Morning roundup: pick of the comment, October 11 2010

1. London’s Foursquare addicts explain the appeal of the super swarm badge (Financial Times)
Foursquare has been one of the year’s fastest-growing social networking services. Its mobile-phone app lets you "check in", letting your friends know where you are but also earning digital rewards for your profile. Tim Bradshaw asked London’s biggest Foursquare enthusiasts why they thought it was worth checking in.

2. Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, Loopt: a stalker’s dream? (CBR)
If you’re keen on the Foursquare debate, have a read of Jason Stamper’s blog from earlier this year, which kicked off a debate about the security of these location-based services.

3. On HP hiring Leo Apotheker as its new CEO, and the Ray Lane Manoeuvre (Monkchips)
RedMonk’s James Governor has his say of the changes at the top of HP. He looks at what it will mean for HP’s global strategy and their sustainability push.

4. Google is testing self-driving cars (LA Times)
At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt declared: "It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers. Your car should drive itself. It just makes sense." Now the company has revealed that has been hard at work on that bug: It’s road-testing cars that are driven by artificial intelligence software, not humans.

5. A humbled Microsoft prepares to boot op Windows Phone 7 (Social Junjun)
Microsoft is about the take the covers off Windows Mobile 7, the latest version of its mobile operating system. Some commentators have speculated that this may be Redmond’s last chance to make an impact in the mobile space, as Apple, Android and BlackBerry all look like pulling away.

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