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Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype now available for Android phones  —  You've been asking us for it - and now it's here.  Skype is now available on a wide range of Android phones, so you can save money and stay in touch when you're out and about.  Visit skype.com/m on your phone to download, or read on to find out what's inside.
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.
Discussion: VatorNews and ReadWriteWeb
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Dick Costolo Is Now CEO Of Twitter: It's Time To Make A LOT Of Money
Discussion: HipMojo.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet The Management: Twitter Clarifies Just Who Exactly Is Running The Joint Now
Discussion: Mashable! and VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's MeeGo device chief quits  —  The VP in charge of Nokia's MeeGo Devices has resigned.  Ari Jaaksi confirmed to Finland's Talous Sanomat that he resigned last week.  According to a Nokia spokesman his departure does not affect MeeGo's rollout schedule which had called for a first device to be delivered before the end of 2010.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Photo of Jungle, Panasonic's Portable Online Gaming System  —  This is Jungle.  It's the first portable gaming console designed exclusively for online gaming and MMORPGs.  And it's from the company who gave us the 3DO nearly 20 years ago.  —  Sure, the PSP and Nintendo DS …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Android Invasion  —  How a tiny piece of software created by a few Google engineers is ushering in the mobile revolution and reshaping the fortunes of the world's biggest tech companies.  —  Nobody ever imagined how quickly the Android mobile-phone platform would take off-not even Andy Rubin …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pay Now, Read Later: Instapaper Starts Testing Subscriptions  —  There are few services I use more on a daily basis than Instapaper.  The super-simple bookmarking tool has been my go-to way to come back to articles to read later for a few years now.  And with brilliant iPhone and iPad apps, Instapaper has only gotten better with time.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:rawmeet
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).
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Applications Install Just Fine on Apple TV  —  iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found out that you can easily install applications into the Apple TV.  However, don't expect them to run your favoritest game on it just yet.  You will need a launcher for that.
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)
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 …
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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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Fring is now on Android.  FringOut takes on Skype at $.01 per minute.  —  You might remember a few months ago when Fring and Skype got into a heated battle of sorts.  Fring, an application that allows for voice and video calling from your iPhone, had enabled people to make video calls using Skype's system.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Slates coming at Christmas, unveiled on October 11  —  Microsoft is planning to unwrap its slate strategy next Monday at a press event in New York City, Neowin has learnt.  According to sources familiar with the company's plans, Microsoft will hint at its future Slate plans at the event on October 11.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Aiming to Learn as We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself  —  Give a computer a task that can be crisply defined — win at chess, predict the weather — and the machine bests humans nearly every time.  Yet when problems are nuanced or ambiguous, or require combining varied sources of information, computers are no match for human intelligence.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Gabriella Coleman / The Atlantic Online:
The Anthropology of Hackers  —  Editor's Note: Pasty kids with greasy hair typing on command lines.  Dark villains of the networked world.  Security magicians with odd political beliefs.  We have a lot of ideas about who hackers are, but very few people have actually tried to seriously investigate …
Thanks:scobleizer
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Hulu CEO to Big Media: Serve Consumers or Lose Them  —  At American Magazine Conference, Jason Kilar Tells Attendees to Stop Protecting Outdated Business Models  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Big media companies have to show enough spine to charge for certain content, but they can't obsess …
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
Phone Carriers Sign On to Bring Service to Subways  —  Cellphone service in the subways: it's coming.  Eventually.  To a few stations.  As long as, you know, all goes as planned.  —  Forgive us for the skepticism.  Off The Rails has seen many attempts over the years to bring more yammering …
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.
DigiTimes:
Sintek denies sampling projected capacitive touch panels for iMac, says spokesman  —  Barry Wu, VP and spokesperson of Sintek Photronics has denied reports that the company is sampling projected capacitive touch panels for Apple's iMac.  —  An October 1, 2010 report cited industry sources saying Sintek …
 
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
TabbedOut Raises $2 Million For Restaurant Mobile Payment Platform
Discussion: GigaOM and SiliconANGLE
Electronista:
ThinkPad gets NVIDIA Optimus video, hits 60m sold
Discussion: Engadget and Technologizer
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Kylo TV web browser revamped with improved search, integration …
Discussion: kylo.tv and SlashGear
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Is Back!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yelp and CityGrid demonstrate the meaning of “coopetition”
Discussion: Local SEO Guide and Screenwerk
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile rolls out Android-based Samsung Intercept: $249 prepaid
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
As the Twitter App Ecosystem Tightens, 12seconds Calls it Quits
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Numbers: How Goldman Sachs values each Microsoft division
Discussion: Platformonomics and ITworld.com, Thanks:atul
Ashley Brown / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Family Pack Makes a Comeback Today
Discussion: Download Squad and Erictric
Jared Newman / PC World:
Toshiba's Glasses-Free 3D TV: Same Old Problems
Discussion: BBC and TechSpot
Eyk Henning / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Acquire Online Retailer BuyVip
Discussion: TechFlash
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Unable To Find A Better Exit, Qualcomm Cancels Consumer-Direct FLO TV
 

 
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