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6:30 PM ET, October 22, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Creating stronger privacy controls inside Google  —  In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted WiFi payload data (information sent over networks) using our Street View cars.  We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we're acutely aware that we failed badly here.
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Reuters:
Google says Street View cars got email, passwords  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc acknowledged that a fleet of cars equipped with wireless equipment inadvertently collected emails and passwords of computer users in various countries, and said it was changing its privacy practices.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds on missing Flash in new MacBook Airs, says get used to it  —  The other day, we reported on the fact that those tiny new MacBook Airs are shipping without a pre-installed version of Flash.  Based on Apple's recent, vocal anti-Flash opinions, we took it as a sign that the company …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Tour Of How Networks Have Blocked Google TV  —  After less than a week since its release, three of America's largest television networks have started blocking Google TV.  Sort of.  While ABC and CBS keep Google TV viewers out, as does Hulu, NBC actually still seems to let them in.
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google in talks to unblock access to TV websites
Andrew Baron / TechCrunch:
The Future Of TV Is HTML
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
CBS and NBC now back on GoogleTV?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Click Here If You've Never Seen President Obama Sign An iPad Before  —  First thing you'll notice about this picture is how utterly relaxed the Barack Obama T-shirt sporting young man holding an iPad seems to be, compared to just about everyone in his immediate neighborhood.
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Jason Boog / mediabistro.com:
Amazon to Introduce Lending for Kindle  —  Amazon will soon allow readers to loan Kindle books to other users-one crucial feature that many readers have sought.  —  Amazon shared the news in a note to Kindle readers: “later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle …
Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, Apps Leak User Data  —  Site Sends Personal IDs When Ads Are Clicked, a Journal Investigation Finds  —  MySpace and some popular applications on the social-networking site have been transmitting information to outside advertising companies that could be used to identify users, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed  —  A few days ago the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about a supposed Facebook privacy breach.  We and others noted that the article was complete rubbish.  —  We also noted that the Wall Street Journal's sister company …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
The iPhone is the worst...  In my line of work, cell phones come and go faster than mixed drinks on MTV's Jersey Shore.  They're here, they're gone and most of the time they're quickly forgotten.  I can't even recall all of the mobile devices I've handled in the past month, let alone the past year.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Reaching for the Cloud With MacBook Air and N.C. Data Center  —  Steve Jobs says the MacBook Air is the future of the MacBook and the future of the notebook as well.  But if that's to be the case, the machine-and Apple's ecosystem-needs to evolve a bit more to appeal to that strata …
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Foursquare Blog:
One small step for man, one giant check-in for mankind  —  Part of the founding mission of NASA is to inspire the next generation of explorers.  While we're not exploring the solar system, our idea behind foursquare is actually pretty similar: we want to help people explore.
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Apple Passes RIM In Global Smartphone Share  —  Despite Steve Job's obvious distaste for the company, Research in Motion (RIM) has long remained ahead of Apple in the global smartphone market.  Not any longer, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which yesterday reported …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Our Friends Over At GigaOm Just Raised Another $2.5 Million  —  Om Malik, well-respected journalist and founder of technology news blog network Giga Omni Media and its flagship blog GigaOm, broke the news about us being acquired by AOL about a month ago now.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Okay, We Got More Money
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Sorry, Windows Phone 7 app makers: the camera's off-limits  —  As developers decide whether and how to support Microsoft's nascent mobile OS, some have found that creating augmented reality and video chat apps isn't possible, at least for now.  —  For Microsoft (MSFT) …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
R.I.P. Chatroulette: A Sad Tale of Missed Opportunity  —  Remember Chatroulette?  It's hard to believe that barely eight months ago the anonymous video chat site had everyone captivated.  Venture capitalists clamored to invest, journalists tripped over one another to profile—and now Chatroulette is dying, unused and unloved.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Texas slaps Amazon with $269M bill for uncollected sales taxes  —  I'm taking a closer look at Amazon.com's SEC filing on its third-quarter financial results, and just noticed an interesting development under “Other Contingencies.”  According to Amazon, last month the state of Texas issued …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones  —  Today at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”.
Zach Holman:
Facelette: On TechCrunch in Three Hours and $0  —  Yesterday, Apple announced FaceTime for Mac.  A couple hours later, I launched Facelette, which is basically like Chat Roulette for FaceTime.  Post your FaceTime ID, we'll hook you up with a stranger, and you eagerly FaceTime with them.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Piracy domain seizure bill gains support
Discussion: Slyck
CBS News:
Sean Parker: War on Music Piracy is a Failure
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report: China hijacked U.S. Internet data
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Hyper-V to be compatible with OpenStack
Discussion: eWeek and OStatic blogs
Royal Pingdom:
The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ustream Lets Users Set Up Their Own Pay Per View And Ad Free Broadcasting
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
SCVNGR Relaunches Apps As Location Wars Heat Up
Chris / cdixon.org:
Online privacy: what's at stake
Discussion: Adotas
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Microsoft puts PC game downloads in the browser
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 finally (finally!) official, rings up at $799