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10:15 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 and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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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.
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.
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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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 and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Forbes
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
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.
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 and CNET News, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Mac Game: Art project or malware?
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google Seeks Damages In Android Suit  —  Six months after an Illinois man sued Google over the name “Android,” the Internet giant is turning the tables.  —  The average Joe may want to think twice before suing Google.  —  Faced with a lawsuit that alleges the Internet giant lacks legal rights …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Congress may require ISPs to block fraud sites  —  For the last decade or so, Internet service providers have been dealing with requests to block access to pornographic or copyright-infringing Web sites, or in China, ones that dare to criticize the government.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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. In fact …
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Launches Wireless Broadband In Philly …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Ina Fried / CNET News:
T-Mobile says software error behind outage
Discussion: FierceWireless
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Jitterbug Buys Emergency Mobile Response Expert MobiWatch For Undisclosed Sum
Discussion: Reuters, Gearlog and Xconomy
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Updated: T-Mobile USA Will Add Its Own Channel And Carrier Billing to Android Market
Discussion: The Register and Android and Me
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: TmoNews
E.B. Boyd / BayNewser:
Wall Street Journal Bay Area Edition to Begin Tomorrow
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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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Twitter's Dorsey Gets His Head Examined
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
IAC's CollegeHumor May Go to Ben Silverman's New Venture
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Failed Online Navigation Software Maker Sues Google, Yahoo And More Over Patent
Discussion: Fast Company
 

 
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