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1:30 PM ET, September 16, 2010

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Alex Payne / Online Writing:
The Very Last Thing I'll Write About Twitter  —  I have an odd mental relationship with my former employer.  Clearly, I wouldn't have worked there for three and a half years if I didn't care about the product and the community.  But then, I wouldn't have left if I really wanted to see that commitment through.
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Developer Release  —  Today we are releasing the source code for Diaspora.  This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control.  From now on we will be working closely …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The real Facebook burglaries story  —  I did a little reporting to get the real story behind the reports of a Facebook burglary spree that supposedly used the service — right after its launch of Places — to find victims who were away on vacation.  I emailed Nashua, NH detective Dan Archambault …
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Android vs. iPhone: Wait just a minute!  —  Sure Google is gaining on Apple, but not as fast as comScore's latest data suggest  —  I don't want to get into what Ben Bradley, the Watergate-era editor of the Washington Post, used to call a “defensive crouch,” but I've got a bone to pick …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Apple Continued To Lose U.S. Marketshare Despite Spike From iPhone 4 Sales
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv's Newest App Now Broadcasts Live Video From Your iPhone  —  Time spent watching live video is up 650 percent in the U.S. over the past year, thanks to the proliferation of a number of live video publishers including Justin.tv, Ustream, Qik and Livestream.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
‘Halo: Reach’: $200M in 24 hours, biggest game in Microsoft history  —  “Halo: Reach,” the new installment in the blockbuster Xbox 360 series, topped $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in its first 24 hours, according to data released by Microsoft tonight.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Microsoft demoes Twitter and Netflix apps for Windows Phone 7, releases final dev tools  —  Coming this holiday season to a Windows Phone 7 phone near you: Twitter, Netflix, Flixster, OpenTable, and Travelocity apps.  The adroit coders behind those slices of software have managed …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Meet Seesmic For Windows Phone 7
Tamlin Magee / TechEye:
Why the snooping ex Google engineer is in trouble  —  Remember that 27 year old ex Google engineer, David Barksdale, who's allegedly been hassling minors, not miners, with cyber-stalking and snooping?  The great and mighty 'Ogle fired him, but here's exactly how he's in trouble according to federal law in the US.
Discussion: PogoWasRight.org
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
If Future Employees Compromise Privacy, Don't Expect Google To Tell The World
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nokia Is the McDonald's of Phones  —  Didn't you notice?  It was just Nokia World!  But with sales plummeting and executives fleeing—both at alarming rates—maybe it should be a reckoning instead.  —  Let's not confuse things: Nokia still sells more phones than anybody on the planet.
Discussion: Geek.com, Engadget, French Tribune and Phones Review, Thanks:atul
Richard Tom / Hulu Blog:
Hello Seattle  —  Perhaps when you think of Seattle your taste buds prepare themselves for a freshly brewed espresso or a not-so-simple soy-decaf-single-shot-one-pump- vanilla-iced-latte.  Or perhaps Seattle conjures images of the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital, where lives are saved and relationships flatline.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP  —  Chrome and Firefox always an option  —  Microsoft has ruled out putting Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP, leaving millions of PCs open to Mozilla and Google browsers providing hardware-accelerated rich-internet.
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Brian MacDonald / Search Blog:
Bing Previews a More Beautiful Search Experience in IE9
Matt Gross / New York Times:
A Baby Photo Becomes an Internet Meme  —  SOMETIME back in 2000, Allen S. Rout, a systems programmer from Gainesville, Fla., posted a few photos of his 5-month-old son, Stephen, on his personal Web site.  They were the kind of photos that every parent takes, but one in particular stood out …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Schmidt: We'll pull Facebook's data by hook or by crook  —  Google wants the data in Facebook and CEO Eric Schmidt isn't afraid to say that they'll find a way to get it.  Facebook isn't just winning the battle for web users' time (comScore says Facebook passed Google this month), they are also pulling some of Google's star engineers.
Chris Ramsdale / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
Google Relaunches Instantiations Developer Tools - Now Available for Free  —  In early August, Google acquired Instantiations, a company known for its focus on Eclipse Java developer tools, including GWT Designer.  We're happy to announce today that we're relaunching the following former …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad  —  Though it's just five months old, Apple's iPad is a certifiable hit, having already sold millions of units and spawning tens of thousands of apps tailored for its 10-inch screen.  The tablet has prompted many of its owners to use it instead …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Acquires Location-Based Mobile Software Startup Aloqa  —  Motorola this morning announced that it has bought Aloqa, a privately-held startup that develops location-based software and technologies designed to enable the discovery of relevant web content by mobile smartphone users.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Look YouTube, No Hands!  Looxcie Introduces Wearable Camcorder  —  Just when you thought our digital culture was bumping against the limits of oversharing, Looxcie steps in with a device that makes it even easier for oversharers to document every mundane moment of their lives.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bullish on Kinect  —  TOKYO—Microsoft Corp. is targeting global sales of more than three million units of its new Kinect motion-sensor gaming accessory for its Xbox 360 console in the first two months after the Nov. 4 launch in the U.S., providing a much needed holiday sales boost …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iOS 4.2 on iPad preview (video) (updated)
 
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Apple's ambitious AirPlay, AirPrint plans detailed in patent applications
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Sony Taps MySpace to Market Facebook Movie
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Nokia Developing 3D Rival to Google's Street View
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Russian 4G Android smartphone appears to have front-and-back screens
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MySpace and Google Zero in on Renewing “Realistic” Search Deal
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
NPR API Architect Headed to Netflix
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
LinkedIn's CEO on the perks to keeping profiles fresh
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Skyhook Is Suing Google: Google Basically Forced Motorola …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
What's It Like to Develop Apps for Nokia Phones?
Discussion: eWeek and All About Symbian
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Status Of CrunchPad Litigation
Discussion: Electronista