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6:15 AM ET, October 10, 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.
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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 …
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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Times of India:
India to develop its own futuristic computer operating system  —  BANGALORE: India would develop its own futuristic computer operating system to thwart attempts of cyber attacks and data theft and things of that nature, a top defence scientist said.  —  Dr V K Saraswat, Scientific Adviser …
Discussion: India IT Blog
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 …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Going The Distance: Nike+ GPS Vs. RunKeeper  —  As someone who ostensibly tries to keep fit, I've found the best way to pretend to lose weight is to fiddle around with iPhone apps during my workout.  First, it reduces the mind-crushing pain of exercise and allows me to go to a place in myself where I can avoid the boredom of exertion.
Discussion: IntoMobile
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
Duncan Graham-Rowe / New Scientist:
Body organs can send status updates to your cellphone  —  For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience.  If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can think I'm having a heart attack and give me a friendly remedial shock.
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 …
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
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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.
Discussion: Social Studies Blog and PC World
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Facebook Groups
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.
 
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
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