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7:20 AM ET, October 17, 2009

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Boy Genius Report:
Android 2.0 screenshot walkthrough  —  We hope you Android lovers out there are sitting down, because we're about to knock your socks off.  Android 2.0 hasn't been released, announced, or even pictured.  Until now.  And we're doing it like we're doing it for TV — major screenshots …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Android 2.0 First Look: Fresh Face, Sick Speed  —  While Android 1.6 is still writhing around in amniotic fluid, BGR had the nerve to publish shots of version 2.0 “Eclair,” which doesn't even have a formal due date yet.  They look great.  Sorry, 1.6: I'm already over you.
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Raj Rajaratnam with Insider Trading  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2009-221  —  High-Ranking Corporate Executives Also Charged in Scheme That Generated More Than $25 Million in Illicit Gains  —  Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 2009 …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
YouTube's Bandwidth Bill Is Zero.  Welcome to the New Net  —  YouTube may pay less to be online than you do, a new report on internet connectivity suggests, calling into question a recent analysis arguing Google's popular video service is bleeding money and demonstrating how the internet has continued to morph to fit user's behavior.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Thinks You're All MotherF*ckers  —  Hey there.  It's me, with another apology.  I'm sorry we didn't review the BlackBerry Storm 2.  It's because RIM doesn't care about you guys.  —  It's been total radio silence from them regarding a review unit, so we're late with a review.
Discussion: eWeek
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shepard Fairey Responds To The AP: Yes, I Lied.  But It Was Still Fair Use.  —  We reached out to Shepard Fairey about the AP's release this evening claiming that he had admitted lying about which image he used as the source image for his iconic Hope poster.
Discussion: paidContent and TechNews AM, Thanks:daniel_levine
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The App Store Effect: Are iPhone Apps Headed for Oblivion?  —  It's uncanny.  When known software gets repackaged for iPhones and iPod Touches and passes through the hallowed gates of the App Store, something happens: Almost invariably, it gets cheaper.  Waaay cheaper.  Good right?  Well, not always.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker ‘happily’ agrees to OS X injunction  —  Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar traded barbs last week in federal court as they simultaneously asked a judge to end the case that began more than 15 months ago.  —  Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar traded barbs last week in federal court …
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacDailyNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Close To Spinning Off Photobucket  —  News Corp., via MySpace, acquired photo/video sharing site Photobucket back in 2007 for $250 million, plus a $50 million earnout.  We've now learned through a source with knowledge of the deal that MySpace is in the process of selling at least a majority interest in Photobucket.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security boss calls for end to net anonymity  —  Kaspersky's online police state  —  The CEO of Russia's No. 1 anti-virus package has said that the internet's biggest security vulnerability is anonymity, calling for mandatory internet passports that would work much like driver licenses do in the offline world.
Discussion: ZDNet and Daily Patricia
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk  —  Patches critical bug, exploitable because of add-on silently slipped into Firefox last February  —  Computerworld - An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves the browser open to attack …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Supply Issues Dulling Apple's Shine?  —  Overwhelming demand for the iPhone has made it hard for Apple to keep the device in stock globally, so much so that some observers wonder if the company's fourth-quarter earnings might be a slight disappointment.
Amy Schatz / Digits:
‘Blue Bell’ Democrats Ask FCC to Tone It Down on Net Neutrality  —  In the long fight over open Internet, or net neutrality, rules on Internet providers, we're still essentially in pre-game. … You'd never know it from the flurry of lobbying across the country this week.
Discussion: The Hill, Post Tech and Digital Society
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Microsoft's free AV got 1.5 million downloads in first week  —  I like it!  —  Microsoft registered more than 1.5 million downloads of its free antivirus software in the week after it shipped.  —  The company's Security Essentials software is a basic antivirus program designed to appeal …
Jennifer Vilaga / Fast Company:
FTC Sticks to Its Regulations as Blogger Backlash Builds  —  Today, the Federal Trade Commission responded to an “open letter” from online advertisers that asked for the commission's newly updated guidelines to be scrapped because they purportedly “muzzle social media” and, thus, inhibit the freeflow of ideas.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year  —  Nearly half of 1,200 companies surveyed by a veteran technology analyst plan to deploy Windows 7 in its first year of availability, and another 11 percent say they will make the shift as soon as Microsoft releases the first service pack update for the new operating system.
Discussion: Gartner and The Microsoft Blog
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Verizon releases the Samsung Omnia II on 1 November?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Last week we told you that the Samsung Omnia II looked rather conspicuous by its absence in the latest rebate sheet of Verizon and that we expected to see the device hit the shelves sometime around the Black Friday.
Dan Ratner / The Official Google Blog:
Street View: We can trike wherever you like  —  With Street View on Google Maps, you can take a virtual drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or see the bustle of Times Square from the comfort of your own home.  But some of the country's most interesting and fun places aren't accessible with our Street View car.
 
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Got a #tip? Gawker Media opens tag pages to masses, expecting “chaos”
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PayChoice Suffers Another Data Breach
Discussion: ITworld.com and Threat Level
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
US broadcast industry group finally standardizes mobile digital television
Anastasia Teterevleva / Reuters:
MTS in talks to bring Kindle to Russia-sources
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Dear FTC: Is This the Kind of Thing You Want Me to Disclose?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Bacardi Rum, 80 Million Bucks and Facebook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe are Facebook Applications?
Discussion: InfoWorld
 

 
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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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