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6:55 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.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
iTunes Updated to 9.0.2, Pre Sync is Dead.  Again.  —  Here we go again.  Apple has updated iTunes to version 9.0.2 and Palm Pre sync is dead again using webOS 1.2.1, despite Palm's Hurculean efforts to spoof nearly every aspect of USB identification known to mankind.
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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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.
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
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
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
New iPhone app translates English into Spanish as you speak  —  Jibbigo is a new iPhone app that can translate English speech into Spanish—and the reverse—all without going online.  You simply launch the $25 app and speak into your iPhone's microphone and the translation is played over the speaker.
Discussion: Macworld and The Next Web
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 ).
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook spells out updated privacy policy  —  Facebook head of communications Elliot Schrage posted a company blog entry on Thursday inviting members to review proposed updates to the social network's privacy policy, and much of it deals with what happens to the content of accounts that members have opted to delete.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Facebook Blog and Mashable!
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
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TalkTalk threatens action over filesharing law
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web's Explosive Growth
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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
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Wall Street Journal closes its Boston bureau
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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
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