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3:30 PM ET, October 4, 2010

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Ambarish Kenghe / Google TV Blog:
Here comes Google TV  —  It's been almost five months since we introduced Google TV to the world at Google I/O, and today we're happy to give you an update on our progress.  For those who haven't yet heard of it, Google TV is a new way to think about TV: it's a platform that combines …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
There's An App For That: Google TV Will Ship With Netflix, Twitter, Pandora And More  —  Earlier this morning, Google unveiled a new standalone portal for its upcoming Google TV platform, which will be landing in living rooms this fall.  In addition to providing a pretty thorough walkthrough …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Google TV gets more real: Content partnerships and more apps announced (video)  —  Google has been fairly quiet on the progress of Google TV since it was announced five months ago, but now the company seems ready to spin up its hype machine once again.  —  In a blog post today …
Cpen / Twitter Blog:
Meet Twitter for Google TV  —  People often tweet about TV shows as they're watching them.  Additionally, media companies are increasingly finding new ways to incorporate Tweets into their programs.  Take, for example, Jimmy Fallon or the Video Music Awards in September.
Evan Williams / Twitter Blog:
newtwitterceo  —  By all accounts Twitter is on a roll.  We've redesigned our web site to great user feedback.  Our user and usage numbers are growing at a rapid clip all around the world.  We've launched an early, but successful, monetization effort.  And, many top engineers …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dick Costolo Takes Twitter CEO Role So Evan Williams Can Focus On Product  —  Twitter COO Dick Costolo has just taken over as CEO of Twitter from current CEO and co-founder Evan Williams, Twitter confirmed today.  —  In a post on the matter, Williams writes the following:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   BREAKING: Twitter Replaces CEO Ev Williams With Deputy Dick Costolo
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Confirmed: Windows Phone 7 launches October 11th in New York City, and T-Mobile's on board  —  If there was any scrap of doubt in your mind, we'll obliterate it for you right now — October 11th is the day Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled in the US, not just at a fancy London event …
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Talks Windows Phone 7
Reuters:
LG Elec says Android 2.2-based tablet plan dropped  —  LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS) said on Monday that it had scrapped a plan to launch a tablet computer based on Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android 2.2 operation system known as “Froyo”, a decision that may delay the rollout of its first tablet PC slated for next quarter.
Cpen / Twitter Blog:
Promoted Promotions  —  When we launched Promoted Tweets back in April, we said that we would be doing lots of experimenting and iterating, as is typical with everything else at Twitter.  Since then, we've done and learned a lot - such as adding Promoted Trends to our suite of Promoted Products …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Challenges $625.5 Million Mirror Worlds Patent Verdict  —  Apple Inc. is challenging a jury verdict last week in which the computer maker was ordered to pay as much as $625.5 million to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed digitally.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Skype To Appoint A New CEO, Cisco SVP Tony Bates  —  Skype is taking another step towards becoming a public company today with the appointment of a new CEO.  (Updated) I have confirmed that Skype's new CEO is going to be Tony Bates, a senior VP at Cisco, who runs its Enterprise Group, which is a $20 billion business.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
I, Cringe  —  For the most part, I've really enjoyed reading all the various takes on TechCrunch's acquisition by AOL this week.  Some are good, some are bad, some are just sad.  But two have stuck out to me as being decidedly full of s**t.  Interesting, both are by Robert Cringely.
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
Goldman Suggests Microsoft Start Bending Spoons With Its Mind  —  In a note tonight, Goldman Sachs analysts paddle Microsoft's ass for not living up to its expectations.  They downgrade the firm to neutral, then say Microsoft needs to do the following to get back into Goldman's good graces:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's David Ko to Head Mobile at Online Gaming Powerhouse Zynga  —  David Ko (pictured here), who just announced he was leaving Yahoo as head of its powerful U.S. Audience unit, is taking a job heading mobile efforts at hot social gaming start-up Zynga, according to sources.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's the Real Mark Zuckerberg, Courtesy of The Simpsons  —  “The Social Network” grossed an estimated $23 million in its opening weekend.  Which means something like 2.8 million people saw a fictionalized version of Mark Zuckerberg, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.
Discussion: ArtsBeat
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / The Daily Beast:
The Social Network's Female Props  —  Missing from what critics are calling the defining story of our age are female characters who aren't doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys, says Rebecca Davis O'Brien.  By the time Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC HD7 leaks out once more with Dolby Sound, stars in a brief video  —  HTC may have stemmed the flood of HD7 activity, but details about the 4.3-inch Windows Phone 7 device keep leaking out.  Today, an O2 Germany tipster blew off most of the remaining doors.
Royal Pingdom:
Chrome rapidly catching up to Firefox  —  Google's Chrome web browser has only been around for two years, but with an almost frantic pace of development it's already gone through more iterations in that brief time than many other software products do in a decade.
Discussion: eWeek, Thanks:rawmeet
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Unable To Find A Better Exit, Qualcomm Cancels Consumer-Direct FLO TV  —  Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) is shutting down its struggling direct-to-consumer FLO TV operations, paidContent has learned.  According to sources familiar with the situation, the staff was informed late last week by Bill Stone …
 
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