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11:00 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: ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music Onebox: Video Interviews With Just About Everyone Involved
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, Thanks:enauzer
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, Thanks:enauzer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
D-Day For Facebook App Developers
Discussion: PC World and All Facebook
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Instant Analysis: Digesting the Implications of Today's Platform …
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook
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, CenterNetworks and InfoWorld
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Motorola DROID first hands-on! (update: video, impressions, more pics)
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 …
PC World:
Nintendo Profit Halved as Wii Console Sales Slow  —  For the last few years Nintendo has been riding high on the runaway success of the Wii console but now that success appears to slowing considerably.  Sales and profit at the Japanese games company fell sharply during the first half …
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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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple TV 3.0 software update to support iTunes LP, Extras  —  Apple has updated the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions to reference a forthcoming 3.0 software update for the Apple TV, which will allow viewing of iTunes LP and iTunes Extras content.  —  The new paragraph under the …
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.
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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.
scobleizer's posterous:
Why I don't use Google Reader anymore  —  I used to be the biggest user of Google Reader.  At one point the Google Reader team told me I shared more items than anyone else.  But lately it's a rare month I've checked into it and Twitter is in the process of adding a new feature — lists …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Scobleizer, Thanks:enauzer
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 …
Discussion: TUAW
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Turn Your Windows 7 Computer Into a WiFi Router In 5 Minutes, Free & No Hardware  —  Connectify.me is a new service we just found out about.  They've sussed out how to make any Windows 7 computer into a WiFi hotspot.  Since we just installed Windows 7 on a spare laptop …
Thanks:enauzer
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Google says its navigation will come to iPhone, if Apple approves  —  Google on Wednesday revealed a free online navigation service that will be a part of its forthcoming Android 2.0 mobile operating system.  It could also come to the iPhone, the company said, if given the green light by Apple.
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
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.
 
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 More Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
MLB uses World Series to warm up Android app
Discussion: Android Central
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
How Apple sliced its pie in 2009
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Widespread availability of online video means less P2P use
Discussion: DSLreports
Jason Falls / Social Media Explorer:
Postrank Expands Engagement Measurement
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Seth MacFarlane is too much for Microsoft, but 'South Park …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Gadget Lab Guide: How to Un-Cripple Your International Kindle
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Anti-Piracy Partner Clueless About BitTorrent
Discussion: Techdirt
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Software That Fixes Itself
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Twitter phishers are after your password
Discussion: GMSV, CNET News and Download Squad
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is the LinkedIn Platform Dead?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:atul
 

 
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