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11:55 PM ET, October 5, 2010

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Nielsen Wire:
Android Most Popular Operating System in U.S. Among Recent Smartphone Buyers  —  According to August data from The Nielsen Company, Android is now the most popular operating system among people who bought a smartphone in the past six months, while Blackberry RIM and Apple iOS …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
The iPhone Has a Real Fight on Its Hands  —  Back in March, I wrote about the increasingly personal fight between Steven P. Jobs, the Apple chief executive, and Eric E. Schmidt, his Google counterpart.  In it, I quoted Mr. Jobs saying: “Make no mistake: Google wants to kill the iPhone.  We won't let them.”
Milan Broum / Google Mobile Blog:
Open your eyes: Google Goggles now available on iPhone in Google Mobile App  —  Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience.  Now your phone's camera can even help to find out more about the world around you.  —  Back in December we introduced Google Goggles on Android …
Foursquare Blog:
So, that was a bummer.  —  Yesterday, we experienced a very long downtime.  All told, we were down for about 11 hours, which is unacceptably long.  It sucked for everyone (including our team - we all check in everyday, too).  We know how frustrating this was for all of you because many of you told us …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Explains Yesterday's 11 Hour Outage: An Overloading Of Database Shards  —  As you may have noticed yesterday, Foursquare was down.  Very down.  In fact, that service says that total downtime was around 11 hours all told.  That's not good.  And they know it.
StatCounter Global Stats:
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser falls below 50% of worldwide market for first time  —  Boston, USA and Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday, 5th October 2010:Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
The new Internet craze: splitting hairs over fractional Web browser market share changes  —  In recent months you may have noticed a surge of posts by popular, authoritative tech sites on the topic of Web browser market shares.  They all take roughly the same format: a bold title …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google responds to Oracle's Android patent lawsuit, we break it down  —  It's been just over a month and a half since Oracle first sued Google for infringing various Java-related patents in Android, and the big G's just filed its official response to the lawsuit after calling it “baseless.”
Discussion: Daring Fireball and OSNews, Thanks:rawmeet
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Eran Shir / eran's posterous:
Why Did we sell Dapper to Yahoo?  —  A few hours ago we signed an agreement to sell Dapper, my four year old baby, to Yahoo! for an undisclosed sum that someone will probably leak to Kara Swisher in a day or two.  I thought this an opportune occasion to summarize an amazing four years …
Discussion: ClickZ
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Google TV controller outed on ABC's Nightline (video)  —  Well, this is a bit unexpected.  We just happened to catch ABC Nightline's Google TV special, and lo and behold, there's a sneak preview of Sony's Google TV ad blitz... and with it, a never-before-s een controller.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon announces the Droid Pro — and it's not what anyone expected  —  Score one for Verizon!  In a world full of constant, spot-on leaks (not that we're complaining), they've managed to not only launch a device without leaksters getting it first, but also make (intentionally or not) …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook's “Like” Button Used To Be The “Awesome” Button … We can't get enough of Quora these days, basically because it connects people who have information to people who need it, and especially to those that didn't think they needed it.  One of the things you thought you didn't need to know?
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Credit Cards Will Go Electronic, Then Disappear Into iPhone 5  —  Two bits of news chart the evolution and demise of that dumb piece of plastic in your wallet.  First, it will get very intelligent.  Second, it will disappear.  —  Push-button Dual Function Credit Cards
Discussion: VentureBeat and UMBC ebiquity
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO says will see Windows slates by Christmas  —  (Reuters) - A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.  —  Ballmer did not say whether the palm-sized slates …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook co-founder gives additional $50,000 to legalize marijuana in California  —  Facebook has rejected advertising from Proposition 19 activists who are trying to decriminalize marijuana in California.  —  But Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has contributed an additional $50,000 …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and East Bay Express
Robert Lemos / PC World:
Microsoft Wants ‘Sick’ PCs Banned From the Internet  —  The software giant is calling for a collective health policy to certify a computer's health and restrict the Internet access of PCs infected with malware.  —  Recommends  —  The problem with PCs infected with bots …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As MeeGo VP Quits, Nokia CEO Taking Calls From Eric Schmidt  —  News broke this morning that Nokia's executive in charge of MeeGo devices, Ari Jaaksi, resigned last week.  This continues a string of high-profile people leaving the world's largest mobile phone company as it attempts to establish …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
PayPal check capture arrives for iPhone  —  Last week we told you about the upcoming check capture feature in the iPhone PayPal app.  This new feature uses your device's camera to capture checks so they can be deposited into your PayPal account.  This feature is similar to the Chase banking app …
Joel Mathis / Macworld:
Apple boots BitTorrent-related app from store  —  Apple has given the boot to an iPhone application capable of managing BitTorrent downloads, the app's developer said Tuesday.  Macworld has confirmed the program is no longer available from the App Store.  —  “Just got a call from Apple.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jason Calacanis: Revenge is a new editorial project to rival TechCrunch  —  Jason Calacanis is angry.  You can tell he's angry partly because he talks even faster than normal, but also because he's (still) spitting feathers about TechCrunch founder (and now AOL, employee) Mike Arrington.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPads has Apple really sold?  —  A preview of what analysts expect from the company's fourth quarter earnings report  —  Sources: Company reports and the consensus estimate for Q4  —  Bernstein Research retail analyst Colin McGranahan created a bit of a stir Monday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pulse Takes An Angel Round, But Where Are The Angels?  —  Something tells me the venture capitalists are just about done having their lunch eaten by the “super angel” crowd.  This morning we wrote about Hipmunk raising a $1 million angel round, but the super angel usual suspects (other than SV Angel) weren't part of the deal.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple TV Parts May Cost Less Than $64  —  CEO Steve Job's redesigned “hobby” device is 80 percent smaller and much more profitable to sell, says iSuppli, noting the Samsung A4 chip that also appears in the iPad and iPhone 4  —  The components in the latest version of Apple's (AAPL) …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget's Darren Murph nabs Guinness World Record for most blog posts ever written!  —  We always knew Darren Murph had oodles of talent and was extremely prolific — but now the man has got the paper to seriously prove it.  Our own Mr. Murph was just awarded the Guinness World Record for most posts ever by a blogger.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
AT&T debuts trio of Motorola Android phones: Bravo, Flipout and Flipside  —  Looking to get an Android device on AT&T?  Then you're soon going to have a few more options to consider — the carrier has just announced three new Android-based phones from Motorola.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Business cards thrive in a digital age  —  Paper is in peril.  Hardcover book sales, down; e-book sales, soaring.  Magazine and newspaper circulation are in decline.  When was the last time you let your fingers do the walking in the Yellow Pages?  —  But one paper tool is thriving.
Discussion: BlogPost
Ben Yoskovitz / Instigator Blog:
A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs  —  It's been a number of months since I announced that we sold Standout Jobs.  In that time I've gone through a myriad of emotions and cyclical arguments in my head about the entire process of starting Standout Jobs, running it and selling it.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Facebook Redesign Likely Being Unveiled Tomorrow After An Employee “Lockdown”
Discussion: Electricpig, Thanks:atul
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EU Parliament Members Not At All Happy About ACTA
Discussion: EurActiv and Michael Geist Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Co-CEO Open to Microsoft Software Despite Suit
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Where's All the Free Wi-Fi We Were Promised?
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bar Spy: Apple Trying To Hire a Blogger?
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Closes Hyper-Competitive Angel Round, Sans The Usual Suspects
Discussion: Mashable! and alarm:clock
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
IBM throws its hat into the hosted e-mail ring with Exchange Online competitor
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's Data Needs Mean $1.7 Million, Jacuzzi for Carolina Pair