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Today in Tech: News around the Web

October 11, 2010: 6:30 AM ET

A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the weekend's most newsworthy bits below.

Illustrator Randall Monroe's 2010 edition of his "Map of Online Communities." Photo: xkcd

"The world doesn't need another platform."
-- Google VP of Engineering Andy Rubin on Windows Phone 7 (Google 24/7)

  • In an interview, Disney CEO Bob Iger explains his hiring of of former Playdom CEO John Pleasants and Yahoo exec Jimmy Pitaro. "My premise is that technology is about an opportunity for us," he said. "And we cannot will it away and should not…because you can't stop these things from happening." Disney's history with new media has been rocky at best, one of the most notorious flops being the the company's acquisition of search engine Infoseek and the creation of web portal (BoomTown)
  • Crazy, but true: After more than nine months of planning, North Korea is plugged into the Internet. A web site for the country's official news agency was the first to show up, among a group of 1,024 Internet addresses that had been reserved for the country but never used. The connections comes as the the country gets ready to celebrate its 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea. (The New York Times/IDG) More
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