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6:00 PM 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.
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon launches Droid to few lines, but much excitement  —  Verizon Wireless launches its first two Android phones this morning, and though the launch was not greeted with the same crowds and lines that accompanied previous iPhone launches, customers said they were excited about the devices, especially the Motorola Droid.
Discussion: Gearlog, Electronista, GigaOM and CNET News
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.
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.”  —  Earlier this morning, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis settled their lawsuits with eBay and a syndicate of investors in return for a 14 percent stake in the company they founded.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Lessons From the War Over Skype
Discussion: Mashable!
Kevin Bury / The LinkedIn Blog:
A new design for LinkedIn  —  Some of you may have noticed a new site navigation experience on LinkedIn.  We are in the process of testing a new design.  During this testing phase, some users will see the new design, while others will not.  —  What's New
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
October 2009 OS stats: Windows 7 passes Snow Leopard, Linux  —  In less than two weeks of general availability, Windows 7 has already captured a market share that is greater than Snow Leopard and Linux.  Details inside.  —  Windows 7 arrived two weeks ago and so far it's selling quite well.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boxee Beta Coming December 7  —  NYC-based Boxee will release the long-awaited beta version of its Web video-watching software on Dec. 7, MediaMemo's Peter Kafka tweets.  —  It'll be shown off at an event at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.  —  Boxee is basically a Web video browser designed …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Surpasses 325 Million Users  —  Facebook has continued to grow at an impressive rate throughout the year, most recently announcing the 300 million user milestone.  According to Facebook's own advertising statistics though, the company is now beyond 325 million users and continuing to grow.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Droid Gets Google.com Real Estate  —  Part of the All-Out Push for the Verizon Handset  —  “Sesame Street” is not the only one getting plum placement on Google.com.  Droid is as well, with 42 characters of promotion, right underneath Bert and Ernie.  —  Google's done this sort …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores Roll Out ‘Reserve and Pick Up’ Purchasing for Holiday Season  —  Apple has rolled out a new Reserve and Pick Up purchasing program for its retail stores, allowing customers to select and reserve products for later in-store purchase and pick up ahead of the holidays.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Is Facebook a Paradise for Scammers?  —  Every day tens of millions of people log on to Facebook, the popular social-network site, and spend time playing goofy online games.  But watch out.  Some people playing these games are getting fleeced by scammers, tricked into signing up for products and services they didn't want.
Discussion: TechCrunch and BayNewser, Thanks:atul
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Will Ferrell Jumps to YouTube for ‘No Financial Gain’  —  Meanwhile, That Bulldog on a Skateboard Gets Some Ads  —  YouTube is bending over backward to accommodate content creators, and it just landed one it probably should have had a long time ago: Will Ferrell's Funnyordie.com.
Discussion: industry.bnet.com and i-boy, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel replicates ‘bricked SSD’ bug, pledges fix  —  Intel has once again promised a fix for the glitchy firmware update tool it released for its 34nm solid-state drives last month.  But it still can't say when the new version will arrive.  —  The chip giant released new firmware for the drives on 26 October.
Stephanie N. Mehta / Brainstorm Tech:
Will Microsoft become the General Motors of software?  —  It has near-monopoly status and nimble, disruptive competitors.  We've seen this movie before.  —  By Jay R. Galbraith, president and founder, Galbraith Management Consultants  —  Galbraith questions Microsoft's resolve to change.
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:atul
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 …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft tops Google, Yahoo, Facebook in worldwide Web use  —  Windows Live Messenger led Microsoft's Web properties in capturing 14.5 percent of total time spent online in September worldwide, handily beating Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other sites, according to analysis firm comScore.
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 …
Markus Goebel / TechCrunch Europe:
Europe's biggest newspaper decides the iPhone browser isn't welcome  —  So much for the coming mobile nirvana of free mobile content - at least for iPhone users in Germany.  Today Europe's biggest newspaper, the German newspaper BILD-Zeitung intends to use, in effect, brute force to force users buy its new iPhone app.
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: Gizmodo, T3.com News and Engadget, Thanks:atul
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
GetJar: The unknown app store leader  —  I'm sure you've heard of Apple's App Store for the iPhone.  But have you ever heard of an independent mobile app store called GetJar?  —  No?  Well, that's not surprising.  The tiny company now based in Silicon Valley has done virtually no marketing.
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.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google, Microsoft ‘Strongly’ Urged to Limit Internet Search Data Storage  —  Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. must limit the amount of time they keep Internet- search records and can't justify keeping the information beyond six months, European Union officials …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Louvre App ships as Louvre Apple store opens  —  The acclaimed Musée du Louvre has introduced its own App through the App Store as Apple moves to open its first retail store to the French public in Paris at the Louvre Carrousel tomorrow morning.  —  The Louvre App lets iPhone …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Switched
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple is coming to Broadway  —  The Big Apple's newest Mac store is opening on the Upper West Side next Saturday  —  Media invitations went out Friday for a press preview of the new Apple Store in Manhattan — the city's fourth — scheduled to be unveiled Saturday, Nov. 14.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and MacNN
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
DailyCandy's Sheinbaum Gets Funding For His New Startup  —  Mandelbrot Project, a stealth startup led by former DailyCandy CEO Pete Sheinbaum has raised $500,000, according to an SEC filing.  PEHub says the backer is the Foundry Group, which declined to comment.
 
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T's $945 Million Centennial Purchase Can Proceed as FCC Gives Approval
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Online Retailers Refusing To Sell Modern Warfare 2
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Zee / The Next Web:
Leaked PDF Reveals Google Voice International Plans
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Essay: Steve Jobs' Legacy Is Missing Clue to Apple Tablet
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