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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Apple, Google, Others Settle Antitrust Probe Into Their Hiring Practices  —  Six major technology companies—Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Intel (NSDQ: INTC), Intuit, Adobe Systems (NSDQ: ADBE), and Pixar—will no longer agree not to poach employees from each other …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six High Tech Companies to Stop Entering into Anticompetitive Employee Solicitation Agreements … WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with six high technology companies - Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc. …
Google Public Policy Blog:
On recruiting “cold calls”  —  Google grew by more than 16,000 people between 2005 and 2009 — a five fold increase in the size of our company.  In fact, we were hiring so fast that on average 40 new recruits were joining every day by 2007.  At the same time, we were also building partnerships …
Chad Catacchio / thenextweb.com:
Video of Zuckerberg's chat with Oprah today  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with Oprah today to discuss his new Startup:Education foundation that he officially announced this morning in a blog post.
Discussion: TechFlash
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Startup: Education  —  Education has always been important to me and my family.  Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of learning and academic success.  They both worked to make sure my three sisters and I could all go to good colleges.  My grandmother was a teacher …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Founder Also Involved In Mark Zuckerberg's $100M Donation To Newark  —  Image by Twitter / Twitter via CrunchBase  —  Facebook is not the only social network Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker is getting help from for the city's public schools.  Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has also donated …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Money Talks, Thanks:ojchiang
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Zynga finalizing biggest S.F. office lease in years  —  (09-24) 16:28 PDT San Francisco — Zynga on Friday was putting the last touches on the biggest new office lease in San Francisco in nearly five years, finalizing a long anticipated deal that underscores the social gaming company's phenomenal growth fueled …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt: Forget Apple, Facebook, Bing's Our Biggest Problem  —  Eric Schmidt says Microsoft, not Apple or Facebook, is the biggest rival Google has right now.  —  “Bing is a well run, highly competitive search engine,” Schmidt tells the WSJ's Alan Murray in a long interview.
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Bloomberg:
Sony Ericsson Is Planning No New Symbian Products  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd., the mobile-phone venture of Sony Corp. and Ericsson AB, is the latest vendor to abandon the Symbian operating system.  —  “We have no plans for the time being to develop …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Confirms New Apple TV Orders On Schedule for September Delivery  —  A significant amount of attention has been focused on orders for the new Apple TV today after it was revealed that Apple had contacted some customers to notify them that their expedited shipping fees were being refunded due to an unspecified “delay”.
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AppleInsider:
Apple issuing refunds for Apple TV rush orders, citing delay
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Scrabble Is First Paid Game App for Kindle  —  Screenshot of My Kindle, Getting Beat By the Computer - Image: Tim Carmody  —  This might be the happiest chapter in Scrabble's short digital history: Electronic Arts has released an official version of Scrabble for Kindle.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Googler Cassidy Steps Down as Polyvore CEO  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (pictured here), former president of Google's Asia-Pacific and Latin American operations, is leaving her CEO job at the fashion and shopping social network Polyvore.  —  Co-founder Pasha Sadri …
Discussion: paidContent and bizjournals, Thanks:atul
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Facebook Blames Outage On Database Failure  —  Programming chief says lengthy downtime was traced to an automated system designed to detect and fix error conditions.  —  Dell To Launch Second Tablet  —  Chief Executive Michael Dell showed off a prototype of the 7-inch tablet at Oracle OpenWorld, but did not offer details.
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Bets on HTML5 With Dextrose Acquisition  —  Zynga has announced its latest acquisition today, the German company Dextrose AG, which released a development platform called the Aves Engine earlier this year.  —  The news hasn't been widely commented on yet, but this could turn out to be one of Zynga's most important acqusitions.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Gamasutra, Thanks:atul
Ben Blumenfeld / Facebook Blog:
Discover Facebook Pages  —  A couple of months ago I found myself online, browsing for movies to rent.  There are lots of tools to find new movies or rediscover old ones.  As I poked around, I thought, “People should really be able to do this with Pages on Facebook!”
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's Google TV product slated for October 12 NYC unveiling  —  Get ready for more details on Google TV.  —  Sony has just dispatched an invitation for a New York City media event slated for October 12 that promises the introduction of “the world's first Internet Television.”
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Confirmed: No FaceTime in parts of the Middle East  —  We just got confirmation on our story earlier this week that FaceTime had gone missing in parts of the world, mostly around the Middle East. @dutweets is the official Twitter account for du, the telecom operator for the iPhone in the United Arab Emirates …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US ISP Disconnects Alleged Pirates for 6 Months  —  The United States Internet Service provider Suddenlink has effectively implemented a three-strikes policy for repeated copyright infringers.  After three DMCA notices, alleged copyright infringers are disconnected from the Internet for six months, without a refund.
Discussion: Techdirt
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Verizon-Apple iPhone agreement ‘may not ever get resolved’  —  Struggles between Verizon and Apple are a sign that a deal to bring the iPhone to Verizon's network may never happen, even once the carrier's high-speed 4G network is established, one Wall Street analyst has said.
Joe Ryan / New Jersey Online:
Hacker gets 10 years for phone scam that bilked Newark firm  —  A prodigious computer hacker who went from being a Miami playboy to an international fugitive was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for stealing more than $1 million in long-distance internet telephone service from companies, including one in Newark.
Nick Douglas / The Awl:
The Rise of Reddit: 4chan and Digg Get the Credit While Reddit Booms  —  Of the three main drivers of internet culture—blogs, social networking sites and forums—most people in the media and in the general Internet-using public only understand two.  Blogs work in a very obvious way: they're like magazines or newspapers, but light.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Vast Majority Of Software Patents In Lawsuits Lose  —  Well, this is interesting (and quite surprising).  A new study by John Allison, Mark Lemley, Joshua Walker looked at highly litigated patents to see how well they did in court, and came up with some really unexpected findings.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Windows Phone 7 will not be able to tether after all  —  In an interview on TWiT podcast Windows Weekly, Director of Windows Phone 7 Brandon Watson indicated that his company's new mobile operating system would have the ability to tether; it would just be up to carriers to allow it.
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Law Firm Torn Apart By Leaked Emails
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Ron Piovesan / A Musing:
Rooting for Roku  —  Picking up on previous posts on LiveDigitally …
Discussion: PC World
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Microsoft Taps Demand Media to Promote Bing
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Digg traffic down, but not out  —  A month ago …
Discussion: Mashable!, Softpedia News and Inquirer
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Extremely Bizarre Pizza Video
Discussion: Geek.com and Eater National
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Discussion: The Next Web and Fast Company
Zach Holman:
Hey Twitter: Give us our Tweets
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Target Confirms They Will Start Selling The iPad In Store On October 3rd
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Fitzgerald / Platformonomics:
The Hole in Android and Google's Double Pony Problem
Discussion: Know Your Cell, Thanks:rawmeet
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Leaves Another ‘Autocomplete’ Privacy Bug In Safari Unfixed
AppleInsider:
Apple readying production of smaller, lighter 11.6-inch MacBook Airs?
Milo Yiannopoulos / Telegraph:
Loïc Le Meur, Microsoft and the sound of wedding bells
Jonathan Allen / Search Engine Watch:
Propeller.com Spinning to a Stop
Discussion: Mashable! and Search Engine Land
Frederic / NewsGrange:
The Microsoft Tanker Has Turned and You Ignore it at Your Own Peril
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:rawmeet