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11:05 PM ET, October 13, 2010


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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing, Now With Extra Facebook: See What Your Friends Like & People Search Results  —  At long last, Facebook's social data is coming to search in a big way.  Bing is now making use of it to show new “Liked By Your Friends” matches and Facebook-powered people search results.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing Gets More Social with Facebook  —  As you read in Satya's post, today we announced a significant expansion of our partnership with Facebook, where Bing will provide much more personalized experiences to you by allowing you to bring your Facebook friends into your search experience.
Satya Nadella / Bing Community:
New Signals in Search: The Bing Social Layer  —  The technology search engines employ to retrieve that needle in the information haystack is staggering and humbling; it's one of the things that get us fired up to come to work at Bing every day.  —  Today we announced an exciting expansion to our long-term partnership with Facebook.
Matt Rosoff / Silicon Alley Insider:
Suddenly, Bing Has What Google Doesn't: Data From 500 Million Facebook Users  —  The Smart Decisions series is supported by Mercedes-Benz.  —  Bing will incorporate users' social data from Facebook to improve the personal relevance of your search results starting today.
Discussion: Tech Report
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Microsoft's Facebook stake: Maybe not so crazy
Discussion: ClickZ and MSDN Blogs
Wall Street Journal:
AOL, Private-Equity Firms Explore Bid for Yahoo  —  AOL Inc. and several private equity firms are exploring the possibility of buying Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Silver Lake Partners and Blackstone Group LP are among the firms that have expressed interest …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Stock Acts Like It's In Play-Because It Kind-of Is, As Predators Circle  —  Make no mistake, there are no definitive offers on the table to do a variety of takeover deals of Yahoo by either private equity moneybags or from big media giants such as News Corp. and smaller Web firms such as AOL.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple holding ‘Back to the Mac’ event on October 20  —  This just in: Apple will be holding a media event titled “Back to the Mac” on October 20.  The invitation seems to indicate that the focus of the meeting will be on/around Mac OS X 10.7 — maybe to be called “Lion”? — and the Mac.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Will OS X 10.7 “Lion” …
Discussion: Technologizer and Gizmodo
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mac Users Are Getting New Outlook From Rival  —  A new, faster, better version of Microsoft Office is coming out Oct. 26.  But it isn't for Microsoft's own Windows operating system.  It is for the Macintosh computers made by the software giant's archrival, Apple.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Twitter's Patent Strategy: Don't Bother.  —  Twitter co-founder Evan Williams predicted yesterday that the social media company will hit a billion users in time.  It seems like wishful thinking if you look at the company's traffic trend lines, but there's no question that Twitter is big in social media.
Discussion: CNET News
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg's Residence at Issue in Facebook Suit  —  Lawyers for a man who claims he is entitled to 84% of Facebook Inc. argued Wednesday that the social-networking site's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, lives a transient life out of a duffel bag.  —  In a hearing in a federal courthouse in Buffalo …
Discussion: All Facebook and Gawker
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
#100%  —  As of today, everyone who uses Twitter now has access to the new Twitter.  Whether you're just signing up today or you've been a user for years, this new experience is finally real for everyone - all 160 million of you - and in six languages to boot.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Their Own QR Code Trick, Eats Google's Balls  —  Back in April, Google added a very nifty feature to their URL shortener,  If you simply add “.qr” to any shortened URL, you will be taken to a page with a QR code for that URL.  If you scan that image with a QR code reader …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Silicon Valley and the Talent Crunch  —  Silicon Valley, like any other industry town, has its own rhythm: vacillating between boom and bust.  The severity of the bust (or boom) might change, but the cycles don't change very much.  These days, Silicon Valley is feeling very optimistic.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Three Colossal Multi-Touch Related Patents  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In this first report, we focus on one of the most important technologies that are empowering Apple's smart device revolution: Multi-Touch.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A Service ChaCha Raises $20 Million More  —  Q&A service ChaCha, which has already raised closed to $52 million, has added another $20 Million.  This round was led by Rho Ventures and VantagePoint, and sources familiar with the transaction insist that the money is for growth and not liquidity for early investors.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft posts video of customers criticizing OpenOffice  —  Instead of simply listing what it believes to be the advantages of Microsoft Office over the open source productivity suite, Microsoft has compiled comments from 15 customers who switched to Office after evaluating OpenOffice.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Kills “Clear Chat History” Feature, Users Go Crazy  —  When Facebook pushed out their chat upgrades recently, they also killed of a feature that some people found to be extremely useful: “Clear Chat History”.  The feature protected users who were concerned about others looking …
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechSpot and
Ash Rust / The Official Klout Blog:
Do you have Facebook Klout?  —  Today I'm excited to announce we now measure influence on Facebook.  With more than 500 million users and 30 billion items of content shared each month, the addition of Facebook is a huge leap towards our goal of measuring influence across the social web.
Toby Padilla / TweetDeck's posterous:
Android TweetDeck 1.0: Ready for Market  —  It's been a crazy couple months here at TweetDeck.  We announced our public beta of Android TweetDeck on August 12th and since then we've done 11 releases, crushed millions of bugs and listened to a tonne of feedback.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 sync software for Macs due this year  —  Even though we kind of saw this coming, it's still nice to hear.  Microsoft has gone and done the (nearly) unthinkable, announcing this evening plans for a Mac compatible sync client for its soon-to-be-launched Windows Phone 7 devices.
Steve McClellan / Adweek:
NBC, Google Abort TV Ad-Sales Pact  —  The partnership launched amid much fanfare in 2008  —  NBC Universal and Google have discontinued their ad sales partnership begun in 2008, the companies have confirmed.  The split deprives Google's TV ad sales unit of one of its major alliances …
T-Mobile Reducing Data Cap, Will Throttle Speeds After 5GB Of Usage  —  Bad news for those of you that use more than 5GB of data each month.  Starting October 16th, T-Mobile will enforce a new policy that will reduce data speeds once the subscriber exceeds 5GB of data usage in a billing cycle.
Discussion: and MobileCrunch
Pete Hartwell / Mashable!:
How a Physically Aware Internet Will Change the World  —  Pete Hartwell is a Distinguished Technologist in HP's Quantum Structures Research Laboratories.  You can learn more on HP's Data Central Blog as well as on the HP YouTube channel.  —  If you think about it, the first “Internet” looked nothing like it does today.
Discussion: Data Central
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Microsoft Bing partners with Alibaba's Taobao search engine  —  Microsoft has found a new partner to promote it's Bing search engine technology in China by working with the country's largest online retailer to power web results for its new Etaosite.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Worldwide Q3 PC Shipments Up 7.6%; Below Gartner's Forecast  —  Global PC shipments increased 7.6% in the third quarter, Gartner reports, well below the research firm's previous forecast of 12.7%.  —  In a statement, Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said that “the major inhibitor” …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Taps PlaySpan's UltimatePay To Offer 20 More Ways To Pay For Credits  —  PlaySpan has been on a tear recently, striking partnerships with a number of gaming and media companies, including Ubisoft, Sanrio and others.  And today, the company is getting another vote of confidence—from Facebook.
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Apple's Anti-Sexting Patent Is Misleading
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Andrew Berg / Wireless Week:
Nuance Traces Swype's Path with White-Label Solution
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LinkedIn Launches Labs Site, It's Ok
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