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1:50 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Motorola DROID review  —  It's hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life.  Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with... well, disappointment.  While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed …
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
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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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
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google: We're not making Android hardware  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's Andy Rubin, head of the company's Android development, would like to clear something up: Google is not in the phone-making business.  —  Last week TheStreet.com reported that Google had plans to sell …
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 …
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
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google talent search: error 502?  —  Google's recruiters are infamous in the Valley for dismissing Ivy-free applications* and posing highly technical brainteasers** during interviews.  —  But apparently these “past results do not necessarily guarantee future performance,” according to none other than Googlers themselves.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Be A Featured Loser: Facebook Helps Out The Unpopular  —  Nobody wants to be the kid who only gets invited to birthday parties because his mom calls up the other mom and asks.  Everyone knows that only succeeds in making you even more unpopular.  —  Our guess is a fair number …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Windows XP Phone: A First Look at its Touchscreen Interface  —  Remember the xpPhone?  The 4.8-inch touchscreen slider has netbook-like specs, some sort of “AMD Super Mobile CPU”, and runs a full-blown copy of Windows XP.  They've just sent through shots of its phone-function interface...and they actually look pretty good.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing for mobile now live at m.bing.com  —  Today we released an update to the Bing for mobile browser at m.bing.com.  In addition to being a great resource for local searches, quick answers, and maps, we have some new features to tell you about:  —  NFL feature - type a team or player and see upcoming games, stats, and scores.
 
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Washington Post:
In Congress, a call to review internal cybersecurity policies
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog and The Register
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Handset Makers Set to Cash In on the Holidays
Associated Press:
Reports: Cyberattacks Traced to NKorea
Discussion: The Korea Times
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director of Mobile Jed Stremel Resigns
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Oracle's takeover of Sun clouded with uncertainty
Discussion: Financial Times and TheStreet.com
 Earlier Items: 
Congested / N-Gage:
Mobile gaming evolves - Ovi Store is here
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
BlueBeat streaming and selling Beatles albums digitally
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Macworld and hypebot, Thanks:beamadelica
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Wave Federation: Why it Matters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Catch Our First, Fleeting Glimpse Of VEVO On YouTube
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tricks And Treats For Halloween
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google's Behavioral Targeting A Bust? …