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4:30 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.
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 …
iFixit:
Apple TV 2nd Generation Teardown  —  After acquiring a small brown box during a daring heist this morning, we finally have the new Apple TV in our destructive mitts!  Will this be the device that changes the direction of Apple as we know it?  Tune in as we take apart the 2nd generation Apple TV.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple TV review (2010)
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
Robin Sloan / Twitter Blog:
Tweets in your media, media in your Tweets  —  On a sunny September Sunday inside a non-descript trailer in downtown Los Angeles, media evolved.  —  There—in the shadow of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, next to an outdoor stage where Justin Bieber would soon perform …
Discussion: TechSpot
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Deleted Facebook and MySpace Posts Are Discoverable—Romano v. Steelcase  —  By Eric Goldman, with additional comments from Venkat  —  Romano v. Steelcase Inc., 2010 WL 3703242 (N.Y. Sup.  Ct.  Sept. 21, 2010).  —  On my personal blog, I have repeatedly blogged about plaintiffs who tell …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Introduces “Hyper-Local” Search Ads For Mobile  —  Adding to its growing portfolio of mobile search ads exploiting location, Google is introducing a “hyper-local” ad capability that shows users the precise distance to the advertiser's business or location — right now.
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.
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.
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search is Mobile, Autonomous & Serendipitous, Says Google CEO
Discussion: Reuters and p2pnet
Pete Cashmore / Unmashed:
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES  —  TechCrunch getting acquired by AOL …
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 …
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Neowin.net
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Destroy entire websites with this Asteroids bookmarklet
Discussion: Download Squad
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Atlassian Buys Mercurial Project Hosting Site BitBucket
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Google is world's most attractive employer; Microsoft drops
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Authors Feel Pinch in Age of E-Books
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
MobilePay May Be The Death Of The Wallet. Yes, For Real This Time.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and VentureBeat
 

 
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