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4:15 AM ET, November 4, 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:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Clutter-Free, Twittified, Binged (and Also Apple-icious): The New MSN Homepage Debuts (Plus Screenshots and the Press Release)  —  The new MSN homepage debuts tonight and you would be completely correct for thinking the recipe Microsoft (MSFT) has cooked up to inform its design ethos-white …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MSN's Bob Visse Talks About Homepage Redesign (Plus Microsoft's Videos …
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 …
Paul Meller / PC World:   Trade Talks Hone in on Internet Abuse and ISP Liability
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Personal Droid Data Will Cost $30, Even With Exchange  —  Okay.  There's a lot of confusion going on around the Internet about the Motorola Droid's service plans.  Some people are saying that if you want to connect to a Microsoft Exchange account, data will cost $45 a month instead of $30.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Promises Droid Won't Strain Network …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Volpi and Index Ventures Out of Skype Deal, the Lawsuit-Happy Founder Twins In
Flora Graham / CNET News:
The iPhone is the worst phone in the world  —  That's right, we said it — and we're not taking it back.  The iPhone may be the greatest handheld surfing device ever to rock the mobile Web, and a fabulous media player to boot.  It may be the highest-rated mobile phone on CNET UK …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Launches Its Artist-Powered Promotion  —  Last night we broke the story that Google would be teaming with a number of well known artists to launch a promotion for its Music Onebox search, which was released last week.  Turns out, it's launching a bit sooner than we thought …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, Thanks:atul
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Blacksn0w unlock available now for iPhone 3G and 3GS  —  There's no stopping the eternal tug-of-war between the powers that be and the hackers that will, and for the time being it looks like things are back in the hands of the hackers.  As of noon today giddy jailbreakers can take the next step …
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Exclusive: More Microsoft layoffs  —  We're hearing from unofficial but reliable sources tonight that Microsoft is poised to make additional job cuts this week, with the affected employees expected to be notified as early as Wednesday morning.  —  This latest round of layoffs is expected …
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
The next step for Twitter Lists — Entire countries  —  [Ireland] Social media consultants Simplyzesty started using Twitter Lists to list blogs.  However, a brainwave has lead them to take Twitter Lists to their logical conclusion: creating lists of Twitter users in entire countries.
Andrew Ramadge /
What happens to your email when you die?  —  REMEMBER that time you poured your heart out in an email to your best friend after one too many glasses of wine?  —  Or that sexy message from an old lover that made you blush at work?  —  Well, if you die, your family and others could end up reading them.
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 …
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ellen Exploits Twitter's Lists for Fun and Profit  —  The “lists” feature Twitter just rolled out has been swiftly repurposed by the celebrity-industrial complex to pump up the accounts of tweeters like Ellen DeGeneres.  Lists show celebrities exactly who can send them followers.  And thus who to spam.
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: paidContent and PC World
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 …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Does more broadband mean more piracy?  —  In the $787-billion economic stimulus package enacted in February, Congress told the Federal Communications Commission to create a plan for extending broadband service to all Americans and increasing broadband speeds.
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
PC vs. Phone: Which Matters Most?  —  Virtual file server company Egnyte is releasing BlackBerry and Android clients for its service, letting users of those smartphones get to the files in their online storage from their handsets.  (The service already works on Windows PCs, Macs, and iPhones.)
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Officially En Español
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Loopt aims for that mobile, social and real-time sweet spot with Pulse
Discussion: New York Times and TechCrunch
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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