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3:15 PM ET, October 14, 2010

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Apple:
Verizon Wireless Offers iPad at Stores Nationwide on October 28  —  BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—October 14, 2010—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, October 28.
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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
iPad Coming to AT&T, Verizon Stores Oct. 28  —  An official press release from Apple reveals that a new partnership between it and Verizon Wireless will see the iPad make its way to the wireless provider's store shelves on Oct. 28.  In a separate press release, Apple also said the iPad will be available at AT&T stores on the same day.
Discussion: Reuters, blogs.chron.com and GeekSugar
AT&T:
Apple's iPad Coming to AT&T Stores on October 28
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Hire Goldman to Handle Takeover Approaches  —  Yahoo! Inc., which spurned an unsolicited offer from Microsoft Corp. in 2008, is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help defend against possible takeover approaches, said three people familiar with the matter.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Is a leveraged buyout of Yahoo even possible?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype with Facebook integration and group video calling  —  We're excited to announce a brand new version of Skype for Windows, which will help bring you and your friends, family and co-workers together like never before.  Download it now, or read on to find out what's inside.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype 5.0 For Windows Debuts With Facebook Integration, Call Recovery And More  —  Skype is about to become much more social with the launch of Skype 5.0.  Today, the company announced that the new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows will include a deep Facebook integration …
Shannon Prior / The Mozilla Blog:
Introducing our new CEO: Gary Kovacs  —  We're pleased to announce that we have appointed Gary Kovacs as our new CEO.  His first day will be November 8th.  —  Gary's appointment as CEO comes as part of a planned leadership transition that we announced earlier this year.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Mozilla Taps SAP Executive as New Chief  —  Mozilla, the maker of the open-source Firefox Web browser, said Thursday that it would appoint Gary Kovacs, a veteran software executive, as its new chief executive.  The appointment ends a nearly six-month search that began after John Lilly …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Mashable!
Greg Peters / PlayStation Blog:
Netflix on PS3: Disc-free Next Week  —  If you instantly watch movies and TV shows from Netflix on your PS3, here is the news you've been waiting for: starting Monday, October 18 you'll be able to instantly watch movies and TV shows without inserting an instant streaming disc into your console.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
John Sculley: The Secrets of Steve Jobs' Success [Exclusive Interview]  —  John Sculley, Apple's ex-CEO, talks for the first time about Steve Jobs.  Illustration by Matthew Phelan.  —  In 1983, Steve Jobs wooed Pepsi executive John Sculley to Apple with one of the most famous lines in business …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Adobe tops 1 million Flash downloads on Android  —  Adobe has more than 1 million downloads of Flash Player 10.1 on the Android market, but still has a few kinks to work out on the mobile front.  —  Since Flash Player 10.1 launched on Android the reception has been solid.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Opera Mobile coming to Android within a month, bearing hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom  —  Forget all that Mini stuff, Opera is bringing its full-flavored mobile browser to Android some time very soon indeed.  To tempt people on board, the new software will support hardware acceleration …
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Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Teen Mobile Report: Calling Yesterday, Texting Today, Using Apps Tomorrow  —  If it seems like American teens are texting all the time, it's probably because on average they're sending or receiving 3,339 texts a month.  That's more than six per every hour they're awake - an 8 percent jump from last year.
Jeff Kunins / The Windows Blog:
Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide  —  Continuing with our ongoing partnering strategy, Messenger Connect enables our 500 million users to easily share what they're doing across the web with their friends in Messenger & Hotmail.  It also makes it easy for our partners …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Steve Jobs sends Chilean miners iPods  —  The story of the Chilean miners is nothing short of extraordinary.  After surviving the collapse of the mine and then surviving for 69 days underground, 33 men have quickly captured the hearts of all who followed this incredible rescue operation.
Discussion: Geek.com
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why CPUs Aren't Getting Any Faster  —  Making computers faster means relying on the central processing unit (CPU) less than ever before.  —  The Central Processing Unit (CPU)—the component that has defined the performance of your computer for many years—has hit a wall.
TmoNews:
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.
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: MacStories and AppleInsider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
For Eventbrite, Each Facebook Share Is Worth $2.52  —  How much is a shared link on Facebook worth?  For online ticketing service Eventbrite, each time someone shares a link to a paid event with their Facebook friends it results in $2.52 worth of ticket sales.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit's New Version Of Quicken Gets Mintified With Financial Data Insights And More  —  One of the reasons Aaron Patzer founded personal finance site Mint.com was because of his frustrations with Intuit's financial management software Quicken.  Quicken, says Patzer wasn't user-friendly …
Discussion: Macworld and BetaNews
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
VLC for iPhone Hands-On  —  The popular media player, VLC, made its way to the iPad just a few weeks ago, and the company behind the application, Applidium, has just submitted a version for the iPhone.  Here's our exclusive hands-on of VLC Media Player for iPhone: Oh, and as you see in the video …
Discussion: Spirit, Covering Web, Shoutpedia and MacNN, Thanks:branden3112
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter investor backs celebrity-tracking site  —  EXCLUSIVE: JustSpotted.com will give locale of 7,000 stars  —  Celebrities beware: Your every move beyond the gates of your home is about to be tracked — even more so than usual.  —  A website called JustSpotted.com launches Tuesday …
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Gadgetell
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
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