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2:30 PM ET, September 18, 2010

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites  —  Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies.  The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently …
Discussion: Gawker, Softpedia News and Geek.com
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Pi record smashed as team finds two-quadrillionth digit  —  The formula turns an infinite sum into a more manageable calculation of single terms  —  A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi - and a few digits either side of it.  —  Nicholas Sze, of technology firm Yahoo …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil Goes Down, And We Hear It's Down For Good  —  Cuil, the much maligned search engine that at one time had hopes of toppling Google, has gone offline.  And from what we hear from former employees, it's not just a temporary outage, it may be done for good.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Instant To Chrome Labs In Chromium (Windows Only, For Now)  —  Google Instant is great — but I rarely use it.  Why?  Because I simply don't go to google.com that often.  That's not to say I don't search Google a lot — I do — I just use the Omnibox in Chrome for almost all of my searches.
Discussion: Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Best Buy CEO: The Reports Of Microsoft's Death Are Grossly Exaggerated... By Me.  —  All day, the Internet has been erupting with news that the age of notebook and netbooks is over, and the age of tablets — specifically, the iPad, of course — has begun.  One of the main catalysts …
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Brian J. Dunn / Best Buy:
Statement: Reports of notebook, netbook sales declines grossly exaggerated
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Negotiate With Publishers Over Digital Newsstand  —  Apple Inc. is developing a digital newsstand for publishers that would let them sell magazines and newspapers to consumers for use on Apple devices, said two people familiar with the matter.  —  The newsstand …
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Security a Concern as HTML5 Gains Traction  —  From animated logos to Web videos for hip, independent bands, HTML5 is getting buzz and gaining traction.  But concerns about the security of features in the new version of the Web's lingua franca persist.  —  Every technology innovation …
Doug Aamoth / Techland:
AirScouter Projects a 16-inch Display Directly onto Your Retina  —  Here's a quick glimpse into what may be the future of head-mounted displays.  Recently shown off in Japan, Brother's AirScouter projects the equivalent of a 16-inch display directly onto your retina.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
The First Rule Of Defeating Web Censorship Is You Do Not Talk About Defeating Web Censorship  —  In the fight for the freedom of the global Internet, the heroes aren't always so easy to identify.  Case in point: Haystack, a much-hyped software tool aimed at circumventing Iran's strict filter …
Discussion: Economist
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Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
On Writing, Funding, and Distributing Software to Activists …
Discussion: John Graham-Cumming and Guardian
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Finally Lets A Google Voice Application Into The App Store (Again)  —  Google Voice applications have had a pretty tumultuous history in the App Store.  At first, Apple approved them, and the people rejoiced.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, they were pulled, with …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hewlett-Packard's Imminent CEO Choice Needs to (and Will) Be Internal  —  Because this is a big CEO search in Silicon Valley, naturally the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board turned to star headhunter Jim Citrin of Spencer Stuart for help in finding the next leader for the tech giant.
Discussion: GMSV and Bloomberg, Thanks:atul
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Fly on the wall says Apple made Newsday kill funny iPad ap ad  —  Report unconfirmed; Apple has yet to respond  —  Yesterday we were speculating about whether Apple was behind the sudden disappearance from YouTube of a newspaper's funny iPad app ad that depicted a Dad “forgetting” …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Skyhook: Google forced Motorola to drop our location service, delay the Droid X  —  We figured Skyhook's business interference and patent infringement lawsuits against Google would turn up some dirt, and we didn't have long to wait: the location-services company's complaint flatly alleges …
 
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Jon Mundy / The Pocket Gamer iPhone gaming podcast:
EA set to throw its weight behind Android
Discussion: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and AndroidGuys
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Shooting From Carol Bartz's Hip: Apple's iAds Are Just Awful …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
When Web sites and Web apps collide with IE 9: Questions and some answers
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Transcript: Twitter's Ev Williams Answers An Hour's Worth Of Questions, On Twitter
Discussion: GigaOM and Epicenter, Thanks:rawmeet
Amit Singhal / Wall Street Journal:
Is Google a Monopolist? A Debate
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lets You Mark Friend Requests with “Not Now,” then Decide on Them Later