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7:30 PM ET, October 6, 2009

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone VoIP Apps To Run On AT&T's 3G Network  —  AT&T is changing its mind and now says iPhone VoIP apps will be able to run on its 3G wireless network.  —  Previously, Internet phone apps like Skype and the new Vonage app were forced to operate on wi-fi hotspots, which limits their utility.
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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Good move, AT&T  —  Since launching our iPhone application six months ago, people have downloaded and installed Skype on 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch devices sold - making it clear that people are extremely interested in taking Skype conversations with them on the go.
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 …
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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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 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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC HD2 Windows Phone 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 …
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.
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.
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Jeremiah Marquez / Associated Press:
AP might charge some customers to get news earlier  —  HONG KONG — The Associated Press is considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour, the head of the news organization said Tuesday.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Boy Genius Report:
HTC Hero hitting Verizon in November?  —  We just got a tip that the phone pictured in Eric Schmidt's hands is actually Verizon's version of the HTC Hero and it will be called the HTC Hero.  As you can see, there's a couple hardware modifications and one big one is that the buttons below the screen are …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Phone Arena
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
The Next Wave of Search  —  Yahoo! Search Advertising Enhancements That Deliver  —  With all of the events that Yahoo! has gone through in the last several months, one of the questions I get is: “Does Yahoo! still care about search?”  The answer is: Absolutely.
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.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Razorfish Employees Take Compensation Hit in Publicis Deal  —  Starting to Learn About Life at a Holding Company, Not a Startup  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Staffers at Razorfish are realizing that leaving Microsoft for Publicis Groupe is going to hit them in the wallet.
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.
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 …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
New BlackBerry Messenger to Launch October 7th?!!  —  Dang.  Apparently I'll have to eat my own words on this one.  So for the longest time both me and most members of the BlackBerry community have referred to the “new BlackBerry messenger” as BBM 5.0.  Then, after hearing …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Xconomy
James Niccolai / PC World:
Adobe Developed IPhone Tool Without Apple's Help  —  Adobe Systems said it developed its tools that allow Flash developers to create native iPhone applications without help from Apple, but it hopes the iPhone maker will be glad of its efforts.  —  Adobe announced on Monday that the next version …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pixi stares GSM in the face, lives to brag about it (update: video!)  —  Though nothing's been announced, betting against a GSM version of the Palm Pixi would be a foolish move.  There's certainly no mistaking that “E” for Edge logo and SIM slot beneath the battery in these leaked images from Vietnam (yes, again).
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital launches external drives with cool display indicators  —  Western Digital is announcing three new families of external hard drives today, all of them with indicators that tell you how much free storage you have.  —  WD, the biggest player in external hard disk drives …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft considering making Zune services available to Apple users  —  For all you who still believe Microsoft is still consumed with the impossible task of beating the iPod with the Zune, here's more proof that Zune's future is all about software and services and not hardware.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Will iPhone saturation lower its price for Canadian consumers?  —  Consumers will eventually benefit from increased wireless competition between Telus, Bell and Rogers but should not expect vastly different prices, analysts say  —  Canada will soon join a very exclusive club: countries where Apple's iPhone isn't exclusive.
Discussion: BetaNews
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).
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
internetnews.com:
Can It Pay to Be Social?  —  Spiffbox meters social networking engagement so you pay AND get paid for participation.  —  Is the era free social networking coming to an end?  Hardly, but upstart Spiffbox has a novel idea for bringing monetary reward to the growing online social chatter.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Servers With Cellphone Chips?  Yep, Here They Come  —  If a server runs on a smartphone chip is it still a server?  —  The era of such a deeply philosophical data center question is upon us.  A pair of stealthy start-ups have placed smartphone chips at the center of their plans to create a new breed of low-power servers.
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
 
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Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Knowledge Networks Acquires Dimestore, Will Integrate Surveys Into Online Ads
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
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Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Windows 7 to Usher in Profitless Prosperity
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:enauzer
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Awarded Patent for Human-Enhanced Search Engine
Michael R. Bloomberg / NYC BigApps:
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 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
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A New Web Tool to Take Control of Your Health
John Cook / TechFlash:
Startup pinpoints the good, bad and ugly of wireless networks
Discussion: CNET News and Soaring on Ridgelift
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Microsoft's Project Pink Might Be Dead In The Water
Discussion: ChannelWeb