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1:00 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.
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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.
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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 …
AdAge:
Volkswagen to Rely Solely on IPhone App for GTI Launch  —  Automaker Says Move is Cost-Efficient Way to Reach Target Demo  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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.
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
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.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Facebook Offers Real-Time, Highlight Reel News Feed For The Homepage  —  Facebook Oct. 23 changed its home page again, offering users a highlight reel view of the most interesting activity that's happened in the last day and a real-time view that shows users what is happening now.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Video Discovery Site Promises To Make a Rippol In The Stream (1,000 Beta Invites)  —  The last thing the world needs is another video site, right?  Well, that's not stopping Aaron Crayford, who convinced a bunch of his supercomputer engineer buddies to put together Rippol …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and IT PRO - Today
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Herd Mentality  —  Conformity is a powerful instinct.  There's safety in numbers.  You have to be different to be better, but different is scary.  —  So of course there's some degree of herd mentality in every industry.  But I think it's more pronounced, to a pathological degree, in the PC hardware industry.
Discussion: ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
BBC:
EU adopts tough file-share stance  —  The European Parliament has given the green light for member states to cut persistent file-sharers off from the net.  —  It has dropped an amendment to its Telcoms Package which would have made it hard for countries to cut off pirates without court authority.
Discussion: Techdirt
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Box.net's Unannounced Funding  —  The company raised another $7.1 million this month from its current investors — Draper Fisher and U.S. Venture Partners — but kept mum, allowing the new money to be revealed instead by an SEC filing.  —  Marketing VP Jen Grant told me it's not a new round …
BBC:
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.
 
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Wine Business:
Amazon Puts Wine Program on Hold
Discussion: Digits and TechFlash
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
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
U.S. gov't cybersecurity spending to grow significantly, study says
Discussion: CIO.com and eWeek
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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
Discussion: Internet2Go
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Sequoia branches too far
Discussion: VentureBeat
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