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12:05 PM ET, October 6, 2009

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Groundbreaking Agreement Between Verizon Wireless and Google to Leverage High-Speed Network and Open Android Platform for Wireless Innovation  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless and Google(TM) today announced a strategic partnership …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: There's No Excuse For This  —  I really didn't want to beat up on WinMo here, because at this point it just feels tired.  But man, come on Microsoft, you're giving me no choice.  Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't just a letdown—it barely seems done.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Review: First look at Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 on the HTC Pure cell phone  —  Microsoft is moving into the modern age of cell phones today as it launches its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system for cell phones and other gadgets.  I tried it out on the new HTC Pure phone from AT&T …
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek, PC Magazine, I4U News and Crave
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google targeted in e-mail scam  —  Google has confirmed to BBC News that it's e-mail system - Gmail - has been targeted as part of an “industry-wide phishing scheme”.  —  The search giant said that it had taken immediate action to safeguard the affected accounts.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Schmidt: We paid $1 billion premium for YouTube  —  Since 2006, many observers have scratched their head over what prompted Google to pay $1.65 billion for the video site YouTube.  We're now a little closer to the answer.  —  The blockbuster acquisition for the 18-month-old start-up played …
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Over-the-air downloads come to BlackBerry  —  Online music provider 7digital is bringing over-the-air music downloads to recent BlackBerry phones, such as the Storm, Bold, and Tour.  The rumors have been circulating for several months now.  On Tuesday the company is set to launch its application …
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
European import 7digital takes on iTunes in the U.S.
Discussion: Telegraph, hypebot and Music Ally
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
PhotoSketch: better than sliced bread, Photoshop  —  This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen a computer do.  —  What if you could draw some stick figures on a screen and somehow magically create a beautiful image montage?  —  Well, it's possible.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
FTC regulates our speech  —  The Federal Trade Commission just released rules to regulate product endorsements not just in advertisements but also on blogs.  (PDF here; the regs don't start until page 55.)  —  It is a monument to unintended consequence, hidden dangers, and dangerous assumptions.
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Tom Sly / The Official Google Blog:
Google PowerMeter's first device partner  —  Today, we're very excited to announce we have secured our first official device partner.  (That means having a smart meter installed by your utility is no longer a prerequisite for using Google PowerMeter!)  For the last several months …
John Cook / TechFlash:
New Verizon ad campaign takes a direct swipe at AT&T's network  —  A new advertising campaign from Verizon Wireless starting tonight during the big Monday Night Football game will take a direct swipe at AT&T's network, playing off the successful Apple iPhone commercials.
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Bell, Telus to launch iPhone next month  —  Move will break Rogers' year-long stranglehold; telcos set to launch next-generation wireless network ahead of schedule  —  BCE Inc.'s BCE-T Bell Canada and Telus Corp. T-T will begin selling the iPhone next month, breaking the stranglehold …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Experimental Homepage Fades To A Single Word  —  We all know that Google is a big fan of minimalism, especially when it comes to its famous homepage, where it tries to keep its ‘word count’ down to 28 words (actually, it looks like it might be up to around 30).
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Viacom find smoking gun in YouTube case?  —  Lawyers working on a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google's YouTube may have uncovered evidence that employees of the video site were among those who uploaded unauthorized content to YouTube.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent and MediaMemo
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Investigated Coder for Liberating Paywalled Court Records  —  When 22-year-old programmer Aaron Swartz decided last fall to help an open-government activist amass a public and free copy of millions of federal court records, he did not expect he'd end up with an FBI agent trying to stake out his house.
Discussion: Raw Thought
John Cook / TechFlash:
Startup pinpoints the good, bad and ugly of wireless networks  —  Fretting about dropped calls in Ballard, missing text messages in Belltown or poor network coverage in Bellevue?  If so, a new application from Root Wireless might be for you.  —  The Bellevue company, which is coming …
Nielsen Wire:
Social Media: The Next Great Gateway for Content Discovery?  —  In the beginning there were ISPs, which then gave way to portals aggregators of content and links which then led to the rise of “search” as the dominant form of Internet navigation or, how we get to where we we're going on the web.
TechCrunch:
Twitter Data Analysis: An Investor's Perspective  —  This is a guest post by Robert J. Moore, the CEO and co-founder of RJMetrics, a on-demand database analytics and business intelligence startup that helps online businesses measure, manage, and monetize better.
Discussion: A VC and Web Analytics World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trapster Speed Trap App Downloads Hit 50,000/Day  —  A must-have iPhone application for people who drive a lot is Trapster - the app for avoiding speed traps.  Or a better description by Paul Carr before he was fired from The Guardian: “Yes, that's Trapster: the mobile distraction for when driving …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A New Web Tool to Take Control of Your Health  —  The national health care debate right now is all about giving more people affordable access to doctors and hospitals.  Yet the vast majority of health care decisions — 80 percent or more, experts say — are really made by individuals …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Official Google Blog, Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Creates A New, Simplified Ad Unit For Local Business  —  In December 2007 Google promised to develop a radically simplified version of AdWords targeted at the mass of small businesses who could not or would not take the time to set up an AdWords campaign.  The working name of the program was “Simple Ads.”
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft's Project Pink Might Be Dead In The Water  —  To say we were unimpressed with the first leaked shots to come out of Microsofts “Project Pink” would be a bit of an understatement.  This was Microsoft's first in-house foray into the mobile hardware space, and we'd been hearing tales of it for years …
Laura June / Engadget:
Gateway's Windows 7-boasting EC18T tablet images, specs leak onto the screen  —  Hey, what's this attractive looking dude?  Well, from the looks of it, it's Gateway's not-yet-announced or previously spied tablet PC.  A tipster with access to a seemingly infinite number of photos of this bad boy …
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Tech pioneers win 2009 Nobel prize in physics
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
iPhone Erotica: Looks like Apple's okay with it, as long as it's tiny.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
OneRiot aims to make money from Twitter search
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
IP Camera turns your iPhone into a security cam
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AVG goes toe to toe with MS in consumer security fight
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