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12:40 PM ET, November 4, 2009


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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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Friend Connect Introduces New Ways to Make Friends, Send Newsletters and See More Highly Targeted Ads  —  Google just announced a number of major updates to Google Friend Connect (GFC), the company's set of tools that can bring social networking tools and widgets to any site.
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Cuts 800 More Positions
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” …
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 for selling Beatles songs without permission, an EMI source told  —  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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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,, scheduled to go live tomorrow.  (See screenshots below).  Once again, just as it did with the …
Discussion: Beet.TV, NewTeeVee and LiveSide, Thanks:chrismessina
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 …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
DroidDoes Have Pinch & Zoom  —  I've heard A LOT of people insisting the Motorola Droid DOES NOT have Multi-Touch.  They are wrong.  I can quickly prove this by showing you a video of the Picsay update that just hit Android Market... which supports Multi-Touch for Android 2.0:  —  Picsay even has PINCH AND ZOOM.
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint's Aaron Patzer: “We Will End-Of-Life Quicken Online” In Six to Nine Months
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