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2:50 PM ET, November 6, 2009

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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 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.”  —  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 / New York Times:
EBay Settles Suit Over Skype Sale
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
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.
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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: Search Engine Land
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 …
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: MacRumors, AppleInsider and MacNN
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.
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Online Retailers Refusing To Sell Modern Warfare 2  —  Major online retailer Direct2Drive have announced today that the year's biggest game - Modern Warfare 2 - won't be made available on their PC digital delivery service.  Why?  Because of rival platform Steam, of course!
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.
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 …
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.
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and T3.com News, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Seesmic Web Gets Lists, Geolocation and Trending Topic Support  —  On Monday, Seesmic introduced Twitter Lists to Seesmic Desktop.  Today, Team Seesmic is bringing Twitter Lists to the Seesmic Web client, as well as geolocation support and Trending Topics.  —  This brings Seesmic Web closer …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Daggle and Beth's Blog
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: MacRumors
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 sell.
Discussion: GeekSmack, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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.
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
 
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