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7:00 PM ET, October 21, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus, Take Two: How's $4.95 a Month?  —  Hulu is considering cutting the price on Hulu Plus, the subscription service it began testing in June, sources tell me.  I'm told the video site is talking about slashing its $9.95 per month fee in half, to $4.95.
KPCB:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $250 Million sFund Initiative for Social Web Entrepreneurs  —  Amazon.com, Facebook, Zynga, Comcast and Liberty Media to Invest and Help Accelerate a New Wave of Social Web Innovations  —  Palo Alto, Calif. - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Stealth Social Startup Cafebots Scores The First Money From Kleiner Perkins' New sFund  —  You've likely heard of CRM, customer relationship management.  But have you heard of FRM — friend relationship management?  Probably not.  But Cafebots hopes to change that shortly.
iFixit:
MacBook Air 11" Model A1370 Teardown  —  Join us as we take a peek inside the 11.6" version of the all-new MacBook Air!
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year - More than 240 Million Licenses Sold  —  Today's an exciting day!  We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold.  Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.  As of September, Windows 7 was running …
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Stanford homes  —  Earlier this year we announced our plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of American communities.  Since then, a team of Google engineers has been hard at work experimenting with new fiber optic technologies.
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Source: New Nook is Android-based, full-color  —  This is just a crude mock-up—and not the real deal—but our source says Nook Color is coming.  —  Is the upcoming Nook a color e-reader?  Barnes & Noble doesn't comment on rumors, but CNET has been in communication with a source …
MACNOTES.NET:
FaceTime for Mac - a serious threat for your Apple ID  —  While many users are happy about having FaceTime on their Mac, we are a little anxious about some security glitches present in the current beta of the software.  With a few clicks others can make use of the user's Apple ID and reset the password with ease.
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
FaceTime for Mac security hole easily remedied
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Life With Google TV: My First Day Review & Impressions  —  Google TV has finally arrived, not just for pre-order but as an actual device you can get in a retail store.  And so I did, hitting Best Buy yesterday and walking out with a Sony Blu-ray player that is Google TV-capable.
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Wall Street Journal:
Networks in Rift With Google TV  —  ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 39% to $7.56 Billion  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2010.  —  Operating cash flow increased 16% to $2.62 billion for the trailing twelve months …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Q3 Tops Street Ests, But Margins Fall, And Shares Drop
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla man accuses Jobs of ‘bypass the web’ scheme  —  Apple.com busts Firefox 4  —  On Wednesday, as Steve Jobs went “Back to the Mac,” the fanbois of the world enjoyed their usual collective orgasm.  But for Mozilla director of Firefox development Mike Beltzner, the reaction was decidedly different.
Discussion: SlashGear
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Jesse Drucker / Business Week:
The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions  —  Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent  —  The heart of Google's (GOOG) international operations is a silvery glass office building in central Dublin …
Mike Vernal / Facebook Developer Blog:
Encrypting Facebook UIDs  —  Over the past few days, we have been investigating a technical solution to the issue of sharing Facebook User IDs (UIDs).  While initial press reports greatly exaggerated the implications of sharing a UID, we take this issue seriously.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Introduces New ‘Free Usage Tier’ For AWS  —  Today Kleiner Perkins is holding a special event at Facebook headquarters to announce the launch of a new $250 million social-centric sFund, which will foster a new generation of companies tapping into the social graph.
Discussion: Business Wire and eWeek
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
One in three iPad owners has never downloaded a single app  —  The rest are young, 65% male, well-connected early adopters, according to Nielsen  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Nielsen Co.  —  Reading between the lines of “The Connected Devices Playbook,” a survey of 5,000 owners of iPads …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Books and Video Win on the iPad, and Users Are Buying
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Apple Killed The CD Today  —  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Before my headline gets you all worked up, consider what I'm saying here.  The CD and other optical discs, like DVDs and Blu-rays, are obviously going to live on for a while as a way to transport media.
Winamp Blog:
Winamp for Android: Now in Beta  —  Winamp for AndroidTM is now in Beta!  —  Winamp, the Ultimate Media Player, is now available in beta on AndroidTM (Android 2.1 OS and above).  It offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with the Winamp desktop library.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
President Obama Meeting With Steve Jobs This Afternoon  —  President Obama is flying to the Bay Area from Seattle this afternoon.  —  He's speaking at Google exec Marissa Mayer's house in Palo Alto this evening.  —  Before that, says a source familiar with the details, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Steve Jobs.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TechFlash, Gearlog and MacNN
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Square Starts Shipping New iPhone 4-Compatible Credit Card Reader  —  There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about the fact that the old version of Square's little plastic credit card reader doesn't work with Apple's newest iPhone, the iPhone 4.  That's because the metal fitting …
Discussion: App Advice and iPodNN
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Unsubscribe.com Raises $2.1 Million To Help People Get To InBox Zero  —  How many mailing lists are you on that fill your email inbox every day?  Figuring out how to unsubscribe from all of them can be a pain.  From that frustration was born Unsubscribe.com, an LA-based startup that just closed a $2.1 million Series A financing.
Discussion: VatorNews, SiliconANGLE and alarm:clock
Paul Taylor / blogs.ft.com:
Ballmer dismisses Goldman's ‘nutty’ idea  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was in fine (fighting) form on stage at the annual Gartner Symposium in Orlando today, punching his hands for emphasis and positively bristling at the suggestion that Microsoft should split its consumer and corporate businesses.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Is Facebook Outing Gay Users to Advertisers?  —  Facebook allows users to list which gender of partner they're “interested in.”  But do you want Facebook's advertisers to know if you're gay?  A Microsoft researcher has found a loophole which could secretly reveal a gay user's sexuality to advertisers.
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's “Back to the Mac” Event by the Numbers
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Broadband & Location Turning Mobile Into a $1T Business
Discussion: Gartner
Business Wire:
FarmVille Plows on to the iPad
Discussion: TechCrunch and IntoMobile
Matthew Wilkins / iSuppli:
Intel Aims to Enter Tablet Market With Oak Trail Processor
Discussion: DigiTimes
Ross Anderson / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Resumption of the crypto wars?
 Earlier Items: 
Technology Review:
Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, AMD
Discussion: Fudzilla
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia cuts workers, consolidates dev platforms, posts profit
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Fast Company's “Influence Project” - So Lame, Fast Company Ignored Its Own Results
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg On The Biggest Difference Between “The Social Network” And Reality
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechEye
Andreas Türk / European Public Policy Blog:
How many German households have opted-out of Street View?