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6:00 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 …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Debunking the Myths About Facebook's Stock Split  —  What is it about a stock split that sets off speculation?  It is one of the most mundane and technical developments in the stock market, with little or no impact on a company's fundamental performance, and yet news of a split can set a stock's valuation soaring.
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.
Discussion: iClarified
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psst.  Sprint 4G is Lit up in San Francisco  —  You folks in Silicon Valley who are waiting for Sprint to light up the 4G network are going to like what I have to tell you.  I've been in San Francisco for four days and have tested the 4G coverage all over the SOMA (south of Market Street) area.
Thanks:jkendrick
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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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 …
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.
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
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
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: Joho the Blog and Wikinomics
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.
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
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
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T, T-Mobile to Offer Service in NY Subway Stations  —  Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA customers will have mobile-phone service on New York City subway stations after the carriers signed 10-year agreements to access an underground network being built by Transit Wireless LLC.
Discussion: Phone Scoop, TmoNews and Electronista
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Dream Is Collapsing: Another Massive Yahoo Re-Org Coming Next Tuesday
Discussion: Adotas
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFAOL: Highlights From Yesterday's Secret “Welcome To AOL” Meeting
Google Mobile Blog:
Car Home for Android Gets Personal
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
CNN's Social Media Pioneer Gets Fired: What Happens to Rick Sanchez on Twitter?
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The ‘Appification’ Of Everything
Discussion: CloudAve
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How Apple's iPad Is Invading The Business World
 

 
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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