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12:25 PM ET, September 20, 2010

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Google Enterprise Blog:
A more secure cloud for millions of Google Apps users  —  Cloud computing is about making your information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device.  Until today, organizations looking to secure their information beyond a password have faced costs and complexities that prevented …
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Dave Girouard / The Official Google Blog:
Three million businesses have gone Google: celebrating growth, innovation and security  —  Today we're hosting more than 300 CIOs and IT professionals from around the world in Paris at Google Atmosphere, our annual European event dedicated to cloud computing—web-based applications that are built …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Swedish face-recognition company Polar Rose?  —  According to Norwegian Mac Site Mac1, Apple has bought up all of the shares of a Swedish face recognition company called Polar Rose.  An example of their technology can be seen above (Flashless).  Google translated:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A PR Spin (AKA How To Lie Like A Pro)  —  How do you know when a Facebook PR person is lying?  When their lips move (or they issue a statement!) ba-dum ching!  —  We've been taking a beating today on our story about Facebook working on a branded mobile phone.
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Scott Ard / CNET News:
Facebook mulling a branded smartphone  —  Facebook denied a story published this weekend that says the company is “building a mobile phone,” but CNET has confirmed that the social-networking giant has reached out to hardware manufacturers and carriers seeking input on a potential Facebook-branded phone.
Stuart Dredge / Recombu:
Plane Finder AR app lets you identify planes... in the sky!  —  There are moments when technology still makes our jaws drop.  This is one of them.  —  We'll let iPhone app Plane Finder AR's App Store description speak for itself: “Point the camera at a plane and you'll see the flight number …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab feature tour reminds of just how pocketable it isn't (video)  —  Sony tried to convince us that its VAIO P was a pocketable computer, so we quite naturally pointed, laughed and mocked.  It seems only fair, therefore, to give Samsung the same treatment when it tries to sell us …
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash runs faster, more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile  —  Web developer Chris Black benchmarked an HTML5 animation made using the Canvas tag against the same animation running in Flash.  The results may surprise you:  — HTML5 Canvas on iPhone 4: 22fps  — HTML5 Canvas on Nexus One: 40fps
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM scoops up Netezza for $1.7 billion, broadens data analytics lineup  —  IBM on Monday said it will acquire data warehouse appliance company Netezza in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.  —  With the move, IBM picks off one of Oracle's key competitors for its Exadata line.
Liz Welch / Inc.:
The Way I Work: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  Michael Arrington loves breaking tech stories, but he's not big on PR people, conversational niceties, or sunlight.  —  Michael Arrington says his style is to “bust the door down and clean the mess up later.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Fring reveals FringOut for cheap VoIP calls, challenges Skype head-on  —  When we first caught wind of Fring a while back, Skype compatibility was the draw, but as the years progressed and Fring grew some, the VoIP services didn't exactly get along.  Today, the company's taking matters …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC's Android tablet to use Tegra 2 and cost $790?  —  HTC keep protesting that they're not working on a tablet, and yet the leaks and rumors still keep coming.  Today's - courtesy of DigiTimes' shady sources - claims Pegatron will be manufacturing the tablet for HTC, and even has a rundown of specs …
Apple:
iPhone 4 Available in China on September 25  —  New Apple Retail Stores Opening in Shanghai & Beijing  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4 will be available to customers in China beginning Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m. at Apple Retail Stores including …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas — the squiggly, indecipherable text strings web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Private Equity Firm Acquires Internet Brands In $640 Million Deal  —  Internet media company Internet Brands this morning announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony PlayStation Move could get squeezed between Nintendo and Microsoft (review)  —  Sony has launched the PlayStation Move in an effort to show that a more accurate motion-sensing device made for both casual and hardcore games will succeed in getting gamers up off the couch.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Oracle's Ellison Introduces Exalogic: New Cloud-in-a-Box System  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison moves Oracle's cloud strategy into a new phase with a system that features hardware and software to run public and private clouds.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle has announced a new system that enables enterprises …
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Amazon in bid for whole of Lovefilm - report  —  (Reuters) - Amazon (AMZN.O), the world's largest online retailer, has made a takeover offer for movie-rental firm Lovefilm which values it at close to 200 million pounds, The Sunday Times reported without citing sources.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Shaping Ads for Web-Connected TV
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to License Unspecified Intellectual Property From Rovi
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Napster app arrives on iOS, completes the circle of life
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone App Piracy Tool and Source Code Up for Sale
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise Software Revenue to Surpass $232 Billion in 2010
Discussion: eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microblogging Wars Escalate: Posterous Claims Tumblr Blocks Its Autopost Feature
Jeff Chu / Fast Company:
Stanford University's Unique Economic Engine
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The H Security:
Hole in Linux kernel provides root rights
Discussion: The Register
LAPTOP Magazine:
Listen Up, Carriers: 3G Tablets Need a New Pricing Menu
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
The Return of the Tech Dividend
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks founder ‘free to leave Sweden’
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on 4G, cloud computing, net neutrality and hiring trends
Discussion: FierceWireless and ReadWriteWeb
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Memo to Eric Schmidt: Being Social is Not a Widget
Thanks:mathewi