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12:50 PM ET, October 17, 2009

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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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: Softpedia News and techeblog.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
3 Nifty iPhone Apps For News Consumption On The Go  —  My name is Robin Wauters, and I'm a news junkie.  —  Being obsessed with consuming as much news - mostly technology related, of course - as humanly possible in the all too short span of any given day comes with the territory of working for TechCrunch …
Discussion: Newsy Blog
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
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
The future of TV on your iPhone is ATSC Mobile DTV  —  If you're able to watch TV on your iPhone or iPod touch right now, you're probably having something streamed to your handheld device.  That may change — your phone may soon be equipped with a digital TV tuner to pick up the signals sent out by your local stations.
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
US broadcast industry group finally standardizes mobile digital television
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: Softpedia News and The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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Jennifer Vilaga / Fast Company:
FTC Sticks to Its Regulations as Blogger Backlash Builds
Discussion: HighTouch, Techdirt and Ars Technica
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Supply Issues Dulling Apple's Shine?
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security boss calls for end to net anonymity
Discussion: ZDNet, Daily Patricia and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Verizon releases the Samsung Omnia II on 1 November?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Dear FTC: Is This the Kind of Thing You Want Me to Disclose?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DanceJam Finds A Buyer
Discussion: The Blog Herald and NewTeeVee
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg/WeFollow: Understanding User Influence
Discussion: Pulse2
Jared Stivers / MediaPost:
Bacardi Rum, 80 Million Bucks and Facebook