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4:10 PM ET, October 6, 2009

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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google and Verizon Say Two Android Phones, With Google Voice, To Come This Year  —  Google and Verizon Wireless said that the first results of their just-announced Android partnership will debut in a few weeks and that the carrier's cellphones will allow Google Voice, unlike the iPhone.
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Verizon:
Groundbreaking Agreement Between Verizon Wireless And Google To Leverage High-Speed Network And Open Android Platform For Wireless Innovation  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Verizon Wireless and Google™ today announced a strategic partnership that will leverage …
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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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.
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Weak passwords dominate statistics for Hotmail's phishing scheme leak
Discussion: Neowin.net and BBC
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Verizon to iPhone Users: “Want Five Times More 3G Coverage?  There's a Map for That.”  —  Want five times more 3G coverage?  There's a map for that.  —  That's the cheeky slogan of a new Verizon ad reportedly set to debut during tonight's “Monday Night Football” game.
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John Cook / TechFlash:
New Verizon ad campaign takes a direct swipe at AT&T's network
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.
Discussion: Computerworld, GigaOM, eWeek and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:atul
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Palm's Full Monty  —  Easily the quote of the night at Palm's Developer gathering in San Francisco came from Katie Mitic, Palm's senior vice president of product marketing.  “We want to leave it all out there.  You know, ‘The Full Monty’,” she emphatically said when noting that Palm's goal was to be more open.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Viacom find smoking gun in YouTube case?  —  Lawyers working on a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google's YouTube may have uncovered evidence that employees of the video site were among those who uploaded unauthorized content to YouTube.
Cecilia Kang / Post I.T.:
All Eyes on AT&T at CTIA; Will Ma Bell Let Skype Onto Its Networks?  —  Is AT&T about to announce Skype and Google Voice will run on its mobile network via Apple's iPhone?  That's the buzz ahead of a wireless industry conference that begins Wednesday in San Diego.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TECH.BLORGE.com and CNET News, Thanks:atul
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.
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: Softpedia News, Telegraph and hypebot
Josephine Moulds / Telegraph:
Microsoft never recovered from Vista blow says Steve Ballmer  —  Microsoft's reputation has never recovered from the launch of Vista, Steve Ballmer, chief executive, said as the company gears up for the release of its latest incarnation of Windows.  —  Mr Ballmer said the economic climate …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, others named in Eolas patent lawsuit blitz  —  It's the same technology that was at the heart of a news-making patent suit against Microsoft: the patent held by Eolas Technologies that defines how a Web browser plug-in can activate functionality.
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Windows 7 to Usher in Profitless Prosperity  —  Ultra-low prices on portable computers are nothing new, and in fact have increasingly become the norm since the debut of netbooks — small and light ultraportables that are virtually defined by their low cost.  However, there are some strong reasons …
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:enauzer
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).
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Tech pioneers win 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics  —  The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for “two revolutionary optical technologies.”  —  Charles K. Kao, who discovered how to transmit light through fiber optics, and the team of Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PopCap Games raises $22.5 million to fund expansion into social games  —  For almost ten years, PopGames has shown it can come up with one hit after another in the casual downloadable games business.  One of its titles, Bejeweled, has been played more than a billion times.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC HD2 gets official: Hands-on Video  —  After weeks of rumor, HTC have confirmed the existence of their latest flagship Windows Phone, the HTC HD2 (aka the HTC Leo).  As expected, the HD2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen …
Discussion: WMExperts, MobileCrunch and SlashPhone
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: A Web Browser Is Not A Computer, Not A Search Engine, And Not A Ham Sandwich  —  Google has spent a significant amount of time over the past couple of years building a very impressive web browser, Chrome.  By most accounts, it's the fastest around, and isn't system resource heavy, and those who use it seem to love it.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Startup pinpoints the good, bad and ugly of wireless networks  —  Fretting about dropped calls in Ballard, missing text messages in Belltown or poor network coverage in Bellevue?  If so, a new application from Root Wireless might be for you.  —  The Bellevue company, which is coming …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Box.net Acquires Increo Solutions To Expand Document Collaboration And Sharing  —  Silicon Valley based Box.net, a cloud storage and document sharing startup, has acquired Increo Solutions, the makers of the Backboard and embedit.in products.  Both startups share an investor, Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Discussion: CNET News
TVB | Television Broadcast:
MediaVest Moves Millions from Broadcast to Hulu.com  —  NEW YORK: MediaVest, the ad agency that handles clients like Coca Cola, Kraft, CapitalOne, Wendy's and Walmart is taking money out of broadcast and into the Internet.  MediaVest said this week it cut its first large-scale …
Discussion: MediaPost
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A New Web Tool to Take Control of Your Health  —  The national health care debate right now is all about giving more people affordable access to doctors and hospitals.  Yet the vast majority of health care decisions — 80 percent or more, experts say — are really made by individuals …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Official Google Blog, Thanks:atul
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 …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pixi stares GSM in the face, lives to brag about it (update: video!)
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Awarded Patent for Human-Enhanced Search Engine
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Decides to Find Its Creative Side
Thanks:atul
Michael R. Bloomberg / NYC BigApps:
Welcome to NYC BigApps
Discussion: Bits and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:joshdilworth
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
iPhone Erotica: Looks like Apple's okay with it, as long as it's tiny.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trapster Speed Trap App Downloads Hit 50,000/Day
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Emerson Acquires Avocent in $1.2B Deal
Discussion: Emerson, eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
IP Camera turns your iPhone into a security cam
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
Why Have Tablets Flopped? Here Are Five Reasons
Discussion: The Mac Observer and TheAppleBlog
TechCrunch:
Twitter Data Analysis: An Investor's Perspective
Discussion: A VC
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Investigated Coder for Liberating Paywalled Court Records
Discussion: Raw Thought