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9:45 PM ET, October 23, 2010


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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US right now, one is not a discount (update)  —  When CEO Reed Hastings called Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail,” he wasn't messing around, as the company's quietly made streaming-only plans a reality on US shores.
Discussion: Electronista
Markcuban / blog maverick:
How Google TV Could Hand Netflix the entire streaming universe  —  I personally can't think of anything stupider for the big broadcast networks to do than give their shows to Google for free.  Why ?  Because they are finally getting BILLIONS of dollars in retransmission fees from their distributors.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
There is No New Media: It's All New Consumption  —  “The most ominous of fallacies-the belief that things can be kept static by inaction.”  -Freyda Stark  —  So, now television broadcasters are blocking Google TV from getting access to the content they're putting online.
Discussion: TeleRead and NewTeeVee
Cade Metz / The Register:
Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense  —  Java daddy deprecates Apple cult leader  —  Steve Jobs has apparently weighed into the debate over Apple's decision to deprecate Java on the Mac, and his terse explanation was promptly deprecated by Java founder James Gosling.
Rafe /
The future of Java on the Mac platform
Discussion: Macworld and Apple Outsider
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.
Discussion: Scripting News, Screenwerk and Pulse2, Thanks:scobleizer
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
End Of An Era: Sony Stops Manufacturing Cassette Walkmans  —  Truth be told, I wasn't aware Sony was still producing cassette Walkmans.  But the company today announced it will stop manufacturing and selling these devices in Japan - after 30 years.  Sony says the final lot was shipped …
Esther Schindler /
Programmers Who Defined The Technology Industry: Where Are They Now?  —  Some early programmer names are familiar to even the most novice of software developers.  You may never have seen a line of code written by Bill Gates, or written any application in BASIC (much less for the Altair).
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Meet Google's New Search Boss: Udi Manber  —  Now that Marissa Mayer has been moved from search to local, Udi Manber is Google's search boss.  —  Google search is the world's most lucrative technology product, so this promotion makes Manber a pretty big deal at Google and in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Ynetnews
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Wikileaks Founder Will Walk Out of Your Interview If Asked About His Rape Case  —  In addition to facilitating the largest military leak in U.S. history yesterday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a petulant man-child.  Watch him walk out of a CNN interview when talk turned to his pending Swedish rape case.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The new king of Apple analysts  —  He's a Romanian blogger with a Harvard MBA who lives in Finland.  Go figure.  —  Horace Dediu.  Photo: Rami Salle  —  What if you took all the estimates by all the analysts who write about Apple (AAPL) — and there are dozens — and ranked them by how closely …
Discussion: asymco
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Marketers Can Glean Private Data on Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Online advertising offers marketers the chance to aim ads at very specific groups of people — say, golf players in Illinois who make more than $150,000 a year and vacation in Hawaii.  —  But two recent academic papers show …
Discussion: VatorNews, Gawker and TechCrunch
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Is Google Broken?  Sites Big & Small Seeing Indexing Problems  —  No one seems to be immune from a Google indexing problem that has many site owners baffled.  Blogs and websites, big and small, aren't being indexed as quickly as they normally are — if they're being indexed at all.
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Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Groupon Reveals Its Future Lies In Self-Serve
Discussion: CenterNetworks, midVentures and Mashable!, Thanks:jdmoran
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
WiMax and LTE Not Technically 4G by ITU Standards
Discussion: InfoWorld and DSLreports
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley gains jobs year over year for the first time in almost two years
Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars: report
Discussion: CNET News and PC Magazine
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Why IPv6? Vint Cerf keeps blaming himself
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:evelynrusli
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wikileaks Hacked By “Very Skilled” Attackers Prior To Iraq Doc Release
Discussion: The Next Web, p2pnet, Pulse2 and Guardian, Thanks:forbestech
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Twitter Going Back to the Funding Well for a Giant New Round?
Discussion: SAI and The Business of Search