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10:45 PM ET, September 12, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Arrogance?  I've Never Seen Them So Humble  —  Mike Elgan criticizes Google for being condescending in a recent column on one of the dead tree IT rags.  His first point is that Google PR exec Gabriel Stricker started off a recent press conference with a quip about how fast paced Google innovation is:
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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.
Discussion: StartupMuse, Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
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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 …
Guy Grimland / Haaretz:
Google buying second Israeli startup: Quiksee  —  Google is buying its second Israeli startup: Quiksee, based in Or Yehuda.  The deal is estimated at $10 million.  —  Both Google Israel and Quiksee refused to comment.  —  Quiksee, also known as MentorWave Technologies …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Will carriers destroy the Android vision?  —  Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech.
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
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
H.P.'s Blundering Board  —  There they go again.  —  The Hewlett-Packard board is back to doing what it does best: shooting itself in the foot.  By filing an embarrassing lawsuit against the company's former chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, this week — a suit that unwittingly highlights …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Is Game Center capped at 500 friends?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, IMAK Creations and Covering Web, Thanks:pand21b
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nokia's New CEO: Challenges
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
E.U. to Back Plan for Pan-European Mobile Market
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Closer Look At The Google Buzz Privacy Settlement
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The “Verizon iPhone” Versus “The iPhone On Verizon's Network”
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Page Discovery “Browser”
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and UMBC ebiquity