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10:25 AM ET, October 13, 2009

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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
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
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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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Lets Furious Sidekick Users Ditch Their Contracts for Free
Electronista:
Dell offers more looks at its “ultra-thin” Adamo XPS laptop  —  Dell on Monday offered two new product shots of its upcoming Adamo XPS" ultra-thin laptop.  The highly stylized laptop, which was unveiled in early September, is thinner than the Apple's revolutionary MacBook Air—under 10mm thick.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Google Is Trying To Hold Up The 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 hasn't taken an official position on the proposed deal …
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 …
Discussion: Mobile Messaging 2.0, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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 …
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.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing  —  Canonical's upcoming server upgrade supports the Eucalyptus project's open source system for cloud implementation using hardware and software already in place  —  Canonical is touting private cloud capabilities in an upgrade to its Ubuntu Linux OS being announced on Tuesday.
Discussion: eWeek
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter moving to larger SoMa office space
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
The Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi on his plans to leave no entrepreneur behind
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook database outage cut off about 150,000
Discussion: PC World and Maximum PC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Peeks Out Its Head A Bit Further. And What Is The Touchpad?
Discussion: Download Squad and Maximum PC