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1:55 PM 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
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The My-Fill-In-the-Space Reset Is Here, as Struggling Social Network Morphs Into Entertainment Hub  —  Empty bracket or no empty bracket: Will it work?  —  That's pretty much the big question at News Corp. tonight, as its much beleaguered social networking site, Myspace, rolls out a new beta version aimed at shifting its fortunes.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's the Public Google Doc With All Of MySpace's Traffic Analytics
Discussion: New Media Age and BoomTown
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 …
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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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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With a Big Push From Apple, HTML5 Video Wins the Web (But Not Completely)  —  Remember the big Apple vs. everyone else video-format war from last spring?  When Apple was pushing the HTML5 standard it wanted to use for video on the iPhone and iPad, instead of Adobe's Flash?
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
The FTC Forgives Google's WiFi Sniffing  —  No harm, no foul, Google.  David Vladeck, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, sent the company a letter today announcing the end of its inquiry into the collection of WiFi “payload data” by Google's Street View cars.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Ads Now Fully Powered By Microsoft adCenter  —  The Yahoo to Microsoft adCenter search ad transition in the U.S. and Canada is now complete.  Both Microsoft and Yahoo confirmed the transition is now complete.  —  Yahoo said: … From now on, to manage the ads displayed on Yahoo US or Canada …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Video Tops P2P Filesharing Traffic: Cisco  —  Content providers may have finally found a way to battle 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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting T-Mobile USA on November 10th, $400 on contract  —  America's number four carrier just landed a launch date for Samsung's Froyo-based Galaxy Tab, and sure enough, it'll be trotting out into the spotlight a full 24 hours before Verizon Wireless and four whole days prior to Sprint.
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.
eMarketer:
Mobile Users Prefer Browsers over Apps  —  For a variety of functions, users would rather browse  —  Although about a third of US mobile phone subscribers used a downloaded application in August, according to comScore, and app downloads have shown impressive growth, many mobile device users appear …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:steverubel
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Comcast CEO: iPad, tablets give us ability to ‘start from scratch’ on TV interface  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was decidedly upbeat about tablets such as Apple's iPad and how it can drive demand for the cable giant's Xfinity Web video efforts.  —  Speaking on Comcast's third quarter …
Arn / MacRumors:
256GB SSD Upgrades for New MacBook Air Announced  —  Taiwanese company Photofast has announced the first 3rd party SSD storage upgrade kit for the new MacBook Air.  (via Engadget) The new MacBook Air is the first Apple laptop to use a special SSD card rather than a traditional hard drive enclosure.
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and I4U News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Those Bits Aren't Free: Netflix Could Be Racking Up a $2 Billion Content Tab  —  Investors are cheering on Netflix as it moves from DVDs to streaming video, and keeps adding customers along the way.  But “digital” doesn't equal “cheap” for Reed Hastings' company.  In fact, the online move has cost Netflix at least $1.2 billion.
Discussion: SAI and SlashGear
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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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Foxconn and Compal contracted for 5-6 Palm devices in 2011 [rumor]  —  While the Palm Pre 2 might be eliciting less-than-impressed responses from Palm fans, we can't help but wonder what Palm might come out with next.  It's all but assumed that the Pre 2 was the phone Palm had in the pipeline …
Agence France Presse:
Russia to create ‘Windows rival’  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian state plans to revamp its computer services with a Windows rival to reduce its dependence on US giant Microsoft and better monitor computer security, a lawmaker said Wednesday.  —  Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles …
Discussion: The Next Web
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
UberCab's Masterstroke: Forgoing Buy-In from San Francisco Officials  —  Uber didn't see it coming, but this week, the startup - whose iPhone application connects its users with on-demand rides from third-party limo drivers - became an overnight sensation whose business is now poised to explode.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Special Report: Sleepy in Seattle - Microsoft learns to mature  —  (Reuters) - Every July, Microsoft Corp invites a sizable Wall Street crowd to its leafy, low-rise campus outside Seattle.  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and his top managers take a half-day to explain where the world's biggest software company …
Discussion: TechEye, Thanks:michaelkroker
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Hiring: Microsoft stays cautious as Google, Amazon ramp back up  —  Despite adding a net total more than 500 jobs in the Seattle region in the September quarter, Microsoft's overall worldwide employment dipped slightly, to 88,414 people, according to the latest numbers from the company …
 
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The Creepiest TV Moments of Google's CEO
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
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Steve Dinneen / City A.M.:
Google and Carphone in mobile deal