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4:05 PM ET, October 29, 2009

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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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music Onebox: Video Interviews With Just About Everyone Involved
Discussion: Switched, Thanks:enauzer
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Open Graph, Facebook Sets Out To Make The Entire Web Its Tributary System  —  From Wikipedia: A tributary is a stream or river which flows into a main stem (or parent) river.  Facebook wants every site on the web to be a tributary.  And it wants to be the main river.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, @vanelsas and PC World, Thanks:enauzer
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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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Apple TV 3.0 Software  —  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. … The redesigned main menu offers direct access …
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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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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and E-Media Tidbits
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.
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.
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 ).
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Make easy time-lapse movies with your iPhone  —  Time-lapse movies can be a complicated affair, and quite often involve either a lot of special equipment, and/or post-processing skills.  For just a buck though, you can use the recently released Timelapser app (link opens in iTunes) …
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: GigaOM and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:enauzer
AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.6.2 to update nearly 150 Snow Leopard components  —  Apple this week is equipping developers with a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.2, the second maintenance and security update to the company's new Snow Leopard operating system that will perform upgrades to nearly 150 components.
 
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter Revisited - in More than 140 Characters
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Set To Spin-Off In Mid-December
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:egs2138
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates media playing headset, shoe wear-out sensor
Discussion: BaltTech and Electronista
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Wall Street Journal closes its Boston bureau
Discussion: MediaMemo and Reuters
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBA Launches Live Game Video for iPhone and Android
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Reuters and TheAppleBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
How Apple sliced its pie in 2009
Discussion: Electronista and TheAppleBlog
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Seth MacFarlane is too much for Microsoft, but 'South Park …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Anti-Piracy Partner Clueless About BitTorrent
Discussion: Techdirt and ZeroPaid.com
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Comcast: FCC Action Unlawful, Should Be Reversed
Discussion: Maximum PC and MediaPost
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After net neutrality, will we need “Google neutrality?”
 

 
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