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6:25 AM ET, October 3, 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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's Most Valuable Friend  —  EVERY Monday a bit before 10 a.m., Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, dashes off a quick e-mail to her boss, Mark Zuckerberg.  “We have a routine,” Ms. Sandberg says.  “I e-mail, ‘Coming in?’  He replies, ‘On my way.’ ”
Thanks:atul
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness  —  THE saga of Steven P. Jobs is so well known that it has entered the nation's mythology: he's the prodigal who returned to Apple in 1997, righted a listing ship and built it into one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Thanks:rawmeet
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Become Bigger In Five Years Than Google Is Today  —  Remember three years ago, when Microsoft paid a quarter-billion dollars for 1.6% of Facebook and the exclusive right to run banner ads across Facebook.com?  Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision?
Thanks:atul
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: MacNN and iClarified
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Rise of the Online Autocrats  —  It turns out that the enemies of free expression are adept at the Internet, too.  —  The tweets started arriving in August, and they did not mince words.  One of the first accused the South Korean government of being “a prostitute of the United States.”
Thanks:digiphile
Brian Proffitt / bproffitt's blog:
Time to Move On From The Desktop?  —  The idea of open source on the desktop may no longer be viable.  —  I like it!  —  It's a good thing I'm not a conspiracy theorist.  —  Even though I don't think they meant to do it, no less than three noteworthy open source community members came …
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government  —  It seems to me that Malcolm Gladwell's debunking of the claim that the Net will empower political revolutions is right about one big thing, but wrong about a whole lot more.  —  Because of Gladwell's often-emulated twisty …
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Leo Mirani / Guardian:
Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, the revolution may well be tweeted
Discussion: Wikinomics
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On AOL... Again  —  The question I probably get asked most often is: “what does ParisLemon stand for?”  I usually just tell people it's not that interesting — because really, it's not.  The fact of the matter is that it was just the random screen name I chose for myself on AOL when I was a kid.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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
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 …
 
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Eric / pskl.us:
iPhone Applications & Privacy Issues: An Analysis of Application …
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Iran ‘detains western spies’ after cyber attack on nuclear plant
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
“Free Isn't Free”: Microsoft Trying To Make Android More Costly With Patent Suit
Discussion: Ed Brill, ThinkMobile and Seattle Times
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests Recent Buzz Section
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Dream Is Collapsing: Another Massive Yahoo Re-Org Coming Next Tuesday
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Oh Thank God Oracle Has a New Rivalry
Brian / brianstorms:
Why I Think (And Hope) @Qwiki Will Fail
Discussion: The Next Web
Google Mobile Blog:
Car Home for Android Gets Personal