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6:45 PM ET, October 9, 2010

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Sebastian Thrun / The Official Google Blog:
What we're driving at  —  Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology.  And one of the big problems we're working on today is car safety and efficiency.  Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof.  Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
World-Changing Awesome Aside, How Will The Self-Driving Google Car Make Money?  —  Google made a stunning revelation this morning: the existence of a secret self-driving car project.  Even more amazing: it has been in testing for months, on actual roads across California, and things seem to be running smoothly.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 ads reveal Samsung Focus for AT&T, November 8th date and shiny new website  —  We'd heard November 8th was AT&T's Windows Phone 7 launch date, but this makes it real — Microsoft advertisements on Microsoft's page, pointing to a brand-new Windows Phone website.
Discussion: Softpedia News and WMPoweruser.com
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
UK carrier's roadmap points to October 21 release for Windows Phone 7, over 2,000 apps at launch  —  The whole world and his neighbor's dog may already know when Windows Phone 7 will be announced, but when are the actual phones going to hit actual shelves?  If you're in the US …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Was this Apple's $20 billion quarter?  —  The blogger-analysts say damn straight.  The Street isn't far behind  —  Source: Company reports and average Q4 estimate  —  Wall Street was more than a little skeptical in July when Apple (AAPL) CFO Peter Oppenheimer offered his revenue guidance …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The New Facebook Groups: All You Need To Know  —  Today Facebook announced a revamped group products as covered during our live coverage.  However most people are either still not aware about what this means or unaware of what all the features are.  This guide will answer all of your questions.
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Facebook Groups
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Download Limera1n to Jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod touch 4G  —  Its here folks! and its real!!  Geohot is back big time with limera1n jailbreak for all iOS devices including: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod touch 4G / 3G / 2G, untethered running iOS 4.1.  —  From the official site:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart Preparing to Offer iPad [Updated]  —  Back in May, Wal-Mart announced that it was expecting to begin offering the iPad for sale in its U.S. retail stores “later this year”, and with the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching and rival Target launching the device in over 1700 stores around …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Double Standard at H.P.  —  And so it came to pass that on the 55th day — 55 days, that is, after firing its chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, for playing footsie with a consultant and fudging his expense accounts — the board of directors at Hewlett-Packard proudly announced it had found …
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Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
In Defense of Standards, Ethics, and Honest Financial Reporting at Hewlett-Packard
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
North Korea opens up Internet for national anniversary  —  IDG News Service - North Korea appears to have made its first full connection to the Internet.  The connection, planning for which has been going on for at least nine months, came as the reclusive country prepares to mark …
Discussion: The Next Web
Mike Szczys / Hack a Day:
Reddit hacking for votes and profit  —  Looks like someone figured out how to game the Reddit system.  This probably has been done before, but as far as we know nobody's actually shared the methods in detail.  [Esrun] wrote some scripts that allow him to register multiple accounts and use them to up-vote stories.
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Deutsche Welle:
Europe must establish a single telecom market, says EU lawmaker
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EU calls Stuxnet ‘paradigm shift’ as U.S. responds more mildly
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Acquisition Of ‘Everything Is The Best’ Assets, Including Plannr
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