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12:15 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: 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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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ: ‘Ridiculous’ to Say We Killed Tough MySpace Story
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
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:scobleizer
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.
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
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.
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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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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: Bloomberg
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Texas slaps Amazon with $269M bill for uncollected sales taxes
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Microsoft's Hyper-V to be compatible with OpenStack
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