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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.
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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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Offers Another Lame Apple TV Update
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
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.
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint: Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile Updates Coming  —  Sprint executive David Owens sat down for a virtual chat on Sprint's Web site with consumers today, and updated folks with some good news about his carrier's plans.  — Google Android OS updates are coming for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment.
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Comparison Ads, Starting With Mortgages  —  Google's now officially announced “Comparison Ads,” starting with a way for mortgage advertisers to have their products compared against each other but which may expand to other products in the future.
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Andrew Foster / Google LatLong:
More, more, more real estate in Google Maps
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Microsoft SMB Community Blog:
Regardless of what any hack says, a Windows 7 Upgrade is an Upgrade.  What you need to know.  —  First, the feedback, excitement, etc. we've been seeing since the launch of Windows 7 last week has been phenomenal!  Thank you to all of you for providing your feedback to us to let us know how your Windows 7 experience is going.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music: What Were Ticketmaster And Facebook Thinking?  —  Now that the dust is settling on the newly launched Google Music (if you don't yet have it in your normal Google search results, you can use it here) that integrates LaLa and iLike/MySpace streaming music, all I can think of is this …
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
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.
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 Appetite
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 …
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, WebProNews and paidContent
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 …
Sam O'Rourke / The Facebook Blog:
The Fight Goes On  —  UPDATE on Thursday, October 29: Today, a San Jose, Calif. court awarded Facebook $711 million in damages against Sanford Wallace, one of the spammers who accessed people's accounts without their permission and sent phony Wall posts and messages.
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Interview: Allbritton's Jim Brady: What Politico Did For Political News, We Can Do For Local  —  Jim Brady, who has been hired to create a local Washington, D.C., news site for the company that owns Politico, says he has a clear idea of what he wants his new venture to be: replicable, digital and with a web-only focus.
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: PC Pro and Technologizer
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 ).
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Motorola Droid Car Kit, Bedside Dock to Cost $29.99  —  Want to turn your Motorola Droid into an in-car navigation device?  Google's navigation software is free, but the car kit will run you $30.  Ditto for transforming your Droid into a bedside alarm clock.
 
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TalkTalk threatens action over filesharing law
Discussion: p2pnet, TorrentFreak and Neowin.net
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Rhapsody Fails to See iPhone App-induced Bump
Discussion: TechFlash and RealNetworks.com
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Multi-Touch Magic Mouse Now Shipping
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News, Engadget and Edible Apple
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T: No, We Didn't Misconfigure Our 3G Network …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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