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9:40 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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:   Digg CEO: “We're in Startup Mode Again”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Another Digg Exec Is Out: Longtime CFO John Moffett Leaves
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digg's former CEO Jay Adelson has “no regrets” about not taking offers
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Video: The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet In Action  —  When Research In Motion announced its PlayBook tablet, the company didn't demo the software.  It just showed the device.  Well now we have some video evidence of what the OS will look like in action.  —  We grabbed the video below …
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneDog.com and Fone Arena
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iPhone Security Hole Lets You Make Calls When The Phone Is Locked  —  It seems like there's a huge bug in iOS 4.1 for iPhone: with a combination of sleep / power button and a fake emergency call, it is possible to access the iPhone's contact list and phone keypad even if the device is locked.
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 …
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.
Jeff Gamet / The Mac Observer:
Teen Model Sues Apple Over Stolen iPhoto Pics  —  19 year old Rebecca Battino is suing Apple and iPhone app company Samba Studios over risque self portraits she snapped with her digital camera that managed to find their way into the eXtreme Cam Girls iPhone app.
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 …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Mark Zuckerberg Asks His First Facebook Question  —  Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg just asked his first question on Facebook Questions, a recent feature on the social network that launched in July.  But if you were wondering what unanswered, burning queries were on the young billionaire's mind, don't hold your breath.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Nielsen cops to iPad stat cock-up  —  Fewer iPad download virgins  —  The customarily competent media-survey firm, The Nielsen Company, has backtracked on its startling claim that one-third of all iPad users have never download an app.  The company now says that the number of download virgins is fewer than one in ten.
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
100 Mbps DSL is Here & 800 Mbps is Around the Corner  —  It is mind boggling to think that copper, thanks to new generation DSL technologies is staying competitive with fiber and cable broadband.  Today, a new breakthrough shows that it will only be a matter of time before DSL broadband crosses the 800 Mbps threshold.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt's “Just Move” Joke About Google Street View & How It Went Missing  —  Don't like Google Street View taking pictures of your house?  “Just move,” joked Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in a CNN interview on Friday.  A controversial joke, no doubt — one made even more controversial for later seeming to disappear from the interview.
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9 now in Beta Zone  —  Today, I'm excited to announce the availability of a new version of Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones through BlackBerry Beta Zone.  (Make sure to sign up for a Beta Zone account to try out v1.9!)
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.
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
What Disney Got in the Playdom Acquisition  —  In a new industry like social gaming, a single acquisition can have a disproportionate effect on the ecosystem.  The buyout of a prominent company changes perceptions across the market, whether the price is high or low.
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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:
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, VatorNews and Pulse2
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Instant May Provide Instant Revenue Increase  —  When Google rolled out a new feature called Google Instant for its search engine in September, thousands of its AdWords advertisers—who pay the company every time a user clicks on their text ads next to search results—took note.
Discussion: Droid Life and Gizmodo
Megan McCarthy / news.mediagazer.com:
See a great media story?  Tip it to Mediagazer on Twitter and get recognized.  —  You can now use Twitter to tip Mediagazer to breaking media industry news - and you may do so unintentionally.  —  If you read Mediagazer, you're probably aware of Twitter, the microcontent platform …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
French three strikes agency getting 25,000 complaints a day
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
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Microsoft vs. Apple: Who's winning? The numbers don't lie
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