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9:50 PM ET, October 22, 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: Pulse2, Gizmodo and Neowin.net
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and New York Magazine
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ: ‘Ridiculous’ to Say We Killed Tough MySpace Story
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.
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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.
Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
President Obama meets with Apple's Steve Jobs, heads to Palo Alto fundraisers
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.
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.
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 …
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Setting our own Direction; Ben and I to move on from Palm  —  When we joined Palm, we were excited to join the intersection of mobile and Web.  It has been fascinating to see how that seam has grown over a very short period of time.  The device landscape has exploded and developers have amazing …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Talent Bleed At Palm Continues As Dev Leads Leave To Battle Closed …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3000 for finding critical vulnerability in Firefox  —  Alex Miller, a 12-year-old from San Jose, California, just cashed a $3000 check for finding a buffer overflow bug in ‘document.write’.  —  The bug, which was was one the major security vulnerabilities fixed …
Discussion: Zero Day Blog and Mercury News
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.
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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Andrew Baron / TechCrunch:
The Future Of TV Is HTML  —  The title of this post is both a very old idea and a very new one.  With the prevalence of fiber connectivity and pervasive broadband speeds, this year has been a hot one for bringing together the home computer and the living room TV.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Tour Of How Networks Have Blocked Google TV
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 reported yesterday …
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
Discussion: BoomTown
Royal Pingdom:
The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000  —  It doesn't feel like 2000 was all that long ago, does it?  But on the Internet, a decade is a long time.  Ten years ago we were in the era of the dot-com boom (and bust), the Web was strictly 1.0, and Google was just a baby.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Piracy domain seizure bill gains support
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CBS News:
Sean Parker: War on Music Piracy is a Failure
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