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6:15 PM ET, October 13, 2009

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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 …
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?
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
In-house Radio.app in the works for iPhone and iPod touch  —  We've just received a tip that an iPhone radio.app is being developed in-house by Apple for use on the iPhone and iPod touch.  From what we know, the app will be allowed to operate in the background like iPod.app and will offer …
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
iMovie update reveals new Apple video format  —  Like most companies, Apple periodically releases software updates for its applications, fixing minor issues.  However, an iMovie update released on Tuesday revealed a brand new video format the company has been developing.
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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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.
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 …
Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Help us nail spammers  —  Today we've added another tool to our spam fighting toolbox that will give users the ability to flag bad accounts on Twitter.  —  Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable.  Click the “Report as spam” …
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Bloomberg Wins Bidding For BusinessWeek  —  Bloomberg LP, the global financial data and news empire created by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is the winning bidder for BusinessWeek.  —  Terms of the offer will not be disclosed by Bloomberg and BusinessWeek parent McGraw-Hill Cos.
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.
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  How many servers does Facebook have?  For some time now, the stock answer has been “more than 10,000 servers,” a number the company began using in April 2008.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype In Negotiations To Acquire Gizmo5  —  Litigation-beleaguered Skype is in negotiations to buy peer-to-peer VoIP startup Gizmo5, say multiple sources.  The price tag is said to be in the $50 million range, but the deal is far from consummated.  Other potential buyers may be looking at the company as well.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel's third quarter powered by inventory builds, back-to-school demand; Outlook bright  —  Updated: Intel's third quarter earnings and revenue handily topped estimates and the company said it was “confident about our business prospects going forward.”  Intel added that its fourth quarter revenue would come in ahead of projections.
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 …
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: VentureBeat
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Wave's Little Secret: It Already Works On The iPhone  —  Google Wave, the search giant's latest experiment in post-email communications, is hardly out the gate, with some of the first 100,000 private beta testers still waiting for their invites.  (I just finally got mine today, two weeks after launch).
Discussion: ZDNET.com.au
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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Music Week:
Apple denies iTunes LP charges  —  Apple said today that it does not charge a production fee for iTunes LP, after an independent label in the US claimed that it was being priced out of the market for the new format.  —  Brian McKinney, who runs Chicago's Chocolate Lab Records …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
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 …
 
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Ad-Aware Free Protects Against Rootkits
Discussion: Computerworld and AppScout
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-Mart's Hacker Attack
Thanks:atul
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Hi5 stagnates, and so it does the predictable: bets the farm on games
Discussion: Inside Social Games and TechCrunch
Electronista:
Barnes & Noble confirms Oct. 20 reader event
Discussion: CNET News and Between the Lines
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: Vids Slip in Sept., Facebook in the Top 10
Discussion: Nielsen Wire, MediaMemo and Beet.TV
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Peer-to-Peer Passé, Report Finds
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
Apple Taught Lazard How Not to Talk About CEO Illness
Discussion: AppleInsider
 Earlier Items: 
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
People ‘anxious’ when cut off from internet
Discussion: Computerworld and T3.com News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai Rallies On Rumor Of Google Bid (Updated)
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Looks Back: the “//” in Web Addresses Was Unnecessary
Discussion: Bits, Softpedia News, Switched and Guardian, Thanks:beet_tv