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6:15 AM ET, October 1, 2010

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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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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Stock Tanks After It Hires No-Name CEO  —  Leo Apotheker's run at HP is off to a rough start.  —  After HP named Apotheker CEO, its stock is down 4% in after hours trading, which means he's already destroyed $4.45 billion in shareholder value!  —  Not really Apotheker's fault …
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public; Comparing To Bit.ly & Twitter  —  Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right?  Google seems to think to, and it's now making its own Goo.gl service widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free.
Discussion: Lifehacker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goo.gl's Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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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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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could AOL Merge With Yahoo? …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Ugliest Girl At The Dance: How Yahoo Destroyed Yelp's Google Acquisition  —  A fascinating footnote to the failed Google acquisition of Yelp last December: a Yahoo counteroffer killed the deal, say two source with knowledge of the situation.  —  As of December 17 Yelp was in the final stages …
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Stop It.  Google Won't Buy Twitter.  —  (image) Today I landed from a trip to the world of the non-tech obsessed (PA and OH) to find my newsfeed was full of speculation that Google MUST buy Twitter, or be damned to obscurity in a race its already losing to Facebook.  —  Not so fast.
Discussion: FM Blog
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 …
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 …
Thanks:atul
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.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple TV Jailbreak Demoed on Video Using SHAtter !!  —  After showing off the demo of SHAtter exploit in action on an iPod touch 4G, the iPhone Dev-Team has now managed to jailbreak the newly released 2nd-gen Apple TV, running iOS 4.1 using SHAtter exploit loaded on PwnageTool.
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.)
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 …
Times of India:
DoT rejects BlackBerry's email decoding solution  —  DELHI: The BlackBerry security jinx is unlikely to be resolved soon.  The telecom department has rejected the interception solution offered by Canada's (RIM) for its secure corporate email service.  What's more is that it has spurned RIM's …
Discussion: Techdirt, Reuters and SlashGear
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 …
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 …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech unveiling Google TV product on Oct. 6  —  Logitech sent this invitation to journalists.  —  It looks as if Logitech will beat Sony across the Google TV finish line.  —  Sony recently trumpeted an October 12 event in New York City, at which the company will be revealing its Google TV-powered Internet TV.
Discussion: Mashable!, PC Magazine and Electronista
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 …
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Hibernia Plans High-Speed Trans-Atlantic Cable
Bloomberg:
Google Maintains Hiring, Seeks Additional Advertisers in China
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Patent protection key to Windows Phone 7 license
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, IntoMobile and eWeek
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Scientists Release HDCP Decryption Tool
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Speaks Frankly About The New Digg Rollout (TCTV)
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:jboitnott
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Quora adds ability to insert images, no longer just a Q&A site.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome gets acceleration, WebGL, Google Instant
New York Times:
In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue
Discussion: Guardian, eWeek and TG Daily
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