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10:45 AM ET, November 2, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Next Hot e-Reader: The iPhone  —  Yesterday at the urging of a friend, I ordered “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock on my iPod touch via the Amazon Kindle app.  In doing so, I became one of many people who are helping the iPhone become more than just a phone.  It's latest role: e-reader.
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David Mendez / OS X Daily:
Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor  —  It's not out in the wild yet, but 10.6.2 has been confirmed to kill support for the Intel Atom processor, this is especially important for Hackintosh users who have hacked various Atom based netbooks to run Snow Leopard.
TechCrunch:
How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider's Confession  —  Last night we wrote about the lead generation scams within social gaming networks.  This is a guest post by Dennis Yu, the CEO of BlitzLocal, a privately held 50 person advertising agency in Denver, Colorado, specializing …
Discussion: SEO BlackHat and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, Founders Settlement in the Works  —  The ongoing legal scuffle between Skype, a division of eBay, and its founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, may soon see a resolution, according to someone familiar with the situation.  The parties are in discussions to resolve the various issues.
Discussion: GMSV, Softpedia News, TechVi and VoIP Watch, Thanks:atul
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Confused about Google Wave?  Now you can read the bleeping manual.  —  Google Wave is an innovative new communication tool, but part of innovation is that it's not always intuitive to use.  Early adopters have been jumping into Wave with little guidance on how to take advantage of all its features.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Do-It-Yourself iPhone Apps  —  Services that do the coding for you make it easy for nontechies to create iPhone apps.  Applications to the Apple App Store are exploding  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  Tom Johnson is no engineer.  But that didn't stop him from creating software that helps him market his wedding-video business.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Bill Carter / New York Times:
DVR, Once TV's Mortal Foe, Helps Ratings  —  In what may seem a media business version of the Stockholm syndrome, television network executives have fallen in love with a former tormentor: the digital video recorder.  —  The reason is not simply that more households own DVRs …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
A Tweet Unleashes Vitriol on a User in Britain  —  LONDON — In the realm of Twitter insults, it was at the far end of mild.  “Much as I admire and adore the chap, they are a bit ... boring,” a Twitter user called brumplum wrote Saturday, speaking of the tweets of Stephen Fry, the British writer, actor and television personality.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 2.0 To Elimininate The Need For ISP Throttling  —  ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for years already.  Although the true reasons for this are not always clear, some ISPs have argued that a high number of BitTorrent connections are slowing down other applications and traffic.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID headed to Germany as the Motorola MILESTONE  —  Let's be clear right off the bat: this is no rumor.  The Motorola DROID is steaming towards a release on O2 Germany under the name MILESTONE.  The news of this came from a German blog which leaked a photo of a business guide …
John Leyden / The Register:
Pirate Bay clampdown prompted file sharing site spike  —  A true ‘cloud computing’ effort, reports McAfee  —  Attempts to shut down notorious torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay have spurned a four-fold increase in the number of file sharing websites during the third quarter of 2009.
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hector Ruiz Loses CEO Job After Galleon Bust  —  After he was outed last week for being a tipster in the Galleon insider trading case, former AMD (AMD) CEO Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Hector Ruiz, chairman of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES board …
Reuters:
Microsoft and OpenX forge Web ad deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Online advertising start-up OpenX and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) announced a partnership to promote each other's Internet technologies to their respective customers.  The deal will significantly expand the distribution …
Rachel Shields / The Independent:
Illegal downloaders ‘spend the most on music’, says poll  —  People who illegally download music from the internet also spend more money on music than anyone else, according to a new study.  The survey, published today, found that those who admit illegally downloading music spent an average …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The chat room/forum problem (& an apology to @Technosailor)  —  I've been doing online communities for more than 20 years, starting in 1985 when a friend had a BBS.  One thing I've noticed over and over again is that chat rooms and forums start out fun and then devolve over time for various reasons.
Discussion: Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life, Thanks:atul
Wall Street Journal:
Can Angel Investors Earn Heavenly Returns?  —  This may be the best time in years for an investor to become an angel.  But that doesn't mean you should rush out to get yourself fitted for wings and a halo.  —  An angel investor is anyone who privately provides capital to a promising business …
Robert Evans / I4U News:
Nintendo's Next DS Will Have Free 3G?  —  They may not want to admit it, but Nintendo is losing ground in the handheld gaming market to the iPhone.  While iPhone users have access to 3G Internet wherever they go, the DS only has WiFi access.  This greatly limits its usefulness as an online gaming platform …
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD updates CPU schedules
Discussion: Maximum PC
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Broadband tax will force 100000 homes to give up internet connection warns Dunstone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
XM SkyDock now available for iPod touch and iPhone drivers
Robert McMillan / Network World:
After one year, Conficker infects 7 million computers
John Harris / BBC:
Speed of sound  —  Not long ago, if you wanted music …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
Little, big, and green: a biography of the solid-state disk
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior:
Apple Store Tricks Kids With Bookmarks As Halloween Treats
Discussion: TUAW, Edible Apple and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Scan Your Business Cards On The Go With Business Card Reader
Discussion: AccMan
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Did Congress really give the FCC power to protect the 'Net?
Discussion: digg.com
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
NewsGator gives full control of FeedDemon back to developer
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
RIM posts job listing for ‘WebKit Developer,’ gets one step closer to a real browser
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
30 predictions for the future of Twitter
Discussion: Mashable! and The Praized Blog, Thanks:atul
Chris V. Nicholson / New York Times:
Virtual Estates Lead to Real-World Headaches