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10:30 AM ET, October 6, 2009

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PR Newswire:
Groundbreaking Agreement Between Verizon Wireless and Google to Leverage High-Speed Network and Open Android Platform for Wireless Innovation  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless and Google(TM) today announced a strategic partnership …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Verizon to release Android handsets  —  Update at 5 a.m. PDT Tuesday: Google and Verizon Wireless announced they are forming a partnership to “leverage” Verizon's 3G network and Google's Android platform to deliver mobile applications, services, and devices.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: There's No Excuse For This  —  I really didn't want to beat up on WinMo here, because at this point it just feels tired.  But man, come on Microsoft, you're giving me no choice.  Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't just a letdown—it barely seems done.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Review: First look at Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 on the HTC Pure cell phone
Discussion: CNET News, I4U News, PC Magazine, Crave and eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Debuts Mobile Backup Service ‘My Phone’, Adds Premium Features
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yes, new FTC guidelines extend to Facebook fan pages  —  Prominent users of Twitter and Facebook won't be exempt from controversial new Federal Trade Commission guidelines that keep tabs on blogger freebies and giveaways, according to Richard Cleland, associate director for the FTC's advertising division.
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:   A Dangerous Federal Intervention in Social Media
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google targeted in e-mail scam  —  Google has confirmed to BBC News that it's e-mail system - Gmail - has been targeted as part of an “industry-wide phishing scheme”.  —  The search giant said that it had taken immediate action to safeguard the affected accounts.
Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
What You Need To Know About the Palm App Distribution Program  —  Following up on the release of the beta app catalog e-commerce program, we're excited to announce that we're opening our app distribution program to the entire Palm® webOS™ developer community by the end of the year.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Experimental Homepage Fades To A Single Word  —  We all know that Google is a big fan of minimalism, especially when it comes to its famous homepage, where it tries to keep its ‘word count’ down to 28 words (actually, it looks like it might be up to around 30).
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Over-the-air downloads come to BlackBerry  —  Online music provider 7digital is bringing over-the-air music downloads to recent BlackBerry phones, such as the Storm, Bold, and Tour.  The rumors have been circulating for several months now.  On Tuesday the company is set to launch its application …
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
European import 7digital takes on iTunes in the U.S.
Discussion: Telegraph, hypebot and Music Ally
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
PhotoSketch: better than sliced bread, Photoshop  —  This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen a computer do.  —  What if you could draw some stick figures on a screen and somehow magically create a beautiful image montage?  —  Well, it's possible.
John Cook / TechFlash:
New Verizon ad campaign takes a direct swipe at AT&T's network  —  A new advertising campaign from Verizon Wireless starting tonight during the big Monday Night Football game will take a direct swipe at AT&T's network, playing off the successful Apple iPhone commercials.
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Bell, Telus to launch iPhone next month  —  Move will break Rogers' year-long stranglehold; telcos set to launch next-generation wireless network ahead of schedule  —  BCE Inc.'s BCE-T Bell Canada and Telus Corp. T-T will begin selling the iPhone next month, breaking the stranglehold …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Schmidt: We paid $1 billion premium for YouTube  —  Since 2006, many observers have scratched their head over what prompted Google to pay $1.65 billion for the video site YouTube.  We're now a little closer to the answer.  —  The blockbuster acquisition for the 18-month-old start-up played …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Investigated Coder for Liberating Paywalled Court Records  —  When 22-year-old programmer Aaron Swartz decided last fall to help an open government activist amass a public and free copy of millions of federal court records, he didn't not expect he'd end up with an FBI agent trying to stake out his house.
Discussion: Raw Thought
Tom Sly / The Official Google Blog:
Google PowerMeter's first device partner  —  Today, we're very excited to announce we have secured our first official device partner.  (That means having a smart meter installed by your utility is no longer a prerequisite for using Google PowerMeter!)  For the last several months …
TechCrunch:
Twitter Data Analysis: An Investor's Perspective  —  This is a guest post by Robert J. Moore, the CEO and co-founder of RJMetrics, a on-demand database analytics and business intelligence startup that helps online businesses measure, manage, and monetize better.
Discussion: A VC and Web Analytics World
Nielsen Wire:
Social Media: The Next Great Gateway for Content Discovery?  —  In the beginning there were ISPs, which then gave way to portals aggregators of content and links which then led to the rise of “search” as the dominant form of Internet navigation or, how we get to where we we're going on the web.
Laura June / Engadget:
Gateway's Windows 7-boasting EC18T tablet images, specs leak onto the screen  —  Hey, what's this attractive looking dude?  Well, from the looks of it, it's Gateway's not-yet-announced or previously spied tablet PC.  A tipster with access to a seemingly infinite number of photos of this bad boy …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft's Project Pink Might Be Dead In The Water  —  To say we were unimpressed with the first leaked shots to come out of Microsofts “Project Pink” would be a bit of an understatement.  This was Microsoft's first in-house foray into the mobile hardware space, and we'd been hearing tales of it for years …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Why Have Tablets Flopped?  Here Are Five Reasons  —  As the editor of publications like Rugged PC Review and the founder of Pen Computing Magazine, Conrad Blickenstorfer has been reporting on tablet computers for over two decades.  He still remembers, for instance, when a Microsoft executive predicted …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
 
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