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9:40 AM ET, October 15, 2009


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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
The CLIQ, Storm2 Join Long Parade of iPhone Threats  —  (See Correction & Amplification below.)  —  It's raining smart phones.  No, make that super-smart phones, the type of hand-held computer, like Apple's iPhone or the models powered by Google's Android software, that browse the Web well …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola CLIQ review  —  Palm and Motorola have taken very different paths to get where they are today; one began life as a scrappy Valley start-up founded by a tablet computing pioneer, the other traces its roots to all the way back to the early days of consumer electronics and the automotive industry.
Microsoft Confirms Data Recovery for Sidekick Users  —  Data Restoration to Begin as Soon as Possible for Affected Customers.  —  Dear T-Mobile Sidekick customers,  —  On behalf of Microsoft, I want to apologize for the recent problems with the Sidekick service and give you an update …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Firefox 3.6 reaches beta stage  —  While it's slightly behind schedule — having been originally slated for a mid-September release — Firefox 3.6 has reached beta.  —  Version 3.6 beta RC1 is now available for download from Mozilla's servers.  As Softpedia mentioned a few days ago, Mozilla is pondering an early exit for Firefox 3.5.
Mac sales grow 11.8% as Apple takes 9.4% U.S. market share  —  Mac sales saw double-digit growth in the third quarter of 2009, maintaining Apple's position as the fourth-largest U.S. PC manufacturer, according to new data released Wednesday from IDC.  —  Overall, Apple came in fourth for U.S. vendors …
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Returned to Growth in Third Quarter of 2009  —  Asia/Pacific and U.S. Show More Obvious Signs of a PC Recovery While EMEA Region Shows Ongoing Weakness  —  The PC industry performed better than expected as worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.9 million units …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want That Early Chrome OS Build?  You Got It.  —  The hits keep on coming from Jonathan Frederickson, the TechCrunch reader who turned our initial revelation of a “chromeos” folder on the Chromium build site into a full-on walk through.  Today, he's doing what Google won't: Making the early Chrome OS build available for download.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How The Huffington Post uses real-time testing to write better headlines  —  From direct mail to web design, A/B testing is considered a gold standard of user research: Show one version to half your audience and another version to the other half; compare results, and adjust accordingly.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hands-on: Social networking on Xbox 360  —  Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August, It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android about to get a lot sweeter  —  We don't know a lot about the feature set of Android 2.0, but the latest firmware version has started to appear in the wild.  Earlier today, Android 2.0 was spotted on the upcoming Motorola phone and now I have more evidence of its existence.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Channel 4 signs long-form content deal with YouTube  —  [UK] BREAKING: This is quite a big move from TV broadcaster Channel 4 in the UK.  They appear to be admitting their their 4oD video-on-demand ‘catch-up’ service is no match for putting the lot on YouTube.  Here's the release that just went out:
Discussion: Telegraph and News
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Flame On: FCC Launches Its Net Neutrality Web Site  —  The Federal Communications Commission today launched a site where engineers, consumers, ISPs or anyone with a stake in the game (or an opinion) can comment on the plans to codify six principles that would ensure ISPs can't block …
Discussion: BetaNews and oi
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending  —  Kate Lambert recalls using her library card just once or twice throughout her childhood.  Now, she uses it several times a month.  —  The lure?  Electronic books she can download to her laptop.  Beginning earlier this year, Ms. Lambert …
Future Mac Pro: Apple to Enjoy Short-Term Exclusive Use of Future Xeon CPU?  —  According to one of our sources, Apple is finalizing the future Mac Pro models.  They are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU, known as Gulftown, that Intel only demoed a couple of times so far.
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Tandberg Shareholders Reject Cisco $3B Offer  —  Tandberg shareholders have rejected a $3 billion bid by Cisco to buy the Norwegian video conferencing equipment maker, apparently looking for a higher offer from Cisco or an-other company.  They also appear ready to keep the company independent …
Discussion: Financial Times
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Spigit Raises $10 Million For Social Productivity Software  —  Social productivity startup Spigit raised $10 million in Series B funding from private equity firm Warburg Pincus.  This brings Spigit's total funding up to $14 million.  Spigit's CEO and Founder, Paul Pluschkell says that the company …
Discussion: Bits
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
UrbanSpoon Makes It Easier to ‘Scope’ Out Restaurants  —  Most people using the UrbanSpoon iPhone application give their phones a vigorous shake to serve up a list of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.  —  But now they have a new way to find a place to get a bite: Aim the iPhone …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Revealed: Spotify's new music purchasing features  —  Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek recently blogged that “we've admittedly not made it easy for our users to buy music.  That's an area we need to improve”.  —  Well, that improvement didn't take long - Spotify is going live today with new purchasing features in its desktop application.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mr_trick
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Software Update Alert!  Performance Update 1.0 available for download  —  Our sharp-eyed iPhone goddess, Erica Sadun, alerted us to the fact that there's a small, but potentially important, update that has just shown up in Software Update.  —  Performance Update 1. “addresses intermittent …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Walmart Offering $45 Unlimited Cellphone Plan Nationwide  —  Walmart has been beta testing their exclusive Straight Talk no-contract wireless service for months, but now the retailer will offer two low-cost wireless plans nationwide starting October 18th, including an unlimited plan for just $45.
Maya Baratz / SFoodie:
Twitter is Launching Its Own ‘Fledgling’ Wine Label  —  Forget drinking the company Kool-Aid.  Twitter employees will soon be drinking the company wine.  —  ​Also known on Twitter as Bottles for Books , Fledgling Wines marks Twitter's foray into the winemaking business.
Henrycopeland / Blogads for opinion makers:
New twist on Twitter advertising: light a tweet bonfire  —  If you're a DailyKos reader, you've probably seen some new ads by the SEIU today appearing at the bottom of posts about health-care.  —  The ads look like this...  The images I've posted here aren't actionable …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's third quarter: Expectations are high  —  Google's third quarter is expected to be strong and analysts are already busy raising targets for the fourth quarter.  —  The search giant reports earnings Thursday and Wall Street is expecting earnings of $5.42 a share on revenue of $4.24 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Owen Van Natta / MySpace:
MySpace Adds Top Talent to Executive Ranks  —  Today MySpace is pleased to announce several new executive appointments that support our technology and partnership goals.  First, Nada Stirratt has joined MySpace in the role of Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately.
Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
Intel Risks It All (Again)  —  How Sean Maloney and brand guru Deborah Conrad are helping Intel's first carpet-dweller CEO reengineer the company once known as Chipzilla — and free the bong.  —  When Paul Otellini, Intel's famously reserved CEO first heard the news, he got quiet.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Bugs hit Google Docs after recent upgrade
Roger Thompson / AVG Blogs:
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