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4:20 PM ET, October 9, 2010

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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and UMBC ebiquity
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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Startup Meme
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 …
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
Discussion: BoomTown, Thanks:atul
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.
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
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Microsoft buying Adobe would fix both companies' Apple problem  —  The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has recently been at a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss topics including the two companies' mutual competitor, Apple.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Facebook Groups  —  Earlier this week Facebook announced the revamp of Facebook Groups.  At first I planned to avoid commenting on this release since there is significant overlap between it's functionality and that of Windows Live Groups so it is hard for me to have an objective perspective.
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Kosmix Kills Off MeeHive's Custom News Service As It Focuses On TweetBeat  —  Back in March 2009 I wrote about MeeHive, a service launched by Kosmix that promised to give users custom-built newspapers by piecing together stories from blogs and news sites across the web.
Gartner:
Gartner's 2010 Hype Cycle Special Report Evaluates Maturity of 1,800 Technologies  —  Hype Cycle Research Provides a Cross-Industry Perspective on Potentially Transformative Technologies  —  Media tablets, private cloud computing, and 3D flat-panel TVs and displays are some of the technologies …
Electronista:
Another leak puts iPhone 4 on Verizon early in 2011  —  Yet another new source stated on Friday that the iPhone would reach Verizon.  The model seen would be a straightforward port and would be sold through both Apple and Verizon stores early into 2011.  The New York Times' insider …
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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
Discussion: enisa.europa.eu and Softpedia News
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mercury News interview: Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Acquisition Of ‘Everything Is The Best’ Assets, Including Plannr
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Erictric
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Arwa Gunja / The Takeaway:
New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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MySpace Unveils New, Artsy Logo
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011