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11:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Engadget
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.
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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 …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Study: Cable ‘cord cutting’ no myth  —  Tweet  —  While cable and satellite execs insist talk of “cord cutting” is overblown, a new survey shows that consumers, especially price-sensitive ones, are dumping pay TV services but sticking with the Internet.  —  Whether cord cutting is a real danger …
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
GOOG-411 Winds Down, Bing-411 Parties On  —  Yesterday Google announced that it was shutting down 800-GOOG-411, the free directory assistance (or voice search) service it launched in April, 2007.  Back in those days the mobile landscape looked very different than it does today.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
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Discussion: iHackintosh, TUAW, 9 to 5 Mac and Spirit, Thanks:msillien
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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Deutsche Welle:
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 Earlier Items: 
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EU calls Stuxnet ‘paradigm shift’ as U.S. responds more mildly
Discussion: Softpedia News and enisa.europa.eu
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mercury News interview: Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee