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3:25 PM ET, October 2, 2010

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Shocking: Apple Approves BitTorrent App For App Store  —  Apple is known for the stringent guidelines it applies when deciding which software to allow into their App Store - BitTorrent is one of the things on their ban list.  However, one developer who carefully avoided the dirty word …
Lawrence Lessig / The New Republic:
Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg  —  ‘The Social Network’ is wonderful entertainment, but its message is actually kind of evil.  —  In 2004, a Harvard undergraduate got an idea (yes, that is ambiguous) for a new kind of social network.  Here's the important point: He built it.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Oh Thank God Oracle Has a New Rivalry  —  I used to cover enterprise software for BusinessWeek.  You're probably not impressed by that, and you shouldn't be.  That beat is a combination of a punishment and proving ground because despite being a huge market, most enterprise software purchases …
Discussion: Digits
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Iran ‘detains western spies’ after cyber attack on nuclear plant  —  Iranian government accuses the west of launching an ‘electronic war’ following sophisticated Stuxnet worm attack  —  Iran has detained several “spies” it claims were behind cyber attacks on its nuclear programme.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Secret Acquisition Spree  —  A weekly look at a story that is defining the news.  —  Several reports that circulated this week claimed that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) had made zero acquisitions in 2010, a stark contrast to Google's 25.  And, while it's true that Microsoft …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
“Free Isn't Free”: Microsoft Trying To Make Android More Costly With Patent Suit  —  News broke yesterday that Microsoft was suing Motorola for Android-related patent infringements.  Microsoft said in a blog post that its patents cover a range of software functions used by Android devices …
Discussion: Ed Brill, ThinkMobile and TechNet Blogs
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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft using anti-Linux tactic against Google's Android
BBC:
More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring  —  The investigation kicked off when the FBI noticed a pattern of suspicious bank transactions in Omaha  —  The FBI says it has cracked a major international cyber crime network after more than 90 suspected members of the ring were arrested in the US.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Dream Is Collapsing: Another Massive Yahoo Re-Org Coming Next Tuesday  —  Yahoo is in shambles right now.  You've likely already heard about the most recent SVP exits, which CEO Carol Bartz has tried to spin.  Now we've heard another one is leaving as well — Jeff Kinder, the SVP of Media Products and Solutions.
Discussion: Adotas
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Stuxnet Questions and Answers  —  Stuxnet continues to be a hot topic.  Here are answers to some of the questions we've received.  —  Q: What is Stuxnet?  —  A: It's a Windows worm, spreading via USB sticks.  Once inside an organization, it can also spread by copying itself to network shares if they have weak passwords.
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Iain Thomson / V3.co.uk:
Stuxnet worm could have been inside job
Discussion: presstv.ir
Leo Mirani / Guardian:
Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, the revolution may well be tweeted  —  Malcolm Gladwell is wrong about the poor revolutionary power of social networking, as the tweeters in Kashmir show  —  For a man who has devoted a significant part of his life to documenting “how little things can make a big difference” …
Discussion: Wikinomics
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adidas Gives Up On Apple's iAds Because Steve Jobs Is Too Much Of A Control Freak — Scuttlebutt  —  Apple has lost another advertiser for its “iAd” mobile advertising business — this time Adidas, the athletic apparel giant — according to scuttlebutt we have heard from two mobile industry execs.
Brian / brianstorms:
Why I Think (And Hope) @Qwiki Will Fail  —  “Today, consumers are absolutely overwhelmed with information.”  —  “Information is an experience that we can watch.  Wow, that is an amazing idea!”  —  Quotes from Doug Imbruce, the CEO of Qwiki.  Quotes that quite ironically and quite perfectly suggest why I think Qwiki will fail.
Discussion: The Next Web
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests Recent Buzz Section  —  Gmail experiments with a new sidebar feature that shows a list of recent Buzz messages from the people involved in a conversation.  Google.org.cn (English version) says that this feature is currently available for Google Trusted Testers.
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
CNN's Social Media Pioneer Gets Fired: What Happens to Rick Sanchez on Twitter?
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The ‘Appification’ Of Everything
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