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5:35 PM ET, October 8, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Goodbye to an old friend: 1-800-GOOG-411  —  Back in 2007 we launched 1-800-GOOG-411, a voice-powered directory assistance service that connects you quickly to businesses across the U.S. and Canada.  On November 12, 2010, we will shut down the service.  —  GOOG-411 was the first speech …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple is changing its tune on music subs  —  Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, sources told The Post.  Apple iTunes boss Eddy Cue was on the phone with music honchos as recently …
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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Spotify's Move to U.S. Could Spur iTunes Subscription Service
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399?  —  One of our Sprint sources just messaged us to let us know that the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to launch right around November 14.  How about pricing?  Well, we've also been told the 7-inch tablet will sell …
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘creepy’ Facebook is biggest rival  —  ATLANTA — Yahoo (YHOO) shouldn't be such a hard company to figure out.  It's one of the oldest and best-known content providers on the Web.  Its news, information, entertainment and communications services attract more than 170 million U.S. visitors each month.
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Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Charting The Bartz Upheaval  —  Under Carol Bartz, who took over as CEO in January 2009, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has seen a seemingly endless number of executives coming and going.  That turnover took center stage last month when Yahoo announced that a trio of high-level executives—EVP Hilary Schneider …
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Exclusive Q&A: Google's Andy Rubin Talks Android  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Androids are marching across the land.  Google's Android smartphone OS has been making huge gains in U.S. market share according to recent surveys, with high-profile phones like Motorola's Droid X and Samsung's Galaxy S leading the charge.
nic.ly:
NIC.LY statement regarding the decision to block vb.ly  —  NIC.ly rules and regulations were set by the local Libyan internet community (in accordance with best practices for ccTLDs) to reflect it's identity and content.  It's a bottom up module in which the Community's feedback …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Time To Think Carefully About Which Country Hosts Your URL Shortener
Discussion: CircleID
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back  —  A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.  The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Exclusive: Microsoft to Shutter Massive Inc.  —  Looks like Microsoft has a Massive failure on its hands.  —  The software giant will shutter its in-game advertising unit Massive Inc. before the end of this month, according to sources close to the company.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: Hulu Prepping To File For $2 Billion IPO  —  According to a Reuters report, Hulu is preparing to IPO in the first half of 2011.  Sources told the news organization that Hulu will be looking to raise between $200 million and $300 million in a deal valuing the company at about $2 billion.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Strategy-Maybe Local Commerce Rather Than Content (Hello, Groupon!)  —  It's no secret in Silicon Valley dealmaking circles that Yahoo has been looking at what insiders have called a “transformative” acquisition to jumpstart the company.  —  And while many think that has to mean grabbing …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless will have ‘interactive launch’ of BlackBerry 6 on October 14  —  Hey, what do we have here?  One of our Verizon sources was kind enough to send us this piece of intel regarding Verizon Wireless and BlackBerry 6.  It looks like the company plans of having an “interactive launch” …
Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Circle Samsung's Galaxy Tab  —  Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AdobSoft?  “Nonsense” on the Microsoft-Adobe Rumor (In Any Case, It'd More Likely Be GooDobe)  —  Investment bankers and stock markets can calm down-Microsoft and Adobe are not in talks about an acquisition.  —  Spurred by a story in the New York Times that Microsoft was eyeing …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employees must contribute to health care in 2013  —  Microsoft is holding a “surprise town hall” meeting this morning to discuss the “evolution” of its U.S. employee benefits, according to numerous comments on the popular Mini-Microsoft blog.  —  And the sentiment beforehand was not positive.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Windows Phone 7 to launch Monday amid crowded smartphone market  —  Success of new mobile OS considered vital to Microsoft  —  Computerworld - Microsoft will unveil devices running its new Windows Phone 7 operating system for the first time Monday at an event in New York that some experts predict …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Imagine: Google Features Its First Video Doodle In Honor Of John Lennon's 70th  —  Head to Google.com right now and you'll notice that the site's logo has been transformed into an ink drawing, with a familiar set of glasses and mop of hair peeking up from the background.
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
TubeMogul raises $10M for video platform  —  The round of equity funding brings the company's total funds raised to over $15M  —  Article has been corrected to account for TubeMogul's announcement that the company has raised $10 million, not $1 million as previously stated.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
About this 7-inch Apple iPad  —  Analyst are predicting that Apple will begin work on its 7-inch iPad very soon.  They are wrong.  —  The fact is, Apple already has a 7-inch iPad.  They have had one of the smaller devices since they started making the 9.7-inch iPad that we have now.
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
IBM Survey Says Mobile Apps Will Dominate Enterprise  —  Consumers love tablet computers and smartphones and are finding novel uses for the many applications that run on them.  But the devices are catching on in a significant way in the business world as well, according to a new survey …
Discussion: IBM and eWeek
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Growth of a meme: how a mobile lawsuits visualisation evolved  —  Started by the New York Times, knife-and-forked by myself, then made increasingly beautiful by graphic designers: how the view of the patents bunfight improved  —  In March, Nick Bilton over at the New York Times had a brilliant idea …
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
New Yahoo app to challenge Apple FaceTime on iPhone  —  Apple has based a great deal of its iPhone 4 marketing blitz around its so-called FaceTime video calling technology.  —  But Yahoo is about to challenge Apple for the mobile video calling crown, with plans to brings video chat to iPhones …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Ford Driving Mobile Apps Into The Car With Help Of Developers  —  Ford offered this proposition to mobile developers today at CTIA's keynote: Come up with the next set of ideas that can link the car to the Internet through innovation in applications.  Derrick Kuzak, a group VP of global product development …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
How Facebook Might Have Landed Its New Patent, and What Happens Now  —  On Tuesday, Facebook was awarded patent no. 7,809,805, more than three years after it had applied for it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  —  It's not any old patent, as the media outlet Bnet was first to discover.
Discussion: Techdirt and Geek.com
Technology Review:
New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns  —  Computer scientists predict that a new generation of malware will mine social networks for people's private patterns of behavior.  —  It's not hard to find frightening examples of malware which steals personal information …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft folds Live Labs into Bing; Gary Flake resigns
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Says “Millions” of Ad Dollars Showing Up “In the Very, Very Near Term”
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Leaving Justin.tv to found a company — Yobongo
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Microsoft boss decries software piracy by China firms
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter
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Adobe AIR Lands In Android Market, Doesn't Do Much Of Anything Yet
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone May Not Be Built for Speed
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