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10:45 AM ET, October 10, 2009

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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Sex, conference calls, and outdated FCC rules  —  Last month AT&T complained to the FCC about our policy of restricting outbound Google Voice calls to phone numbers in a small number of “rural” areas, just as other Internet applications do.  —  The reason we restrict calls to certain local phone carriers' numbers is simple.
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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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
New in Google Squared: quality improvements, sorting and exporting  —  Today we're launching a number of improvements to the amount and quality of information you can find with Google Squared, as well as new tools to sort and export the data.  —  As we explained when we first launched Squared …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What The Associated Press is saying to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo  —  “I'm not saying Google's an enemy, all right?” the chief executive of The Associated Press, Tom Curley, was telling a few people in Hong Kong on Tuesday.  “I'm saying they were brilliant, and we didn't, collectively, license as aggressively as we could have.
Discussion: paidContent, Associated Press, MediaMemo and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
You Can Ignore The AP's Bluster. It Is Just A Negotiating Bluff.
Discussion: 901am
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   News' Forbidden City
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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.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Gates Foundation mulls nationwide fiber-optic wiring  —  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has estimated it would cost $5 billion to $10 billion to wire the nation's “anchor institutions” with fiber-optic cable.  —  The Seattle-based charity filed an analysis to the Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Eric Miller / Tennessean.com:
Facebook ‘poke’ leads to woman's arrest  —  A Hendersonville woman was arrested for virtually “poking” someone on the social networking site Facebook.  —  Shannon D. Jackson, 36, was arrested Friday, Sept. 25 for allegedly violating an order of protection.
Discussion: Switched and The Huffington Post
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?
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The Semantic Web Has Arrived and the Obama Administration is “Onboard”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been on a quest for several years for the adoption of something he has coined the semantic Web — a data-rich, interconnected Web.
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.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Unboxing the Windows 7 Launch Party kit  —  My Windows 7 Launch Party kit is finally here!  As you may recall, I was selected to host one of these Windows 7 Launch Parties.  I'm so lucky.  —  Oh, man, look at all this stuff.  Streamers, balloons, party bags, playing cards, a puzzle, and a poster!!!
Discussion: PC Pro, The Microsoft Blog and digg.com
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews, TechCrunch and Internet2Go, Thanks:atul
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Adobe brings Photoshop.com to the iPhone  —  Adobe Systems on Friday introduced a new Photoshop app for iPhone users that lets them edit photos from both their phone and their online library on Photoshop.com.  —  The app is free of charge and offers tools such as cropping, image rotation …
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:   Adobe's Uphill Climb Off the Desktop
 
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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 Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Hitwise: Facebook September US Visits Up 194 Percent Year Over Year
Discussion: Softpedia News and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo pays its ‘technical debt’ with IT overhaul
 Earlier Items: 
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Motorola Drops LiMo for Android
foursquare:
Announcing the foursquare angel roster...
Thanks:atul
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
App Friday: iPhone app store is a squatter's delight
Discussion: Edible Apple, MacRumors and digg.com