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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Wi-Fi Is About to Get a Whole Lot Easier  —  A consortium that includes Intel, Cisco, and Apple is set to release new technology called Wi-Fi Direct that will turn a slew of gadgets into hotspots  —  Going Wi-Fi is about to get a lot easier.  For many consumers, setting up an in-home Wi-Fi connection point is something of a hassle.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple shipping iPhone 3GS' resistant to jailbreaking?  —  To be perfectly honest we're surprised it took this long.  Reports are surfacing that Apple is now shipping a new bootrom with the iPhone 3GS that is resistant to the 24kpwn exploit used by the Dev-Team and others to jailbreak the iPhone.
New York Times:
BlackBerry, Upgraded, Aims to Suit Every User  —  The Storm was supposed to be the smartphone that would keep Verizon Wireless customers from deserting to Apple's iPhone, which runs on AT&T's network.  —  Research In Motion, the company that created the BlackBerry phones that business users find …
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.
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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The New Technorati  —  Technorati relaunched its site tonight, changing and adding key features.  Most notable is an expanded and fresher top 100 blogs list, and a new feature that lets authors post their content directly to the site.  —  In 2007 Technorati redesigned the look and functionality of its home page three times.
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
Acer Android smartphone hands-on!  —  UPDATE: The Acer Android smartphone is the A1, and it comes with Android version 1.6 - AKA Donut.  Acer's talking about it right now at its London prezzer, so more details to come.  —  UPDATE 2: Acer's dancing to two different tunes here.
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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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Michael Dell: Netbooks go sour after 36 hours  —  You'll be happier if you give me more money  —  According to Michael Dell, a netbook is a dream purchase - until it's about 36 hours.  —  “If you take a user who's used to a 14- or 15-inch notebook and you say 'Here's a 10-inch netbook,' they're gonna say 'Hey, this is so fantastic.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Still Hoping to Sell Music by the Month  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The idea of selling monthly subscriptions to a vast catalog of online music has met with only limited success.  That isn't stopping a new batch of entrepreneurs from trying to make it work.  —  The latest and perhaps …
Derek Powazek:
Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists  —  Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing.  It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls.  If someone charges you for SEO, you have been conned.  —  First came the web, and it was a mess.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
An Open Letter To Derek Powazek On The Value Of SEO
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Acer Slaps a Multitouch Screen On Its $800 Aspire 5738PG  —  You wouldn't know it by looking at it, but that is Acer's new multitouch laptop.  Sort of like Lenovo has done with the T400s, Acer has put a multitouch screen on an existing clamshell notebook.  —  Besides its long ass model number …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Maximum PC
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Shazam's Newest Fan Is Kleiner Perkins's iFund  —  For cellphone owners, Shazam has abolished the nagging question about which song is playing.  Its cellphone application lets people simply hold the phone toward the source of the music to identify it.  —  It will soon be able to do a lot more …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The State of Solid State Hard Drives  —  I've seen a lot of people play The Computer Performance Shell Game poorly.  They overinvest in a fancy CPU, while pairing it with limited memory, a plain jane hard drive, or a generic video card.  For most users, that fire-breathing quad-core CPU …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Facebook Nears 100M U.S. Visitors, Twitter Falls Further Behind In The Rear-View Mirror  —  Although Facebook recently admitted that Twitter was in its rear-view mirror, it appears that Twitter may be moving out of eyeshot.  September's U.S. comScore data has just been released and it appears …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon D3s DSLR Has Night Vision With 102,400 ISO (Yes, You Read That Right)  —  The D3s is not simply the D3 plus 720p video recording, a la the D300s.  A redesigned sensor allows it to shoot at up to ISO 102,400.  Yeah, that's a six-digit ISO.  —  The D3s's sensor is an evolved form …
Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
nVidia Tegra wins contract for next-gen Nintendo DS  —  When Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of nVidia announced that he expects to see Tegra capturing 50% of nVidia's revenue within the next couple of years, a lot of people thought that this is a smoke screen to sway the attention from its battles against AMD and Intel.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The Internet is about to die.  Literally die!  —  In 2007, Nemertes Research released a dire report on Internet traffic.  By 2010, it said, the “exponential” growth in demand for bandwidth will butt up against the “linear” investment in networking technology, and that whole Internet thing you've come …
Discussion: DSLreports
The Anti LumberJack / Gizmodo:
Barnes and Noble's E-Reader Like a Kindle/iPhone Chimera: First Photos and Details  —  Barnes and Noble's late to e-books.  But the company's new gadget—first seen here—should address the weaknesses of all other readers with multiple screens, each playing to tech strengths.
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 …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Opera prepares Unite for release  —  Opera Unite was going to change the Web, according to the hype from the Norwegian browser maker.  Despite only being available for a number of months in a beta separate from the main Opera build—and the Internet looking more or less like the same place in the aftermath …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A First Glimpse Of Chrome OS In The Flesh  —  Following our post about Chrome OS yesterday, it looks like those wily folks at Google have removed the “chromeos” folder from the Chromium build folder.  Too bad.  But luckily, before they did, TechCrunch reader and Linux user, Jonathan Frederickson …
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Warns Texas Instruments to Stop Harassing Calculator Hobbyists  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned Texas Instruments (TI) today not to pursue its baseless legal threats against calculator hobbyists who blogged about potential modifications to the company's programmable graphing calculators.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and p2pnet
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
An Open Letter to Elisa Steele EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Yahoo Inc. on the New “The Internet is You,” Yahoo Marketing Campaign  —  Dear Elisa:  —  Last month when you announced Yahoo! Inc's new multi-million dollar ad campaign including the tagline, “the internet's under new management yours,” I wrote you an open letter.
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” …
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.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
US city to start giant ‘mapathon’  —  The capital of the US state of Georgia will soon be the world's most digitally mapped city, according to organisers of a massive “mapathon”.  —  OpenStreetMap, or OSM, is behind the effort to produce a map more accurate than anything else on the market.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
 
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Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake on the Value of Viral Loops [Exclusive Q&A]
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Postini suffers prolonged e-mail delays
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai