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8:20 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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MSN Homepages throughout Time  —  This tour of vintage MSN homepages shows how the MSN homepage has changed since launching in 1995  —  In 1995, “World Wide Web” tied for The American Dialect Society's Word-of-the-Year: World Wide Web, also known as the Web, WWW, W3, refers to the newly prominent resource on the Internet.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
The Beatles catalog being released on limited edition USB stick  —  You know what's kind of like online digital distribution, and yet not at all like that?  Selling the entire re-mastered Beatles catalog on a USB drive that slots into a fake apple.  The fine folks at Apple Corps Ltd …
Boy Genius Report:
Another Verizon DROID commercial, Stealth, and it's awesome  —  Forget the first commercial you saw, this one takes the cake.  We've been told it should start airing on TV this week.  Video is after the break.
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:
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 …
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: Electronista and Brainstorm Tech
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Turns On The Twitter Pump To Fuel Referral Fees  —  Tonight, Amazon sent an email to members of Amazon Associates letting them know about a new feature: Twitter integration.  Basically, when you're logged into your Associate account, you'll see a new “Share on Twitter” …
Discussion: Download Squad and 901am
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 …
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:
Topsy Surfaces Hottest Real Time Links, Hits Bit.ly And TweetMeme Head On  —  Real time search and discovery engine Topsy is releasing a bunch of new products and tools this afternoon.  —  Topsy is all about the power of the ReTweet on Twitter.  When the service first launched publicly …
Discussion: Topsy Labs and VentureBeat
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Bloomberg.com May Charge Up To $1,000 A Year For News Feeds  —  All aboard the paid content bandwagon: having signaled that its newly acquired Businessweek.com may raise the paywall for certain types of content, Bloomberg is now considering charging Bloomberg.com users up to $1,000 a year …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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.
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
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
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.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
First Look: Redfly Dumb Terminal for BlackBerry  —  A smartphone packs enough computing punch that it could morph into your next computer, if you only had a way to get past the small screen and tiny keyboard.  —  Celio, a Salt Lake City, Utah, company, promises to help you do just that.
Discussion: Reuters and jkOnTheRun
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft launches MSN Music almost four months late  —  Microsoft is finally launching MSN Music, a music streaming and download service, nearly four months later than originally scheduled.  —  As first revealed by The Telegraph, in July 2009, the download service will go live tomorrow in beta.
Discussion: Music Ally
Financial Times:
Oracle braced for EU objection on Sun deal  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Nikki Tait in Brussels  —  Oracle is braced for a formal objection from Brussels to its planned $7.4bn acquisition of fellow US technology company Sun Microsystems, escalating the company's high-stakes legal wrangle …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Prepares For The Winter Olympics With Silverlight, HD Video, And Facebook Connect  —  NBC is gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics with some changes to its mainstay site, NBCOlympics.com, scheduled to go live tomorrow.  (See screenshots below).  Once again, just as it did with the …
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
The next step for Twitter Lists — Entire countries
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ellen Exploits Twitter's Lists for Fun and Profit
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
World of Warcraft ordered to shut down in China again
Discussion: paidContent and PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Officially En Español
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Starbucks Makes It Easier, Different to Get Free Wi-Fi
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen files for bankruptcy protection for Digeo holdings
Discussion: TechFlash
Gary Allen / AppleInsider:
Exclusive look at Apple's new iPod touch-based EasyPay checkout
 

 
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