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5:20 PM ET, October 25, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg To Layoff 37% Of Staff, Product Refocus Imminent  —  It was just a few months ago that Digg dropped 10% of its staff.  Now the company is making much deeper cuts - 25 employees will be laid off, a little more than 37% of Digg's total staff.  —  This comes on top of news that Digg lost …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Digg Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Departs for Start-Up  —  Chas Edwards (pictured here), the publisher and chief revenue officer for Digg, the social news discovery service, is leaving the San Francisco company, according to sources.  —  The exec, who came to Digg …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digg's former CEO Jay Adelson has “no regrets” for not taking offers
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ray Ozzie:
Dawn of a New Day  —  To: Executive Staff and direct reports  —  Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company.  In the opening section of that memo …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's outgoing Chief Software Architect on the ‘post-PC world’  —  Ray Ozzie may be a lame duck at this point, as he will soon be leaving his Chief Software Architect post at Microsoft.  But that hasn't stopped him from publishing an updated assessment of Microsoft's strategy and products.
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
Google Sets New Internet Traffic Record  —  In their earnings call last week, Google announced a record 2010 third-quarter revenue of $7.29 billion (up 23% from last year).  The market rejoiced and Google shares shot past $615 giving the company a market cap of more than $195 billion.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Schmidt: Don't Like Google Street View Photographing Your House?  Then Move. … Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company's “policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”  And while that may be true of Google, it's clearly not true of Schmidt who lately …
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Samsung Galaxy Tab headed to Best Buy: $499 and up, Sprint, Verizon, silver/black, WiFi-only, WiFi + 3G  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released in the US next month, as you know, but who knew that Best Buy wanted in on the action?  The store is already advertising the 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
My RapLeaf Profile is Amusingly Mistaken.  This is What the Fuss is All About?  —  The latest in the Wall Street Journal's “scare journalism” series of privacy articles is a hatchet job on RapLeaf.  I don't know much about RapLeaf, but at conferences, privacy advocates frequently invoke RapLeaf …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Demos A BlackBerry PlayBook — So, Yes, It Actually Exists!  —  RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis just showed off a live demo of RIM's tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, at Adobe's MAX conference.  —  Specifically, he showed off the Adobe-based UI and Flash web capabilities.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Ubuntu changes its desktop from GNOME to Unity  —  Orlando, Fla.—Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and the company behind it, Canonical, surprised the hundreds of Ubuntu programmers at the Ubuntu Developers Summit when he announced that in the next release of the popular Linux operating system …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe announces Air 2.5 for TVs, tablets and phones, launches Adobe InMarket to package apps  —  Adobe's making a serious play for the app space today, and it's not limiting itself to phones — its new Air cross-platform runtime environment is designed to toss apps on your smart televisions and tablets as well.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Enlists Unisys to Help With Corporate, Government Deals  —  Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and Macintosh computer, has enlisted Unisys Corp. to help it sell more to businesses and U.S. government agencies, expanding beyond a customer base made mostly of consumers.
Discussion: Electronista and 9 to 5 Mac
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
The new Messenger for Mac 8 with Video Chat is now out of Beta  —  Today Messenger for Mac 8 came out of beta!  It will be available (soon) as part of the Office for Mac 2011 suite, and is also available as a free standalone download.  —  Messenger for Mac 8 provides real …
Discussion: The Next Web
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wi-Fi Direct certification begins today, device-to-device transmission starting soon  —  So, Bluetooth — last fall didn't end up being as frightful as you had probably imagined, but this fall is bound to be different.  Or so the Wi-Fi Alliance says.  If you'll recall, Wi-Fi Direct promised …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: New, Cheaper Kindle Has Already Beat Last Year's Christmas Sales  —  Here's another ambiguous sales dump from Amazon, which still has never disclosed how many Kindle e-readers it has actually sold.  —  Amazon just said it has already moved more units of this year's cheaper Kindle …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
VLC now available for iPhone  —  We had a look at the VLC player for iPhone last week but now it is available for general consumption.  While there are some issues, you can now play a much wider array of movie formats on the iPhone.  Download here free.  —  What's New in Version 1.1.0:
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
App Makers Take Interest in Android  —  There was cold beer, hot pizza and shop talk at a recent informal gathering of Android programmers in downtown Manhattan.  Inevitably the chatter turned to money.  —  One software developer, James Englert, 26, had just released his first application for Android …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Demands Mobile App Nimbuzz Remove Support, Effective October 31st  —  Exclusive: Nimbuzz, a popular mobile communication service provider, has been asked by Skype to remove support for all Skype services as from October 31st.  —  The startup will be announcing the news to its 30 million or so registered users later today.
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Tobias Kemper / Nimbuzz Main Blog:
What the Skype/Nimbuzz Breakup Means To You
Discussion: Skype Journal
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Win for Adobe: Condé Nast Will Use It Instead of Rolling Its Own Tablet Magazines  —  Here's a win for Adobe, which could use one: Condé Nast, which has been testing the software company's tablet publishing tool against a homegrown version, is going to use Adobe's offering instead.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft vs. Apple: Who's winning?  The numbers don't lie  —  Microsoft has been at the top of the heap for almost as long as people have used PCs.  They've managed to sustain an overwhelming competitive advantage, even after a decade's worth of antitrust action and the astonishing transformation …
Discussion: Fortune and blogs.chron.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Old Meets New As Groupon Partners With eBay  —  Groupon may not turn out to be the next eBay according to our own Mike Arrington, but the social buying site is on a veritable tear.  Coincidentally, the latest Internet giant to partner with the ecommerce startup is ... eBay.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VatorNews
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Now Available  —  As reported earlier this month, Microsoft has released software allowing Mac users to synchronize media with a Windows Phone 7 device.  Microsoft had held a media event earlier this month to officially unveil its Windows Phone 7 operating system along …
 
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