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2:35 PM ET, November 10, 2009

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Andrew Pederson / Google:
Stay Connected with Free Airport Wi-Fi from Google this Holiday Season  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that it is working with airports across the country as well as Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others to provide free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift now through January 15, 2010.
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GigaOM:
Why Free Wi-Fi Marketing Is Smart  —  Maybe we should chalk it up to the upcoming season of jolly, but lately it seems like everyone wants to give away free Wi-Fi access to travelers.  Well, free as long as you watch an ad or a promo for whichever company is sponsoring it, such as Yahoo, Microsoft and now Google.
Discussion: PC World and Yodel Anecdotal
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Joins The Free-WiFi Marketing Bandwagon
Bloomberg:
Motorola Probably Sold 100,000 Droids in Challenge to IPhone  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Motorola Inc. probably sold 100,000 Droid phones in their first weekend on the market, a sign that the handset maker is recovering even though it still trails Apple Inc., an analyst said.
Allenblue / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn works with Twitter, and vice versa  —  Today we're announcing a partnership between LinkedIn and Twitter - and new features that we think are going to make both Twitter and LinkedIn more powerful for you.  These new features will be rolling out gradually over the next couple of days.
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Amazon.com:
“Kindle for PC” Now Available — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books Available on the PC Today for Readers Around the World  —  Latest Kindle application brings more than 360,000 Kindle books, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, to the PC
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
For now, ‘illegal’ Apple billboard dropped  —  A controversial Apple billboard has come down, leaving many questions and some large whales in its wake.  —  This weekend, Planet Storage on Traveler Street removed its iPod Touch sign and revealed to drivers on Interstate 93 the ocean-inspired public art.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel introduces a digital book reader that reads aloud to the blind  —  Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a learning disability so severe that his mother had to read books to him throughout his school years, all the way through college.  Now 36, he is spearheading the launch of a remarkable device …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL: Small Layoff Today, a Voluntary Buyout and, Then...the Big One  —  Essentially-although AOL is located in New York and not California-it's going to be like tremors before the Big One at the online company today, as about 100 employees are laid off.  —  Sources said the cuts …
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N900 begins shipping!  —  GLOBAL - Today sees the first batch of Nokia N900 handsets boxed up and shipped out on their maiden voyage into wild.  The N900 has been the most discussed device we've ever reported on here at Conversations, so many of you are sure to be stoked to discover …
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters and MobileTechWorld
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Hundreds of Facebook Groups Hacked  —  A hacker, or group of hackers, has found a back door into taking over Facebook groups, and is now doing so, claiming it to be a public service.  It has taken over up to 300 different Facebook groups so far.  —  This is an example of one:
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple IDs the next-generation iPhone  —  Cupertino wakes up to NFC?  —  Evidence is growing that Apple plans to embed NFC into the next iPhone, but can Steve Jobs sell the technology that no one else seems to want?  —  For the last few months there have been rumours that Cupertino …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Nellie Andreeva / The Live Feed | THR:
Twitter user ‘S**t My Dad Says’ gets CBS deal  —  Twitter sensation S**t My Dad Says is headed to television.  —  CBS has picked up a comedy project based on the Twitter account, which has enlisted more than 707,000 followers since launching in August and has made its creator, Justin Halpern, an Internet star.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
We Know Hollywood Is This Dumb.  Et Tu, Netflix?  —  Back in August, we wrote about the Hollywood movie studios conspiring to keep new release DVDs away from services like Netflix and Redbox for as many as 30 days after their release.  The idea behind this from Hollywood's perspective is simple …
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Blockbuster to Rent Movies on SD Cards, but Why?  —  Blockbuster is piloting a new movie-rental program that allows customers to load movies onto SD cards and play them back on mobile phones and TVs equipped with SD readers.  —  Perhaps conceived as a one-up response to the unexpectedly …
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Best Buy to sell a $249 notebook this holiday season  —  Need a dirt cheap and somewhat underpowered notebook?  Best Buy has you covered with a $249 Acer laptop.  Netbook, what?  —  The exact model will be revealed tomorrow, but at least the key specs have been released today …
Discussion: Electronista and I4U News
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Cough into your mobile phone for instant diagnosis  —  Your mobile phone may soon be able to diagnose respiratory illnesses in seconds when you cough into it.  —  Software being developed by American and Australian scientists will hopefully allow patients simply to cough into their phone …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Did Microsoft Windows 7 download tool violate the GPL?  —  Microsoft has pulled an update tool for Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store site after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU General Public License.
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
NVIDIA CEO shows off mystery tablet, makes zero statements about mystery tablet  —  You think maybe the cats at NVIDIA are a little hot to trot on the tablet concept?  Not only did Mike Rayfield (the company's general manger of its mobile division) spout off on a “3G capable touchpad” …
Electronista:
Samsung launches bada open mobile OS  —  Samsung today entered into the mobile OS arena with bada.  The software, whose name is based on the Korean for “ocean,” is designed to be open and will compete directly against rivals like Android or LiMo.  It will be based on universal standards …
Canada NewsWire Group:
Motorola marks a milestone with the announcement of its first Android-powered device in Canada  —  Motorola Milestone(TM) delivers the experience you've always wanted on a mobile device with the world's thinnest QWERTY slider  —  Motorola Canada today announced it will bring its first Android …
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileTechWorld
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T defends its data network from Verizon ad attacks  —  As Verizon has stepped up its efforts to portray AT&T's data network as sparse and largely unavailable, AT&T has published information that shows Verizon isn't telling the whole story.  —  Verizon began advertising its 3G coverage …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray discs get Managed Copy; hardware support nonexistent  —  After four years in the oven, “managed copy” is done—and boy, is it a stinker.  —  “Managed copy” has been slouching its way toward our living rooms for years now, but the technology that can make backup copies of films …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Expect Caffeine after the holidays  —  Back in August we mentioned a developer preview of Caffeine, which is new technology that improves our indexing infrastructure.  The feedback on Caffeine has been very positive, so we're ready to move from the developer preview to the next stage of the roll out …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet  —  Mega-D no more  —  A botnet that was once responsible for an estimated third of the world's spam has been knocked out of commission thanks to researchers from security firm FireEye.  —  After carefully analyzing the machinations of the massive botnet …
Discussion: PC World, Marshal and Softpedia News
Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Wisdom Of AdMob's Founder Omar Hamoui  —  Google Inc.'s announcement that it will buy AdMob Inc. for $750 million brought a media spotlight on Accel Partners, an investor in both AdMob and Playfish Inc., which said today it will sell to Electronic Arts Inc. for at least $275 million.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
40% of People “Friend” Brands on Facebook  —  Digital marketing company Razorfish has just launched its third annual FEED survey of 1,000 “connected consumers.”  The survey is focused on online consumer behavior.  This year Facebook and Twitter feature prominently.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Tethering to iPhone still coming, AT&T says; no date set  —  AT&T has promised tethering for the iPhone for a year  —  Computerworld - AT&T today reiterated its plans to offer tethering on the iPhone, but again gave no date when that might happen — more than a year after the carrier first said tethering would be coming “soon.”
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:
Netflix streaming officially hits PS3 today  —  If you are one of the hoards of PS3 owners that were excited by Netflix announced streaming would be coming to the game console, today is the big day friends.  Netflix has announced that its streaming service is now officially live on the PS3.
Discussion: PR Newswire and VG247
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Vidly Brings HD Video To Twitter  —  First, there were the Twitter picture services.  Soon, there were a lot of those.  Then, there were the Twitter video services.  And now, there are getting to be a lot of those.  So how do you choose which one to use?  Most people base it on two things: First, third-party Twitter client support.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik Bumps Up The Recording Resolution For The Droid  —  As the number of Android-powered handsets on the market continues to expand, so do the technical capabilities of the applications that run on the platform.  The Droid, for example, is the first handset to introduce video recording …
 
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Loretta Chao / Digits:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
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