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11:45 AM ET, October 13, 2010

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Mayer to Location: Big.  —  Today I was in a meeting with a number of consultants to a very large technology company.  Their job: market research, essentially.  They called to ask me my thoughts on the media and technology world, in particular as it might play out in the next five or so years.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Mashable! and broadstuff
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Executive Marissa Mayer Takes New Role in Location, Local Services  —  Marissa Mayer, Google Inc.'s vice president of search products, is taking a new role overseeing location and local services.  —  Mayer, who joined in 1999 as the company's first female engineer …
S.K. Neff / Politically Illustrated:
Google's Marissa Mayer Resigns Ahead of Bing Redesign  —  WASHINGTON (Politically Illustrated) - Google's Marissa Mayer, vice president of search product and user experience, might be cute, but she has failed to transform Google's search product into a streamline product like Bing.
Discussion: WebProNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents Anti-Sexting Device  —  Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent Apple filed in 2008, which, get this, prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages.  The patent's official title?  “Text-based communication control for personal communication device” …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Sony's GoogleTV lineup: $400-$1,400  —  At a press event in New York today, Sony is showing off its lineup of GoogleTV products, including a Blu-ray player and Wi-Fi TVs with the Google software built in.  —  I'm not there but am watching the live coverage and company releases.
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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 sole focus of the meeting will be on/around Mac OS X — maybe to be called “Lion”? — and the Mac.
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.
Jake Brill / Facebook Blog:
More Ways to Stay Secure  —  Facebook provides a number of ways to help you protect yourself and your account, and today we are announcing new features to help make your experience on Facebook more secure.  —  First, we're launching one-time passwords to make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafes or airports.
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's Android Success Augurs Well for Its iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless's embrace of Google Inc.'s Android operating system did more than provide the carrier with devices to compete with the iPhone.  It also gave the company experience dealing with the data hogs who can hobble a wireless network.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
By the Numbers: Seed Funding Is the New Black  —  If Angelgate didn't prove it, then the following data will; there's a tinge of mania when it come to early- and seed-stage funding.  The latest data from CB Insights, a market research firm that tracks the venture capital industry …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
People With Cell Phones, The FCC Has Your Back  —  The Federal Communications Commission may be struggling in its attempts to create real network neutrality rules, but it's having better luck with pushing consumer-friendly reforms in the wireless business.  Tomorrow, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski plans …
Matthew Scott / DailyFinance:
FourSquare Co-Founder: Credit Card Links and More User Rewards Likely  —  Dennis Crowley, co-founder of social networking website FourSquare, says businesses may soon offer consumers the option to link their credit card to their favorite social networking website, or the opportunity to earn …
Discussion: Internet2Go
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple Summoned by Korea Lawmakers Over IPhone Queries  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was summoned by South Korean lawmakers to answer questions about the company's iPhone- service policy amid complaints from local users, parliamentary officials said.  —  Farrel Farhoudi …
Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
Truth Lies Here  —  How can Americans talk to one another—let alone engage in political debate—when the Web allows every side to invent its own facts?  —  THIS PAST AUGUST, the left-leaning San Francisco-based Web site AlterNet posted a remarkable scoop: members of a group calling itself …
eMarketer:
Email Still Tops Facebook for Keeping in Touch  —  Only 18- to 24-year-olds use the social networking site more than email for passing items on  —  Content-sharing has become a staple of internet usage for most online adults.  Research from Chadwick Martin Bailey found that three-quarters …
Discussion: Skeptic Geek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Conduct Unbecoming A Public Company Board Of Directors  —  One thing you have to respect about Yahoo's board of directors - no matter how much the press criticizes them for making painfully awful strategic decisions, they keep their chin up and at least maintain some level of basic decorum.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Microsoft's 3-D Strategy  —  Microsoft's Craig Mundie describes how the company's vision of 3-D gaming could extend to all computer interactions.  —  Microsoft has joined the wave of companies betting that 3-D is the next big thing for computing.  At a recent talk at MIT …
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Windows Phone 7 and removable storage  —  So, there's been some confusion around Windows Phone 7 and its support of removable/expandable storage.  As is so often the case, this confusion comes from Microsoft: The company told me specifically (and repeatedly) that the OS would not support this.
SquareTrade:
iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs - four months in  —  SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3gs.  Highlights of the study include …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Harvests Over $100 Million From Ngmoco Acquisition  —  It's a good day for ngmoco, which was just acquired by Japan's DeNA for up to $400 million.  But it's also a good day for ngmoco's first investor, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  In one deal they've completely paid off …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Amazon iPhone app now supports barcode scanning for price comparison  —  Amazon just updated their Amazon Mobile app for iPhone to now include barcode scanning.  Basically, while you are out and about shopping, you can use your iPhone to scan the barcode of whatever you are thinking of buying …
Reuters:
Hon Hai to raise prices for Apple, others-report  —  * Stock up 1.3 pct, beating TAIEX's gain  —  Hon Hai (2317.TW), the world's largest electronic parts maker, will raise prices from October for some clients, including Apple (AAPL.O), according to a Citibank analyst, a Taiwan newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Electronista:
Samsung debuts 3bit, 20nm 64GB NAND flash storage  —  Samsung is now producing three-bit-cell, 20-nanometer NAND flash storage in 64GB capacity, accelerating the pace of storage development by entering full production with 20nm devices with 64GB capacity, after starting 32GB 20nm production just this past April.
Toby Padilla / TweetDeck's posterous:
Android Ecosystem Infoporn Overload  —  As we bring our initial Android TweetDeck beta period to a close, we wanted to quickly reflect on the Android ecosystem and what might be considered extreme fragmentation.  To date we've had 36,427 active beta testers and below you can see the massive variety …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm Subsidiary Buys iSkoot, Which “Mobilizes Internet Services”  —  Qualcomm Innovation Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced it has acquired iSkoot Technologies, which specializes in the “mobilization” of Internet services such as social networks, consumer email and IM products.
Discussion: GigaOM, PR Newswire and silicontap.com
 
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Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Microsoft Bing partners with Alibaba's Taobao search engine
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
FEC Hands Down Wobbly Opinion on Google Political Ads
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ning Everywhere Debuts With Third-Party Extensions, Mobile Apps And More
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pluggd.in
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
First i/o Ventures Demo Day Ever: Apps, Marketplaces And Facebook Oh My!
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Tough Terms of Selling a Tech Company
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Can Digg Apologize Its Way Back to Popularity?
David Kaplan / mocoNews:
Condé Nast Study Concludes iPad Is Not A Mobile Device (At Least Not Now)
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