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4:05 AM ET, November 5, 2009

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In midst of offers debate, Offerpal names George Garrick as CEO  —  Offerpal Media has named George Garrick as chief executive.  He replaces founder Anu Shukla, who has been in the midst of a fiery debate about the ethics of the business of offers, which are special ads that direct users …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Offerpal Tries Out A New CEO.  Shukla, Queen Of Scams, Is Out.  —  Offerpal Media, the central character in the Scamville drama, is changing CEOs.  Anu Shukla is no longer the CEO of the company she cofounded.  Veteran executive George Garrick, most recently the CEO of Mochi Media, is now the CEO of the company.
Discussion: Forbes
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Search Til You Drop: Google Launches Hosted Commerce Search For Retailers  —  Searching retail sites can be frustrating at times.  While many retailers try to present product search in a visually appealing way, search can often be slow or difficult to refine.
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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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Cuts 800 More Positions
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CrunchPad Dead?  Delayed By Higher-Than-Expected Costs?  —  The CrunchPad, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's entry into the gadget business, is still missing in action.  —  Are higher-than-expected costs to blame?  —  One story we heard from a few people on a recent trip to California …
Discussion: PC World, GottaBeMobile.com and Gizmodo
Twitter Status:
Testing new tweet notifications  —  We're starting a limited test of notifications on twitter.com for when you have new tweets.  So if one of the folks you follow has tweeted since you loaded your homepage, you'll get a little notice saying “1 new tweet” that, when clicked, will display the new content.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Dashboard is a new service that shows a summary of the data stored with a Google account.  You'll soon find a link to Google Dashboard in the “personal settings” of the “my account” page.  —  The dashboard lists some of the information associated with the Google services you use …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, CNET News and Velocity, Thanks:atul
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Motorola's Droid Is Smart Success for Verizon Users  —  Verizon Wireless customers tend to love the company's fast 3G network.  But many tech-oriented Verizon loyalists gripe about the carrier's high-end smart phones, which haven't matched the cachet and versatility of the Apple iPhone sold by AT&T (T).
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and CNET News
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.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cuomo Files Federal Antitrust Suit 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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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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Mac Game: Art project or malware?  —  As part of his Master of Fine Arts thesis project, Zach Gage wrote a game to run on Macintosh computers that resembles Space Invaders but with a digital roulette twist—for every alien space ship the player destroys a random file on the computer is deleted.
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Has the T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 rollout begun?  Yes!  Confirmed.  —  Earlier today we reported that T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 upgrade was still on track for 2009.  One of our readers Ted left an interesting comment: HSPA has been lit up in Chicago!  I just tested it and got 6.8 Mbps!
Discussion: TmoNews, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions the news consumer of the future  —  For all the bluster about Google as an enemy of the news industry, you might be surprised to learn that Eric Schmidt, the company's CEO, is kind of a triumphalist for mainstream media, big newspapers, and print.
Thanks:atul
Google News Blog:
Create and Share custom News sections  —  Today, Google News is making it even easier to follow the latest stories on whatever subjects interest you.  We are happy to announce our Custom sections directory, which gives users of some of our English-language editions the expanded ability …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eventbrite Gets A $6.5 Million Infusion From Sequoia Capital  —  Popular online event site Eventbrite has raised $6.5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.  The company has confirmed the funding, and says Sequoia Capital is the new investor.  Sequoia partner Roelof Botha joins the board of directors.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:widawski
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
CNN Explains the Cloud ... Badly  —  Thanks to the amazing viral powers of Twitter, I found a series that CNN is running on cloud computing, complete with stories (I liked the one on server huggers) and fun video about an oddly named dog.  The goal clearly is to explain cloud computing to the masses …
Discussion: CNN and Behind the Scenes, Thanks:enauzer
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Is Apple targeting Windows 7 pirates?  —  Has Apple decided that among its top potential customers for switching to a Mac are Windows 7 pirates?  Based on ads that Apple is buying on Google that might be the case —  search for “download Windows 7” and you'll see an Apple ad urging PC users to switch to the Mac.
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.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Rivals to Challenge Microsoft Browser Settlement  —  BERLIN — Three rivals of Microsoft are seeking last-minute changes to its proposed settlement with European regulators that would give buyers of computers loaded with Windows the ability to choose a default browser other than the company's Internet Explorer.
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
PREVIEW: Acer Liquid Android 1.6 WVGA Touchscreen Smartphone  —  Early October, Acer finally announced its long-awaited first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid.  And beside being Acer's first Android smartphone, it's also the first Android device which runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform …
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) …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ngmoco scores with iPhone games that charge per time played
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Eddie / Blogger Buzz:
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Beverley Head / iTWire:
iiNet claims it can't block Pirate Bay
Kate Alexander / Austin American-Statesman:
Elections system pulled from IBM data center contract
Discussion: Computerworld and TG Daily
Ina Fried / CNET News:
T-Mobile says software error behind outage
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Jitterbug Buys Emergency Mobile Response Expert MobiWatch For Undisclosed Sum
Discussion: Reuters, Xconomy and Gearlog
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google Seeks Damages In Android Suit
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Releases Bookmark Button, Shares a Couple More Details on the Counter API
Discussion: All Facebook
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Samsung and T-Mobile unveiling the Behold II on Nov. 12
Discussion: MobileTechWorld and TmoNews
E.B. Boyd / BayNewser:
Wall Street Journal Bay Area Edition to Begin Tomorrow
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Beet.TV
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Pictures Of Today's Filming Of “The Social Network” At Johns Hopkins
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Starts a Fashion Magazine
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
EMI Sues BlueBeat for Selling Beatles Tunes Online
 

 
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