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11:55 PM ET, November 5, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Retweet Limited Rollout  —  We've just activated a feature called retweet on a very small percentage of accounts in order to see how it works in the wild.  Retweet is a button that makes forwarding a particularly interesting tweet to all your followers very easy.
Google Code Blog:
Introducing Closure Tools  —  Millions of Google users worldwide use JavaScript-intensive applications such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Maps.  Like developers everywhere, Googlers want great web apps to be easier to create, so we've built many tools to help us develop these (and many other) apps.
The Official Google Blog:
Transparency, choice and control — now complete with a Dashboard!  —  Today, we are excited to announce the launch of Google Dashboard.  Have you ever wondered what data is stored with your Google Account?  The Google Dashboard offers a simple view into the data associated with your account — easily and concisely in one location.
Randy Lewis / Pop & Hiss:
No Doubt sues Activision over Band Hero [Updated]  —  Rock band No Doubt has filed a real-world lawsuit over its virtual role in the just-released Band Hero edition of the Guitar Hero video game series, claiming that the game has “transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act …
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Activision Delivers Solid Q3, But Faces Challenges Moving Forward
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and VentureBeat
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T gearing up to launch $99 8GB iPhone 3GS?  —  Definitely not confirmed, but rather interesting nonetheless.  We've heard now from two sources that AT&T, and we guess Apple, are contemplating launching an 8GB iPhone 3GS at the $99 price point before Christmas.
Nick Gianos / Facebook Developers:
Continued Action Against Deceptive Ads  —  As part of an ongoing effort we've had underway to address the quality of third-party ads running inside applications, we wanted to offer some clarifications, reminders, and information on our actions.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Increase Enforcement Of Anti-Scam Rules
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The decade of Steve  —  How Apple's imperious, brilliant CEO transformed American business.  —  (Fortune magazine) — How's this for a gripping corporate story line: Youthful founder gets booted from his company in the 1980s, returns in the 1990s, and in the following decade survives two brushes with death …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%  —  It has been quite amazing to watch the global excitement build around Windows 7, especially during a tough economic climate.  It was just a few short weeks ago that we learned about Windows 7 outselling the UK's “own” Harry Potter.
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Palm Shows Ares WebOS Development Tool  —  Palm will introduce a Web-based development environment for WebOS applications, called Ares, by the end of this year.  —  Ares got its first public demonstration on Thursday at the Open Mobile Summit conference in San Francisco.
Brandon Badger / Google Book Search Blog:
List of all magazines now available in Google Books  —  Posted by Jeffrey Peng, Software Engineer, Google Books  —  I'm a software engineer on Google Books.  One of my main projects is adding magazine content and features to the site.  In September we were excited to announce the availability …
Discussion: ResourceShelf and TeleRead, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Creator's New Startup Gets An “Extremely Hot Angel Deal”  —  Twitter chairman and cofounder Jack Dorsey has a new startup called the Square iPhone Payment System, to be located at SquareUp.com.  —  The business will be selling consumers on an attachment for their iPhones they can use …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Curating Trending Topic Tweets  —  Twitter's Trending Topics area is one of the easiest things to game on the web.  Even when trends start out as real items, spammers often latch onto them with bogus tweets hoping to ride the wave and get some people seeing their spammy nonsense.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google CEO: Hopefully we won't repeat Microsoft's past mistakes  —  Eric Schmidt appeared on Fox Business Network tonight for an extensive interview with host Neil Cavuto, who pressed the Google CEO a couple times over whether the company has the potential to become the next Microsoft …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola DROID goes on sale a little early at Best Buy Mobile  —  Looks like the DROID invasion is starting a little early — we were just sent these pics of Motorola's beastly Android slider on sale at an unspecified Best Buy Mobile somewhere deep within America's heartland.
Discussion: Digits, PC World and SoftSailor
Juan Carlos Perez / ITworld.com:
Postini technology to spread across Google Apps  —  I like it!  —  The Postini technology that lets Google Apps Premier administrators control their e-mail environments by establishing and enforcing usage policies, rules and parameters will be extended to the other applications of the suite.
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch:
Verizon DROID ERIS officially announced for $99 after $100 rebate and contract  —  The HTC-built DROID ERIS will go on sale tomorrow at Verizon stores for $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract agreement.  Equipped with HTC's “Sense” user interface, the ERIS …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
iPhone Users Sue Gaming Company For Harvesting Cell Numbers  —  Gaming manufacturer Storm8 has been sued for allegedly collecting phone numbers of iPhone users who downloaded the company's popular games from the iTunes app store.  —  “The wireless telephone numbers of users' phones are not used …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lawsuit alleges Offerpal co-founder was cheated out of ownership  —  Offerpal Media founder Anu Shukla was hit with a lawsuit this summer over alleged shenanigans over the company's founding, VentureBeat has learned.  —  In August, Kevin Halpern filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Shukla.
Discussion: CNET News
Mike Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Apple testing RFID-enabled iPhone?  —  Einar Rosenberg, who runs the Near Field Communications Group on Linkedin.com, has reported the following: … For more details on Apple's ‘Touch Screen RFID Tag Reader’ patent see our earlier article here.  —  UPDATE: And here's the Touch Project's iPhone RFID demonstration video:
Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Hands on with the new Dell Adamo XPS  —  After months of teaser shots and cameo appearances, Dell has officially announced pricing and other details for the revamped Dell Adamo XPS laptop.  Without setting a specific date, Dell says it expects to “begin taking orders and shipping the Adamo XPS in time for the holidays.”
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius Breaks Even, Manages To Grow Subscribers  —  Sirius (SIRI) managed to turn in a decent quarter, breaking even, excluding one time charges, and grew its subscriber base, quarter over quarter.  —  The company had an adjusted EPS of $0.00 compared to analyst estimates of a loss of $0.02 per share.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating ‘Grab & Go’ simplified cross-platform sync  —  Apple could make the transferring of files between devices like Macs, iPhones and the Apple TV simpler with a new cross-platform, cloud-integrated sync service.  —  In a system described in a new patent application …
Discussion: MacRumors, The iPhone Blog and Engadget
Epicenter:
Judge Halts Online Sale of Beatles Songs  —  A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Santa Cruz company to immediately quit selling Beatles and other music on its online site, setting aside a preposterous argument that it had copyrights on songs via a process called “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb goes Mac - at last  —  Photos, music via little fluffy cloud  —  Orb, the Slingbox-in-software app that allows you to access your music, TV and photos on any device, has finally unleashed its long-awaited Mac version.  —  Once installed, the software will scan your iPhoto or iTunes library …
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Upgrade Path to Android 2.0 Uncertain  —  With this week's release of Verizon Wireless' Droid phone comes the first real test of the potential for fragmentation with Android.  —  The Droid will be the first phone to run Android 2.0.  After it goes on sale Friday, there will be Android phones …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Near-final Thunderbird 3 due next week  —  Thunderbird 3, an update to the e-mail software that Mozilla hopes will give it some of the advantages of its Firefox browser has enjoyed, is due to arrive in near-final form next week.  —  Mozilla Messaging plans to issue release candidate 1 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
As Facebook Ages, Gen Y Turns to Twitter  —  Facebook is getting old.  No, people aren't getting tired of it, it's actually getting old, as in its population is aging.  In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26.  Today, it's 33, a good seven years older.
Discussion: Ypulse
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Zoho rebrands as FakeOffice (not really, but it's catchy, no?)  —  Over the past few years, Microsoft has had to contend with increasing competition from free, web-based office suites such as Google Docs and Zoho Office.  And when I say contend, I mean, maybe start taking notice of.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Slacker Radio now playing on Android phones  —  It's been about a month since we got a peek at the first generation of the for the Android platform.  We liked what we saw.  On Thursday, other Android users can also cast their own vote about Slacker Radio 1. for Android by downloading …
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
The Associated Press Offers Platform To Publishers For Building Mobile Apps  —  The Associated Press said today it will start helping publishers build mobile apps for a wide variety for platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Palm (NSDQ: PALM) Pre and Windows Mobile.
 
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