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6:00 AM ET, October 30, 2010

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted  —  At Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week, the future of Silverlight is one topic that has gotten short shrift.  There have been no sessions about Silverlight 5 and only one mention of Silverlight in the kick-off keynote.
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5?
Thanks:rawmeet
Tim Anderson's ITWriting:   Microsoft's Silverlight dream is over
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Buy Canesta  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Prepare for Windows 8: Minority Report Edition.  —  Microsoft said on Friday that it was buying Canesta, a small Silicon Valley company that specializes in gesture-recognition technology.  —  Interest in this technology has surged …
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Canesta:
CANESTA ANNOUNCES DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY MICROSOFT
Discussion: I4U News, Computerworld and Joystiq
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:   Paving The Way For Kinect, Microsoft Scoops Up Motion-Sensing Intellectual Property
Sarah Ellison / Fortune:
Get ready for Verizon's ‘Dream Phone’  —  The soon-to-be-unveiled Verizon iPhone is the answer to many consumers' prayers.  But a deal with Apple will test the company that Ivan Seidenberg has spent his career building.  —  By Sarah Ellison, contributor  —  The most talked-about cellphone …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone locked for early 2011 on Verizon, says Fortune
Discussion: Fortune
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   For Apple, AT&T Is The Company You Sleep With, Verizon Is The Company You Marry
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Lars Rasmussen, Father Of Google Maps And Google Wave, Heads To Facebook  —  When Google put their faith in Wave, an ambitious new project last year, they knew it was a gamble.  But a big part of it was the team behind the project.  A team led by Lars Rasmussen, the engineer best known …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Delimiter
James Buckhouse / Twitter Blog:
New Twitter, new look  —  We've refreshed our logos, buttons and widgets to bring the improved look and experience of the new Twitter to your website or blog.  —  Go to our resources page to add new Twitter widgets, buttons, and logos to your site.  These resources are free for you to use …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Updates Logos, Rules: Info On Logo Use, Screenshots, And Capital “T” Tweets
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Do Twitter's Application Naming Rules Spell Bad News For TweetDeck?
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After A Five Month Stay (And $750M Acquisition), AdMob CEO Omar Hamoui Leaves Google  —  Last November, Google announced that it had acquired leading mobile ad network AdMob for a whopping $750 million.  Today, less than a year after the deal closed, AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui is leaving Google, we've confirmed with the company.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs: No USB 3 ‘at this time’  —  Over the past few months multiple rumors emerged claiming that Apple would adopt USB 3.0 for their line of Macs.  Since this is yet to happen, reader, Tom Kruk e-mailed the man in charge asking why he cannot order a Mac with USB 3.0.  —  Jobs' Reply:
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook acquires file-sharing service Drop.io  —  Facebook has acquired most of the assets of Drop.io, a New York-based start-up that lets users privately and sporadically share files through a drag-and-drop interface with additional options like phone calls and even faxing, the company announced Friday on its blog.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook hires Drop.io's Sam Lessin, calls it an acquisition
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Special Mobile Event This Wednesday  —  Facebook has just sent us an invitation to a special event that's happening this Wednesday.  The theme?  Mobile.  —  We don't know what Facebook is planning to launch (though we'll do our best to find out beforehand), but we have a few guesses.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The PlayStation Phone: new photos, more details!  —  We've gotten our hands on some more images of the PlayStation Phone, and gleaned a few more juicy details about the handset.  Firstly, as you can see in the photos, the model in question does indeed seem to be codenamed “Zeus” (as we reported on the 27th).
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Jay Adelson's Got a Plan, Post-Digg, to Fix Silicon Valley  —  Jay Adelson, the former CEO of Digg, is in the midst of a mid-life crisis.  —  He's an addict, you see.  Hooked on the rush of entrepreneurship.  —  It's only been six months since he stepped down as CEO after five years at the helm …
Thanks:rsingel
David Hunt / Florida Times Union:
Jacksonville mom shakes baby for interrupting FarmVille, pleads guilty to murder  —  A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  —  Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Best Buds: Gmail Creator Joins Facebook Co-Founder, Donates 100K To Legalize Marijuana  —  It's pretty easy being green if you're a Silicon Valley notable apparently.  We just got word that Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail, Friendfeed and now a Facebook employee, has surpassed Facebook co …
Discussion: Paul Buchheit
Patrick Goss / Tech Radar:
Geocities to be released as a torrent  —  Just under a terabyte of web history  —  The entire contents of Geocities is to be released as a torrent - granting people access to a database of websites and content that should be considered a huge part of the internet's history.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's 2010 M&A Bill: $1.6 Billion and Counting  —  Lost track of Google's M&A binge this year?  No problem: The company helpfully tallies it up for investors in its most recent quarterly filing.  —  The big picture: Google has spent at least $1.6 billion buying 40 companies during the first nine months of 2010.
Discussion: CNET News
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
10-Q Watch: Google Paid $179 Million In Cash For Social App Maker Slide
Discussion: CNET News and SAI
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry And Sergey Wanted Steve Jobs To Be Google's First CEO  —  The first guy Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to hire to be their CEO was Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  We learned this detail watching Bloomberg TV's “Game Changers” documentary on the founding of Google.
Faruk Ates / FarukAt.es:
The Addictive Allure of Instagram  —  Cool photography apps for the iPhone are a dime a dozen, so what is it about Instagram that has made it capture hearts and minds of over a 100,000 users in just a week?  Between Camera+, Hipstamatic and several others, how is it that founders Mike Krieger …
 
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Mike Vernal / Facebook Developers Blog:
An Update on Facebook UIDs
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
An Apple Integrated SIM: What It Could Mean
Discussion: PhoneArena and Tech Europe
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal Says Service Working Again After Disruption
Will Larson / Digg Blog:
Introducing Digg's Streaming API
Harrison Hoffman / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live serves up local photo spots on foursquare
Discussion: LiveSide.net and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
 Earlier Items: 
Royal Pingdom:
Is Goo.gl really the fastest URL shortener? (chart)
Discussion: Techie Buzz and ReadWriteWeb
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Foursquare Doomed? Facebook Places Has 7X More Users
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Samsung's ‘Nexus Two:’ More Details Come Out
 

 
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