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7:20 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
Discussion: VentureBeat
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  —  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.
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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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Intel in the Anti-Trust Crosshairs, but Why?
Discussion: Ars Technica and Forbes
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   MySpace-Google Search Deal Income Will Fall $100 Million Short This Year
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.
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 …
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 and GottaBeMobile.com
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Samsung and T-Mobile unveiling the Behold II on Nov. 12  —  November is shaping up to be quite the month for unveiling Android smartphones.  With the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Droid already official and the Sony Ericsson (NYSE: SNE) XPERIA X10 getting some time in the limelight, the Android space is looking fairly attractive.
Discussion: TmoNews
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Will Add Content Channel And Carrier Billing to Android Market Soon
Discussion: The Register
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.
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 …
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: CNET News, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Failed Online Navigation Software Maker Sues Google, Yahoo And More Over Patent  —  Bone-headed patent lawsuit number 573482: a company called WebMap Technologies is suing a host of technology companies over an online map patent that was issued over 5 years ago, reports Law360 (requires registration).
Discussion: Fast Company
E.B. Boyd / BayNewser:
Wall Street Journal Bay Area Edition to Begin Tomorrow  —  The Wall Street Journal's much anticipated Bay Area edition launches tomorrow, the newspaper said in an announcement.  The newspaper will fold Bay Area-specific news into the A-section of the print edition every Thursday …
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Beet.TV
 
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