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4:50 PM ET, November 5, 2009

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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.
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Fortune magazine names Apple's Steve Jobs CEO of the decade
Discussion: Fortune and MacNN
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).
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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
RealNetworks to Lay Off Four Percent of Staff Today  —  The Seattle area is going to get another jobless jolt today, with RealNetworks planning to lay off four percent of its workforce, sources said.  —  That's a small number-just about 70 people out of its 1,700-person staff-but the move comes …
The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Commerce Search: Finding holiday gifts faster  —  The holiday season is right around the corner, so online retailers are gearing up for spikes in traffic.  When people go to shop online, search is big part of finding the right product, whether they're looking for a gift or just something for themselves.
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
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.
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.”
David Kaplan / paidContent:
CBS Swings To Profit; Interactive Revs Drop 14 Percent  —  CBS' earnings were on the positive side in Q3, as revenues were down less than 1 percent, an indication that the economic pain of the past year may be easing a bit.  Specifically, net income in Q3 was $207.6 million ($0.30 cents per share) …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Love the Smell of Settlement in the Morning: Skype Founders Set to Get 10 Percent, Option to Buy Three Percent More and Two Board Seats  —  According to several sources close to the situation, barring any unforeseen delay, a deal to settle the Skype imbroglio is likely to be announced around the time the markets open tomorrow.
Discussion: paidContent, Inc.com, Bloomberg, GigaOM and p2pnet, Thanks:atul
John Cox / Network World:
Verizon confirms Droid tethering option, hefty price tag  —  Motorola Droid smartphones to match capability of Apple's iPhone  —  Verizon has confirmed that customers will have the option of connecting a laptop to their new Motorola Droid smartphones, on sale tomorrow, using the phone as a wireless modem.
Discussion: Mashable! and DSLreports
Pew Internet:
Social Isolation and New Technology  —  This report adds new insights to an ongoing debate about the extent of social isolation in America.  A widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined …
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 …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook ‘What People Are Up To,’ MySpace ‘What People Are Into,’ News Corp. Exec Says  —  News Corp.'s digital chief said Thursday that the company's social-networking property MySpace is going in a different direction than rival Facebook, based on how its members socialize and share interests.
Antuan Goodwin / CNET News:
Garmin communicates with your car via ESP  —  We stopped by Garmin's booth at the 2009 SEMA Show expecting a new GPS device or news of another OEM integration deal, but we stumbled upon something even better.  Sometime next year, Garmin's Nuvi GPS devices will gain the ability to communicate with your car through ESP.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Twitter fanatic glimpses dark side of OAuth  —  ‘Secure’ authentication can be anything but  —  A mobile enthusiast and professional internet strategist got a glimpse of OAuth's dark side recently when he received an urgent advisory from Twitter.  —  The dispatch, generated when Terence Eden tried …
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise
Kat Bailey / 1UP.com:
PS3 Netflix Disc Arriving Friday  —  Disc-based solution will give PS3 users another way to watch movies.  —  Netflix for the PlayStation 3 is almost here.  According to a note that arrived in our inbox this morning, the disc is in the mail even now.  —  Sony and Netflix made it official …
Discussion: The Tanooki, DailyTech and Engadget
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Real Estate Broker Redfin Adds More Recent Sales Data And Links To Blogs  —  Online real estate broker Redfin is revamping its website to add recent data and photos of recent home sales as well as links to blog discussions of a listing.  The Seattle-based startup, which is profitable …
Discussion: Redfin Corporate Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Has Music Search.  Yahoo Responds By Searching YouTube For Music Videos.  —  Last week Google launched the Music Onebox — a special new music search product that lets users stream songs in their entirety for free.  Today, Yahoo Video is answering by improving its music video search offering.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SlingMedia Founder Invests In Clicker, Joins BOD  —  Ever since Blake Krikorian left Sling Media, the place shifting startup that he sold to Echostar for $380 million in September 2007, he's been lying low.  Instead of trying to build yet another startup, he has been spending time trying …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Plumber vs. Programmer: A face-off over an online directory  —  For more than 30 years, Evan Conklin has practiced plumbing in the Seattle area fixing broken water heaters, leaky faucets and malfunctioning toilets.  And during those three decades, Conklin has seen a lot of crap in the business world.
Discussion: Local Onliner and Screenwerk
Imad / Moblin Blogs:
Moblin v2.1 project release for netbooks and nettops - it's here  —  The Moblin™ project steering committee today announces the project release of Moblin v2.1 for Intel Atom* processor-based netbooks and nettops.  This project release includes the broadest feature additions …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Dating habits of iPhone users revealed  —  Hey, fresh this morning from the spurious but strangely amusing iLifestyle desk comes a breakdown of the dating habits of iPhone users..  —  According to Retrevo (remember them, they told Apple what to charge for its current fantasy tablet product last week) …
internetnews.com:
Windows 7 Drives a 49% Spike in PC Sales  —  That's not as huge a gain as compared to the Vista launch — but it's far better than what could have happened.  —  The predictions of pent-up demand for Windows 7 appear to have been borne out, at least by the first week of sales figures from NPD Group.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and CNET News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests New AdSense Management Console  —  Google AdSense announced today at the CRS Conference that they are currently testing a new interface for the AdSense console.  The beta is currently being tested by few publishers, but Google promises to allow “thousands of publishers” to test this out “over the coming weeks.”
 
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John Cox / Network World:
Apple seeks new sheriff to lock up iPhones
Maria Khomenko / Gmail Blog:
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Private Online Shopping Sites Cash In
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Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions the news consumer of the future
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