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3:05 PM ET, October 26, 2009

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Ephraim Gadsby / Gawker:
Bill Keller: Apple Tablet ‘Impending’  —  Bill Keller may have casually mentioned that Apple's not-officially-happening-but-clearly- happening tablet computer is imminent and that the New York Times are working to bring content to it.  —  Earlier this year a stealth team from the newspaper was rumoured …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple Tablet rumor roundup: NYT speaks of ‘impending Apple slate,’ new SIM tray leaks (video)  —  Bear with us as we bring you the latest rumors related to the most important product that never was: the Apple tablet.  Today we have a pair of rumors bubbling to the surface of a delicious tattle brew.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon preps fourth quarter device barrage; Droid will ‘stimulate demand’  —  Verizon delivered a solid third quarter courtesy of its wireless business, which added 1.2 million net customers excluding acquisitions.  The company also said it is set up for the fourth quarter with the launch …
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
A Verizon iPhone Is 'Exclusively in Apple's Court,' Verizon Says  —  Verizon Wireless takes jabs at the iPhone in its Droid advertising, but it said Monday that it's still interested in selling the popular device. … In fact, it's not up to the carrier, suggested Ivan Seidenberg, chief executive of Verizon Communications.
Interoperability:
Roadmap for Outlook Personal Folders (.pst) Documentation  —  By Paul Lorimer, Group Manager, Microsoft Office Interoperability  —  Data portability has become an increasing need for our customers and partners as more information is stored and shared in digital formats.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:   Microsoft to open up Outlook data format
Mark Kinsey / Facebook Developers:
Extending Facebook Share  —  Each week, users share more than 2 billion pieces of content on Facebook, and most of that sharing is facilitated by Facebook Share buttons across the Web, on websites like YouTube, Wall Street Journal, and Photobucket.  With just a few lines of code …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Share Adds Live Share Counts, Analytics  —  Earlier this month TC writer MG Siegler wrote a post called The Speed of Share, where he noted that sharing content to Facebook wasn't as good an experience as it was for many of the various Twitter services like Tweetmeme.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will There Be an Android App Boom Soon?  —  With a number of Google's Android OS-based smartphones on the horizon, developers are devoting significant resources to the mobile platform, which will result in a boom in Android apps, according to reports from two Silicon Valley startups, Flurry and AdMob.
Discussion: Inc.com and VentureBeat
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Verizon Storm2 on October 28th, BlackBerry OS 5.0 for original Storm out now  —  If you have an original Storm purchased through Verizon then first, our condolences.  At the risk of rubbing it in (since you're still on contract) we have to tell you that the second generation Storm2 …
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Verizon:
A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wireless' Network On Oct. 2
Brad Stone / Bits:
Netflix Movies to Stream to Sony's PlayStation 3  —  Next month, the nine million American owners of Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles will have another entertainment option available: streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix.  —  The long-awaited announcement gives Netflix another distribution channel …
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Steve Swasey / PlayStation.Blog:
Netflix Coming Soon to PlayStation 3
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft, Google and the Bear  —  Excuse me for repeating a hoary old joke: … This succinctly describes the relationship when it comes to smartphones between Google (the camper with the running shoes), Microsoft (the other camper) and Apple (the bear).  —  I wrote an article in Monday's Times …
Discussion: Open Source and MobileTechWorld, Thanks:enauzer
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook Pros to receive new Quad-core processors in coming weeks?  —  An Applesana forum poster (via Applesfera) is reporting that the new Mac OS 10.6.2 OS build 10C531 contains the following references to new MacBook Pros:  —  Current MacBook Pros are Version 5_5.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
HTC Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign About ‘You’ To Become Household Name  —  HTC may be the most successful cellphone company you've never heard of.  —  At least that was the headline three years ago when the Taiwanese-based company was getting serious about establishing itself …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
AOL's Spinoff From Time Warner: The Process; AOL India May Be Retained By TW  —  AOL (NYSE: TWX) Inc, the new about-to-be-spun-off unit from Time Warner, has filed an amended filing with SEC detailing some of the spin-off specifics.  This comes as it named nine new board member for the new company this morning.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet AOL's BOD: Tim Armstrong May Be Youthful, but His Directors-To-Be Aren't
Discussion: Between the Lines and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Memories of Friends Departed Endure on Facebook  —  I'm facing an anniversary soon: I will have worked at Facebook for four years.  I was originally drawn to the company for the opportunity to help build a technology that enables people to model their social network and interact with it online.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Pixi Will Cost $99, Available Nov. 15 On Sprint  —  Sprint Nextel just announced that the new Palm Pixi will go on sale for $99 on Nov. 15.  The Pixi is a smaller, skinnier answer to Palm's Pre.  It's basically a souped-up version of its Centro device, which was especially popular with women.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple to spend $4 million on Chicago subway station renovations  —  Apple has reportedly agreed to spend more than $4 million to renovate a Chicago subway station adjacent to a future Apple Store site, and also earned the right of first refusal to name the public transit stop.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet  —  By almost any imaginable definition, last week was the newsiest ever in the still-new world of e-book readers.  We witnessed the unveiling of Barnes & Noble's ambitious Nook.  We got more details about Plastic Logic's long-awaited device.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, Bet on Aviary, a Web-Based Would-Be Adobe  —  Last week, Jeff Bezos made $2 billion in one day, courtesy of a massive spike in Amazon shares.  What will he do with the extra dough?  —  Perhaps plow it into more start-ups like Aviary, a Long Island-based design software company.
Brough / Communications:
Has AT&T Wireless data congestion been self-inflicted?  —  We've all heard or read stories about how iPhone usage has overloaded the AT&T Wireless network but it's likely at least some of their problems are the result of configuration errors specifically, congestion collapse induced by misconfigured buffers in their mobile core network.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Telegraph:
Ebooks helping surge in library members  —  E-books are helping libraries attract a flurry of new members, as readers embrace digital novels.  —  After years of library membership declining and fears that the public no longer wanted to borrow books, some institutions are reporting a spike …
Discussion: TeleRead
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
GeoCities' time has expired, Yahoo closing the site today  —  We always imagined how this might end: GeoCities would finally take down all of the animated “under construction” signs, and we'd hear one last Midi file to the tune of horns playing taps.  —  Instead, GeoCities will probably go down with a whimper today.
The Unlockr:
Mystery HTC Android Handset Has a Name and a Carrier  —  So do you remember the post we did on a certain mysterious HTC Android device that we've never seen before?  —  Well after doing some research I'm 90% positive as to what this phone is...  Its the HTC Dragon!  Well, sort of.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Companies big and small monitor Twitter to find out what their customers like and what they want changed.  Twitter does the same.  —  It started two years ago as a bare-bones service, offering little more than the ability to post 140-character messages.
Discussion: Emptyage
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Skips Debate, Commits to Health Insurance  —  In the midst of a heated national debate over legislation to provide all Americans with affordable health insurance, Apple will skip the controversy entirely and extend full-benefit medical insurance to part-time employees in January 2010.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Moms Use Their iPhones  —  According to a new survey by mobile advertising network Greystripe, mothers with iPhones regularly let their children use their phones, download games specifically for their children and often use their phones at grocery stores to compare prices and check their grocery lists.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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China Real Time Report:
The Facebook Few — 14,000 and Falling
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Knowledge is the power behind popular eHow website
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Space.com & Related Sites Acquired by TopTenReviews
Fortune:
Obama & Google (a love story)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mail Suffers Outage
Discussion: CNET News, Technologizer and Erictric
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Journalist Andrew Noyes To Increase Leverage In Washington
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
BusinessWeek's Fire Sale Nets McGraw Hill $5.9 Million, or $15,000 Per Staffer
 Earlier Items: 
Peggy Orenstein / New York Times:
Stop Your Search Engines
Discussion: Made by Many, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
85,000 reasons why Apple's iPhone isn't going to be disrupted
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW and Technovia
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Rally May Sidestep Newspapers
Discussion: AdExchanger.com, Publishing 2.0 and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
IT leaders trust Microsoft more than Google, 2-to-1