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4:35 PM ET, October 25, 2009


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Nancy Scola / Personal Democracy Forum: Goes Drupal [Updated]  — has gone Drupal.  After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Japan's Windows 7 Whopper Is Real, and It's Horrifying  —  CheapAssGamer took the voyage to a Burger King in Akihabara to try the Windows 7 Burger.  Apparently, $14 buys you the most desiccating pile of adipose flesh ever to be partially congealed by man.  [CheapAssGamer Thanks Ashcraft!]
Discussion: Mashable!
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Windows 7 party with seven 7×7 In-N-Out burgers  —  SmugMug's Craig Meakin downs a 7×7 for Windows 7 by Chris MacAskill  —  First, let me preface this by saying this is a great way to kill yourself, and that I rarely eat meat or cheese, let alone 7 patties and 7 slices.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg on how to build hacker culture inside a company  —  (I'm live-blogging from Startup School, a daylong program from startup incubator YCombinator held at Berkeley today.  Mark Zuckerberg is on-stage for a question-and-answer session and I've embedded a short clip from the talk below.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Lisa Zyga /
What Comes After Hard Drives?  —  ( — The ability to store and retrieve data is an important component of today's computers, as well as other modern electronic devices such as cell phones, video game consoles, and camcorders.  Since their invention in the 1950s …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
T-Mobile officially unveils $99 Even More, $79 Even More Plus plans and equipment installment option  —  Right on schedule with the whispers, T-Mobile lifted the veil off of its new price plan tier structure, Even More and Even More Plus, and from the looks of it all those leaks were pretty much spot-on.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Offers Windows 7 on USB Drives for Netbooks  —  Microsoft is allowing netbook users to download Windows 7, its new operating system, onto a bootable USB or burn it onto a DVD, in yet another move by Redmond to disseminate the operating system to as many users as possible.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
How High Will Real-Time Search Fly?  —  WHEN a US Airways plane landed in the Hudson River in January, the first picture appeared on Twitter.  In June, Twitter users were mourning Michael Jackson before major news outlets reported his death.  And, this month, as much of the nation was riveted …
Discussion: Regular Geek, /Message and, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
David Pogue Sings Steve Jobs Tribute: “Don't Cry For Me, Cupertino” [VIDEO]  —  David Pogue, the ever-entertaining New York Times technology columnist and former Broadway musical conductor, was at the Boston Book Festival today talking ebooks and the future of reading.
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Official List of BlackBerry Devices to Get OS 5.0 Update  —  Been wondering if the BlackBerry Smartphone you already own will be getting the OS 5.0 update everybody keeps talking about?  We knew there would be a cut-off somewhere down the road of older device models and it turns …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple punts on lower-cost MacBook  —  By not coughing up a low-cost MacBook, as some had expected, Apple has ceded a potentially huge market to PC makers.  But is this just all part of Apple's marketing genius?  —  The announcement Tuesday of the $999 white polycarbonate MacBook was pretty ho-hum …
Discussion: Forbes and
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Billionaire Aids Charity That Aided Him  —  Were it not for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, there might be no Google.  —  Thirty years ago today, Sergey Brin, a 6-year-old Soviet boy facing an uncertain future, arrived in the United States with the help of the society.
Discussion: TechFlash, TechCrunch and Pulse2
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Discussion: DeviceMAG
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Finally Removing Deleted Tweets From Search Results
Discussion: Erictric, Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Achtung! Criminal Investigation Against YouTube Underway in Germany
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Capital Invests In Bump Technologies, The iPhone-Tapping Data Swap App
Discussion: mocoNews
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Tweets from the jury box: jurors using Twitter jeopardize trials
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tim Armstrong's Secret Project Is To Turn AOL Into A Low-Cost Content Machine