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5:40 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 …
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.
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.
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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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: eWeek, The Microsoft Blog and CNET News
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%
Discussion: Ars Technica, NPD Group and Bloomberg
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 …
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.
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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
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.”
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.
Paul Meller / PC World:
EU Breaks Deadlock in Debate Over Right to Internet Access  —  After months of often bitter debate, European Union lawmakers reached agreement on how to preserve citizen's rights to Internet access in a meeting that ended in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
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.
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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