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2:50 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:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Apple buys Polar Rose for a rumoured $22 million  —  Polar Rose, a Malmö, Sweden startup which built a very interesting facial recognition programme which hooked into Facebook photos, has been bought by Apple, according to Swedish media.  —  The 15-person company was previously majority owned …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and MobileWhack.com, Thanks:recombu
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
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.
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
What IBM sees in Netezza
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Rumor: Apple's newspaper subscriptions could debut next month  —  Last week the Mercury News reported that Apple is working on plans to sell newspaper subscriptions to iPad owners.  Today, a follow-up from the Wall Street Journal suggests that it could launch as early as next month, and will include magazines as well.
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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to License Unspecified Intellectual Property From Rovi  —  In a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Rovi announced that has reached a “multi-year agreement” with Apple for access to Rovi's intellectual property. … Rovi, originally founded as Macrovision …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Native Apps Account for Half of Mobile Internet Traffic  —  Native data applications, such as those installed on smartphones like the iPhone and devices running Android, now account for 50% of all mobile data volume according to a new report from Finnish mobile analytics company Zokem.
BerryReview:
First Picture of the BlackBerry Storm 3?  —  We were just sent a picture of what is supposedly the BlackBerry Storm 3.  Our tipster wishes to remain anonymous but it looks legit.  According to the tipster the Storm 3 will have a 3.7 inch display and 8GB of internal memory.
Frederico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iPad Available  —  Tweet  —  Great news, folks!  VLC for iPad has been approved by Apple and is now propagating in the App Store.  New Zealand users can find the app already available here, anyone else will have to wait a few hours to see the app available for sale in iTunes.
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 …
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
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
HP launches Photosmart eStation $399 printer with removable Android tablet  —  Think the $499 that Apple charges for its WiFi-only iPad is a bit too much to pay for a tablet computer?  No problem.  HP has just introduced a $399 Android tablet... oh yeah, and it comes with a free internet-connected printer.
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 …
 
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Ragavan / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Home Now Available Worldwide
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Global ‘internet treaty’ proposed
Wall Street Journal:
Shaping Ads for Web-Connected TV
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Napster app arrives on iOS, completes the circle of life
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Digital Home
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone App Piracy Tool and Source Code Up for Sale
Discussion: Erictric
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise Software Revenue to Surpass $232 Billion in 2010
Discussion: eWeek
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon's next CEO: Wireless chief Lowell McAdam
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony PlayStation Move could get squeezed between Nintendo and Microsoft (review)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flickr Hits Its 5 Billionth Photo, And Here It Is
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Amazon in bid for whole of Lovefilm - report
The H Security:
Hole in Linux kernel provides root rights
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