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7:30 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: PC World, Digits and SoftSailor
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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.
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: All Facebook
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!, I4U News 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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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, Bloomberg, Inc.com, GigaOM and p2pnet, Thanks:atul
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
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 and DailyTech
Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Facebook Chat Coming to Gtalk, Jabber Imminently  —  Facebook Chat's integration with Jabber/XMPP is just around the corner which means you'll be able to use applications like Gtalk to communicate on Facebook.  —  According to ProcessOne the launch is imminent as their bot on IMTrends …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Spore Islands launches on Facebook as EA tries social games expansion  —  Rumors persist that Electronic Arts plans to buy social gaming startup PlayFish to break into the fast-growing market of Facebook games.  —  In the meantime, EA continues to expand into social games on its own.
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Best Buy to install Google mobile applications  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy is offering to install Google mobile applications on smartphones sold at its stores as the electronics retailer steps up services to lure shoppers and tackle competition.  —  As part of the deal …
iPodNN:
Apple reveals Louvre store, promises more French locations  —  As foreshadowed in late October, Apple today revealed its first Parisian Apple Store, located in the Carrousel du Louvre.  The shop is situated within close range of the famous Louvre art museum, and uses an elaborate two-floor design …
Webmaster Blog:
MSNBot 1.1 is retired  —  The Bing team has been talking about its new crawler (aka bot), MSNBot 2.0b, in this blog for quite some time now.  We have made numerous improvements in its performance, addressed some webmaster concerns, and published detailed information on how to control the bot with a robots.txt file.
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.
James Urquhart / CNET News:
IBM launches development and test cloud  —  With a nod toward the heterogeneous application development environments that exist in most enterprise IT departments, IBM on Wednesday launched a pair of services targeted at building cloud applications.  —  The first, the IBM Smart Business Development …
 
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Laura June / Engadget:
TwitterPeek review  —  Peek is a company with ideas …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
CBS Swings To Profit; Interactive Revs Drop 14 Percent
Discussion: MediaPost and PR Newswire
John Cox / Network World:
Apple seeks new sheriff to lock up iPhones
Michael Tsang / Bloomberg:
Ancestry.com Surges After Company Raises $100 Million in IPO
Discussion: Reuters, VatorNews and Digital Trends
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Has Music Search.  Yahoo Responds By Searching YouTube For Music Videos.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Leaked AT&T Memo: If Anyone Asks About The Verizon Lawsuit …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Twitter fanatic glimpses dark side of OAuth
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Place to Put Your Apps
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Has the T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 rollout begun? Yes! Confirmed.