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5:50 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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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:   iTunes App Store: 100k Apps, But Only 20% Are Being Used
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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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.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: Verizon Wireless to charge up to $350 early termination on “advanced devices”  —  Here's what Big Red is working with: they've offered up a BOGO sale on all new BlackBerrys for the holiday buying season, and where some see a great deal, others see a great opportunity.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Loses Don Dodge.  This Is A Huge Mistake  —  Among the 800 or so employees laid off by Microsoft today: Don Dodge, Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Emerging Business Team, reporting to VP Dan'l Lewin.  Don writes about the change on his personal blog.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Intel in the Anti-Trust Crosshairs, but Why?
Discussion: Forbes
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
EMI Sues BlueBeat for Selling Beatles Tunes Online  —  The record label EMI is suing a little-known online music site called BlueBeat.com for selling Beatles songs without permission.  —  The Beatles catalog, including dozens of the top pop songs ever recorded, has famously never been licensed for sale as digital downloads.
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” …
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 …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Interview: The Man Who Named the iMac and Wrote Think Different  —  Meet Ken Segall — the man who dreamed up the name “iMac” and wrote the famous Think Different campaign.  —  Segall is a veteran creative director who worked at Apple's agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, back in the day.
Softpedia News:
Mac Trojan Masked as Game Deletes a File for Every Alien Killed  —  Symantec has discovered a new threat targeting users of Mac OS X  —  Security expert Symantec has discovered what it refers to as an OSX.Loosemaque threat cleverly disguised as a classic video and targeting unsuspecting Mac users.
Kurt Wilms / Digg the Blog:
Experimenting with Digg Trends  —  Because there's so much that happens beneath the surface of Digg, we've been working on new ways to expose the most interesting stories to more people.  Today we're launching a new homepage voting experiment called Digg Trends which will surface certain highly active stories …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Saved By Movies and Cable, Hammered by Broadcast and Print  —  The theme we've seen from big media players that aren't Google (GOOG) so far this quarter: The worst may be over, but things aren't exactly great quite yet.  In many cases (see: Viacom (VIA), Time Warner (TWX) et al) …
The Paperboy / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Courier's Swipes, Snips and Scribbles: The Leaked Interface  —  We've seen slides and videos of Microsoft's Courier booklet in action, but nothing has quite explained how all of these things actually work.  This document explains Courier's interface, gestures and features more in-depth than ever before.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Rumors of Disabled Intel Atom Support in Mac OS X 10.6.2 Unfounded?  —  Earlier this week, a report surfaced claiming that Apple had apparently disabled support for Intel's Atom processors in the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2.  The revelation set off a firestorm around the Internet …
Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Eris gets unboxed  —  One of our connects just blessed us with a couple shots of the HTC DROID Eris and graciously unboxed the retail packaging.  We could bore you with meaningless details about how the phone is thinner and lighter than the Sprint HTC Hero, feels much better in the hand …
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 …
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.
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Pictures Of Today's Filming Of “The Social Network” At Johns Hopkins  —  Last week we wrote that Johns Hopkins would welcome the crew of “The Social Network” this week as they'd be filming in front of some of the dorms.  Today photos of the shooting are rolling in from Twitpic including shots …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Twitter's Dorsey Gets His Head Examined  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey underwent a public session with a psychoanalyst in honor of the Rubin Museum of Art's exhibition of Carl Jung's “Red Book,” a previously unpublished work that discloses the renowned psychologist's own struggles with his subconscious.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Cisco Beats Profit Estimates on Cost Cuts, Boosts Buyback by $10 Billion  —  Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of networking equipment, topped analysts' profit estimates after curtailing hiring, shuttering offices and cutting travel.  Cisco also said it would expand its stock buyback plan by $10 billion.
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 in thinking the recipe Microsoft (MSFT) has cooked up to inform its design ethos-white …
Domain Name News:
Employee Bid In SnapNames Auctions - SnapNames Steps Up And Does The Right Thing  —  This particular news item is reverberating around the domaining blogosphere as I type this - SnapNames has discovered that an employee (now ex-employee) registered a customer account all the way back in 2005 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company, Digital Trends and eWeek
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CrunchPad Dead? Delayed By Higher-Than-Expected Costs?
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EBay Starts a Fashion Magazine
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
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Jessie Ho / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Plans Center in Taiwan
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Jamie Lendino / Gearlog:
Global Telcos Agree on LTE Voice and SMS Standards
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Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Novell: the first major corporation to announce Google Wave adoption
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft ‘neutered’ UAC in Windows 7, says researcher
Discussion: Sophos, The Register and CIO.com
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
Yelp Fights Make Leap To Real-World Violence, Says Reviewer
Discussion: Fast Company
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Foursquare launching 14 new European cities today (update: it's 15)
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