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2:40 PM ET, October 10, 2009

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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Sex, conference calls, and outdated FCC rules  —  Last month AT&T complained to the FCC about our policy of restricting outbound Google Voice calls to phone numbers in a small number of “rural”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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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
 
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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
Mike LeBeau / Google Mobile Blog:
Quick Search Box for Android: Search your phone and the web
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews, TechCrunch and Internet2Go, Thanks:atul
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The Semantic Web Has Arrived and the Obama …
 Earlier Items: 
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