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6:15 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” about not taking offers  —  Former Digg chief executive Jay Adelson said he had “no regrets” about not accepting offers to sell Digg to large media companies before the company began a decline that ultimately led to 37 percent layoffs at the company today.
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.
Discussion: SAI, Gizmodo, PC World and 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.
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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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Video: The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet In Action
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneDog.com and Fone Arena
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Hillicon Valley
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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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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: LiveSide.net and The Next Web
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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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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Finally Updates FeedBurner To Focus On Real Time Stats And Twitter  —  Three and a half years ago, Google made what seemed to be a pretty big $100 million acquisition: FeedBurner.  You remember that company, right?  They're the ones that dominated RSS management before all of that real …
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
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
 
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