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11:10 AM ET, October 13, 2009

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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cisco Buys Mobile Company Starent For $2.9 Billion  —  Cisco (CSCO) is acquiring Starent (STAR), an IP-based mobile infrastructure company, in a deal valued at $2.9 billion.  —  Cisco will pay $35 a share in cash for the company, a 20% premium from yesterday when the stock closed at $29.03.
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney's Retail Plan Is a Theme Park in Its Stores  —  LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company, with the help of Steven P. Jobs and his retailing team at Apple, intends to drastically overhaul its approach to the shopping mall.  —  At a time when many retailers are still cutting …
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Scott McNulty / Macworld:
NYT: Apple inspiring new Disney retail strategy
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ViVu Raises $3 Million For Online Video Conferencing Platform  —  ViVu, an online video conferencing platform, has raised $3 million in Series A funding led by Inventus Capital Partners, with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Quest Venture Partners and entrepreneur Bill Carrico participating.
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
PC World:
Acer's First Windows 7 Netbook: Aspire One D250  —  Acer has unveiled a new version of its Aspire One netbook running Windows 7 and plans to put it on sale simultaneously with the new operating system's debut next week.  —  The Aspire One D250 has a 10.1-inch screen, which is the same size …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Money - AOL Money & Finance:
Crowd Around the Couch!  TiVo and BLOCKBUSTER Bring Hit Movies to a Living Room Near You  —  BLOCKBUSTER(R) is also the newest place to purchase TiVo DVR boxes, helping to give consumers one more way to bring home the box that does it all  —  Starting today, broadband connected TiVo® DVR subscribers …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Royal Pingdom:
Sweden's Internet broken by DNS mistake  —  Last night, a routine maintenance of Sweden's top-level domain .se went seriously wrong, introducing an error that made DNS lookups for all .se domain names start failing.  The entire Swedish Internet effectively stopped working at this point.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Looks Back: the “//” in Web Addresses Was Unnecessary  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the “//” after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: AppScout
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.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Vodafone Continues Its Move Beyond The Mobile Market With New, Cloud-Based Service  —  Vodafone is launching a cloud-based service designed for business people and consumers who are looking for a way to back up the data on their desktops, laptops and netbooks.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Gist unveils iPhone app: Managing contacts on the go  —  Just last month, Gist unveiled a new online service that allows users to peruse emails, Tweets, news stories and other information.  Now, the Seattle startup is bringing that power to iPhone users.  —  Gist today is introducing a free app …
Discussion: CNET News and Gist Blog
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Do Web Users Prefer Speed To Accuracy?  —  Should news sites post first and ask questions later?  Consultants to The Columbus Dispatch apparently think so.  Editor Benjamin Marrison reports that consultants have told the Dispatch that readers don't object when online reports have errors.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Personal Navigation Devices to Lose Their Way Among Smartphones?  —  Personal navigation device (PND) sales will grow “at an anemic rate” over the next five years before giving way to GPS-enabled phones, according to an In-Stat report published today.  The total semiconductor market for PNDs …
Discussion: Business Wire
Sagar Kamdar / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Fetch as Googlebot and Malware details — now in Webmaster Tools Labs!  —  The Webmaster Tools team is lucky to have passionate users who provide us with a great set of feature ideas.  Going forward, we'll be launching some features under the “Labs” label so we can quickly transition …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google on Search: Size Doesn't Matter That Much  —  Web Giant Has Launched a Low-Key Effort to Stall Microsoft-Yahoo Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — You didn't think Google was going to take the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal lying down, did you?  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based giant …
John P. / Woopra:
Woopra Officially Exits Beta  —  Well, the day has finally come.  It simultaneously feels like its been both forever, and just yesterday, since we started developing Woopra.  Today, I'm happy to announce the beginning of Woopra General Availability!  —  Let's talk a little about what that means.
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Who needs a key?  IPhone app unlocks and starts car  —  A California company Tuesday will announce an iPhone application and car receiver that will enable users to lock, unlock and remotely start their car with the phone rather than the car's key fob.  —  The Viper SmartStart is the latest example …
 
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Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Pepsi apologises for ‘sexist’ iPhone app
Computerworld:
Browser wars redux: The top 5 contenders duke it out
Discussion: Security Bytes
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Videogame Firms Make a Play for Women
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: Finding Even More Uses for iTunes
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing
Discussion: eWeek
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Refuses to Punish Lawyer for Anti-RIAA Blogging
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and digg.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google's Ad Gadfly
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Hops On A New Satellite To Watch Us From Space
Discussion: Google LatLong and Softpedia News
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Studies Point to Growth for Search Ads, and for Bing
Discussion: MediaPost, Tech Beat and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With Another Beacon Lawsuit
Discussion: All Facebook
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
More Layoffs Rumored at Current TV
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:nbcbayareacom
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Peeks Out Its Head A Bit Further. And What Is The Touchpad?
Discussion: Download Squad and Maximum PC