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8:10 AM ET, October 27, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The PlayStation Phone  —  It's hard to believe that what we're looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for.  As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony's PlayStation Phone strategy takes shape as prototype picture leaks out
Discussion: winrumors and Mobile Entertainment
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple delays white iPhone until next spring  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday that it would delay release of its eagerly anticipated white iPhone again, this time until next spring.  The latest version of the popular handset, the iPhone 4, was released in June, but the white model …
Bloomberg:
News Corp. Reboots MySpace in Quest to Recapture Young Crowd  —  News Corp.'s MySpace is introducing a new website design with a focus on younger users in a drive to stem subscriber losses and distinguish itself from Facebook, the biggest social network.  —  Starting today …
Discussion: DailyFinance
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's the Public Google Doc With All Of MySpace's Traffic Analytics
Charlotte McEleny / New Media Age:   Is music last hope for MySpace?
Kakul Srivastava / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Gets Even ‘Beta’ with New Email Experience  —  For hundreds of millions of people around the world, email is a critical part of their online communications, connecting them to the people who matter most to them.  With that in mind, we are rolling out Yahoo! Mail Beta — a faster …
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Mike Curtis / YDN Blog:
Yahoo! Mail Beta technology update  —  Today we're thrilled to launch Yahoo! Mail Beta.  The site represents one of the most ambitious Web client technology efforts we've undertaken at Yahoo!.  I'm happy to have the opportunity to give a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the tech behind it.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Spotify Almost Sold To Google For $1 Billion, Plus New Apple Rumors  —  “Apple, Inc. (AAPL) in negotiations to acquire Spotify,” read the tip that came in yesterday via email from an anonymous source.  Most tips are just outright false, but we dug into this one a little bit.
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify says no acquisition talks with Apple  —  Contrary to a published report, Apple is not talked with Spotify about acquiring the European digital music service, a Spotify spokesman said today.  —  TechCrunch reported that it received an anonymous tip that indicated Apple had spoken to Spotify about a possible acquisition.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Air review (late 2010)  —  The MacBook Air has never exactly been a simple product to review.  Since the laptop's launch back in the heady days of 2008, we've always considered it a niche, high-end product and much less a mainstream system.  Originally, the wafer-thin …
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James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab report: MacBook Air benchmark results  —  There's a lot to like in Apple's latest version of the MacBook Air, such as the smaller size, longer battery life and faster flash storage.  Still, I was disappointed that the new MacBook Air uses the aging Core 2 Duo processor.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, MacBook Pro. The New MacBook Air Is That Good.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, I4U News and Macworld
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nook Color: Barnes & Noble's Full-Color Tablet With Apps, Mags and Books for $250  —  Barnes & Noble's touchscreen Nook Color—a reading-centric, 7-inch Android tablet with full color books, magazines, newspapers and apps is well, surprisingly good.  It might be the best Android tablet yet, even.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Video Tops P2P Filesharing Traffic: Cisco  —  Content providers may have finally found a way to battle off peer-to-peer file sharing: by making their content easily available online.  That's one possible takeaway from Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index, which found that video now accounts …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:   BitTorrent Still Dominates Global Internet Traffic
Steve Dinneen / City A.M.:
Google and Carphone in mobile deal  —  THE SECOND Google-branded mobile phone will hit the UK in time for Christmas through an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse, City A.M. has learned.  —  Its predecessor, the Nexus One, is the flagship device for the search giant …
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Tris Hussey / The Next Web:
How To: Avoid Getting Fleeced By Firesheep  —  Over the last 24 hours the world has been abuzz with talk about a small Firefox extension.  Usually Firefox extensions don't make headlines, but in this case one did.  Why?  This extension is called Firesheep, and it's scary.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Creepiest TV Moments of Google's CEO  —  Eric Schmidt is a thoughtful speaker with impeccable educational credentials.  But the Google CEO's been a creepy, arrogant-sounding disaster in the press lately, especially on television.  Today he issued a retraction.  Here are the lowlights of how this came about.
Dumplings from this Panda!:
In Response to The Digg Blog Post  —  Digg has responded publicly to the post I made yesterday and I appreciate their willingness to address this.  I feel obligated to give my feedback/response - not in the expectation that digg will further address it.  — Defending my post yesterday …
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle CEO claims can prove wrongdoing by new HP CEO  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison said he has proof that Hewlett-Packard Co's incoming CEO oversaw a scheme to steal Oracle's software by rival SAP AG.  —  SAP has admitted in court documents that it stole Oracle's software.
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘iDOS’ - A Full Featured Universal DOS Emulator That Somehow Got Approved [UPDATE: Windows Installed on iPad; Pulled but Available on Cydia]  —  Ever since Apple eased up their App Store approval guidelines, all kinds of crazy things have been getting released like the fabled GV Mobile+ …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer tablet PC line launching on November 23rd, priced from $299 to $699  —  Not much more to tell you that you didn't already pick up from the headline.  Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci told Dow Jones Newswire that it will be launching its first line of tablet PCs in New York City on November 23rd, priced from $299 to $699 each.
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires, SlashGear and SAI
 
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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Foxconn and Compal contracted for 5-6 Palm devices in 2011 [rumor]
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PayPal Announces Android Market Payment Support, Quickly Pulls It
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg's Big 30 Percent Drop
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Outlook 2011 uses Webkit to render HTML
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