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2:05 PM ET, November 3, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is a Next-Generation iPhone 4 Part, China Ontrade Claims  —  China Ontrade calls this the iPhone 4 Generation Midboard.  Not very exciting, but the last time they announced a next-generation iPhone part, they were right.  A month later, the iPhone 3GS appeared with exactly those parts.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Spring Design Sues Barnes & Noble; Claims Breach Of NDA  —  Somehow a lawsuit had to be lurking ... Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), which took a spin on the floor with just about everyone before announcing its own e-reader, is being sued by Spring Design for misappropriation of trade secrets and violating a non-disclosure agreement.
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Business Wire:
Spring Design Files Lawsuit against Barnes & Noble: Nook Violates Alex Intellectual Property  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Spring Design today filed a lawsuit to protect its Alex™ e-book intellectual property.  The lawsuit asserts Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets …
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The First Mobile Device Dedicated Exclusively To Twitter  —  When the team at Twitter Inc. hatched the idea of producing a mobile device dedicated to “tweeting” they contacted Jonathan Kaplan, founder of a gadget company that experienced one of the most successful exits for venture investors in 2009.
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:   Really, Peek? We Need a Dedicated Twitter Device?
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Dutch hacker holds jailbroken iPhones “hostage” for €5  —  Though jailbreaking an iPhone certainly opens up opportunities to add functionality that Apple doesn't approve of, it can also make an iPhone less secure.  Several Dutch iPhone users found that out the hard way after a hacker attacked …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 announced, we go hands-on  —  The first Android device from Sony Ericsson may have undergone an upgrade in the naming department, jumping from X3 all the way to XPERIA X10 (probably to avoid confusion with Nokia's X3 handset), but what lies under the hood is reassuringly in line with what we've been hearing.
Gary Allen / AppleInsider:
Exclusive look at Apple's new iPod touch-based EasyPay checkout  —  (ifoAppleStore) Within two weeks, Apple stores will begin retiring their current Windows CE-based portable computers and start using a custom-designed and crafted iPod touch to check out customers.  AppleInsider has a first look at the new system.
Rebecca Lefort / Telegraph:
Mystery of Argleton the ‘Google’ town that only exists online  —  Argleton, a ‘phantom town’ in Lancashire that appears on Google Maps and online directories but doesn't actually exist, has puzzled internet experts.  —  The town appears on Google Maps in the middle of fields close to the M58 motorway, just south of Ormskirk.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Turkish government claims Google owes €32 million in taxes  —  [Turkey] Following an investigation that lasted over a year, Turkish authorities are fining Internet giant Google a total of 71 million Turkish Lira (approx. €32 million or USD $47 million) for supposedly dodging the national tax system.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Best Buy Prepares for the Post-DVD Era  —  Best Buy sells a lot of DVDs, but it is taking another step to get ready for the day when that business shifts online.  —  The giant electronics retailer on Tuesday is announcing a partnership with Sonic Solutions' Roxio CinemaNow service to deliver …
Google Chrome Blog:
Bookmark sync and more speed in the latest beta release  —  Fresh from a Halloween weekend, we're excited to introduce a brand new beta for Google Chrome, which includes a few new treats and cool tricks for our users.  —  For those of you who use several computers — for example …
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
How Far Will Google Wave Go?  —  Google Wave, the Internet giant's new online collaboration tool, has generated much buzz among developers, and now it has a large geeky fan following doing strange and relatively useless things.  You can check out some of the silliness at the Google Wave Extensions List.
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Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
China Unicom Says It Has Signed Up 5,000 Users for Apple iPhone  —  Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., the country's second-biggest mobile-phone company, said it has 5,000 users for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, after the carrier introduced the handset in the world's biggest phone market last week.
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Eric Sachs / The Official Google Blog:
Cutting back on your long list of passwords  —  Does anyone actually like passwords?  Most people can't stand them because they end up having to keep track of a long (and often memorized) list of usernames and passwords to sign into the websites they visit.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cisco, EMC, and VMWare make alliance official  —  Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware announced Tuesday a joint venture to sell a new integrated data center product.  —  The venture will sell and provide maintenance and service support for the product, which is called V-Block.
VIA Technologies Inc / VIA Technologies, Inc. News:
VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors  —  VIA's fastest and most power efficient processors yet deliver richest mobile and all-in-one desktop computing experience  —  Taipei, Taiwan, 3 November 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms …
Mark / dive into mark:
Why do we have an IMG element?  —  On February 25, 1993, Marc Andreessen wrote: … Xbm and Xpm were popular graphics formats on Unix systems.  They are still supported in modern browsers.  (I tested in Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome.)  —  “X Mosaic” was one of the earliest web browsers.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and rc3.org
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Ribbit Launches Google Voice Challenger  —  Ribbit just announced the launch of Ribbit Mobile.  Ribbit Mobile is a cloud-based VoIP telephony service that brings together web-based calling, smart call routing and voicemail transcriptions.  —  It is hard to look at Ribbit Mobile without comparing it to Google Voice.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:kevinmarks
Rachael King / Business Week:
Augmented Reality Goes Mobile  —  The technology for meshing digital data with actual images, or augmented reality, makes a jump to smartphones, and the market is taking off  —  It was the shake heard 'round the world.  On Aug. 27, 2009, überblogger Robert Scoble uncovered …
Discussion: App Advice and TUAW
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Feds Charge Cable Modem Modder With ‘Aiding Computer Intrusion’  —  An Oregon hardware hacker and author has been hit with federal criminal charges arising from his longstanding business of selling unlocked cable modems that can be used to steal extra speed from a broadband provider, or obtain free service.
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Tribune Co. papers rewiring for experimental week without AP  —  The Chicago Tribune and other Tribune Co. newspapers plan to utilize as little content from the Associated Press as practical during the week of Nov. 8.  —  The goal, as the papers review costs and needs …
comScore, Inc.:
Touchscreen Mobile Phone Adoption Grows at Blistering Pace in U.S. During Past Year  —  Touchscreen Device Market Up 159 Percent vs. Year Ago with iPhone Accounting for 33 Percent of the Market  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
The Story of Google Friend Connect: Google Cambridge's First Wholly Home-Grown Product  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  [Updated and corrected, see below] In May 2008, Google moved into colorful (hey, it's Google) new offices in the heart of Kendall Square.  Governor Deval Patrick played ping-pong …
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RockYou Joins The No Scams Parade.  But What's Facebook Up To?  —  Zynga changed their lead gen scam policy this morning (the whole Scamville background is here, see updates at bottom as well).  And now RockYou is taking steps to clean up their act to, according to an email we've been forwarded.
 
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
French iPhone exclusivity broken after regulator decision
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint touts Palm Pixi's nonexistent WiFi
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Wildfire Launches A Legitimate, Easy To Use Sweepstakes Platform For Twitter
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Hossein Derakhshan, now detained for over a year
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The future of news is entrepreneurial.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Pinching and the Droid  —  Joshua Topolsky, writing for Engadget …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Gearlog, Thanks:atul
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
An App so You'll Never Forget
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Turning Twitter into an application server
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Betina Chan-Martin / Hulu Blog:
Coming Soon: Your Resource for Good Things to Come
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