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8:40 PM ET, October 30, 2010


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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Investor Defends New ‘Tweet’ Usage Rules  —  Twitter is taking heat in the tech blogosphere (here and here) over its new guidelines about how others can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet.”  Now some well-known technology investors are also saying “Hey, Twitter, enough of this.”
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Hey, Twitter, Enough Of This Crap About “Here's How You Can Use The Word Tweet”  —  Twitter has issued new rules about how the rest of us can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet,” MG Siegler of TechCrunch tells us.  —  And the rules are right out of a handbook on how to take yourself way too seriously.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Do Twitter's Application Naming Rules Spell Bad News For TweetDeck?
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Twitter Blog
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files Lawsuit against Motorola to Defend Multi-Touch  —  The inevitable: When Motorola preemptively launched their declaration judgment action against Apple earlier this month, we knew that Apple was likely to launch multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola once …
Apple countersues Motorola over multi-touch iPhone patents
Discussion: Engadget
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
One in Five Facebook Employees Has No Imagination Whatsoever  —  Whoa!  Shocking news, guys.  An engineer left Google for Facebook.  The great Lars Rasmussen, creator of Google Maps and Google Wave, quit Google Thursday to join Facebook.  This has, admittedly, happened before.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Will Facebook have an IPO bounce?  Has 409A changed the game?  —  The conventional wisdom is that you join a hot startup pre-IPO to get the low priced stock options.  Techcrunch reports that some people are joining Facebook now to get in on pre-IPO shares.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why Twitter's C.E.O. Demoted Himself  —  AT the annual South by Southwest gathering of techies in Austin, Tex., in March, conference organizers had chosen a hangar-size room to accommodate their star speaker: Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, the messaging and social networking site that had become a digital phenomenon.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iOS May Soon Be Gone From the App Store Due To Videolan's Complaint  —  VLC, the popular media player for Windows, Mac and Linux that landed on the iPad in September and on the iPhone last week, may soon be gone from the App Store.  Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of VLC …
Aram Bartholl:
“Dead Drops” preview  —  I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks.  ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.  I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls …
Bernard Moon / VentureBeat:
Are Q&A startups a threat to Google?  —  The classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail includes a scene in which King Arthur and his men ignore warnings about a killer rabbit with huge fangs.  Only after one of the knights is ferociously attacked do they finally believe …
Discussion: Silicon Moon
Tim Anderson's ITWriting:
Microsoft's Silverlight dream is over  —  Remember “WPF Everywhere”?  Microsoft's strategy was to create a small cross-platform runtime that would run .NET applications on every popular platform, as well as forming a powerful multimedia player.  Initially just a browser plug-in …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5?
Fred / A VC:
The Creative Phase  —  The digital technology revolution was, from the day the transistor was invented in the late 40s until the early part of last decade, largely about engineering.  It is still very much about engineering but I've been thinking for a while now that as this revolution matures …
Discussion: Financial Times
Manan Kakkar / India IT Blog:
Indian government plans to introduce SIM cards with digital certificates  —  Communication over email and SMS using cell phones is widespread in India given the mobile penetration.  The Indian government is planning to come up with guidelines to issue encrypted SIM cards with digital signatures unique to an individual or company.
Discussion: Times of India
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID 2 Global launches soon in black and white; T-Mobile Comet to cost $149.99  —  A fresh new Verizon Wireless rebate sheet emerged yesterday and brought with it some confusion.  On the sheet, the upcoming Motorola DROID 2 Global had two associated SKUs.
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