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3:05 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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Keith Ito / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Since 2005, millions of people have relied on Google Maps for mobile to get directions on the go.  However, there's always been one problem: Once you're behind the wheel, a list of driving directions just isn't that easy to use.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0  —  If you weren't sure about switching to an Android phone in the near future, this might put you over the edge.  Google Maps Navigation is an absolutely killer app.  And it is only available for Android 2.0 phones.
Verizon:
Hello Humans: Droid By Motorola Arrives Next Week  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL - High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Motorola DROID first hands-on! (update: video, impressions, more pics)  —  We've got the DROID in our hands... and it is sweet.  Moto claims that this is the thinnest full QWERTY on the market, and we're apt to believe it.  The phone is incredibly slick and solid, and we're definitely looking forward to putting it through its paces.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola DROID official on Verizon: $199 on contract, coming November 6th (video)  —  We knew good and well this thing was coming sometime in November, and now Verizon Wireless has made it official: the Motorola DROID will hit Big Red on November 6th for $199 on contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to sacrifice ‘sweetheart’ AT&T deal for Verizon  —  If Apple ends its exclusive carrier agreement with AT&T next year, it will likely mark the end of its estimated $450 carrier subsidy for the iPhone, a new analysis has forecast.  —  In a new note to investors …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's ‘Signature PCs’ show its vision of computing perfection  —  People visiting Microsoft's new store in Scottsdale, Ariz., have started noticing something interesting, apart from its shameless similarities to Apple's retail outlets.  The computers on display in the Microsoft Store come without …
BBC:
Net pirates to be ‘disconnected’  —  People who persistently download illegal content will be cut off from the net, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has announced.  —  Speaking at a government-sponsored forum to debate copyright issues he said the UK would introduce a similar policy to France.
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet, TECH.BLORGE.com and a2f2a
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Stalqer Peers Into Your iPhone For A New Level Of Location-Based Creepiness  —  Foursquare and Loopt have put location-based social networks on the map, and have potentially created a viable business model as well.  Now there's a new kid on the block, called Stalqer, which best described as a Foursquare on steroids.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: CBS Digital CEO Smith to Leave to Start a Silicon Valley Advisory Firm (First Customer?  CBS)  —  Quincy Smith, the high-profile CEO of CBS Interactive, is planning on leaving his job at the media giant in January to start an advisory firm in Silicon Valley, according several sources.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Picture Of Unlaunched Apple Tablet (circa 1990)  —  Yeah ok it isn't that Apple Tablet.  But this is a picture, taken around 1990, of the Apple Pen Mac, a little known and never launched Apple tablet project.  As far as we can tell there is no other image of this device anywhere on the Internet …
internetnews.com:
Bartz: Yahoo Will Rise Again  —  CEO greets analyst community with emphatic promise to revive slumping Internet giant.  —  A defiant Carol Bartz took the stage at Yahoo's analyst day this morning, promising the audience that she would reinvigorate the flagging Web pioneer, and making no excuses for the company's past missteps.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Seladmin / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging Yahoo Investor Day 2009
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's 2009 ad budget: Half a billion  —  Those Get-a-Mac spots aren't cheap, but they deliver a lot of bang for the buck  —  Apple (AAPL) shells out a ton of money for advertising.  In fiscal 2009 it spent $501 million, according to the 10-K form filed Tuesday.  That's up from $486 million in 2008 and $467 million in 2007.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
AMD's Ruiz Gets Tripped by Idle Chit-Chat  —  Before we go jumping to conclusions, the proverbial rush to judgment about former AMD [AMD Loading...  () ] Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz and his role in the bizarre Galleon insider trading case, consider some of the facts as we know them.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Did AMD's former CEO reveal confidential secrets in Galleon insider trading case?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Augmented reality company Layar gets $1M boost, launches on Symbian  —  Layar, which has forged early leadership in the nascent but inspiring field of “augmented reality,” is about to finish raising a round of more than $1 million.  —  The Dutch company, which superimposes images and other data …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Augmented Reality App Shows Recovery.gov Funding Near You
Discussion: Boing Boing and Sunlight Labs
Toktumi VoIP News:
Is the BlackBerry Doomed?  —  Apple's astounding 4th quarter fiscal results (reported Oct 19th) and its climb past $200 per share comes in stark contrast to Research in Motion's (RIM) earnings reported September 25th.  Their stock is now trading 20% lower than it was a month ago and the outlook for the future appears grim.
Discussion: The Toybox, Traffick, Electronista and MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 16 flaws with Firefox 3.5.4  —  Security update also patches 9 bugs in older Firefox 3.0  —  Computerworld - Mozilla today patched 16 vulnerabilities in Firefox, 11 of them critical, as it updated the open-source browser to version 3.5.4.  —  The 11 critical Firefox 3.5 vulnerabilities …
The Official Google Blog:
Similar Images graduates from Google Labs  —  Today, we're happy to announce that Similar Images is graduating from Google Labs and becoming a permanent feature in Google Images.  You can try it out by clicking on “Find similar images” below the most popular images in our search results.
internetnews.com:
Apple to Nokia: We're Ready to Rumble  —  The two tech titans are set to battle over Nokia's claims that Apple illegally used its technology in the iPhone.  —  Apple isn't backing down from Nokia's charge that it infringed on 10 patents covering technology used in the iPhone.
Discussion: Reuters and mocoNews
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Apple releases Magic Mouse software updates  —  Today, Apple released updates for both Leopard and Snow Leopard enabling the OS to use the multi-touch capabilities of standalone versions of the Magic Mouse.  —  The updates, which weigh in at 64 and 36 megabytes respectively, require Mac OS X 10.5.8 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Want 50Mbps Internet in your town?  Threaten to roll out your own  —  ISPs may not act for years on local complaints about slow Internet—but when a town rolls out its own solution, it's amazing how fast the incumbents can deploy fiber, cut prices, and run to the legislature.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time.  Figuring out how to rank real …
Discussion: TeleRead, Techdirt, Switched and Guardian, Thanks:atul
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
My Treadmill Is Twittering!  The Next Frontier for Connected Devices: The Gym  —  Netpulse announced last night it had raised $3.1 million in Series A funding led by Javelin Venture Partners to bring interactive media to gyms.  We were curious about the idea of connected fitness devices …
 
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Felicia R. Lee / New York Times:
Serving Literature by the Tweet
AppleInsider:
TomTom Car Kit, navigation software will not work with iPod touch
Discussion: MacRumors and I4U News
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Jive Brings Workgroup Collaboration to Microsoft Office
Discussion: eWeek
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Neo Technology Commercializes Next Generation Graph Based Database
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 XFR rugged tablet gets official
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Microsoft pulls the Xbox 360 Sky Player
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Mobile Phone Software Company Not Pleased With Courgette, Sues Google
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Vdopia Adds $4M for iPhone Ads
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