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8:05 AM ET, October 9, 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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Unveils New, Artsy Logo  —  If you've been following the news lately, you've probably realized that logo redesigns are a kind of a big deal.  Today at the Warm Gun Design conference in San Francisco, butt of too many design/user experience jokes to mention social networking site MySpace unveils …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Warm Gun and Geek.com
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
In Defense of Standards, Ethics, and Honest Financial Reporting at Hewlett-Packard … Disclaimer: my business partner, Marc Andreessen, is on the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard.  I note that I have no inside information, and this blog post is based purely on published material.
Discussion: BoomTown, Thanks:atul
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:   A Double Standard at H.P.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart Preparing to Offer iPad [Updated]  —  Back in May, Wal-Mart announced that it was expecting to begin offering the iPad for sale in its U.S. retail stores “later this year”, and with the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching and rival Target launching the device in over 1700 stores around …
Gartner:
Gartner's 2010 Hype Cycle Special Report Evaluates Maturity of 1,800 Technologies  —  Hype Cycle Research Provides a Cross-Industry Perspective on Potentially Transformative Technologies  —  Media tablets, private cloud computing, and 3D flat-panel TVs and displays are some of the technologies …
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.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
With Verizon on the Horizon, iPhone Users Weigh Leaving AT&T—but There's a Catch  —  Network quality won't be the only issue for iPhone buyers trying to decide between AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless when the smartphone becomes available to a second U.S. carrier.  The technology behind their high-speed networks matters, too.
Discussion: New York Times and TechCrunch
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Electronista:
Another leak puts iPhone 4 on Verizon early in 2011
Discussion: AppleInsider and Erictric
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mercury News interview: Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee  —  Everyone knows “the Google guys” — Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the multibillionaire founders of the world's most popular search engine.  But another Google guy was there from the company's creation 12 years ago …
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.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EU calls Stuxnet ‘paradigm shift’ as U.S. responds more mildly  —  While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a “paradigm shift” in critical infrastructure threats and that current defense philosophies need to be reconsidered.
Discussion: enisa.europa.eu and Softpedia News
Steven Jiang / CNN:
China blanks Nobel Peace prize searches  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — With news media across the globe reacting to this year's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, authorities in the winner's homeland are racing to delete his name from all public domains.  —  Type “Liu Xiaobo” — or “Nobel Peace Prize …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Acquisition Of ‘Everything Is The Best’ Assets, Including Plannr  —  After hounding them left and right, the folks at Google did us a solid and sent us an email confirming their acquisition of “Outlook for hipsters” startup Plannr.  —  The story is bigger than what we orginally …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Erictric and TechFlash
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Time To Think Carefully About Which Country Hosts Your URL Shortener  —  In my “how to choose a URL shortener” article last year, I warned that the country domain that a shortener used might be an issue to consider.  A year later, that's even more so, as a Libyan .ly domain used for an adult content shortener has been closed.
Discussion: Guardian and CircleID
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery  —  Six months after Web traffic involving popular U.S. sites and e-mail from computers around the globe was re-directed to Chinese servers unnecessarily, Internet watchers are trying to figure out why it happened and how to prevent future mishaps.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter  —  The unregulated secondary markets for late-stage private companies like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are quickly becoming a big business for fund managers and even retail investors.  —  Chris Sacca is one of the super-angels …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft folds Live Labs into Bing; Gary Flake resigns  —  Microsoft Live Labs is no more.  —  Microsoft is folding its Live Labs team into Bing, company officials said on October 8.  —  Almost all of the 70 or so Live Labs members are moving over within the next month.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and CNET News
Deutsche Welle:
Europe must establish a single telecom market, says EU lawmaker  —  Gunnar Hoekmark is a Swedish representative to the European Parliament and the Vice Chairman of the European People's Party, which describes itself as politically center to center-right and pro-European.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011  —  The Yahoo Search Blog announced BOSS is switching, as expected, to a paid model.  —  BOSS which launched in July 2008 has become a favorite of many developers when building their own search engine off of Yahoo's data.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Silicon Valley Lacks Vision?  Facebook Begs to Differ  —  Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox.  Photo by Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  Facebook VP and early employee Christopher Cox believes and he's got some words for those who think Facebook and social networking are a waste of time and overvalued.
 
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Arwa Gunja / The Takeaway:
New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Fails At The DMCA: Promises To Restore Counter-Noticed Content, But Doesn't
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Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Oracle to eliminate budget plans in MySQL license hike
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
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Discussion: InformationWeek and PC World
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Says “Millions” of Ad Dollars Showing Up “In the Very, Very Near Term”
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Strategy-Maybe Local Commerce Rather Than Content (Hello, Groupon!)
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Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back
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