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1:05 AM ET, November 1, 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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville: The Social Gaming Ecosystem Of Hell  —  Last weekend I wrote about how the big social gaming companies are making hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on Facebook and MySpace through games like Farmville and Mobsters.  Major media can't stop applauding the companies long enough …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video of Arrington-Shukla fight highlights controversy of special offers  —  TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington and Offerpal Media chief executive Anu Shukla got into a brouhaha over special offers, which are used to monetize social apps on social networks, at the close of the Virtual Goods Summit on Friday.
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.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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.
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: TeleRead, Kindle Review and Crave
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
Edo Segal / TechCrunch:
For The Future Of The Media Industry, Look In The App Store  —  The following guest post was written by Edo Segal (@edosegal).  —  Media scarcity is dead.  In the future my son will have a flash drive that he will pay $29 for that will have the capacity to hold all movies and music ever released …
Discussion: Open Gardens
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 …
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Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
The Only ‘Journalism’ Subsidy We Need is in Bandwidth
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Ribbit, BT Is Rethinking Its Voice Business  —  When BT, formerly known as British Telecom, splurged and bought Mountain View, Calif.,-based Ribbit for $105 million some 15 months ago, I dismissed it as an attempt by an aging incumbent carrier to reinvent itself as a web-savvy …
Discussion: VoIP Watch, Thanks:atul
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) …
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
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
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
First Look: Apple's 27" big screen iMac
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Ex-MySpace CEO wants to gamble on social games
Washington Post:
In Congress, a call to review internal cybersecurity policies
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Handset Makers Set to Cash In on the Holidays
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Be A Featured Loser: Facebook Helps Out The Unpopular
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Google talent search: error 502?
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Oracle's takeover of Sun clouded with uncertainty
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Mobile gaming evolves - Ovi Store is here
 

 
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