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6:55 AM ET, November 2, 2009


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Telegraph, Sidecut Reports and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Peter Farago /
Flurry Smartphone Industry Pulse, October 2009
Discussion: VentureBeat and Internet2Go
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: Softpedia News and TechVi, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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 …
Rachel Shields / The Independent:
Illegal downloaders ‘spend the most on music’, says poll  —  Crackdown on music piracy could further harm ailing industry  —  ‘File sharers are the ones who are really interested in music’  —  Home > News > UK > Crime  —  People who illegally download music from the internet also spend …
Bgurley /
Google Redefines Disruption: The “Less Than Free” Business Model  —  I like to think of myself as an aficionado of business disruption.  After all, as a venture capitalist it is imperative to understand ways in which a smaller private company can gain the upper hand on a large incumbent.
Discussion: broadstuff and Communications …, Thanks:atul
George Hotz / On the iPhone:
An Information Campaign  —  I have an unlock for 05.11.07.  I will be releasing on 11/04/09, for $0.00  —  First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000.  Why?  Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum.  You make money selling freeware; that's not cool …
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior:
Apple Store Tricks Kids With Bookmarks As Halloween Treats  —  SEATTLE, WA - If you happened to haunt the Apple Store on Seattle's eastside, trick or treating on Halloween night, you would've found “no candy for you!”  Apple's geeky little trick was an unexpected treat for many Mac daddies with kids in tow at the mall.
Discussion: TUAW, Gizmodo and Edible Apple
Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
New Sony Ericsson Rachael UI video hits, still looks nothing like Android  —  Calling this Rachael UI an Android “skin” is like calling Windows 95 a “DOS skin,” but that's not to say there's nothing to love about it.  In fact, we're rather relieved that Sony Ericsson seems …
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The chat room/forum problem (& an apology to @Technosailor)
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?
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
FeedDemon no longer owned by NewsGator
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!, Thanks:atul
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Sun Trades at 14% Discount to Oracle Bid as EU Probes $7.4 Billion Deal
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Spam Arrives In Twitter Lists