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8:15 PM ET, October 17, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
300,000 Apple apps?  Not so fast!  —  The iOS App Store is large and dynamic market place, and measuring its size can be tricky  —  On Sept. 1, Steve Jobs announced that there were more than 250,000 apps to choose from in Apple's (AAPL) App Store.  —  On Saturday, two websites …
Discussion: iPodNN and Phone Arena
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's App Store crosses 300,000 apps  —  Apple's App Store now has more than 300,000 apps as of the past day.  —  Mobclix's data shows that in the past 24 hours, Apple added the 300,000th app to its App Store.  The number includes both free and paid apps available for downloading.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is No Ebay  —  Chicago-based Groupon is certainly one heck of a startup.  Like Zynga it sort of came out of nowhere in 2009.  Even last December I was sort of only vaguely aware of how fast it was growing.  —  But it was clear by early 2010 to the whole world that Groupon was on a tear.
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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Will Yahoo Buy Groupon?  —  That's the rumor burning up the wires in Silicon Valley this weekend.  Tech wags suggest that the struggling portal has offered between $1.5 billion and $3 billion for the red-hot social shopping company, which was valued at $1.35 billion at its most recent funding valuation.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Getting To The Bottom Of The Crazy Yahoo-Groupon Rumors
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
A Renewed Mark Zuckerberg  —  If you've seen Mark Zuckerberg speak at some point over the past few weeks, you've probably noticed something different about him.  It's not that he's just more charismatic, but for the first time it appears as though he feels comfortable in his own body while speaking on stage.
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Facebook Bans All LOLapps Games and Apps  —  At midday on Friday, comments began to stream into our Critter Island review complaining that the game had disappeared.  It's now a day later, and Critter Island is still down, along with dozens of other apps we have listed in AppData for developer LOLapps.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gamezebo
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Developer Love: Facebook Shuts Down LOLapps
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's First Personalized Doodle  —  Google found a nice way to wish you Happy Birthday.  If you visit Google's homepage when you are signed in and it's your birthday, you'll see a special doodle that links to your Google profile.  When you go to your profile, you'll find colorful confetti …
Thomas Joseph / Boy Genius Report:
Angry Birds for Android gets over 1 million downloads in 1 day  —  There is no denying the Angry Birds phenomenon.  Rovio Mobile, the developers behind the multi-platform Angry Birds app, have just announced a staggering stat — over 1 million Android downloads in 1 day.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Erictric
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers - And Turns It Back On [UPDATED]  —  UPDATE: That was fast.  People familiar with the situation say that News Corp. is changing tactics and will turn on access to Fox.com and Fox programming on Hulu for Cablevision's customers.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:   What Was Fox' Hulu Blackout Really All About?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Tries Fox.com, Hulu As Pawn In Retrans Battle With Cablevision
Discussion: MediaMemo
BBC:
What would you do with gigabit internet speeds?  —  South Korea is already ahead of the global technological curve but it is looking to forge even further ahead by boosting broadband speeds across the nation.  —  It is not aiming at 100, 200 or even 500 megabits per second (Mbps).
Discussion: TechSpot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Torrent Sites Go Down After Attack on Hosting Provider  —  A massive attack on the hosting provider Reality Check Network took down several major BitTorrent sites today.  The attack corrupted many servers on the network and at the time of writing TorrentReactor, Vertor and several other torrent sites remain inaccessible.
Walter Kirn / New York Times:
Little Brother is Watching  —  In George Orwell's “1984,” that novel of totalitarian politics whose great mistake was to emphasize the villainy of society's masters while playing down the mischief of the masses, the goal of communications technology was brutal and direct: to ensure the dominance of the state.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Scientists work to improve Internet capacity  —  Our taste for the Internet is insatiable - traffic is growing so fast that its transmission systems soon might be filled to capacity.  But scientists are coping, finding ingenious ways to satisfy our deep bandwidth hunger.
 
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