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3:00 PM ET, October 10, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Self-Driving Car Spotted On The Highway Almost A Year Ago (Oh: And Scoble) [Video]  —  In November 2009, Ben Tseitlin was driving along on the 280 highway between San Francisco and Palo Alto when he noticed something weird.  There was a Toyota Prius next to him with a weird spolier-like thing on the roof.
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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.
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 …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio ‘not committed’ to Windows Phone 7  —  Software developers make or break a platform, as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer once famously stressed, but that shiny new Windows Phone 7 site has angered a mildly important one.
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The H Open Source:
Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”  —  Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have announced the arrival of version 10.10 of their popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, code named “Maverick Meerkat”.  Ubuntu 10.10 is the first standard release to be issued following the latest Long Term Support …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Saturday Night Live Really, Really Likes Facebook  —  Here's the Saturday Night Live “Your Mom's on Facebook” sketch I told you about last night — the one you're going to see all over the Web for the next few days.  —  And here's another SNL Facebook sketch, which also ran on last night's show.
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Details Come To Light, $399 After Rebate?  —  At this point there isn't much we don't already know about the Galaxy Tab heading the Magenta way but two questions have lingered, price and release date.  Given the above image (and assuming its legit, real, believable etc) …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Meet NELL.  See NELL Run, Teach NELL How To Run (Demo, TCTV)  —  A cluster of computers on Carnegie Mellon's campus named NELL, or formally known as the Never-Ending Language Learning System, has attracted significant attention this week thanks to a NY Times article, “Aiming To Learn As We Do, A Machine Teaches Itself.”
Zack Sheppard / Flickr Blog:
Help record 10/10/10!  —  Depending on your timezone it is or soon will be October 10, 2010.  Help record it by taking a photo or video and sharing it on Flickr.  —  When you upload, remember to tag it with “101010″ and add it to one of the 10/10/10 groups.  — 10/10/10 A most auspicious day
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
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: ArabCrunch and India IT Blog
ScienceDaily:
New Computer Switches Handle Heat That Renders Transistors Useless; Work Takes a Page from Victorian Invento  —  Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have taken the first step to building a computer capable of operating in the heat of a jet engine or the sunny side of the planet Mercury.
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.
 
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