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12:25 PM ET, October 13, 2009

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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Latest Deal, Cisco Buys Starent for $2.9 Billion  —  Another week, another $3 billion acquisition for Cisco Systems.  —  On Tuesday, Cisco announced that it would pay $35 a share or $2.9 billion for Starent Networks, which makes products that help wireless telecommunications companies ship large volumes …
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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire Starent Networks  —  Acquisition of Starent Networks Expands Cisco's Mobile Internet Offerings for Service Providers  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. and TEWKSBURY, Mass. October 13, 2009 - Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Starent Networks (NASDAQ: STAR) …
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia tells all on Booklet 3G: $299 with a 2-year contract on AT&T  —  Nokia, AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft are all holding hands and singing the same song about Nokia's Booklet 3G today.  The good news is that the device will be subsidized by AT&T, at $299 with a 2-year contract at a $60 a month data plan …
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: CNET News, VentureBeat and GigaOM
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Building Maker  —  [Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog]  —  Some of us here at Google spend almost all of our time thinking about one thing: How do we create a three-dimensional model of every built structure on Earth?  How do we make sure it's accurate …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
Now This is How the iPhone Should Handle Multitasking  —  I really hope someone at Apple sees these concept interfaces from Ocean Observations.  They've taken the best elements of the Pre's card system, combined them with Cover Flow, and created an awesome vision of multitasking on the iPhone.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Factual: Parting The Curtains Of The Invisible Web  —  This year, we've seen several ambitious new efforts to mine and make searchable the vast part of the web that remains largely hidden to search engines—often referred to as the deep, hidden or invisible web.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Factual: Applied Semantics Co-Founder Launches A Repository For Open Data
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 …
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.
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, Mashable! and Gist Blog
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, Engadget and Electronista
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.
24/7 Wall St.:
Major Blogs Can Lose 90% Of Their Value If Founders Go: Huffington, TechCrunch, Gawker, Drudge  —  The author was a member of the board of directors of TheStreet.com from 2000 to 2005.  One of the major concerns of the board was what would happen if Jim Cramer left the company …
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Apple's iPhone will be available from every UK mobile operator  —  The Apple iPhone will soon be available from all five of Britain's mobile phone operators.  —  The hugely popular phone hit the headlines last month when Orange and Vodafone broke into O2's exclusive deal to sell the device in the UK …
Discussion: 901am
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 …
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.
 
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