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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Midnight Droid madness in Manhattan  —  NEW YORK—More than a hundred people were lined up at midnight Thursday outside a Verizon Wireless store in midtown Manhattan to be among the first people to buy the new Motorola Droid.  —  About 65 eager shoppers lined the south side of West 34th Street across …
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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.
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Andreessen On Skype: “This Is One Of The Most Important Companies On the Internet.”
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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.
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.
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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 …
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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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft College Tour 09: mindblowing natural user interface concept demos from Microsoft Research  —  It turns out 2019 is getting closer every day.  At the moment, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie is doing the rounds at a number of prestigious colleges …
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.
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.
Rachel Cooper / Telegraph:
Inventor of mobile phones says they have become ‘too complicated’  —  Mobile phones with cameras and music players are too complicated, according to the inventor of the device.  —  Martin Cooper, who was the lead engineer of the Motorola team that developed the mobile phone …
Discussion: T3.com News, Engadget and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:mgcreed
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Brian Heater / AppScout:
Adobe Photoshop Comes to Android  —  Just in time for today's big Verizon Droid releases, Adobe has announced the available of its mobile version of Photoshop.com for Google's Android.  The app features simple image editing tools and photo-sharing features.  —  The app lets users crop, rotate, and color correct photos.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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 …
Discussion: eWeek
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Dell Mini 3iX passes the FCC, AT&T 3G included  —  Michael Dell has recently confirmed that his company would launch an Android smartphone in the US via AT&T in early 2010 - and it looks like that smartphone is exactly the Dell Mini 3iX that we saw a few days ago in Brazil.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft To Offer Application Marketplace In Sharepoint 2010  —  Microsoft will offer an application marketplace within Sharepoint 2010 that will integrate with third-party applications from its partner network.  No date has been set for the marketplace lauch but it will evolve from …
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:
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.”
 
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