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3:40 PM ET, October 17, 2010

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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?  —  Fox escalated its fight with Cablevision over retrans fees earlier today by blocking Cablevision customers from accessing Fox content on Hulu as well as Fox.com, only to reinstate access a few hours later.  The whole episode was clearly meant …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Tries Fox.com, Hulu As Pawn In Retrans Battle With Cablevision
Discussion: MediaMemo
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
300,000 Apple apps? Not so fast!
Discussion: iPodNN and Phone Arena
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Is this the new MacBook Air?  —  We just received this shot of what is purportedly the inside of the new MacBook Air.  Contrary to popular belief, the machine appears to be another 13.3-incher, with the primary modification being extra room for battery cells and apparently no room for a hard drive.
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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: All Facebook, VentureBeat and Gamezebo
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
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
TechCrunch:
Why Twitter Is Massively Undervalued Compared To Facebook  —  Twitter was valued at one billion dollars in its last round of financing, but we believe it may in fact be severely undervalued relative to Facebook because Twitter's value proposition is less obvious.
Discussion: Scripting News, Twitterrati and Stowe Boyd, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple's Steve Jobs pings Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for dinner  —  Did Steve Jobs friend, er ping, Mark Zuckerberg?  —  They are two of Silicon Valley's most famous founders: Jobs created the world's must-have gadgets, Zuckerberg the world's most popular social networking service.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting To The Bottom Of The Crazy Yahoo-Groupon Rumors  —  I've had an interesting few days trying to track down exactly what is and isn't going on with Yahoo and Groupon.  —  One source earlier this week said that a $1.7 billion acquisition was all but done, but Groupon's management team balked and killed the deal.
Discussion: DailyFinance
 
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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Microsoft Moves to Help Nonprofits Avoid Piracy-Linked Crackdowns
Discussion: Neowin.net
John Resig / jQuery Mobile:
jQuery Mobile Alpha 1 Released
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