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5:35 AM ET, November 4, 2009

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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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MSN's Bob Visse Talks About Homepage Redesign (Plus Microsoft's Videos …
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:
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CrunchGear
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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:
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.
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Wireless: Tethering Coming for Droid  —  Think the Motorola Droid is almost perfect, but it just needs to be a modem for your laptop?  Verizon can help with that, next year.  Verizon Wireless told us that their “Broadband Access Connect” plan, which allows you to tether your phone as a modem …
Discussion: Engadget and Android Central
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 …
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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
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 …
Thanks:johnhcook
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Parallels launches latest software to blend Mac and Windows apps  —  Parallels is one of those little companies that could make some big companies very nervous.  The Renton, Wash.-based software maker is launching its Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac today.  —  The software enables an Apple Mac computer …
Discussion: Macworld and The Mac Observer
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 …
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.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Mossad Hacked Syrian Official's Computer Before Bombing Mysterious Facility  —  Agents of Israel's Mossad intelligence service hacked into the computer of a senior Syrian government official a year before Israel bombed a facility in Syria in 2007, according to Der Spiegel.
Discussion: digg.com
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.
Discussion: Simply Zesty and The Next Web, Thanks:enauzer
Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre:
Palm webOS Update Will Address Speed of UI  —  One of the frustrating parts of using Palm's webOS is the lack of speed when accessing menus and in general the UI at times feels sluggish.  With hardware on par with Apple's iPhone 3GS, the speed of the UI just doesn't feel as fast as it should given the hardware.
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 …
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
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.
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.
Flickr Blog:
The App Garden  —  Also available in: , Deutsch, Português  —  Since the launch of our API in August 2004, software developers have built and innovated on top of Flickr's open API.  The results continually amaze us because they have enhanced the Flickrverse, enabling our members to do more with their photos.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
World of Warcraft ordered to shut down in China again
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen files for bankruptcy protection for Digeo holdings
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wiccan Employee Files Sexual And Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google
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