news junkies among us, especially those of us on Twitter and iPhone.  If you do need the background, here's the story.  I was never a follower on Twitter …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Shake.  Load.  Kaboom.  $600+/day.  —  Most iPhone apps lose money, but some freebies — like Shotgun — rake in the cash  —  As an app, Shotgun Free doesn't do much.  Give it a shake and it makes the sound of a shotgun being loaded.  Tilt it up sharply and the gun fires with a bang as loud as an Apple …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Video: The New Windows Mobile advertisement is kind of strange  —  Microsoft has been absolutely hammered in the press this week over the introduction of its new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.  And, I am afraid, the new ad campaign won't do too much to help things.  —  Am I missing something here?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries To Suck The Last Drops Of Life Out Of Orkut In The US  —  Facebook has seen amazing growth over the last few years, and has long since established itself as the largest social network in the world.  But the battle isn't over yet — Facebook is still duking it out overseas …
Christopher Null:
Netflix boss says DVD has two years left  —  Buzz up!  —  The days of building your precious DVD collection may be coming to an end sooner than you think.  If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' comments are any guide, the DVD era may be set to come to a rather abrupt halt.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Sponsors of Elliot / Elliot's Blog:
Insure.com Sells for $16 Million - Highest Domain Sale Recorded  —  Insure.com, a publicly traded company whose shares trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange, sold its corporate name and related domain name for $16,000,000, and the company will be renamed Life Quotes.  The company paid $1,600,000 for Insure.com in 2001.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Retraction: Yahoo and Iran  —  Overnight one of our bloggers, Richard Koman, reported that Yahoo handed over user names to the Iranian government.  We're retracting the blog post.  Here's what went wrong.  —  First, the post was based on a single source who had a clear agenda.
Mike LeBeau / Google Mobile Blog:
Quick Search Box for Android: Search your phone and the web  —  I'm happy to announce Quick Search Box (QSB) for Android, a fast and versatile new system-wide search experience, available right from your phone's home screen.  Since keystrokes are at a premium when you're typing on your phone …
 
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Bate Felix / Reuters:
EU in contact with U.S. govt on IBM investigation
Discussion: The Register
Samantha Pearson / Financial Times:
Technology sector adds strength to the rally
Eric Miller / Tennessean.com:
Facebook ‘poke’ leads to woman's arrest
Discussion: Switched and The Huffington Post
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Gates Foundation mulls nationwide fiber-optic wiring
Discussion: Ars Technica
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The Semantic Web Has Arrived and the Obama …
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo pays its ‘technical debt’ with IT overhaul
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