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7:55 PM ET, September 12, 2010

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Marco.org:
Most common words unique to 1-star and 5-star App Store reviews  —  I wrote a script to crawl U.S. App Store customer reviews for the top 100 apps from every category (minus duplicates) and compute the most common words in 1-star and 5-star reviews, excluding words that were also common in 3-star reviews.
Discussion: TiPb and Daring Fireball
asymco:
Gartner: Windows Mobile attracts far more developers than any rival mobile operating system  —  Gartner in 2006 predicting mobile OS future. … via Gartner Says WM Can Empower Your Developers.  —  A piece by Gartner that has a typical Gartner conclusion: WM 5 is going to grow …
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Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones Blog:
Is there really any value to 3-year smartphone forecasts?  —  We get quarterly reports from different analysts for past smartphone performance and then every once in a while we see reports predicting smartphone performance in the future.  After looking more closely at and thinking further …
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microdata: HTML5's Best-Kept Secret  —  Given the amount of industry noise about native video and scripted animations, you'd be forgiven if you had never heard of the new microdata specification included in HTML5.  —  Similar to outside efforts like Microformats, HTML5's microdata offers …
Mike Elgan / mikelgan's blog:
Why is Google so condescending?  —  Recent comments by Google's top PR guy and even its CEO make me wonder whether the company understands how such comments do far more harm than good.  —  I like it!  —  Google's Gabriel Stricker, director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, opened the Google Instant launch this week.
Thanks:rawmeet
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nokia's New CEO: Challenges  —  Here we are, back from last June's Nokia science-fiction romp.  The company has finally elected a new CEO to replace OPK, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. 43-year-old Stephen Elop's bona fides are in order: As President of Microsoft's Business Division (since January 2008) …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Using Microsoft, Russia Suppresses Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
Alex Gasparski / TechReviewSource News Blog:
Leaked: Acer Laptop with Dual Touchscreens  —  From one of our sources, we have received pictures of a laptop from Acer that is currently in development.  It has two touch screens, one as the laptop's display and one as the keyboard/trackpad.  In other words, it has no physical keyboard …
Associated Press:
Report: HP close to buying ArcSight for $1.5B  —  NEW YORK — Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. may be close to another major acquisition.  —  The company is nearing a deal to buy security software provider ArcSight for about $1.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal said on its website Sunday.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
As “Instant” Services Proliferate, Instantise Gives Them All A Home  —  Yesterday I wrote about how all web services could possibly be more useful with some “Instantization”; Scottish engineer Tam Denholm had the very same idea, and built Instantise to house the recent outcrop …
Discussion: PC Magazine and WebProNews
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Feross Aboukhadijeh / Feross.org:
YouTube Instant. The last two days...
Discussion: Mashable!, Quick Online Tips and TopINews Blog, Thanks:atul
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Stupid California Police Warn Parents of Pedobear, the ‘Pedophile Mascot’ (Updated)  —  Pedobear is a meme featuring a cute cartoon bear who pops up wherever people are being creepy about kids on the Internet.  Cops in California don't understand this, and have issued a hilarious warning about Pedobear.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Is Game Center capped at 500 friends?  —  Game Center, Apple's new live gaming network for iOS, seems to be capped at roughly 500 friends per account.  A few days ago, after reaching 501, my account stopped receiving new friend requests.  I didn't notice at first since I'd turned off popups and trumpets …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, IMAK Creations and Covering Web, Thanks:pand21b
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Reading E-Books in All the Colors of the Rainbow  —  BLACK-AND-WHITE movies have their film noir appeal, yet it's glowing color that rules on most consumer displays these days, with one exception: the pages of e-book readers.  There, color is still supplied the old-fashioned way — not by filtered pixels, but by readers' imaginations.
Discussion: Personanondata
 
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Facebook Launches Page Discovery “Browser”
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