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2:05 PM ET, October 9, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Windows Phone 7 to launch Monday amid crowded smartphone market
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 … Disclaimer: my business partner, Marc Andreessen, is on the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard.  I note that I have no inside information, and this blog post is based purely on published material.
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.
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.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
With Verizon on the Horizon, iPhone Users Weigh Leaving AT&T—but There's a Catch  —  Network quality won't be the only issue for iPhone buyers trying to decide between AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless when the smartphone becomes available to a second U.S. carrier.  The technology behind their high-speed networks matters, too.
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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 …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Unveils New, Artsy Logo  —  If you've been following the news lately, you've probably realized that logo redesigns are a kind of a big deal.  Today at the Warm Gun Design conference in San Francisco, butt of too many design/user experience jokes to mention social networking site MySpace unveils …
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 and reviewmylife
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mercury News interview: Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee  —  Everyone knows “the Google guys” — Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the multibillionaire founders of the world's most popular search engine.  But another Google guy was there from the company's creation 12 years ago …
 
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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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Acquisition Of ‘Everything Is The Best’ Assets, Including Plannr
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Erictric
Arwa Gunja / The Takeaway:
New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Silicon Valley Lacks Vision? Facebook Begs to Differ
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Fails At The DMCA: Promises To Restore Counter-Noticed Content, But Doesn't
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Oracle to eliminate budget plans in MySQL license hike
Discussion: The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft folds Live Labs into Bing; Gary Flake resigns
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Exclusive: Microsoft to Shutter Massive Inc.