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11:40 AM ET, October 17, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Electronista
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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 …
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: Daring Fireball and 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
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Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Law.Gov: America's Operating System, Open Source  —  Public.Resource.Org is very pleased to announce that we're going to be working with a distinguished group of colleagues from across the country to create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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.
Sebastien / iPhone Download Blog:
Will In-App Purchase Kill iPhone Apps Piracy?  —  Yesterday the news fell that Apple was finally allowing free iPhone apps to include in-app purchases.  Until then, developers who wanted to offer a free trial of their applications had to create 2 versions: a full-featured paid version, and a …
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: The Next Web and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stephen Marche / Wall Street Journal:
The Book That Contains All Books  —  The globally available Kindle could mark as big a shift for reading as the printing press and the codex  —  On Monday, the Kindle 2 will become the first e-reader available globally.  The only other events as important to the history of the book …
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.
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
 
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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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year
Discussion: Gartner and The Microsoft Blog
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security boss calls for end to net anonymity
Discussion: ZDNet, Daily Patricia and Slashdot
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Verizon releases the Samsung Omnia II on 1 November?
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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?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DanceJam Finds A Buyer
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Jared Stivers / MediaPost:
Bacardi Rum, 80 Million Bucks and Facebook
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Programmer slip-up produces critical bug, Microsoft admits