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8:15 PM ET, October 3, 2010

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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The OS Doesn't Matter...  Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do.  The “old” OS orchestrated the use of resources: memory, processors, I/O (input/output) to external devices (screen, keyboard, disks, network, printers...).
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.
Discussion: Fortune, MacStories, Gizmodo and TUAW, Thanks:rawmeet
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Sean Parker, Leo Apotheker and “lazy journalism”  —  The College of Cardinals was sending out dark smoke signals for weeks.  But when the white smoke finally came out and the bells chimed announcing a consensus candidate, the press went “whoa!”  They should have been in Rome covering the Papal Conclave …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
If Web 1.0's Kryptonite Was the Bust, Web 2.0 Kryptonite Was the Grind  —  There were two surreal moments for me at Disrupt last week.  The first was during the SV Angels Party when Hammer was dancing.  It wasn't just because MC-Freaking-Hammer was doing to Hammer dance in a tux and nerd glasses in front of me.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon agrees to refund customers $90 million for wrongful data charges  —  Did you have a Verizon phone sans data plan, but get billed for data anyhow?  Verizon Wireless is dropping $90 million to make things right next month.  The New York Times reports that the company …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
New Twitter.com has rate limits too  —  Remember when we told you that the new Twitter.com was re-engineered to use its own APIs?  Well, apparently Twitter also decided to set a rate-limit for usage on Twitter.com as well.  That's right, I just got shut down for using Twitter.com too much within an hour.
Thanks:zee
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info  —  The user data collected by some iOS apps can be correlated to real-world identities, posing a privacy risk to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.  According to research from Bucknell University, a majority of iOS apps transmit user data back to their own servers.
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Eric / pskl.us:   iPhone Applications & Privacy Issues: An Analysis of Application …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Surface computing + augmented reality = Microsoft LightSpace  —  Microsoft is looking to extend its surface-computing work into the spatial-computing arena with a new research project known as LightSpace.  —  Andy Wilson, a Microsoft research who was key in bringing the Microsoft Surface tabletop to market …
Thanks:rawmeet
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Wheretheladies.at Shows You Where The Ladies Are At  —  At the Tahoe Tech Talk this weekend, someone from the audience introduced themselves as a representative of Wheretheladies.at, a domain whose extreme ridiculousness piqued my interest a) because it is actually real and b) …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Sharad Goel / Yahoo! Search Blog:
What Can Search Predict?  —  This week research scientists at Yahoo! Labs published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines the possibility of using web search data to predict consumer behavior.  Their results have captured the public imagination …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Google's CEO: ‘The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists’  —  Watch the full video of this session  —  “The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists” to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum.
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:atul
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Breaking: Yahoo's Jimmy Pitaro Lands Digital Co-President Job …
Discussion: mocoNews
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Rise of the Online Autocrats
Thanks:digiphile
Brian Proffitt / bproffitt's blog:
Time to Move On From The Desktop?  —  The idea of open source …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On AOL... Again  —  The question I probably get asked most often is …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government
Discussion: Twittercism and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Become Bigger In Five Years Than Google Is Today
Discussion: Webomatica, Thanks:atul
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's Most Valuable Friend
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psst. Sprint 4G is Lit up in San Francisco
Thanks:jkendrick