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10:20 AM ET, November 6, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fever Pitch: It's Droid Day, Enjoy The Moment.  —  If you are a tech lover, there is nothing quite like the launch day of a much hyped new gadget.  Expectations run high.  And since those expectations are rarely satisfied once you have the special little device in hand, it's a moment to savor.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Skype Founders Settle With eBay And Others, Get 14% Stake In Skype, Not 10%  —  eBay has just announced that it has reached a settlement with the founders of Skype, clearing the way for the sale of the Internet communication company to a consortium formed by private equity firm …
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and p2pnet, Thanks:mgcreed
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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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: blogs.chron.com and VentureBeat
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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Maximum PC
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: Android, and How It Will Take Over the World  —  This week we met Motorola's Droid, the first handset with Android 2.0.  To an outsider, it just looks like another Google smartphone, but 2.0 is more than that: it's proof that Android is finally going to take over the world.
Zee / The Next Web:
Leaked PDF Reveals Google Voice International Plans  —  Google Voice is arguably the US equivalent to Spotify.  Nothing but good things have been spoken about the service and international Google fanatics are waiting enviously for the day Google announces international availability.
Thanks:mgcreed
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Essay: Steve Jobs' Legacy Is Missing Clue to Apple Tablet  —  If you've only been half paying attention, you probably think that the Apple Tablet is a done deal.  It isn't.  Outside the impervious hallways of One Infinite Loop, the tablet remains a technological unicorn …
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review:
Betting on a Metal-Air Battery Breakthrough  —  A government-funded start-up claims it can make ionic liquid energy storage feasible.  —  A spinoff from Arizona State University says it can develop a metal-air battery that dramatically outperforms the best lithium-ion batteries on the market …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: “I Did Every Horrible Thing In The Book Just To Get Revenues”  —  Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said earlier this week that he intends to make sure his company's games don't include scammy offers in the future.  Our full background on this story is here.
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Woman to Broadcast Birth on Internet  —  Social Network for Mothers to Stream Live Video of Delivery  —  For many people, it's one of life's most intimate moments.  But for a 23-year-old Minnesota teacher, the birth of her first child will be an event open to anyone in the world.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, CNET News and 901am
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.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Splitting Up Search  —  Distributing a search engine's index around the world could make it faster and more efficient, researchers say.  —  Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according to researchers at Yahoo.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Sean Parker's “Causes” to Leave MySpace: Does It Matter?  —  The wildly popular nonprofit fundraising application Causes reportedly emailed users of its MySpace app on Tuesday to tell them that all Causes will be removed from MySpace on Friday morning, in three days.
Discussion: ssireview.org
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:
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google & Yahoo Make Money Off A Twitter Typo Domain  —  Like many people, I misspelled a domain name today when I was trying to visit a web site.  I typed Twiter.com (with one T) rather than Twitter.com.  I wasn't surprised to land on a site with ads, as is common when entering typos.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launching white BlackBerry 8900?  —  One of our connects just hit us up with this shot, and it would appear that RIM has a theme going on.  Step 1: make successful handset in black, step 2: relaunch said handset in white.  Almost a month after the vastly popular vanilla BlackBerry Bold hit the streets …
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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