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1:05 PM ET, November 4, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Announces Over 100,000 Apps Now Available on the App Store  —  Apple® today announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. iPhone® and iPod touch® customers in 77 countries can choose …
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Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
Google Friend Connect, now more personalized  —  (Cross-posted with the Social Web Blog)  —  On the subway, I bump elbows with a guy for 20 city blocks without exchanging a single word.  Forty-five minutes later, I find the same guy at the local guitar shop, and we start to talk — turns out he plays a Gibson Les Paul just like I do.
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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 …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Cuts 800 More Positions  —  In its third round of layoffs this year, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) says it is cutting 800 jobs across the company today.  The software giant said in January that it would eliminate up to 5,000 jobs, in response to falling sales and profits.
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” …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Amazon Turns Twitter into a Marketplace - Are You Concerned?
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
EMI Sues BlueBeat for Selling Beatles Tunes Online  —  The record label EMI has sued a little known online music site called BlueBeat.com for selling Beatles songs without permission, an EMI source told Wired.com.  —  The Beatles catalog, including dozens of the top pop songs ever recorded …
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 …
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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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 …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cuomo Files Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Against Intel  —  Following the lead of foreign regulators, New York's attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel, the world's largest chip maker.  —  The lawsuit charges that Intel violated state …
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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.
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push  —  Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store.  —  The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films …
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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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft ‘neutered’ UAC in Windows 7, says researcher  —  Blocks only 1 out of 8 Trojans from executing, claims Sophos  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp.'s decision to reduce the number of annoying security messages that Windows 7 delivers when users install software makes the new operating system …
Discussion: Sophos, InfoWorld, The Register and CIO.com
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Brussels set to launch complaint over Oracle's deal to buy rival Sun  —  Oracle is braced for a formal objection from Brussels to its planned $7.4bn (£4.5bn) acquisition of fellow US technology company Sun Microsystems, escalating the company's legal wrangle with Europe's competition authorities.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Linden Lab launches enterprise version of Second Life virtual world  —  Second Life is going corporate.  The virtual world already has more than 1,400 companies staging meetings and conferences inside its virtual landscapes.  But Linden Lab is now taking Second Life into the companies themselves …
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
Yelp Fights Make Leap To Real-World Violence, Says Reviewer  —  To hear Yelp reviewer “Sean C.” tell it, San Francisco's Ocean Avenue Books really didn't appreciate his pan of the “TOTAL MESS” of a store: The owner somehow found his home, he said, and tried to force her way in.
Chris Mellor / The Register:
USB 3.0 thumb drive pops up  —  Super Talent goes SuperSpeed  —  Flash vendor Super Talent is leading the pack again and has come up with a USB 3.0 thumb drive.  —  Its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDRive comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and works with current USB 2.0 ports, but obviously at USB 2.0 speed.
Discussion: Engadget and Pocket-lint.com
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
IAC's CollegeHumor May Go to Ben Silverman's New Venture  —  CEO Barry Diller Looks to Former NBC Exec to Ramp Up Branded Content  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — IAC is considering throwing CollegeHumor, in addition to cash, into Ben Silverman's nascent branded-entertainment company, Electus.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sphere Leader Has Exited AOL-But Staying on as “Special” Venture Advisor  —  Tony Conrad, CEO and Co-founder of Sphere-the contextually relevant content engine that AOL bought in the spring of 2008 for upwards of $25 million-left the Time Warner (TWX) online unit last month, several sources have told BoomTown in recent weeks.
HTC:
HTC HD2TM SHIPS IN EUROPE AND ASIA COMING TO THE US IN EARLY 2010  —  HD2 demonstrates the tight integration between Microsoft and HTC  —  Today, HTC Corporation chief executive officer, Peter Chou, joined Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer and Harvey Chang …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Failed Online Navigation Software Maker Sues Google, Yahoo And More Over Patent
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Foursquare launching 14 new European cities today
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechCrunch Europe
internetnews.com:
Kaspersky Offers Macs a Security Blanket
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Proposed Change in Patent Policy Pits Big Firms vs. Small
Gordon Mah Ung / Maximum PC:
Hands-On: Spring Design's Dual-Screen Android Alex eBook Reader
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Next-Gen Car Dashboard Talks to the Cloud
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Prepares For The Winter Olympics With Silverlight, HD Video …
Discussion: Beet.TV, NewTeeVee and LiveSide, Thanks:chrismessina
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft launches MSN Music almost four months late
Discussion: Music Ally
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Mossad Hacked Syrian Official's Computer Before Bombing Mysterious Facility
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Launches Its Artist-Powered Promotion
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint's Aaron Patzer: “We Will End-Of-Life Quicken Online” In Six to Nine Months
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T sues Verizon over 'there's a map for that' ads
 

 
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