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3:05 PM ET, October 19, 2009

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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid hands on!  —  We absolutely nailed this puppy to the wall over and over and over again, so it's only fitting we'd be doing the first actual unveiling, right?  We're not going to get too in-depth though, that will come at a later time.  Here are some brief thoughts before the photos:
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Random users Google Voice mail is searchable by anyone?  —  Holy crap.  It seems that Google is going to have some pretty serious explaining to do this morning, as one of our readers has sent us in a tip that reveals a major security flaw involving Google Voice.
Jeff Aguero / The Official Google Blog:
Flying in a WiFi wonderland: Free Internet from Google on Virgin America flights  —  We know the holiday season seems to come earlier every year (sorry, Halloween), but before you make your final travel plans, we're excited to let you know that we're partnering with Virgin America …
FoneFrenzy:
Bigger News for Verizon Than Motorola's Droid  —  This weekend was chocked full of Verizon and Motorola news.  Earlier this month, Verizon and Google had a joint news conference debuting the new Motorola Droid and announcing a partnership to leverage high-speed network and open Android platform for wireless innovation.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple testing 4G iPhone on Verizon, a blogger claims  —  Verizon may be aggressively targeting Apple's iPhone with its latest Droid ad campaign, but that doesn't mean the company isn't attempting to woo Cupertino, at least so it appears on report the next-gen iPhone is already being tested on Verizon's network.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic Offers a (Quick) Look at Its Kindle Killer: Meet the Que  —  Plastic Logic, which has been talking up its coming e-reader for some time now but hasn't actually started selling it, has a little more to say: It will have more to say about its coming e-reader in a few months.
springdesign.com:
Spring Design Announces Dual Screen E-book Reader,  —  Hyperlinking Text with Multimedia  —  Secondary color touchscreen supplements text with web-based or any linked multimedia content; Enables users to enhance original text with their own embedded video, audio, photos and notes
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Update on Sidekick Data Restoration  —  The Danger / Microsoft team is continuing to work around the clock on the data restoration process.  We apologize that this is taking so long, but we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of your data.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rock Band Hits The App Store  —  The much anticipated and hyped Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch is out!  We first scooped the news of the launch of the app a few weeks ago.  Shortly afterwards, Rock Band for the iPhone/iPod touch was officially announced by Electronic Arts.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Miscalculates What Its iPhone App Should Cost  —  Apple wasted little time approving Wolfram Alpha's new iPhone app, which we hinted at last week.  Just a few days after they submitted it to the store, Apple sailed it right through the approval process with such speed …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Photo-Blogging Site DailyBooth Raises $1 Million  —  Money continues to rain down on “real-time” start-ups-Web sites, like Twitter, that are devoted to helping users share details about their lives as they happen.  The latest example: a fledgling two-person company called DailyBooth …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's 360-degree 3D display prototype makes virtual pets more lifelike, expensive  —  In case you missed it, Sony's got a thing for 3D with big plans to push the technology into your living room next year.  While the first application will be applied to the flat screen TV …
Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What lit mag McSweeney's could teach news orgs about the iPhone  —  You'd think selling subscriptions within iPhone applications would appeal to media companies: It's a model that promises recurring revenue streams, and it matches up nicely with the way they've always done business in print.
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Waveboard Brings Google Wave to the Mac Desktop, iPhone App to Follow  —  If you're one of the many who already received their Google Wave invites, you are probably exploring the new Google communication tool right now.  Or you might be just like me, who occasionally visit http …
Thanks:aczafra
Mike Shaver:
.NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce support) unblocked  —  We received confirmation from Microsoft this evening that the Framework Assistant add-on is not a mechanism for exploiting the vulnerabilities detailed in the earlier post, so we've removed it from the blocklist.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo Gets Its Investor: Abu Dhabi Media Joins “Hulu for Music Videos”  —  Vevo, the music industry's version of Hulu, now has its own version of Providence Equity, the outside investor that took a flyer on the Web TV and movie joint venture: Abu Dhabi Media Company has purchased a stake …
Bloomberg:
Apple May Need Earnings of $1.60 a Share for Stock to Climb, Analyst Says  —  Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., releasing fourth- quarter results after U.S. markets close, may have to report earnings of at least $1.60 a share to push the stock higher, according to Broadpoint AmTech Inc. analyst Brian Marshall.
Discussion: CNET News and LOOPRumors
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
MySQL cofounder says Oracle should sell database  —  IDG News Service - Oracle Corp. should resolve antitrust concerns over its acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. by selling open-source database MySQL to a suitable third party, its cofounder and creator Michael “Monty” Widenius said in a blog post today.
Discussion: Monty says and CNET News
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Microsoft to open Apple store rival in Arizona  —  Microsoft's first dedicated high-street store will open in the trendy US town of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday  —  The opening will coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7.
Discussion: Engadget and Mobilewhack.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Google loses Europe COO Ben Legg to European Directories  —  European Directories has announced a big win this morning with the appointment of Ben Legg as Chief Operating Officer.  —  Legg joins the Dutch/British company from Google, one of its main competitors, where the man served …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Plans to Sell Mobile Service in Discounted TV, Internet Packages  —  Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, will sell its mobile-phone service at a discount when customers buy home-phone, television and Internet access.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Patrick Smith / mocoNews:
Ericsson Pitching SMS Payment System At Online Newspapers  —  Newspapers may be rushing to charge for online content, but the infrastructure to facilitate the payments is in its infancy.  So it's no surprise that technology providers are stepping forward to offer their backend...
Discussion: Computerworld and PC World
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
Friendster To Add Virtual Currencies  —  Friendster may be seeing users go to Facebook in its home base of Southeast Asia, but it is making a good move toward making more money.  The social network says its going to start selling virtual goods, partnering with the payment provider MOL AccessPortal Berhad …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Projects Now Integrated With Google Apps  —  Web-based productivity suite Zoho has continued to integrate its products with Google in order to make it easier to use Gmail and Zoho apps simultaneously.  Last summer, Zoho, a web-based software suite that includes document …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets  —  America's spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community …
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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