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12:05 PM ET, October 25, 2010


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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Web Pioneer Profiles Users by Name  —  In the weeks before the New Hampshire primary last month, Linda Twombly of Nashua says she was peppered with online ads for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Bender.  —  It was no accident.  An online tracking company called RapLeaf Inc. had correctly identified …
Discussion: Screenwerk, UMBC ebiquity and FM Blog
Auren Hoffman / Rapleaf:
Rapleaf, Personalization, and Privacy
Discussion: Digits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Rapleaf Knows About You: WSJ Reports
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Privacy Advocate Withdraws from RapLeaf Advisory Board
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Ray Ozzie:
Dawn of a New Day  —  To: Executive Staff and direct reports  —  Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company.  In the opening section of that memo …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe announces Air 2.5 for TVs, tablets and phones, launches Adobe InMarket to package apps  —  Adobe's making a serious play for the app space today, and it's not limiting itself to phones — its new Air cross-platform runtime environment is designed to toss apps on your smart televisions and tablets as well.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Schmidt: Don't Like Google Street View Photographing Your House?  Then Move. … Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company's “policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”  And while that may be true of Google, it's clearly not true of Schmidt who lately …
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Google faces landmark fine for ‘gross invasion of privacy’
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Demands Mobile App Nimbuzz Remove Support, Effective October 31st  —  Exclusive: Nimbuzz, a popular mobile communication service provider, has been asked by Skype to remove support for all Skype services as from October 31st.  —  The startup will be announcing the news to its 30 million or so registered users later today.
Tobias Kemper / Nimbuzz Main Blog:
What the Skype/Nimbuzz Breakup Means To You
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Samsung Galaxy Tab headed to Best Buy: $499 and up, Sprint, Verizon, silver/black, WiFi-only, WiFi + 3G  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released in the US next month, as you know, but who knew that Best Buy wanted in on the action?  The store is already advertising the 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Direct certification begins today, device-to-device transmission starting soon  —  So, Bluetooth — last fall didn't end up being as frightful as you had probably imagined, but this fall is bound to be different.  Or so the Wi-Fi Alliance says.  If you'll recall, Wi-Fi Direct promised …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Jobs: There won't be a ‘mute-switch becomes an orientation lock’ option for iPad  —  Back in January 2010 Apple announced that the hardware switch on the side of the iPad would be a mute switch, just like on the iPhone.  Then, closer to the product's launch in March of this year …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft vs. Apple: Who's winning?  The numbers don't lie  —  Microsoft has been at the top of the heap for almost as long as people have used PCs.  They've managed to sustain an overwhelming competitive advantage, even after a decade's worth of antitrust action and the astonishing transformation …
Discussion: Fortune and
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is this the new Nook Color?  —  A few days ago, we posted a story about Barnes & Noble's next-generation Nook e-reader, which an anonymous tipster claimed would be a $249 touch-screen, Android-based color e-reader called the Nook Color.  Now a second tipster has alerted us to an image …
John Herrman / SmartPlanet:
The mysterious processor behind China's first homegrown supercomputer  —  The majority of today's supercomputers follow a tested and reliable template.  Hundreds, thousands, and occasionally tens of thousands of processors are clustered together to work in congress.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: New, Cheaper Kindle Has Already Beat Last Year's Christmas Sales  —  Here's another ambiguous sales dump from Amazon, which still has never disclosed how many Kindle e-readers it has actually sold.  —  Amazon just said it has already moved more units of this year's cheaper Kindle …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Trader Daily
Zijing Wu / Bloomberg:
Russian Facebook Investor Seeks $876 Million in IPO  — Group Ltd., a Russian internet company with stakes in Facebook Inc. and Zynga Game Network Inc., is seeking as much as $5.7 billion in an initial public offering in London.  —, partly owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Just Because Google Exists Doesn't Mean You Should Stop Asking People Things  —  If you spend any amount of time online you're probably very familiar with the above website, “Let Me Google That For You.”  LMGTFY is a super smug and hilarious site built for those sick of …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
App Makers Take Interest in Android  —  There was cold beer, hot pizza and shop talk at a recent informal gathering of Android programmers in downtown Manhattan.  Inevitably the chatter turned to money.  —  One software developer, James Englert, 26, had just released his first application for Android …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Computerworld and Gizmodo
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
UberCab Ordered to Cease And Desist  —  Did Ubercab just crash and burn?  Taxi and limo industry insiders in California today informed TechCrunch that the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority & the Public Utilities Commission of California have ordered the startup to cease and desist.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Digital Letter
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   UberCab Cease & Desist Means One Thing: They're Onto Something
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Former Oracle President Phillips Lands C.E.O. Gig at Infor
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Android Payments Snarl Spurs Upstarts
Larry M. Elkin / The Business Insider:
Mandatory FM Radio: A Dumb Idea For Smart Phones
Discussion: Signal to Noise
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Goes After YouTubeSocial For Trademark Infringement
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Zynga Grows One Thing Advertisers Want: Mass Reach
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The amazing Amazon stock bubble
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Google's Self-Driving Car
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Microsoft says Windows 8 roughly two years away