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10:45 PM ET, September 30, 2010

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Richard Rabbat / Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web  —  As part of Google's initiative to make the web faster, over the past few months we have released a number of tools to help site owners speed up their websites.  We launched the Page Speed Firefox extension to evaluate the performance of web pages …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers JPEG alternative for faster Web  —  It turns out there was more to Google's WebM technology than just a plan to revolutionize Web-based video.  The company also wants to revolutionize still images on the Web with a new format called WebP.  —  Google plans to announce …
Muthu Muthusrinivasan / Social Web Blog:
Google URL Shortener Gets a Website  —  We first introduced the Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) last December as part of Google Toolbar and Feedburner.  Since our initial release, we've integrated the technology into many other Google products including News, Blogger, Maps, Picasa Web Albums …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goo.gl's Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code  —  Earlier today, Google formally released Goo.gl, their URL-shortener, to the public.  They're calling it the “stablest, most secure, and fastest URL shortener on the web.”  But it also may be the coolest thanks to an easter egg.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Lifehacker
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public; Comparing To Bit.ly & Twitter
Discussion: The Next Web
HP:
Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP  —  The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP's Board of Directors.
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Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, AT&T Set to Unveil Windows 7 Handsets  —  Microsoft Corp. will unveil a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11, and AT&T Inc. plans to begin selling them in early November, according to people familiar with the launch plans.
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Microsoft executive: Xbox Live is the hook that will sell Windows Phone 7
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Email Confirms Exec Departures With an Internal Memo From Bartz's “Foxhole” (Plus 8-K!)  —  Finally, a funny from Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, confirming what BoomTown reported yesterday about the departures of three top execs in an email memo to the company's employees worldwide.
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Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Explore the world with Street View, now on all seven continents  —  Update 12:01PM: To clarify, the Street View imagery for Antarctica includes panoramas of an area called Half Moon Island—such as this view of penguins and this one of the landscape.  The blue dots you see throughout …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Continuum for Verizon has double the displays, double the fun  —  The Fascinate's ride at the top of Sammy's Android lineup for Big Red might be a short one — a very short one.  Feast your eyes on this monster, said to be the rumored SCH-i400 Continuum …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple shuts flagship Beijing store as iPhone 4 scalpers run amok (Updated)  —  UPDATE: All four Apple retail stores in China now require customer to show his/her identity card while purchasing the iPhone 4.  Every customer could only purchase one iPhone 4.  Apple employees will unbox …
Justice Godel Conder / Singularity Hacker:
The BlackBerry PlayBook Doesn't Exist  —  I am truly shocked that so many people are being duped by BlackBerry's recent announcement of their tablet, the PlayBook.  I have read endless comments from people who are saying they can't wait to get this tablet computer.  Well, I think I have some bad news for you folks.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Six Months After Leaving Digg, Jay Adelson Opens Up, Hints at Stealth Project  —  Yesterday, at the TechCrunch Distupt conference, Digg founder Kevin Rose apologized for a recent redesign to the site that has turned off users in droves, lamented that Digg's board once turned …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook CTO “Very Confident” Facebook and Apple Will Work Together On Ping  —  At a dinner with New York media last night, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor said he is “very confident” Facebook and Apple will figure out a way to work together on Ping, Apple's music social network.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers  —  The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows High Resolution Photos, Bulk Tagging, and Makes More Improvements to Photos  —  Today Facebook begins rolling out multiple improvements to its photos product.  Users will be able to upload and download high resolution photos, quickly view photos in a pop-up light box view without leaving …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Might Microsoft break its acquisition drought with a social gaming company?  —  There's been a lot of analysis this week of a study that exposed the fact that Microsoft hasn't made a single acquisition in calendar 2010.  (The Softies told News.com there may have been some minor, quiet ones, but nothing serious.)
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks is Dead.  Long Live Xmarks?  —  First off, a big thanks to all of you that sent kudos and “Nooooooo's” in response to our shutdown announcement.  We take enormous pride in the sync service we worked so hard to create and it means a lot to hear how much our users love what we've built.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome gets acceleration, WebGL, Google Instant  —  On Windows, Chrome's omnibox gets Google Instant results when enabled through about:labs.  Also shown is the side tabs option.  —  Fulfilling a pledge to hasten the pace of Chrome releases, Google has issued its first beta edition of Chrome 7 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Failures in mobile space cost Steve Ballmer half his bonus  —  Microsoft documents filed with the SEC reveal that CEO Steve Ballmer received only half of the maximum bonus available to him because of the company's struggles in the mobile market.  —  An annual proxy filing to the SEC …
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue  —  Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.
Discussion: eWeek, Guardian, TG Daily and Tech Report
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft releases updated Windows Live apps  —  Microsoft today is releasing the final version of its new set of Windows Live apps, including updates to its photo- and video-editing programs, as well as synching and blogging tools.  —  The Windows Live Essentials 2011 apps …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Web Search That Talks  —  A startup unveils a tool that generates a slick video for any topic you search for.  —  Ever wished for a search engine that could talk?  Qwiki—a startup that took the TechCrunch Disrupt prize last night—has one.  —  Type in the name of one of several million people …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and TechCrunch
 
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Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Quora adds ability to insert images, no longer just a Q&A site.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech unveiling Google TV product on Oct. 6
Roy Furchgott / Gadgetwise:
Comcast to Monitor Customer Computers for Malware
Discussion: CNET News and Comcast Voices
Priya Ganapati / Epicenter:
Scribd Facebook Instant Personalization Is a Privacy Nightmare
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is Zynga's head count higher than Facebook's?
Discussion: ClickZ
Wall Street Journal:
Millions Netted in Global Bank Hack
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Vimeo iPhone App On the Way
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Interest In The iPhone Crashes
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Wiretapping the Internet  —  On Monday, The New York Times reported …
Discussion: @methodshop and FierceCIO News, Thanks:atul
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
IMDb turns 20 with a refreshed, video-full website
Discussion: MediaPost and Switched
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft: Windows Live Spaces already dead, WordPress.com …