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11:45 AM ET, October 27, 2009

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Pierre Lebeau / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice with your existing number  —  Google Voice is all about enabling choice: which phone you pick up your calls on, where to review your voicemail messages, how to send and reply to text messages, etc.  So when it comes to your phone number, it was logical for us to also offer a choice of which number to use with Google Voice.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Can Now Take Control Of Your Mobile Voicemail  —  Google Voice is a great way to manage phone hell by giving you a single phone number that automatically rings your mobile, home, work and other phones based on your choice of rules and settings (who's calling, when, etc.).
Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple shops tablet around Australia  —  Apple is preparing to release a groundbreaking tablet computer in Australia and around the world early next year and has been in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device.  —  The tablet is tipped to be a larger version of the iPhone.
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon RDS - The Amazon Relational Database Service  —  We are always looking for ways to make it faster, simpler, and more fun to develop applications of all types.  Every hour that you don't spend fiddling with hardware, tracing cables, installing operating systems or managing databases …
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Zee / TNW Appetite:
It's Official.  Google Wave to Get Its Own App Store (with potentially more than just apps)  —  My fellow writer James Glick attended the Google Wave GTUG (Google Technology User Group) meeting in London yesterday and came away with a few interesting nuggets of information regarding the future of Google Wave.
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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Michael Schneider / Variety:
MacFarlane special loses Microsoft  —  Microsoft has yanked its sponsorship off Fox's upcoming Seth MacFarlane comedy/variety special.  Fox still plans to air “Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show” on Nov. 8, but with another, yet-to-be-named sponsor.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Microsoft's MSN Is in Early Talks With MySpace About Music Tie-Up  —  Microsoft's MSN is in preliminary talks with MySpace about using the social networking site's music service, MySpace Music, to help power music offerings on the giant portal.  —  While sources at both companies cautioned …
Discussion: AppScout and Silicon Alley Insider
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Won't Sell Nook To Go In All Stores  —  Its 700-plus U.S. stores should give Barnes & Noble an edge in the contest for e-reader dollars but many won't be selling the actual Nook on site.  Instead, I was told as a customer, the booksellers will order a device for in-store customers …
Nick Mueller / ArcticStartup:
Spotify CTO Is Leaving, Door Won't Hit Him On The Way Out  —  Spotify CTO Andreas Ehn tweeted about leaving the company this morning, in a surprise move that might signal the direction of things at the Stockholm (er, Luxembourg) based startup.  —  When a CTO leaves a company as well regarded as Spotify …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch Europe
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Why Windows 7 Costs so Much  —  I've had a couple days now with Windows 7 and it is certainly an improvement over both Vista and XP, requiring slightly less resources than either (significantly less than Vista), booting faster, and offering superior usability.  Yeah, but why does it cost so much?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Outlook Opens Up to an Uncertain Future  —  While most of us were too engrossed in the somewhat ephemeral news of Google's new attempts at becoming social, something much more profound transpired — something that can have an impact on millions upon millions of people.
Discussion: Maximum PC and Port 25, Thanks:atul
Michell Bak / se-blog:
What's Next: Sony Ericsson posts Rachael announcement date - now officially confirmed!  —  Sony Ericsson have just launched the “What's Next?” campaign website and there's no doubt it's about the announcement of Rachael, which according to the site will happen on the 3rd of November.  —  How can I be so sure?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Shopping Spree Continues; Cisco Buys ScanSafe For $183 Million  —  Cisco has added another company to its coffers with the acquisition of ScanSafe for $183 million.  A few weeks ago, Cisco announced a $2.9 billion acquisition of mobile networking infrastructure provider Starent Networks …
Discussion: internetnews.com, eWeek and Cisco
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: How Long a Rally?  —  Most analysts see further gains in Apple's stock price, but the bigger the company gets, the harder it will be to achieve game-changing growth  —  The rally that propelled Apple's shares to a record has sparked debate over how much further the stock could rise …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome, Not Chromium, For Mac Has That Solid Feel  —  We've spent the past several months closely tracking the progress of Chrome for Mac.  Well over a year after its release for Windows, there hasn't been so much as a beta version for Mac (or Linux, for that matter) yet.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Old Trick Threatens the Newest Weapons  —  Despite a six-year effort to build trusted computer chips for military systems, the Pentagon now manufactures in secure facilities run by American companies only about 2 percent of the more than $3.5 billion of integrated circuits bought annually for use in military gear.
CNN:
Report: Stray jet's pilots were on laptops  —  (CNN) — The pilots of the commercial jetliner that last week overshot its destination by about 150 miles have said they were using their laptops and lost track of time and location, federal safety officials said Monday.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
HTC Working on Android 2.0 Phones  —  It looks like Motorola aren't the only people to get a taste of that yummy Eclair - otherwise known as Android 2.0.  The Android 2.0 software launch is going very oddly.  Google hasn't announced the OS or SDK, but Verizon says the Motorola Droid will be running the OS.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Bumps iPhone 3GS Manufacturing Orders Nearly 20%  —  DigiTimes reports on claims from several sources indicating that Apple has recently increased manufacturing orders for the iPhone 3GS by up to 20%, suggesting continued strong demand for the device.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Email Contains Virus [ALERT]  —  Another new virus is spreading through social networks, this time, via Facebook.  This one - known as Bredolab - masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email,” appears to come from Facebook, and attaches a file that purports to contain a new password.
Discussion: All Facebook, Zero Day and mxlab
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intuit enhances Quickbooks by bringing cloud apps to desktop software  —  Intuit, a trusted name for some 4 million small business customers who manage their finances using the Quickbooks software, is bringing a bit of the cloud to the desktop.  The company, like so many others these days …
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Firms Make Bet With Ad Blitz  —  Technology companies are launching big advertising campaigns as they wager on a pickup in business spending and jockey to have their products stand apart in an environment where new customers are hard to find and competition is intensifying.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
A Presidential Hacking Hoax  —  A hacker appears to have used BarackObama.com to gain access to a Chicago area university.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — An anonymous blogger is claiming to have gained full access to the databases behind the president's campaign site, BarackObama.com, through a simple SQL injection attack.
Discussion: Security Watch
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Scammed By Malware Crew Pretending To Be Suzuki  —  Gawker Media just got scammed by a malware company pretending to be Suzuki.  —  The “ads” crashed readers' browsers, and, in some cases, installed spyware.  —  Gawker—no babes in the woods on this issue—have been kind enough …
Discussion: BBC and the Econsultancy blog
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
VMWare Fusion 3.0 - shipping today  —  With Windows 7 out the breech and Snow Leopard already purring on many Macs, news that VMWare Fusion 3.0 ships today, October 27, is well-timed.  —  You may have missed the brilliant weekend deal which enabled you to pick up a copy …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Qualcomm Invests in Open Source  —  Qualcomm has joined its rival Intel in jumping aboard the open source bandwagon.  The San Diego-based chipmaker today unveiled the Qualcomm Innovation Center, a subsidiary created to “optimize open source software with Qualcomm technology.”
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbooks boost graphics chip shipments
Contra Costa Times:
Designer's lawsuit against Courtney Love for libel on Twitter continues
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Samsung Moment review
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
SEC and Homeland Security need Web backup, GAO says
Discussion: Between the Lines
Kirk Biglione / Medialoper:
Is Book Sharing Really a Threat to Publishing?
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun's MySQL fork survival theory ripped
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Rachel Kremen / Technology Review:
Microsoft's Many Multitouch Mice
Discussion: Macworld
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Orkut Slows Hemorrhaging To Facebook By Making Friend Export Tool Nearly Useless
Discussion: InformationWeek, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook tinkering with big changes that may weaken app virality
Discussion: All Facebook
William Matthews / Defense News:
Banned USB Drives May Get Thumbs Up
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: inside Mozilla's Raindrop messaging platform
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