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8:30 AM ET, October 17, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers - And Turns It Back On [UPDATED]  —  UPDATE: That was fast.  People familiar with the situation say that News Corp. is changing tactics and will turn on access to Fox.com and Fox programming on Hulu for Cablevision's customers.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
What Was Fox' Hulu Black-Out Really All About?  —  Fox escalated its fight with Cablevision over retrans fees earlier today by blocking Cablevision customers from accessing Fox content on Hulu as well as Fox.com, only to reinstate access a few hours later.  The whole episode was clearly meant …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Tries Fox.com, Hulu As Pawn In Retrans Battle With Cablevision
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Is this the new MacBook Air?  —  We just received this shot of what is purportedly the inside of the new MacBook Air.  Contrary to popular belief, the machine appears to be another 13.3-incher, with the primary modification being extra room for battery cells and apparently no room for a hard drive.
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
More details surface on Apple's next-generation MacBook Airs  —  A few more alleged details on Apple's forthcoming revamp of the MacBook Air line continue to trickle in, with one data point likely providing an explanation for the photo of a unreleased 13.3-inch MacBook Air design that surfaced overnight.
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Facebook Bans All LOLapps Games and Apps  —  At midday on Friday, comments began to stream into our Critter Island review complaining that the game had disappeared.  It's now a day later, and Critter Island is still down, along with dozens of other apps we have listed in AppData for developer LOLapps.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gamezebo
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple's Steve Jobs pings Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for dinner  —  Did Steve Jobs friend, er ping, Mark Zuckerberg?  —  They are two of Silicon Valley's most famous founders: Jobs created the world's must-have gadgets, Zuckerberg the world's most popular social networking service.
TechCrunch:
Why Twitter Is Massively Undervalued Compared To Facebook  —  Twitter was valued at one billion dollars in its last round of financing, but we believe it may in fact be severely undervalued relative to Facebook because Twitter's value proposition is less obvious.
Discussion: Scripting News and Stowe Boyd, Thanks:rawmeet
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's App Store crosses 300,000 apps  —  Apple's App Store now has more than 300,000 apps as of the past day.  —  Mobclix's data shows that in the past 24 hours, Apple added the 300,000th app to its App Store.  The number includes both free and paid apps available for downloading.
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting To The Bottom Of The Crazy Yahoo-Groupon Rumors  —  I've had an interesting few days trying to track down exactly what is and isn't going on with Yahoo and Groupon.  —  One source earlier this week said that a $1.7 billion acquisition was all but done, but Groupon's management team balked and killed the deal.
John Resig / jQuery Mobile:
jQuery Mobile Alpha 1 Released  —  Today we're pleased to announce the first alpha release of the jQuery Mobile project. jQuery Mobile is a user interface framework, built on top of jQuery, designed to simplify the process of building applications that target mobile devices.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Borders targets bloggers with new e-book publishing platform  —  Following last week's debut of “Kindle Singles,” a new shorter-form publishing format exclusively for Amazon's Kindle e-reader, book retailer Borders has announced its own blogger-centric e-reader publishing platform called “Borders — Get Published.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Leanback Freshens Up For Google TV's Debut  —  One of the things that Google thinks you'll do with Google TV is watch a lot of Google video, via YouTube.  That's why the search giant introduced a “Leanback” version of the site, designed for couch-bound surfers, over the summer.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Playing With YouTube Leanback On Google TV: Nice!
 
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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
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