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8:55 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.
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.
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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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 …
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
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.”
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.
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Mashable!
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 …
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:
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
John Cox / Network World:
Apple seeks new sheriff to lock up iPhones  —  iPhone smatphone users worldwide embrace Blacksn0w to ‘free’ newest iPhones  —  A job posting on Apple corporate Web site seeks a security manager for the iPhone platform to lead a team focused on secure booting and installation of the operating system …
 
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Discussion: Reuters, VatorNews and Digital Trends
John Cook / TechFlash:
Plumber vs. Programmer: A face-off over an online directory
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Twitter fanatic glimpses dark side of OAuth
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Love the Smell of Settlement in the Morning: Skype Founders Set …
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