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4:15 PM ET, October 13, 2009

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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 …
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 …
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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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Got the wrong Bob?  —  Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center  —  When's the last time you got an email from a stranger asking, “Are you sure you meant to send this to me?” and promptly realized that you didn't?
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage  —  Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft's troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.
Discussion: Computerworld, I4U News and ChannelWeb
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Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile says Sidekick data may yet return
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
Twitter can't be gagged: online outcry over Guardian/Trafigura order  —  While the Guardian could be prevented from reporting, Twitter couldn't: Trafigura was the most used word on micro-blogging site this morning  —  Trafigura, a London-based oil trader connected with dumping toxic waste …
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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.
The Official Google Blog:
Invite a friend to Google Voice  —  (Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog)  —  Since the debut of Google Voice, our early users have shared lots of feedback that has led to some exciting new features, like the ability to receive SMS messages via email and the option to change your Google Voice number.
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.
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 …
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Pepsi apologises for ‘sexist’ iPhone app  —  Pepsi has apologised for releasing an iPhone app that encouraged men to brag about their sexual conquests.  —  The AMP UP Before You Score app also provided phone users with chat-up lines for “getting lucky” with 24 different types of women …
Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Lives  —  Barney Frank spares venture capital.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In a rare bit of good news from Washington, the investment model that created Intel, Apple and Google will be allowed to exist.  According to his draft legislation, Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
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: mocoNews, MacNN and 901am
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 …
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 …
Thanks:beet_tv
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 …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
MySpace replaces all server hard disks with flash drives  —  MySpace's new SSD servers use about 1% the power of its hard disk drive predecessors  —  Computerworld - Social networking site MySpace.com announced today that it has switched from using hard disk drives in its servers to using PCI Express …
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sue or Sign: EMI Trades Lawsuit for Deal With Music Start-Up Grooveshark  —  Well look at that: EMI Music Group, which had been working on a licensing deal with music start-up Grooveshark but ended up suing it instead, now has a licensing deal with Grooveshark after all.
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 …
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
Apple Taught Lazard How Not to Talk About CEO Illness  —  News that Lazard chief Bruce Wasserstein had been hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat didn't hurt the investment firm's shares too much, down just 1% in Monday trading.  —  The lesson?  Openess can be healthy.
Discussion: AppleInsider
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: Vids Slip in Sept., Facebook in the Top 10
Discussion: MediaMemo, Nielsen Wire and Beet.TV
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Peer-to-Peer Passé, Report Finds
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers
Discussion: High Scalability
DigiTimes:
Acer eyes 30 million notebook shipments for 2009
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
People ‘anxious’ when cut off from internet
Discussion: Computerworld
Music Week:
Apple denies iTunes LP charges
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai Rallies On Rumor Of Google Bid (Updated)
New York Times:
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