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10:40 AM 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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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.
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Droid OTA Update Coming December 11th?  —  The Motorola Droid was launched less than a week ago but we're already eying a December 11th OTA update that will cure a defined list of software issues.  Defined by who, you ask?  Verizon Wireless themselves.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Networks Continue To Rally Around Twitter As LinkedIn Goes Tweet Crazy Too  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has long had a feature that lets users update their status on their profile.  But it's plainly obvious that LinkedIn users don't nearly use the status feature …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel introduces a digital book reader that reads aloud to the blind  —  Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a visual impairment 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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New Version of Google Search Is Launching Soon  —  Back in August, we were shocked to learn that Google was working on a new version of its search engine.  The secret project, known officially as Google Caffeine, wouldn't change the face or design of the Google search engine …
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.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Is Google Gearing Up To Buy A Second Mobile Ad Network?
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
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.
Laura Melahn / The Official Google Blog:
Fifty states of Street View  —  In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state admitted to the union.  Today, 50 years later, we're including Hawaii as the 50th state in Street View on Google Maps.  With our imagery of Oahu and Maui, you can now take a virtual vacation to white sandy beaches …
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:
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable! and CloudAve
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
OUT-LAW News:
Consent will be required for cookies in Europe  —  EDITORIAL: A law that demands consent to internet cookies has been approved and will be in force across the EU within 18 months.  It is so breathtakingly stupid that the normally law-abiding business may be tempted to bend the rules to breaking point.
Discussion: The Next Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Rdio: First Screenshots Leaked of Skype Founders' New Music Service  —  We've been lucky enough to get our hands on leaked screenshots from one version of Rdio, the forthcoming music app from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  Zennstrom and Friis …
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Esquire's Augmented Reality Issue  —  A few weeks ago, Hearst Corp's Esquire announced that they'd debut a snazzy new “augmented reality” issue and be the first publication to take the relatively new technology into its pages.  AR, the hot new trend in iPhone apps, layers data …
Discussion: Esquire, Mashable! and Gawker
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 …
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
From EFF's Secret Files: Anatomy of a Bogus Subpoena  —  Can the U.S. government secretly subpoena the IP address of every visitor to a political website?  No, but that didn't stop it from trying.  —  In a report released today, EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston tells the story …
Discussion: Techdirt, CNET News and Boing Boing
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why An Exclusive Wall Street Journal Deal Wouldn't Help Bing  —  With Rupert Murdoch talking about blocking Google, Jason Calacanis suggests that Murdoch should cut an exclusive deal with Bing, which if it doesn't Google might at least 10% search share within 6 months.  I suggest Jason needs a reality check.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Real-Time Search Makes Move Into Mobile  —  OneRiot and search engine Taptu plan to announce Tuesday that people have an option to browse the Web on mobile phones for trending topics and the most relevant results.  —  Taptu is the first mobile search engine to link into OneRiot's application …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MobileCrunch
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Babbel dumps freemium for language learning: “it just doesn't work”  —  [Germany] The new version of Babbel, the language learning startup, is released today, but there's a sting in the tail for the existing 500,000 users who thought it was a Freemium service: they will now all have to pay to use it.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Keeping Pacemakers Safe from Hackers  —  Communicating with ultrasound could help make implantable medical devices safe from attack.  —  Manufacturers have started adding wireless capabilities to many implantable medical devices, including pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators.
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
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
We Know Hollywood Is This Dumb. Et Tu, Netflix?
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Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Big Win in Telecom Lobbying Documents Battle …
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
New handbook for Google, Droid users
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent controversy? Not much anymore, Novell says
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