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8:10 PM ET, October 13, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: MacRumors, iLounge, TUAW and The iPhone Blog
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?
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.
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.
Jamie Sport / The Daily Quail:
The Carter-Ruck school of viral marketing  —  How to ensure maximum publicity for your new gagging order  —  Marketing experts were stunned today at the success of media law firm Carter-Ruck's high profile ‘gagging order’ campaign, designed to generate buzz around their client Trafigura's latest toxic waste product.
Discussion: Guardian
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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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: All Facebook and High Scalability
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: TechFlash and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
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.
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: GigaOM, Gizmodo and VoIP Watch
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Microsoft Taps ‘Family Guy’ to Help Sell Windows 7  —  Inks Branded-Entertainment Deal With Seth MacFarlane for Commercial-Free Variety Show on Fox  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — To sell people on the merits of its latest operating system, Windows 7, Microsoft has employed good old-fashioned PR …
Discussion: CNET News
Vishu Gupta / Facebook Developers:
Making It Easier to Build with Facebook  —  Many websites are looking for ways to integrate Facebook Connect, such as commenting using Facebook identity or showing visitors their Facebook friends' recent activity.  Companies like DISQUS offer widgets to such websites, providing off-the-shelf Facebook integration with just a few clicks.
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).
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 …
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Trillian for iPhone: Two months later, still no response from Apple...  We've been getting more and more questions from customers wondering where the heck our iPhone App is.  Unfortunately, we have no idea.  —  It's been 60 days since our initial and only submission to the App Store.
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.
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
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Is EA Going to Buy Zynga or Playfish in Social Gaming Bid?  —  In recent weeks we've been hearing rumors about gaming giant EA looking to acquire social gaming companies — specifically Zynga and Playfish.  Both social gaming companies have denied the rumors, so assuming there are no deals …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Postini suffers prolonged e-mail delays  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET  —  Some customers of Google's Postini e-mail security product experienced significant problems Tuesday, with reports of hours-long delays in e-mail delivery that are still affecting some customers.
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 and Computerworld
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
8% of Internet Users Account for 85% of all Clicks  —  The results of an update to the comScore highly publicized “Natural Born Clickers” research, conducted two years ago with Starcom USA and Tacoda, indicate that the number of people who click on display ads in a month has fallen from 32% …
 
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Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
Barracuda gobbles up SaaS security start-up Purewire
Discussion: eWeek
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Marchex Announces Reputation Management Beta Release
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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: Between the Lines and CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Peer-to-Peer Passé, Report Finds
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Music Week:
Apple denies iTunes LP charges
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai Rallies On Rumor Of Google Bid (Updated)
24/7 Wall St.:
Major Blogs Can Lose 90% Of Their Value If Founders Go: Huffington …
Thanks:beet_tv
John Cook / TechFlash:
Gist unveils iPhone app: Managing contacts on the go