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5:15 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:
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 …
Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  Most Profitable Quarter Ever; Record Mac and iPhone Sales — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $9.87 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share.
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
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
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LEAKED: Details of the Facebook Home Page Redesign [Screenshots]  —  A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.  Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for the Facebook Publisher box and a new, Friendfeed-like “Top News” filter for the news feed.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:taylorbuley
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Facebook and Twitter Founders Join Net-Neutrality Wars  —  Fed up with a barrage of letters that arrived at the FCC last week from net-neutrality opponents (or lawmakers urging a cautious approach toward the new rules), a coalition of Internet companies are urging the FCC chairman to hold steady.
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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.
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Ad agencies stump for Microsoft-Yahoo search deal  —  An advertising industry association—backed by four of the world's largest ad agencies—sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday endorsing the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal, saying it “enhances competition.”
Knot Pipatsrisawat / Facebook Blog:
Giving Groups a Stronger Voice  —  Facebook Groups have long been a part of the Facebook experience as a way for people to organize and discuss particular issues of interest.  However, until now, Group activities have been isolated to the group page and it was often difficult to find out what currently was going on within a group.
Discussion: CNET News, All Facebook and TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: Maximum PC
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.
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
Paul Meller / PC World:
EU Says Europe Must Scan Books as Does Google  —  The European Commission issued a call to arms to European lawmakers and those involved in the process of digitizing books Monday, urging the European Union to create a “pro-competitive European” answer to the legal arrangement Google and others seek to implement in the U.S.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Free Silverlight streaming service to be replaced by paid Azure-hosted service  —  Microsoft is discontinuing its free Silverlight Streaming service and replacing it with a paid, Azure-hosted service before the end of calendar 2009.  —  Microsoft is confirming the report I saw on LiveSide.Net …
Craig Newmark / The Huffington Post:
A Nerd's Take On The Future Of News Media  —  There are a lot of new technologies which already affect news consumption and future business models.  As a nerd, I'm excited by the new tech, particularly mobile, including new display systems and pervasive connectivity.
Thanks:atul
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: TechFlash and The Next Web
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO fires CEO Darl McBride, architect of litigation strategy  —  In an SEC filing published today, SCO revealed that CEO Darl McBride has been terminated and is no longer with the company.  The decision to fire the controversial CEO is part of a restructuring plan that is based on recommendations …
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Times Says It Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs  —  The New York Times plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs - about 8 percent of the total - by year's end, offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily, the paper announced on Monday.
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Search-Titan Google Makes Display Play With ROI Tool
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Nielsen To Add Internet Meters To Entire TV Ratings Sample: Timing, Integration TBD
Patrick Smith / mocoNews:
Ericsson Pitching SMS Payment System At Online Newspapers
Discussion: PC World
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon prepping HP Mini 311, Mini 110 for launch
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Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
MySQL cofounder says Oracle should sell database
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
Friendster To Add Virtual Currencies
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Plans to Sell Mobile Service in Discounted TV, Internet Packages
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com