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3:50 AM ET, October 20, 2010

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Jim Balsillie / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM Responds to Apple's ‘Distortion Field’  —  For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
What is Steve Jobs so afraid of?  —  There's a saying that the more you have, the more you fear losing it.  —  Apple's CEO made a surprise appearance during yesterday's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter earnings call.  Jobs said he couldn't resist participating, given Apple's record $20.34 billion revenue.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Developer Joe Hewitt Tears Into Android's Definition Of “Open”  —  In Silicon Valley, there are few developers more respected than Joe Hewitt — he helped create Firefox, he built the indispensible development tool FireBug, and he was also responsible for both Facebook's ‘Touch’ mobile website …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
webOS 2.0 review  —  When it comes to webOS 2.0 (now actually called HP webOS), it almost felt like we'd never see the version number, let alone get to review it.  It's been an intense few months for Palm: after floundering in the early part of the smartphone wars, it was scooped up by HP for a tidy sum of $1.2b.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”  —  Carol Bartz was almost subdued on today's earnings call.  Missing were the salty outbursts of previous conference calls, but she did manage one zinger.  Apparently, one of Yahoo's problems before was an inflexible content management system …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Tops Earning Expectations, While Revenues Remain Weak (and Outlook Even Worse)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo 3Q Earnings Slides: The Good, the Bad and the Revenue Ugly
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Welcomes Ina Fried As Our New Mobile Reporter  —  Here at All Things Digital, we've always prided ourselves on our journalism efforts, while also fully embracing the fast-paced new world of blogging.  —  So, we could not be more thrilled to announce the hiring of Ina Fried as our new reporter …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
First Look: Starbucks Digital Network Is Here  —  Beginning Wednesday, Starbucks customers who use the free Wi-Fi at more than 6,800 U.S. company-operated stores will be greeted with the Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) — an exclusive content network curated by the company and designed to enhance the customer's in-store experience.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Office 365  —  New cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft Office 365, the company's next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft to offer hosted version of Office
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google ditches all Street View Wi-Fi scanning  —  Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of privacy probes after the company said it unintentionally captured fragments of unencrypted data.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Porn studio a step closer to revealing pirates' IDs  —  Few film companies are assailing piracy with the vigor of Third World Media.  —  Third World Media (TMW), a porn studio headquartered north of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against 1,568 unnamed individuals …
Discussion: Computerworld and PlagiarismToday
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
New photos claim to show Apple's prototype CDMA Verizon iPhone  —  Photos, possibly from a repair shop in Vietnam, have surfaced allegedly showing a prototype CDMA iPhone in Device Verification Test phase.  —  The photos, which were obtained by the blogger Richy Rich, may serve …
Jay Sullivan / The Mozilla Blog:
Prototype of an Open Web App Ecosystem  —  The open Web is a great platform for rich applications.  It would be even better if it had additional capabilities to ease discovery, acquisition, installation and use of apps, while also enabling monetization for developers.
malcolm coles:
Google adds shared by number to Google news results  —  Google seems to be experimenting with adding a “Shared by [number]” stat next to Google News results - so you can see how popular each story is on Twitter etc.  Here's a screenshot - you can see “Shared by 5+” next to the news source:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
In The Wake Of Bing & Facebook, Google Web Search Tests Getting More Social
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Paul Graham:
The New Funding Landscape  —  After barely changing at all for decades, the startup funding business is now in what could, at least by comparison, be called turmoil.  At Y Combinator we've seen dramatic changes in the funding environment for startups.  Fortunately one of them is much higher valuations.
Discussion: cdixon's posterous
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Salesforce.com's Benioff unplugged: Supervendors suck, Oracle, Zuckerberg as Gates  —  Salesforce.com Marc Benioff knocked so-called supervendors, their long lists of acquisitions and approach to innovation in a Gartner keynote that walked the line between a stand-up act and a pep rally for the cloud.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless to Offer $15 Data Plan  —  Verizon Wireless plans to introduce a less expensive, but restricted, data plan for smartphone customers next week, according to a person familiar with the matter, in a move that follows AT&T Inc.'s own capped offerings.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Mobile Web's Explosive Growth  —  In 1999, it was the rapid growth of wired web services that was the top story.  Fast-forward to today, and it is all about the massive and seemingly unstoppable growth of the mobile Internet that is all the rage.
Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
Bezos-Backed Doxo Launches Paperless Billing Service  —  Doxo, a Seattle-based startup that has been operating in stealth since 2008, is finally showing off its paper-free service for billing and other mailings today.  —  Doxo is a single dashboard for managing all of the banks …
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Tech industry waits for President Obama  —  They called him the first “tech president.”  —  But two years after they rallied behind his campaign and helped put him in the White House, technology industry executives give President Barack Obama mediocre reviews.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint admits losing WiMax users early on  —  Officials say problems with spotty WiMax coverage have now been largely addressed by Sprint and Clearwire  —  Computerworld - CHICAGO — Sprint Nextel lost some potential customers due to spotty WiMax coverage in markets where it was first deployed, a Sprint official admitted Tuesday.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Head of Mobile, North America Leaves, As U.S. Unit Reorgs  —  Today at Yahoo's third-quarter earnings conference call with Wall Street analysts, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said tersely of a flood of exec departures at the Silicon Valley Internet giant:
Philipp Weis / Docs Blog:
Drag and drop images in documents  —  When writing a document, it often helps to augment text with images and diagrams.  Google documents already has three ways to add images: you can choose them from your hard-drive, add them by URL, and you can find them using Google Image Search.
Discussion: The Next Web, Erictric and Switched
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Changes Photo Memories to No Longer Show Your Ex-Boyfriends or Ex-Girlfriends  —  In response to numerous complaints, Facebook has changed its Photo Memories sidebar module to no longer display friends who a user was formally listed as in a relationship with.
Discussion: All Facebook
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kiva Partners With Visa To Expand Micro-Loans To U.S. Small Businesses
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
New Nook coming soon?
Jean Harvey / TiVo Blog:
Pandora Now Available on TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD boxes
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook and Zynga Face Lawsuits over Privacy Breach
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Clears CAPTCHA-Breaking Case for Criminal Trial
Bloomberg:
EMC Third-Quarter Profit Climbs 58% on Storage Demand
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweetie 2 For Mac “Not Not Happening”, Developer Confirms
Discussion: TUAW and Macworld
Howard Lindzon:
Stocktwits Raises Series C Round
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What If Google's Social Layer Is Chrome?  What If Facebook Builds A Browser?
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How Google dominates the Web
Reuters:
Dead Sea scrolls going digital on Internet
Discussion: DeviceMAG, Ars Technica and BaltTech
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