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9:40 PM ET, October 31, 2009

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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid  —  If hype were to be believed, the Motorola DROID is the pièce de résistance of the mobile world; the conclusive creation sent down by the Great Smartphone in the sky to rid us of our woes.  It would prepare your breakfast …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Google Navigator for Android Review: Good For Free But Far From Perfect  —  As you know, Google's freebie turn-by-turn navigation app for Android 2.0 surfaced this week.  After driving around our patented testing track for a few days, I can tell you what's great—and what's surprisingly bad—about it.
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Using Twitter Lists to Judge Influence  —  If you've used Twitter for awhile, you know that judging the influence of a Twitter user by their number of followers is a dicey proposition.  Lots of Twitter users are obsessed with their number of followers, and work to inflate their stats in ways too numerous to mention here.
Christian Cantrell:
Exhaustive List of Everything That's New in AIR 2.0  —  This morning, I was going to start making videos demoing some of the new features in AIR 2.0 when I realized that I should probably start with a list of everything that's new.  Below is an exhaustive list of everything that we're planning on including in AIR 2.0.
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:   Adobe AIR 2.0 will hog less memory and add multitouch support
epiZENter.net:
Creative's next big thing is a Zii MediaBook  —  In what was thought to be just another Annual General Meeting, Creative surprised many by announcing its plan of entering the e-book market.  Displaying a working model of its first e-book reader - tentatively named the MediaBook (no …
Discussion: Crave and Kindle Review
TechCrunch:
For The Future Of The Media Industry, Look In The App Store  —  Guest author Edo Segal (@edosegal) has launched and sold several companies.  In 2000 he founded eNow, which he sold to AOL in 2006 (after it was renamed Relegence).  Today, he runs his Incubator/Investment vehicle Futurity Ventures …
Discussion: Open Gardens
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
First Look: Apple's 27" big screen iMac  —  Apple has revamped the iMac with a huge, cinematic 16:9 27" screen, fast CPU options, standard wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse, a staggering 16GB RAM capacity, and a new video input feature.  —  The screen  —  The biggest feature of the new iMac …
Apm / alarm:clock:
Former YouSendIt CEO Busted By Feds For DOS Retribution  —  If the FBI's case against Khalid Shaihk holds up, the guy must be such a douche.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury this week with four counts of mail fraud.  According to an FBI release, the indictment says that from December 2008 …
Discussion: The Register
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leaked docs show HTC's DROID Eris launching on November 6th for $99, running Android 1.5  —  Like it or not, we've got it on pretty reasonable authority that HTC's first “DROID” phone is nothing more than a rebadged, shape-shifted Hero (something we've been hearing for a while now) …
Washington Post:
Yes, journalists deserve subsidies too  —  President Obama, a self-declared “big newspaper junkie,” fears he might be forced to go cold turkey.  “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context …
Discussion: Mediactive
Sang Tang / TUAW:
Seinfeld back with the Mac in latest Curb episode  —  Didn't it seem like it was ages ago that those Microsoft commercials with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates commercials aired?  You know, the one with the shopping for shoes, as well as the one with the duo bonding with a family.  Don't remember?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Ex-MySpace CEO wants to gamble on social games  —  What's former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe up to these days?  He wants to be the next big name in the social gaming craze, we hear.  —  In late July, TechCrunch floated a report that DeWolfe was hitting up big private equity outlets to amass cash …
 
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