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2:15 PM ET, October 7, 2009

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DigiTimes:
Foxconn said to be tapped to make Apple tablet PC, shipments expected to begin in 1Q10  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturing partner for an upcoming tablet PC device from Apple, according to market sources.  The device is expected to hit the market …
Steven Levy / Gadget Lab:
Kindle Goes International — With a Little Help From AT&T  —  Although Amazon's Kindle e-reader has become the first major hit in its category — and the best-selling product in Amazon's entire store this year — it does have its drawbacks.  One of the biggest is that its wireless connection to the Kindle store works only in the U.S.
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Kindle Now for Sale to Customers in More Than 100 Countries  —  Over 200,000 English-language books now available to readers around the globe  —  Kindle is Amazon's most wished for, most gifted, and #1 bestselling product, but prior to today it has been available only to U.S. customers.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19  —  This just in: the Kindle 2 is falling from $299 to $259 and they will be selling an international version with built-in AT&T SIM card for $279 on October 19.  Quoth the suits: … The new international model will be available for sale in 100 countries.
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission market tests Microsoft's proposal to ensure consumer choice of web browsers; welcomes further improvements in field of interoperability  —  The European Commission will on 9 October 2009 formally invite comments from consumers, software companies, computer manufacturers …
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Android to grab No. 2 spot by 2012, says Gartner  —  Exclusive: Global forecast puts Android ahead of iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile  —  Computerworld - While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2% of all smartphones, Gartner Inc. predicts …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In E-Books, It's an Army vs. Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Whenever it can, Google likes to have programmers solve its problems.  But now it faces a dispute that even its ranks of lawyers and lobbyists are finding hard to smooth over.  —  A broad array of authors, academics …
Discussion: Against Monopoly
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Bing / Search Blog:
Use Your Voice to Text, Call and Search with Bing  —  Today Sprint Wireless announced their new Samsung Intrepid phone with a new voice user interface from Tellme.  This new interface will allow you to search the Web with Bing by speaking your search query, compose a text message or even dial …
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Microsoft Bing Joins Google in Voice Search
Simon Fletcher / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Facebook design refreshment in the works [Screenshots] (updated)  —  Update from Facebook at the foot of this post  —  We have been tipped off that there may be an “improved” version of the Facebook news feed in the works.  The new feed is not very different from the current one available …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Compuware Buys Gomez For $295 Million In Cash  —  Compuware is acquiring Web app experience management solution provider Gomez for $295 million in cash.  The deal is expected to close in November of 2009, following government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions.
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cpwr.client.shareholder.com:
Compuware to Acquire Gomez
Discussion: CNET News
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: Dell's Android phone is coming to the U.S.  —  Remember the Dell Mini 3i, Dell's China-only Android phone?  Well it's not China-only anymore.  —  Rumor has it that Dell will bring the Mini 3i to the U.S. in the next few months to compete with other Android phones coming down the pike from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Cloudboard  —  Google tests a service called Cloudboard, an online clipboard that should make it easy to copy data between Gmail, Google Docs and other Google services.  The service is not publicly available yet, but there are many references to it.  —  An internal feedback form …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist Unveils An Alternative To The iTunes Music Store, Powered By Amazon MP3  —  Last week doubleTwist, the media management software company with DVD Jon as its CTO, released a remake of Apple's classic 1984 commercial featuring none other than Steve Jobs as a malevolent dictator.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode  —  Google's new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says “Google.”  Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code.  Inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver filed the patent on October 1949, and it was granted, No. 2,612,994 (pdf), on October 7, 1952.
Ben Metcalfe Blog:
My GMail password scares me with its power!  —  Google's GMail blog has some “handy” advice on how pick a good password to project your email account.  —  Don't use dictionary words, use mixed case, your eldest kid's name is a bad choice, etc etc.  Yeah that's great.
Discussion: Gmail Blog and Regular Geek
Andrew Lookingbill / Google LatLong:
Your world, your map  —  One of the exciting challenges of working on the Geo team at Google is that the physical world is constantly changing, and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavor.  For example, 15,000 miles of roadway are built in the United States each year.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging: Sergey Brin & Eric Schmidt Talking Search With The Press  —  Google cofounder Sergey Brin and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are speaking today to a small gathering of reporters at Google's New York office.  Below, a semi-live blog of the briefing.  —  Semi-live?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Man banished from PayPal for showing how to hack PayPal  —  Some hacking tools more equal than others  —  PayPal suspended the account of a white-hat hacker on Tuesday, a day after someone used his research into website authentication to publish a counterfeit certificate for the online payment processor.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BBC Planning Pay-For Global iPlayer; $10 For Doctor Who?  —  BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial wing, is planning to launch a pay-for video-on-demand portal, a range of new paid mobile apps and a series of ecommerce partnerships overseas, after enduring a “nightmare” year in the depressed international advertising economy.
Tony Dokoupil / Newsweek:
Striking It Rich: Is There An App For That?  —  Seeking fortune and fame, entrepreneurs rushed to create programs for Apple's App Store.  That's not always what they found.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
HitWise Says Microsoft Bing Fell 5% to Google's Gain  —  Microsoft Bing's U.S. search fell from 9.49 percent of U.S. search share in August to 8.99 percent in September, according to figures from HitWise.  Google recorded 71 percent of U.S. searches from 70.2 percent in August.
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Chairman Commits to Open Internet Rules for Cell Companies  —  WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski told the wireless industry Wednesday that he intends to proceed with Internet openness rules for cellular carriers, despite some of the …
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
SEC Appeals Dismissal of Mark Cuban Insider-Trading Lawsuit  —  Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a federal court in Texas it is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit accusing Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, of insider trading.
The Official Palm Blog:
Palm Pre says “Hola” to Spain on 14 October  —  Telefonica today announced the availability of Palm Pre on its HSDPA mobile network in Spain on 14 October.  New Telefonica customers can receive the phone at no cost, depending on their service plan commitment.
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
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Interest in iPhone high as iPod, iTunes dominate teen market
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HP Mini 311  —  HP's Ion-powered netbook delivers strong …
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Motorola Will Not Support Windows Mobile 6.5
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