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6:05 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.
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.
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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 …
Maureen Heymans / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Social Search: I finally found my friend's New York blog!  —  Your friends and contacts are a key part of your life online.  Most people on the web today make social connections and publish web content in many different ways, including blogs, status updates and tweets.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Social Search Launches, Gives Results From Your Trusted “Social Circle”
Thanks:atul
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
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.
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.
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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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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's warm reception for secretary of energy  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—For a bunch of search engineers, Google employees care an awful lot about energy and the environment.  —  Google hosted an event for employees Monday featuring Steven Chu, the U.S. secretary of energy under President Obama …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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Fortune:   Obama & Google (a love story)
Steve Swasey / PlayStation.Blog:
Netflix Coming Soon to PlayStation 3  —  Attention, PlayStation 3 owners: want to watch a movie streamed instantly from Netflix via your PS3?  I've got terrific news for you; very soon you'll be able to do just that.  —  We're excited to announce today that Netflix and Sony have partnered …
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China Real Time Report:
The Facebook Few — 14,000 and Falling  —  The number of Facebook users in China is dwindling.  Or to be more exact: falling off a cliff.  And not by choice, as anyone who has tried to access Facebook in China recently knows.  —  It's no secret among people in the Internet business in China …
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC: We're Not Going To Apologize For Blowing Friday's Microsoft News  —  Anyone who was trading Microsoft (MSFT) on Friday could be forgiven for screaming obscenities at their TV.  —  An incorrect report by CNBC around 10:50am temporarily smacked the stock.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet AOL's BOD: Tim Armstrong May Be Youthful, but His Directors-To-Be Aren't  —  AOL continues to prep for its impending spinoff from Time Warner.  Today's step: Announcing the board of directors for the company-to-be.  Boldface names of note include William Hambrecht …
Discussion: Between the Lines, paidContent and The Hill, Thanks:atul
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
AOL's Spinoff From Time Warner: The Process; AOL India May Be Retained By TW
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: Technologizer and IntoMobile
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.
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: Fast Company and TeleRead
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
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.
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: inside Mozilla's Raindrop messaging platform  —  Mozilla Messaging, the organization behind the Thunderbird e-mail program, has introduced a new open source messaging aggregation platform: Raindrop.  The project is at an extremely early stage of development but the code …
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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace are engaged in contentsharing talks  —  Facebook and MySpace are in talks about sharing content across both sites, according to senior figures at the two companies.  —  The move could potentially see MySpace music and video footage being shared on Facebook via its Connect platform …
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Twitter CEO: OK if teens don't tweet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailers Try Twitter - Still Prefer Facebook, YouTube and MySpace
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Angel Investors Back Game Developer Unity Technologies With $5.5 Million
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Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Skips Debate, Commits to Health Insurance
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Knowledge is the power behind popular eHow website
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 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Moms Use Their iPhones
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mail Suffers Outage
Discussion: CNET News and Technologizer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
85,000 reasons why Apple's iPhone isn't going to be disrupted
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW and Technovia
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, Bet on Aviary, a Web-Based Would-Be Adobe
Discussion: Bits and Marc's Voice, Thanks:atul