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6:25 PM ET, October 29, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Introduces Apple TV 3.0 Software With Redesigned User Interface  —  Enjoy iTunes Extras, iTunes LP & Genius Mixes on Your HD TV  —  Apple® today introduced new Apple TV® 3.0 software featuring a redesigned main menu that makes navigating your favorite content simpler and faster …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Apple TV 3.0 Software and iTunes 9.0.2 [Updated]  —  Apple today announced the launch of Apple TV 3.0 software, offering a redesigned user interface and compatibility with Apple's iTunes LPs and iTunes Extras, as well as Genius Mixes and Internet radio.
Business Wire:
Best Buy® Mobile Offers Pre-Sells of Motorola DROID in Stores Beginning October 29  —  Best Buy Mobile will apply rebate savings for the new smartphone at the point of purchase to help customers avoid the hassles of mail-in rebates.  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Mobile …
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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 …
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
VZW: Droid won't strain 3G network
Discussion: GigaOM, InformationWeek and IntoMobile
Matt Thomas / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress for iPhone  —  WordPress for iPhone 2 now available in the App Store  —  We've just received word that WordPress for iPhone 2 is now available on the App Store.  Woohoo!  —  A quick note about installation: WordPress for iPhone 2 is a new app, and the previous version won't automatically update to 2.0.
Phone Arena:
New images of the HTC Droid Eris  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Over the past two weeks we've been hearing tidbits about the HTC Droid Eris, and that it will launch at the same time (or shortly after) the Motorola Droid is released on November 6th.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
HTC CEO On Android, Verizon, Microsoft  —  Wireless executive confirms first Verizon Android handset and discusses strengths of Android, Windows Mobile.  —  TAOYUAN, TAIWAN — For more than six months, HTC enjoyed the privilege of being the only cellphone maker to have a handset running on Google's mobile platform, Android.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Nokia to invade U.S. market — will launch new phone with AT&T  —  AT&T, the major U.S. phone operator, will launch a Nokia Symbian phone with a Qualcomm chip in the U.S. market, an industry source close to Nokia has told VentureBeat.  It's just the latest in a wide front of attack the giant Finnish company is making on the U.S market.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Lists To Everybody.  Have You Gotten Yours?  —  Ever since Twitter announced it is working on a new Lists feature a month ago, users and developers have been awaiting its broad rollout.  Over the past few weeks, Twitter has been expanding the number of people in the Lists beta …
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our response to the FCC on Google Voice  —  In our response today to the FCC's inquiry about Google Voice, we announced that our engineers have developed a tailored solution for restricting calls to specific numbers engaged in what some have called high-cost “traffic pumping” schemes, like adult chat and “free” conference call lines.
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.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Microsoft seen as Diller's best bet for Ask.com  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is viewed as the most likely buyer or partner for IAC/InterActiveCorp's (IACI.O) Ask.com if CEO Barry Diller decides to throw in the towel on the struggling search engine.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo betrays grand ambitions with real estate plans  —  New campus would dwarf current headquarters; matching the Googleplex  —  Economy's growth stokes stocks  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Yahoo Inc. has been slashing costs and narrowing its focus recently, as it retrenches …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter Revisited - in More than 140 Characters  —  A quick update from my Twitter post from last month.  I had the pleasure of speaking at two excellent conferences this week, iMedia Breakthrough and Digital Media West.  During the Q&A of my talk at Digital Media, I was asked about my views …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T: No, We Didn't Misconfigure Our 3G Network - Carrier claims latency criticisms are unfounded  —  Earlier this week, blogger and 25-year communications industry vet Brough Turner started a bit of a ruckus with a blog post suggesting that AT&T's wireless broadband network problems …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates media playing headset, shoe wear-out sensor  —  A string of new patent applications have revealed potentially unique products from Apple, including a MP3 playing headset and a sensor that would detect when a shoe needs to be replaced.  —  Headset with integrated MP3 player
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 …
Austin Haugen / Facebook Blog:
New Ways to Find and Engage with Your Favorite Applications  —  Here at Facebook we can't build all the features for the site that you want to use to connect with your friends.  That's why in 2007, we opened up a platform for people outside of Facebook to create experiences directly on the site for you to interact with.
Discussion: Fast Company, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
A Megavideo Traffic Surge  —  How piracy pushed two unknown music and video sites into the Internet's major leagues.  —  The name Carpathia Hosting hardly seems to belong on a list of Internet heavyweights that includes YouTube, Google ( GOOG - news - people ) and Yahoo ( YHOO - news - people ).
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Acer's Bloatware Adds 2+ Minutes to Boot Time, HP, Dell and Sony Not Much Better  —  PC Pro looked into the bloatware included on new laptops by major manufacturers, measuring how memory, HDD space and boot times are negatively effected.  And good lord, it's worse than you thought.
Discussion: Technologizer and PC Pro
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 …
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Rhapsody Fails to See iPhone App-induced Bump  —  The theory that mobile applications will boost interest in music subscriptions has its first test subject in RealNetworks' Rhapsody, which released an iPhone app in early September that has since been downloaded more than half a million times.
Discussion: TechFlash and RealNetworks.com
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Multi-Touch Magic Mouse Now Shipping  —  Several MacRumors readers have reported receiving shipping notices from Apple indicating that their Magic Mouse orders have been shipped.  At its introduction, Apple announced that while the new multi-touch Magic Mouse is bundled with Apple's new iMac models …
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News, Engadget and Edible Apple
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web's Explosive Growth  —  Mobile ad firm AdMob has revealed the dramatic changes the mobile industry has seen in their latest Mobile Metrics Report, released just this morning.  Believe it or not, it was only a year ago that the Motorola RAZR scored as the number one phone here in the U.S …
Discussion: Business Wire, GigaOM and AdMob Metrics
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 …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, jkOnTheRun and GigaOM, Thanks:enauzer
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Ubuntu Karmic Koala launches  —  Ubuntu 9:10, known as Karmic Koala, has officially been launched at Ubuntu.  —  Correction The original story incorrectly identified reviews for the release candidate of Ubuntu 9.10 as being for the final version of Ubuntu 9.10.
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Happy Birthday Dear Internet . . . The Internet Devalues Everything It Touches  —  Forty years ago today, October 29, 1969 marks the birth of the Internet.  —  The first command typed in was “lo” which crashed the entire Internet - all two machines.  Internet Reaches 40th Birthday Milestone
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBA Launches Live Game Video for iPhone and Android  —  The NBA has dramatically updated its mobile offerings for the 2009-10 season, including a new application for the iPhone and Android that provides live video streams of games.  —  NBA League Pass Mobile costs $39.99 for the season …
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TalkTalk threatens action over filesharing law
Discussion: p2pnet, TorrentFreak and Neowin.net
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
New iPhone app translates English into Spanish as you speak
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Make easy time-lapse movies with your iPhone
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Set To Spin-Off In Mid-December
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:egs2138
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Wall Street Journal closes its Boston bureau
Discussion: MediaMemo and Reuters
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How Apple sliced its pie in 2009
PC World:
Nintendo Profit Halved as Wii Console Sales Slow
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Open Graph, Facebook Sets Out To Make The Entire Web Its Tributary System
Discussion: @vanelsas, Inside Facebook and The Next Web, Thanks:enauzer
 

 
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