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2:40 PM ET, October 24, 2009


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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's Droid is a series, not just a phone; Droid Eris coming from HTC  —  We just got some wild information from a trusted source about Verizon's Android strategy, and let's just say this shakes things up a little bit.  Here are the big takeaways:  — Droid is the brand name being applied to Verizon's Android devices.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Motorola Droid ("Sholes") hits the FCC with AT&T-friendly 3G - for real this time.  —  Looks like Verizon might not be the only one getting the Moto Droid.  A few days ago, we wrote a post highlighting the fact that a GSM version of the oh-so-hypetastic Motorola Droid (otherwise known as “Sholes” or “Tao") had cleared the FCC runway.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Security Essentials ongoing beta begins  —  The Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Ongoing Beta Program has started letting testers in and is already handing out build 1.0.1676.0.  MSE is so far available in 39 markets.  —  As expected, Microsoft has started sending out e-mails …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Geekword
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
PayPal's Fate Now Rests With Developers  —  PayPal opening up its payment processing API to developers, hoping to unleash new apps that use its electronic payment service, sounds somewhat anti-climactic.  After all, most of the other brand-name web companies that emerged in the late 90s …
Discussion: Brad Gosse
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital: The economy's not so grim after all  —  (I'm live-blogging from Startup School, a daylong program from startup incubator YCombinator held at Berkeley today.  You can watch it here live or update as we go....)  —  Greg McAdoo, a partner at Sequoia Capital …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Brainstorm Tech, Thanks:atul
Google LatLong:
Evolving the look of Google Maps  —  Today the Google Maps team is rolling out a number of refinements to the look and feel of our maps, the biggest such changes since we first launched about 4.7 years ago.  In that time we've been steadily adding details like walkways, address labels …
Volkswagen to Rely Solely on IPhone App for GTI Launch  —  Automaker Says Move is Cost-Efficient Way to Reach Target Demo  —  NEW YORK ( — Volkswagen of America is launching the newest-generation GTI exclusively on an iPhone app, a cost-efficient approach the automaker said is a first for the industry.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Symbian Executive Rips into Google's Android  —  Last week, Lee Williams, executive director at Symbian stopped by in our office to brief me on a new version of Symbian that is going to be released soon.  He talked about SEE09, their developer conference in London next week.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video hilarity: Windows 7 launched on a MacBook Pro on NBC's The Today Show  —  Oh, dear.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was on The Today Show (international viewers: The Today Show is a morning news and entertainment program that airs on NBC, a big TV network here) to unveil Windows 7.
Tom Harvey / Salt Lake Tribune:
Trustee says SCO Group should pursue IBM, Novell lawsuits  —  Linux » Decision means high-profile copyright cases likely to continue.  —  The SCO Group intends to aggressively pursue lawsuits against IBM and Novell, the trustee now running the company told a bankruptcy judge on Friday.
Discussion: Computerworld
Universal phone charger approved  —  A new mobile phone charger that will work with any handset has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body.  —  Industry body the GSMA predicts that 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers are generated each year.
Tim Greene / Computerworld:
Avalanche is top phishing gang by far this year  —  A single group of attackers accounted for a quarter of all phishing in the first half of this year, according to a new study.  —  A single group of attackers accounted for a quarter of all phishing in the first half of this year, according to a new study.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Video Discovery Site Promises To Make a Rippol In The Stream …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Herd Mentality  —  Conformity is a powerful instinct.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Investors Bet on Another Real-Time Start-Up. …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, VentureBeat and paidContent
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple shuts down ZFS open source project
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Million-Dollar Apps  —  In the course of reporting my feature story …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Kindle Review, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Razorfish Execs Leave for Microsoft After Publicis Deal
Discussion: paidContent
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Navigation Bombshell
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