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10:00 AM ET, October 26, 2009


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Ephraim Gadsby / Gawker:
Bill Keller: Apple Tablet ‘Impending’  —  Bill Keller may have casually mentioned that Apple's not-officially-happening-but-clearly- happening tablet computer is imminent and that the New York Times are working to bring content to it.  —  Earlier this year a stealth team from the newspaper was rumoured …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Verizon Storm2 on October 28th, BlackBerry OS 5.0 for original Storm out now  —  If you have an original Storm purchased through Verizon then first, our condolences.  At the risk of rubbing it in (since you're still on contract) we have to tell you that the second generation Storm2 …
A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wirelessâ Network On Oct. 28  — The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Netflix Movies Stream to Sony's PlayStation 3  —  Next month, the 9 million U.S. owners of Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles will have another entertainment option available to them: streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix.  —  The long-awaited announcement gives Netflix another distribution channel …
Steve Swasey / PlayStation.Blog:
Netflix Coming Soon to PlayStation 3
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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
HTC Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign About ‘You’ To Become Household Name  —  HTC may be the most successful cellphone company you've never heard of.  —  At least that was the headline three years ago when the Taiwanese-based company was getting serious about establishing itself …
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Found Footage: iPhone costumes are either genius or deeply misguided  —  You have to hand it to Reko and John for their stick-to-it-iveness; they were behind a similar set of iPhone costumes in 2007, but those didn't have the fully-functional power of these new outfits.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Companies big and small monitor Twitter to find out what their customers like and what they want changed.  Twitter does the same.  —  It started two years ago as a bare-bones service, offering little more than the ability to post 140-character messages.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce And Adobe Partner To Offer Flash-Based Applications In The Cloud  —  With all of its SaaS offerings, is consistently integrating with other forms of cutting edge technologies, such as Twitter,, and more to offer clients more diverse and appealing options.
Brough / Communications:
Has AT&T Wireless data congestion been self-inflicted?  —  We've all heard or read stories about how iPhone usage has overloaded the AT&T Wireless network but it's likely at least some of their problems are the result of configuration errors specifically, congestion collapse induced by misconfigured buffers in their mobile core network.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Slashdot and Joho the Blog
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
27 Takes on Windows 7  —  By now, it's just silly to analyze Windows 7.  All you really need to know is that it's better than Vista, and if you use a PC, it's probably your next OS.  So let's give Win7 a 27-reviewer victory lap.  —  CNET  —  “Windows 7 presents a stable platform …
Press Association:
Web set for non-English addresses  —  The internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names - or addresses - that can be written in languages other than English, an official has said.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tilera debuts chip with 100 computing brains for vast data centers  —  Networking chip maker Tilera is debuting a chip today with 100 computing brains.  It believes that this hydra beast will be able to improve the computing power of data centers while reducing their power consumption at the same time.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
85,000 reasons why Apple's iPhone isn't going to be disrupted  —  There's nothing geeks love more than to argue mobile phone platforms.  Here's Matt Blaisdell saying that apps weren't key to iPhone's success.  That's true, but now that Apple has apps the world has changed and challengers to the iPhone will find it very tough.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Technovia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Just How Big Is TweetMeme Anyway, And Why Does It Matter?  —  There is a lot of chatter about TweetMeme's rather robust growth to over 18 million unique monthly visitors on  That puts them ahead of well known sites like LinkedIn and with 15 million and 9 million visitors, respectively, on the service).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft, Google and the Bear  —  Excuse me for repeating a hoary old joke: … This succinctly describes the relationship when it comes to smartphones between Google (the camper with the running shoes), Microsoft (the other camper) and Apple (the bear).  —  I wrote an article in Monday's Times …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
IT leaders trust Microsoft more than Google, 2-to-1  —  Microsoft has a long history with CIOs.  Google is one of the most trusted brands on earth.  TechRepublic's CIO Jury ruled on which one IT trusts more.  —  Google has gotten much more aggressive about expanding beyond Web search in 2009.
The Unlockr:
Mystery HTC Android Handset Has a Name and a Carrier  —  So do you remember the post we did on a certain mysterious HTC Android device that we've never seen before?  —  Well after doing some research I'm 90% positive as to what this phone is...  Its the HTC Dragon!  Well, sort of.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, Bet on Aviary, a Web-Based Would-Be Adobe  —  Last week, Jeff Bezos made $2 billion in one day, courtesy of a massive spike in Amazon (AMZN) shares.  What will he do with the extra dough?  —  Perhaps plow it into more startups like Aviary, a Long Island-based design software company.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Many users like using devices for authentication.  But is it safe?  —  Valuable information is increasingly stored remotely, but it's difficult to keep it safe without compromising convenience and accessibility for users.  Last week, Uniloc, a company based in Irvine, CA …
Fred / A VC:
Is Blog Reading Mainstream?  —  I was reading Technorati's State Of The Blogosphere report yesterday.  It has a lot of data on bloggers but not so much on readers.  And I'm more curious about readers than bloggers.  —  I believe that blog reading has gone completely mainstream based largely …
Schneier on Security:
“Evil Maid” Attacks on Encrypted Hard Drives  —  Earlier this month, Joanna Rutkowska implemented the “evil maid” attack against TrueCrypt.  The same kind of attack should work against any whole-disk encryption, including PGP Disk and BitLocker.  Basically, the attack works like this:
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Peggy Orenstein / New York Times:
Stop Your Search Engines
Discussion: CrunchGear and Snarkmarket, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SGN's CEO Talks About F.A.S.T. Going Free And The Realities Of A Changing App Store
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Guardians of Their Smiles
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Myth Of Great Search Engine Results
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
TomTom car mount now available at US Apple store for $120
Discussion: Engadget
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Rally May Sidestep Newspapers
Discussion: and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Hackers target Guardian jobs site
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
Twitter Snags Platform Manager Josh Elman From Facebook
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Demos to show spying on mobile IP calls
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Weezer, plane crashes and everything else that's worrying …