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1:15 PM 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:
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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and New York Times
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:
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 of them.
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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.
Rik Fairlie / Gadgetwise:
Coffee, TV or Wi-Fi?  —  The politicians have it all wrong.  We are not addicted to foreign oil.  We are addicted to Wi-Fi, the wireless networking technology that holds our youth in its wavy grip.  —  How bad is it?  Seventy-five percent of American respondents to a survey sponsored …
Discussion: Gawker
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
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: Gizmodo
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.
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.”
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.
 
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: The Next Web
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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