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3:25 PM ET, September 29, 2010

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Wiltse Carpenter / Gmail Blog:
Turn off Gmail's conversation view  —  The way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro.  You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it.  And those of you who hate it hate it enough …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership  —  You didn't think Facebook would integrate with Google (GOOG) Voice, did you?  —  Actually, according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Should Facebook Buy Skype?  —  Photo of Skype CEO Josh Silverman By Phil Wolff via Flickr  —  Ever since Skype was freed from the shackles of eBay, I've marveled at the company's management team led by its CEO, Josh Silverman.  Sure, it has a whole lot of powerful backers, but in the end, it's the team and their strategy.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Ross Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Launch 7-Inch Tablet in Weeks Ahead  —  SYDNEY—Dell Inc. will launch its seven-inch tablet in the next few weeks and a 10-inch tablet within 6-12 months, Dell Greater China President Amit Midha said Wednesday.  —  Texas-based Dell has joined a host of computer makers rushing to offer tablets …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here  —  By now you must have heard the news that AOL has acquired us.  Here are videos of the on stage signing of the agreement and an interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong immediately afterwards.  —  So how did all this happen?
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Engadget's Founder on TechCrunch Under AOL
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:   AOL May Restore Lost Luster With Three Acquisitions
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Google Needs To Buy Twitter Immediately  —  Angel investor Dave McClure pointed out yesterday what is obvious to everyone but Google: Google needs to buy Twitter immediately.  —  We've been urging Google to buy Twitter for more than 18 months now, and it would have cost the company …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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McClure to Google: Buy Twitter  —  Dave McClure has some advice for Google: Get out the checkbook and buy Twitter — and make it snappy.  —  The feisty Silicon Valley investor told Reuters that Google needs to buy the micro-blogger if it wants to stay competitive against Facebook.
Discussion: Adotas, GMSV and TechCrunch
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Q&A with Steve Ballmer on mobile, search and Facebook  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sat down with The Seattle Times for a Q and A on the eve of the annual company meeting on Sept. 28, 2010.  Here is the story.  —  With the imminent launch of a new Windows mobile phone …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon Android app store T&Cs leak  —  Amazon still aren't talking about the rumored Android app store they're tipped to be working on - which would sit alongside the official Android Market and offer users an alternative source for software - but the App Store Distribution Agreement participating developers …
James Ledbetter / Slate:
The strange but inevitable rise of e-reader pornography.  —  As I write this, the most downloaded item for Amazon's Kindle is a novel by Jenna Bayley-Burke called Compromising Positions.  Here is part of the plot description: “David Strong knows how to do a lot of things …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Cisco to Unveil an Affordable Home TelePresence Product for Consumers Next Week  —  Cisco, the networking giant, is making yet another big step into the consumer space, with the introduction next week of an inexpensive home telepresence product for personal use.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Short Lifespan of a Tweet: Retweets Only Happen Within the First Hour  —  For some, Twitter is a social network and for others it is just a broadcast medium.  Judging from the latest data from social media analytics and monitoring service Sysomos, for the majority of users, Twitter is indeed mostly a broadcast medium.
Discussion: Mashable! and Sysomos
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's segmentation strategy, and the folly of conventional wisdom  —  There is a myth, more of a meme actually, about the ‘inevitability’ of commoditization.  It is a view of the world that sees things linearly, in terms of singularities, and the so-called “one right path.”
Discussion: asymco, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TweetBeat Wants To Kill Hashtags On Twitter By Making Them Obsolete  —  Back in June we previewed a new product by social media search engine Kosmix called TweetBeat.  Essentially, it's a way to follow news being discussed on Twitter in realtime.  Today during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Unix's Revenge  —  With QNX now firmly roadmapped at RIM and Android spreading among vendors like a virus, I wanted to point out that these operating systems share one ancestor: Unix.  —  A technical triumph  —  Technically Linux, which underlies Android, among others …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sonos Controller for iPad now available  —  The Sonos Controller for iPad is a free download (Sonos system required for use).  —  For those of you who have a Sonos system and an iPad, there's good news: the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available in the App Store as a free download.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
By the Numbers: Apple, Microsoft, Dell, H.P.  —  Back in May, Apple edged past Microsoft as the most valuable technology company.  And, my oh my, has Apple stretched its lead since then.  —  $222.12 billion versus $219.18, or $2.94 billion — That was the gap separating Apple and Microsoft at the close of trading on May 26.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You'll Be Able To Deposit Checks To PayPal Via Mobile Pictures In The Next Day Or So  —  Last month, we noted that PayPal would soon launch a new version of their iPhone app that would be more check-friendly.  That app should be released in the next day or so, PayPal's Laura Chambers revealed …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
The 4chan porn leak: First of many?  —  The Web probably looks a lot less anonymous and private to the thousands of people whose identities were posted to the Internet this weekend alongside the names of the pornographic films they are accused of downloading.
Discussion: The Register
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Xbox Live Fall 2010 Dashboard Update preview: ESPN, Netflix search, Kinect, and more!  —  Shortly before Kinect hits store shelves on November 4th, Microsoft plans on rolling out the Fall Update to Xbox Live — even sooner for those who signed up for the preview program.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Did HP's Todd Bradley just confirm the ‘PalmPad’ name?  Still set for early 2011  —  HP has already let loose the word that they'd be releasing a webOS-based tablet in 2011, but in todays' Analyst Meeting, HP EVP Todd Bradley was the first HP employee to call it the PalmPad, a trademark HP filed for in July:
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
With LinkedIn Signal, Twitter And LinkedIn Collide  —  LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner has just unveiled LinkedIn Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt, a new feature that neatly marries the worlds of LinkedIn and Twitter and allows users to apply the professional social network's filters to Twitter's firehose.
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog and Velocity
Min Lee / Canadian Press:
Google says company's future in China ‘very uncertain’ after search engine shut  —  HONG KONG — Google's future in China is “very uncertain” after it pulled its search engine from the country in a dispute over restrictions on freedom of information, a company official said Wednesday.
Pete Cashmore / Unmashed:
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES  —  TechCrunch getting acquired by AOL is pretty interesting to me.  I mailed the team earlier today to congratulate them on their accomplishment, but I thought I'd blog a few thoughts too.  —  I'm excited about the deal.  It's a huge validation for our industry …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search is Mobile, Autonomous & Serendipitous, Says Google CEO  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking to the audience at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week, said that his company expects mobile to dominate search at some point in the future.
Discussion: p2pnet and Reuters
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM VP Confirms PlayBook QNX OS Will Replace BlackBerry OS  —  Over a breakfast event today at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, a RIM VP confirmed that the QNX operating system announced in their new PlayBook tablet would in fact be finding its way to smartphones in the long run, and ultimately replace the existing BlackBerry OS.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tello Gives Businesses Consumer Feedback On The Fly
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS ships in Japan February 26, US and Europe in March …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who Beat Craigslist
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Neowin.net
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Destroy entire websites with this Asteroids bookmarklet
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Atlassian Buys Mercurial Project Hosting Site BitBucket
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Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Google is world's most attractive employer; Microsoft drops
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Authors Feel Pinch in Age of E-Books
Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Bewkes: Beware of Apple, Amazon deals
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Takes Down Music Downloading App Mulve
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