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6:35 AM ET, October 23, 2010

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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 …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Where Does Adobe Go From Here?  —  Its been a bit of a rough year for Adobe Systems.  —  The company was pummeled in a very public fight over its software with Apple and its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs.  —  After a number of attempts to sway Apple's opinion, Adobe seemed to give …
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: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Pulse2
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer: Riskiest product bet by Microsoft is the ‘next release of Windows’  —  When you're in the on-stage interview hot seat, sometimes you may say things you regret.  And sometimes you speak the truth.  —  My ZDNet colleague Larry Dignan covered Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's hot-seat appearance …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Starbucks CIO shows why next version of Windows is “risky business” for Microsoft  —  Starbucks CIO, Stephen Gillett, and I had breakfast on Wednesday.  He showed me Starbucks new Digital Network, which will pop up on the screen if you sign in on wifi at any of Starbucks US stores. 30 million people a month do that.
Thanks:scobleizer
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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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ: ‘Ridiculous’ to Say We Killed Tough MySpace Story
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Twitter Going Back to the Funding Well for a Giant New Round?  —  Twitter, which has raised $160 million in its four-year history, may end up more than doubling that total: The messaging service is mulling yet another funding round that could see it raise more than $200 million.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Fans Rejoice: The Gingerbread Man Just Landed At Google HQ  —  Yes, the rumors were true: the newest version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread, is imminent.  How do we know?  Because there's a new, massive treat that just arrived at Google headquarters: the Gingerbread Man.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Talent Bleed At Palm Continues As Dev Leads Leave To Battle Closed Web “Dictatorships”  —  Back in August, while we were in the middle of confirming an exodus of talent from Palm after their acquisition by HP, I specifically asked them about the status of two guys: Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer.
Discussion: Electronista
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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.
Anne Ward Ernst / Mercury News:
Mozilla pays 12-year-old San Jose boy for hunting bugs in system  —  It's safe to say a typical Willow Glen 12-year-old doesn't earn $3,000 for a couple of weeks' worth of work.  Then again, Alex Miller is no typical 12-year-old.  —  Alex is a bug hunter, but the bugs he's uncovering …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Employees Get Google's 20% Time... For The Entire Next Week  —  Well this is sort of interesting.  Apparently, Twitter has just kicked off something they're calling their “Hack Week”.  But instead of it being a time when various third-party developers get together to hack on things off …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wikileaks Hacked By “Very Skilled” Attackers Prior To Iraq Doc Release  —  Update: Ahead of schedule, Wikileaks has published its latest leak: nearly 400,000 Iraq War documents.  —  Someone is trying to spring a leak in Wikileaks.  —  As the whistle-blower organization prepared earlier …
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:forbestech
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 …
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's What President Obama Said At Marissa Mayer's House Last Night  —  President Obama dropped by Marissa Mayer's house in Palo Alto last night for a $30,000-a-plate Silicon Valley fund raiser.  —  Afterwards, on Twitter, Marissa was understandably excited: “The President came to our house for dinner tonight.
Kent German / CNET News:
Call centers connected to Verizon staff up  —  The January release of a Verizon iPhone remains unconfirmed, but we may have still more grist for the ever-churning rumor mill.  Call centers connected to the wireless carrier and Apple are hiring hundred of new positions over the next three months …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Did Facebook Just Move to Kill Off Orkut?  —  UPDATED: This past summer, Facebook moved past Orkut in India and now it appears poised to kill off the last bit of life in Google's social network.  According to Technolicious, Facebook has started offering users the ability to integrate and link …
Discussion: Technolicious and TechCrunch
DigiTimes:
MacBook Air shipments to reach 700,000 units in 4Q10, says paper  —  Apple's MacBook Air shipments in fourth quarter of 2010 are expected to reach about 700,000 units, accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments, while the 11.6-inch model will account for 60% …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
CoverPad For The iPad Makes Your Blog Feel Like Flipboard
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
BlackBerry App World Becomes Surfable Online
Discussion: Fone Arena, CNET News and GigaOM
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: The Local and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Texas slaps Amazon with $269M bill for uncollected sales taxes
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Hyper-V to be compatible with OpenStack
Royal Pingdom:
The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com
Foursquare Blog:
One small step for man, one giant check-in for mankind