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7:35 PM ET, October 27, 2010

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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Apple About To Cut Out the Carriers?  —  Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using Apple's App Store.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Their Carrier-Crippling SIM, Can Apple Do What Google Chickened Out Of?  —  At the beginning of this year, I was very excited.  You see, at Google's launch event for the Nexus One, they made one thing clear: they were going directly after the dominating carrier lock-in model that had held everyone in the U.S. captive for years.
Thanks:waisybabu
Boy Genius Report:
Apple cancels white iPhone 4?  —  Adding on to last night's Apple announcement that the company would further delay the release of the white iPhone 4, we have received new information that paints a different story.  According to a previous source of ours, we have been told that Apple in fact …
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
The Real Reason White iPhone 4 Is Delayed (Hint: The Camera)  —  The white iPhone 4 has been delayed because it can't take good pictures, a source with connections at Apple tells me.  —  The white case leaks light back in — especially when the flash is used to take pictures.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Hosting Secret iOS Developer Summit Next Week  —  Apple is hosting an event for iOS developers in California next week, we've heard from an industry source.  The event begins next Tuesday, and runs for three days, we've heard.  —  We are short on details, and we have not seen …
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Google exec: Android was “best deal ever”  —  Buying Android Inc., the wireless-software startup founded by Andy Rubin, was Google's “best deal ever,” said David Lawee, vice president of corporate development at the search giant.  —  Lawee made the remark at a panel at the 16th annual …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to buy $2 billion Manhattan city block?  —  A report today says that Google is in the final stages of acquiring the huge building which it currently rents in Chelsea.  —  111 8th Ave. via 1118thave.com  —  The New York Post is reporting that Google is close to acquiring …
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Android App Forwards Private Text Messages  —  If you own an Android phone and are cheating on a significant other by arranging secret trysts through text messages, you might want to think twice about your infidelities — or at least about arranging them via texts.
Discussion: AndroidGuys and The Next Web
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 …
Discussion: Business Wire and paidContent
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify closing in on label deals  —  The four major record labels are warming up to Spotify, the popular European streaming music service trying to launch in the United States.  —  Spotify is still without signed contracts to license music from any top label and there are still numerous points …
Discussion: MacRumors, Crave, Erictric and Electronista
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Spotify Looking For A COO, Still Hoping For U.S. Launch This Year
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: Geek.com, The Next Web and TechSpot
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Flickr is more fun with friends!  —  We think that Flickr is the best way to keep up with what's going on in your world and stay in touch with the people you care about.  With millions of members on Flickr, there are bound to be a few you have missed along the way.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
New Place Search Shows Google's Commitment To Local  —  Today Google formally rolls out its new presentation of local results, called “Place Search.”  It offers a dramatic change to the look and feel of SERPs on Google.com.  The first and most obvious change is that the “7 Pack” is gone.
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.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:   FTC will not fine Google for stealing passwords with Street View cars
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Ross Levinsohn To Run Americas Business  —  Yahoo has hired Ross Levinsohn, the former President of Fox Interactive Media, as EVP America's Region, we've confirmed.  AllThingsD first broke the news that he was close to taking the job.  —  Levinsohn will replace Hillary Schneider.
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: VentureBeat, TechFlash and TechEye, Thanks:michaelkroker
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?
Arnold Kim / 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: SAI, Engadget, DailyTech, Marco.org and SlashGear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Massively Ramped Up Ad Spending In 2010, But Sales Grew Even Faster  —  Earlier today, Apple's 10-K form was released for their 2010 fiscal year.  The long document is full of tidbits about the state of Apple's business.  One thing of note is just how much Apple ramped up their advertising spending in 2010.
Ben Popken / The Consumerist:
Nook Deletes All Your Files, Barnes & Nobles Shrugs  —  If you own a Nook, you better make sure you regularly update its software, otherwise you might lose all your files that are not B&N books.  That's what happened to Michael, and customer service told him that it can happen if the device hasn't been updated recently.
Discussion: Techdirt
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's company.
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
For the good of all mankind, I'm joining Mozilla Labs!  —  Improving the world through unbridled invention.  I can't imagine a better job description, yet that's the motivation behind Mozilla Labs, a team of Mozilla engineers and designers working with the Internet community at large to figure …
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 …
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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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Facebook makes foray into California lobbying
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Find the Google Chrome App Store: Wait Till December
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Intel And Another 70 Companies Launch Cloud 2015 Open Data Center Alliance
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DSLreports:
Verizon Sees Symmetrical 10 Gbps In FiOS Trials …
Discussion: Telecompetitor and Ars Technica
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Hiring: Microsoft stays cautious as Google, Amazon ramp back up
Discussion: SAI
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
UberCab's Masterstroke: Forgoing Buy-In from San Francisco Officials
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting T-Mobile USA on November 10th, $400 on contract
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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