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8:45 PM ET, November 3, 2009

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T sues Verizon over 'there's a map for that' ads  —  Whoa — we just got word that AT&T is suing Verizon for false advertising over Big Red's “There's a map for that” ads.  We're reading the complaint and motion to stop the ads right now, but here's what AT&T says is the big problem:
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.
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile USA down all over the place? (update: yes)  —  We're getting reports from sea to shining sea this evening that T-Mobile service is down or intermittent on both voice and data — particularly bad timing in light of the recent Sidekick drama.  We've tested in New York and it's definitely …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Says Zero Tolerance For App Scams, Changes Terms Of Use  —  The industry is definitely making big changes to self regulate around social gaming offer scams (complete background here, with updates).  Zynga, the largest social gaming company and the worst offender when it comes to scams …
Discussion: The Social and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Promises Droid Won't Strain Network - Though they're preparing for more backhaul for LTE launch...  Unlike some of the capacity issues that troubled AT&T with the huge influx of iPhone customers, Verizon is insisting the company won't struggle under the load when they launch the new Motorola Droid this Friday.
Discussion: Gearlog, Computerworld and Electronista
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Personal Droid Data Will Cost $30, Even With Exchange
Discussion: Mashable!, GigaOM and Gadget Lab
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Newly discovered Safari bug could mean big fees for some iPhone users  —  Whenever you hear about bugs and exploits being discovered in the iPhone's browser, Safari, it's usually the doings of some masterful meddler who devoted hours to unearthing any flaws they could find — not some user casually tapping around the application.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
End to a Fight Over Skype May Be Near  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The bitter battle over the future of the Internet calling service Skype appears to be nearing an end.  —  A resolution of the litigation surrounding the service, which is owned by eBay, could be announced as soon as this week …
Discussion: GigaOM, PE Hub Blog and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Dutch hacker holds jailbroken iPhones “hostage” for €5 (Updated)  —  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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
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.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Starbucks Makes It Easier, Different to Get Free Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks is revising its stored-value affinity card programs, making it easier by some measures to get free Wi-Fi: I've noted before that Starbucks doesn't offer free Wi-Fi in the sense that an indie coffeeshop with an open access point does …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal X: A Complete List Of Adaptive Payments APIs  —  We're at PayPal's much-hyped PayPal Innovate X 2009, the payments company's first dedicated developer conference.  PayPal, which reported strong earnings recently, is hoping to engage developers in producing applications on top …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wiccan Employee Files Sexual And Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google  —  Lawsuits can be the source of all sorts of surprising and off the wall stories and this one, filed by a Google Atlanta-based former data center employee takes the cake.  In the lawsuit, which was filed …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint's Aaron Patzer: “We Will End-Of-Life Quicken Online” In Six to Nine Months  —  Yesterday, Intuit closed on its previously announced $170 million acquisition of personal budgeting site Mint, making Mint founder and CEO Aaron Patzer the new vice president and general manager of Intuit's Personal Finance Group.
Thanks:atul
Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
Ken Auletta: Google Is Not Trying to Harm Old Media  —  Ken Auletta, the longtime media columnist for The New Yorker, explores “the roiling crosscurrents of the new media terrain” in his new book, “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It,” published this week.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen files for bankruptcy protection for Digeo holdings  —  Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen is asking for federal bankruptcy protection as he liquidates the remains of Digeo, a Kirkland set-top box company that was mostly sold off this fall.  —  Allen filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday …
Discussion: TechFlash
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Officially En Español  —  Last month, Twitter noted that it was seeking volunteers to help translate its service into other languages.  Today, the first of those is ready to go, as Twitter has formally unveiled support for the Spanish language.
Discussion: The Social, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show Office Mobile 2010 at TechEd Europe  —  Microsoft officials have shared details about two of the three different versions of Office 2010 that are in development: The Office 2010 client and the Office Web Apps.  Next week, at the TechEd Europe conference in Berlin …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Joins The Real-Time-Search Party  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is testing a “search shortcut” that places real-time results above standard search results for some select queries, the company tells us.  In a statement, Yahoo describes the initiative as a “test designed to discover if showing …
Meredith Papp / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Analytics for Mobile Apps  —  Last week, we introduced expanded mobile reporting features in Google Analytics.  To help developers, this launch includes features that make it easy to see how people are using specific parts of their iPhone and Android applications.
Discussion: Android and Me and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
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.  —  “Mosaic” was one of the earliest web browsers.  ("X Mosaic" was the version that ran on Unix systems.)  When he wrote this message in early 1993 …
Discussion: Webmonkey and rc3.org
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.
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.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala  —  Smooth Windows upgrade it ain't  —  Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro.  —  Blank and flickering screens, failure to recognize hard drives …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
World of Warcraft ordered to shut down in China again  —  The Chinese version of popular game World of Warcraft is a cash machine for its maker, Activision Blizzard.  But the massively multiplayer online game's fate is up in the air again.  —  A Chinese government agency …
Discussion: PC World and paidContent
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 …
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.
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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Flora Graham / CNET News:
The iPhone is the worst phone in the world
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and 9 to 5 Mac
Nielsen Wire:
Within Ad Supported Media, Broadcast Radio Reach is Second …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Loopt aims for that mobile, social and real-time sweet spot with Pulse
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Times
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Intel, Apple, Microsoft probe iPhone-Windows sync bug
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PC vs. Phone: Which Matters Most?
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 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (and Google Exec) Joe Kraus Moves to Google Ventures
Thanks:atul
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Intel Says Venture Capitalists May Shun Technology Startups After Recovery
Dan Woods / Forbes:
How Far Will Google Wave Go?
Discussion: eWeek
Rachael King / Business Week:
Augmented Reality Goes Mobile
Discussion: App Advice
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Best Buy Prepares for the Post-DVD Era
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The First Mobile Device Dedicated Exclusively To Twitter
 

 
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