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4:34 AM ET, October 13, 2009


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Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile says Sidekick data may yet return  —  T-Mobile said late on Monday that it may yet be able to recover Sidekick users' information that it had previously thought was lost as part of a massive server failure by Microsoft's Danger subsidiary.  —  “Recent efforts indicate the prospects …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Lets Furious Sidekick Users Ditch Their Contracts for Free  —  T-Mobile's initial apologia to Sidekick users grieving their lost data was a joke.  A month of free data service?  To access what?  Now they've manned up, giving affected customers something they might actually want: A way out of their contracts.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Sidekick users share their horror stories  —  After suffering through a weeklong outage, T-Mobile Sidekick users got even worse news on Saturday, when the company advised them that any data not on their phone was likely gone forever due to a hardware failure.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
T-Mobile halts sales of Sidekick  —  Wireless carrier T-Mobile USA has, at least temporarily, stopped selling all models of the Sidekick in the wake of a massive hardware failure that resulted in many customers losing their e-mail, contacts, and other data.  —  As of Sunday, all models …
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
Shared folders and more in Google Docs  —  Today, we are happy to announce the updates to the Google Docs docs list that we promised in July.  We're rolling out these update gradually, so they should be available to everyone soon.  The biggest update is the introduction of shared folders …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple acknowledges Snow Leopard data loss issue  —  For the past month, some Mac OS X users have been reporting their personal data missing after logging into their guest accounts, and Apple now says it's working on finding a fix.  —  “We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Next Firefox can detect computer orientation  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET  —  The upcoming version 3.6 of Firefox will be able to tell if you're listing to starboard—and pass that information along to applications running in the browser.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Peeks Out Its Head A Bit Further.  And What Is The Touchpad?  —  Pretty much every morning and every night I download the newest build of Chromium for Mac (the open source builds that will eventually turn into Chrome for Mac).  While we made an auto-updater to do it for you, you can also manually find the latest builds here.
Discussion: Maximum PC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Hops On A New Satellite To Watch Us From Space  —  Last year, there was a lot of coverage of Google striking a deal with satellite imagery company GeoEye to be able to use the high resolution images from its new GeoEye-1 satellite for their Google Earth and Maps products.
Discussion: Google LatLong
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP brings touch to the mass market with new laptops and desktops  —  Hewlett-Packard is launching a series of new products today, including some long-awaited touchscreen laptop computers.  —  The highlight of today's 10 product introductions are laptops with multi-touch touchscreens that work …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ooyala gets $10M more for online video  —  Ooyala, a video startup founded by a group of former Googlers, has raised $10 million in a third round of venture funding.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., company sells its technology to companies that want to include video as part of their web content.
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple immune to Windows 7 impact, analyst says  —  Analysis shows Mac sales typically climb after Microsoft unveils a new OS  —  Computerworld - Microsoft's introduction of Windows 7 later this month won't cost Apple any Mac sales, a Wall Street analyst said today.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With Another Beacon Lawsuit  —  Facebook probably thought its Beacon problems were behind it last month, when it announced an agreement to settle a class-action privacy lawsuit.  But three Texas residents who have a pending lawsuit against Blockbuster for participating …
Discussion: All Facebook
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Mystery Facebook outage affected about 150K users  —  Thousands of Facebook users who have been unable to access their accounts for nearly a week and a half now are now seeing their profiles restored—but some data related to recent profile updates may have been lost.  —  What happened?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Maximum PC
Google Director Resigns, Resolving Regulatory Probe  —  Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) — Arthur Levinson, a director at Apple Inc. and Google Inc., stepped down from Google's board, a move that resolved a regulatory probe into overlapping directors at the two companies.
Discussion: Washington Post and paidContent
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Genentech's (And Apple Board Member) Arthur Levinson Leaves Google Board
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Levinson resignation means Apple, Google boards sever last tie
Discussion: New York Times, TG Daily and 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Aiming To “Make Meaning,” Jaiku Co-Founder Leaves Google  —  In October 2007, Google bought the Finnish social networking site Jaiku.  In the following couple of years, they somehow managed to do absolutely nothing with it, even as rival Twitter rose in popularity.  Today, co-founder Jyri Engeström is leaving Google.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Studies Point to Growth for Search Ads, and for Bing  —  How well did Google do?  That's the main question in the minds of investors and search advertisers every three months as the company gets ready to announce quarterly financial results.  —  This time, add a second question: How well did Bing do?
Discussion: MediaPost, paidContent and Tech Beat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Venture Funds Raise Only $1.6 Billion In Third Quarter.  Most Of That Went To Vinod Khosla.  —  More evidence that venture exits and fund raising are related.  We already know that venture exits were anemic in the third quarter of 2009, and now the National Venture Capital Association …
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
More Layoffs Rumored at Current TV  —  Al Gore's news outlet moving production to LA, possibly outsourcing it entirely  —  San Francisco-based Current Media, cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore, is looking to lay off more local employees, according to a source familiar with its plans.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:nbcbayareacom
Scott McNulty / Macworld:
NYT: Apple inspiring new Disney retail strategy  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  Steve Jobs isn't just the CEO of our favorite computer company, he's also a very large shareholder of a little company called Disney.  The New York Times is reporting that Mr. Jobs is helping Disney bring …
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter moving to larger SoMa office space  —  Twitter, which recently closed a round of financing worth a reported $100 million, is expanding its workforce and has agreed to a deal to move its headquarters into a larger South of Market space.  —  The micro-blogging service has agreed …
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