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8:40 AM ET, October 29, 2009

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Murali Viswanathan / The Official Google Blog:
Making search more musical  —  Every day we get millions of search queries about music.  You want to know more about your favorite artists, find that new album or iconic song or figure out the name of that tune stuck in your head.  In fact, according to Insights for Search, two of the top 10 queries in the U.S. are music-related.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Almost Here: Exclusive Video Of Lala's Upcoming iPhone App
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google launches music search with Lala, Pandora, Rhapsody, imeem and MySpace
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Strategy of New Chief at Motorola Appears Poised to Pay Off  —  LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. —Sanjay Jha's honeymoon as co-chief executive at Motorola lasted just a few minutes into his first meeting with employees in 2008.  —  “Why should we trust you?” one employee blurted.  The frustration was understandable.
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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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: Verizon Droid vs. iPhone 3GS  —  So Verizon's Droid is official, and officially arriving a week from Friday.  I'm smart enough to know it's pointless to call any phone an iPhone killer, or even a potential iPhone killer-and that competing with the iPhone is much more about software …
Discussion: PC World, InfoWorld and CenterNetworks
Verizon:
Hello Humans: Droid By Motorola Arrives Next Week
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Latest victims of Google: Garmin and TomTom?
Keith Ito / Google Mobile Blog:
Announcing Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0
Ethan Beard / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Platform: A Roadmap for the Future  —  At Facebook, we focus on providing our developer community with simple building blocks to speed innovation and create an environment where small teams quickly push new products that can rapidly disrupt industries.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Open Graph, Facebook Sets Out To Make The Entire Web Its Tributary System
Discussion: @vanelsas and All Facebook, Thanks:enauzer
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Instant Analysis: Digesting the Implications of Today's Platform …
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
D-Day For Facebook App Developers
Discussion: PC World and All Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Zong+, A Mobile Payments Platform On Steroids And Potential PayPal Killer  —  Zong has seen tremendous growth over the past year from when the company debuted its mobile payments service from the TechCrunch50 demo pit.  Zong's model of billing micropayments to your cell phone bill caught …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft And Yahoo Delay Signing Search Deal  —  Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) have delayed signing their search deal, Yahoo told the SEC in a filing.  —  In their original Juy 29 agreement, Yahoo and Microsoft said they would sign finish negotiating the search deal by October 27.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
It's Complicated, But MicroHoo Hasn't Fallen and Will Get Up …
Discussion: paidContent
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google tells FCC it's still blocking calls, but fewer of them  —  Google told the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday that it's still blocking some high-cost phone calls, but its engineers have figured out a way to reduce the phone numbers affected to fewer than 100.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Confirmed: Netflix Streaming Coming To The Wii Very Shortly  —  Last week I received some images that showed Netflix streaming on a Wii console.  I didn't run with the story at the time as I didn't know if the images were legit and it's taken me until today to confirm they are in fact real.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon PayPhrase Tries to Make Paying Online Easier  —  Amazon.com is trying to take some pain out of the process of buying stuff online.  I'm not sure that the new service it is introducing tonight, PayPhrase, accomplishes that, but it may be an important building block for the future of Amazon's fledgling subsidiary, Amazon Payments.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Seth MacFarlane is too much for Microsoft, but ‘South Park’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ are no problem  —  When Microsoft made the decision this week to drop out as the sole sponsor of Fox's upcoming special “Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show,” the software giant said …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is the LinkedIn Platform Dead?  —  LinkedIn, the business social network, hopped on the platform bandwagon this time last year by opening up its network to developers.  It was a move I was excited to see Reid Hoffman's crew make.  LinkedIn, unlike some of the other professional networks that came before it, is actually very useful.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After net neutrality, will we need “Google neutrality?”  —  A leading US academic on network economics argues that net neutrality is a good thing—but ISPs aren't the only potential gatekeepers on the 'Net.  “Search neutrality” might well be needed next.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Kindle Review
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Nintendo Announces Big Screen DSi  —  The rumors are true.  Today, at Nintendo's press event in Tokyo, the company announced a revised version of the Nintendo DS.  —  Dubbed the Nintendo DSi LL, the new portable will feature a 4.2 inch screen.  Priced at ¥20,000 (US$220) the DSi LL will be released on November 21.
Dan Fost / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wants more computers in schools  —  Sergey Brin.  Credit: Google.  —  High school dropout Sergey Brin has a few ideas on how the educational system should be improved.  Not surprisingly from a guy who co-founded Google, where he still serves as president …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple stores upgrading from Windows-based EasyPay to iPod touch  —  Multiple sources have noted that Apple will be transitioning its retail store EasyPay handheld checkout systems from Windows-based PDA devices to iPod touch hardware for the 2009 holiday season.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Operating Systems Offer New Choices in PC Shopping  —  Now that both Microsoft and Apple have finally shipped the new versions of their operating systems, Windows 7 and Snow Leopard, respectively, it's time for my annual fall computer-buying guide.  —  This guide stresses laptops …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Comcast: FCC Action Unlawful, Should Be Reversed  —  More than a year after the Federal Communications Commission handed down an enforcement action against Comcast for what it considered to be unreasonable network management, the cable provider on Tuesday submitted its final brief appealing the commission's decision.
 
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Sprint Plans Open App Store
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Twitter phishers are after your password
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple's first France store to open November 7th - reports
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Imaging patent holder that won against Sony, Canon sues Apple
Discussion: Electronista and Macsimum News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Phasing Out Accounts, Google Login Will Be Required [Updated]
Discussion: Appetite
AppleInsider:
TomTom Car Kit, navigation software will not work with iPod touch
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