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12:20 AM ET, October 5, 2010

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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:
Evan Williams And Dick Costolo: New Twitter Triggered CEO Change  —  As you may have heard by now, Twitter has a new CEO.  Former COO Dick Costolo is taking over from Evan Williams as the head of the company.  A few minutes ago, I got a chance to speak to both of them about the change.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Of All The Times For Twitter To Go Down ...
Discussion: Epicenter and Fortune
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet The Management: Twitter Clarifies Just Who Exactly Is Running The Joint Now
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why Dick Costolo Is Now CEO Of Twitter: It's Time To Make A LOT Of Money
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Twitter's New CEO Will be Good for Everyone
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm ‘Mansion’ coming: 800x480, no physical keyboard  —  Device rumors surrounding Palm smartphones are starting to heat up.  After we saw the P102 appear in a certification database (and subsequently get pulled) and heard that we might see something in October, another very reliable tipster …
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 …
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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Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Skype Appoints Cisco Senior Executive Tony Bates as New CEO
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Special Event This Wednesday  —  It's been a big couple of months for Facebook — the site launched its Places feature in August, had a major gaming-focused event two weeks ago, and recently revamped its photos feature to allow for high-resolution uploads (which is a big deal).
Discussion: CNET News, All Facebook and msnbc.com
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 …
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   No Massive Reorg at Yahoo, But More Exec Departures (Plus …
John Melloy / Fast Money:
iPad Adoption Rate Fastest Ever, Passing DVD Player  —  Apple's iPad sold three million units in the first 80 days after its April release and its current sales rate is about 4.5 million units per quarter, according to Bernstein Research.  This sales rate is blowing past the one million units …
Julio Ojeda-Zapata / Your Tech Weblog:
Microsoft to do direct battle with Apple at Mall of America  —  A Microsoft retail store is coming to the Mall of America and — get this — it's directly across from one of Apple's famed retail stores.  —  Microsoft is a notorious imitator of all things Apple, and it's doing it again …
Discussion: Macworld
Eyk Henning / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Acquire Online Retailer BuyVip  —  FRANKFURT—Amazon.com Inc. has reached an agreement to buy the Spanish internet retailer BuyVip for around €70 million ($96.5 million), a person close to the matter said Monday, as the company seeks to break into premium online retail.
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile rolls out Android-based Samsung Intercept: $249 prepaid  —  Not much of a surprise here, but Virgin Mobile has just officially announced that it's now offering the Samsung Intercept — the carrier's first Android handset.  Running a reasonable $249 prepaid …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Electronista
 
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yelp and CityGrid demonstrate the meaning of “coopetition”
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
As the Twitter App Ecosystem Tightens, 12seconds Calls it Quits
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Numbers: How Goldman Sachs values each Microsoft division
Discussion: MediaPost and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Android Invasion  —  How a tiny piece of software created …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Fortune and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Ashley Brown / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Family Pack Makes a Comeback Today
Jared Newman / PC World:
Toshiba's Glasses-Free 3D TV: Same Old Problems
Discussion: BBC, TechSpot and msnbc.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 specifications leak, ‘late October’ UK launch confirmed
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tim Armstrong Is “Definitely” Interested In AOL-Yahoo - Source
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's the Real Mark Zuckerberg, Courtesy of “The Simpsons”
Discussion: ArtsBeat