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5:50 PM ET, October 17, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's Squirrel project revealed... as the Square iPhone Payment System  —  Remember the Square iPhone Payment System we told you about back in August?  If you'll recall, the device — which involves an iPhone app and associated dongle — enables an iPhone or iPod touch …
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Tweet: Palm Pre early next year  —  Oh the soap opera between the Palm Pre and Verizon Wireless — it's denied, it's confirmed, it's tweeted.  VZWOffers has reiterated announced that Verizon will indeed have the Pre “early” next year.  America's largest carrier will seemingly …
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Electronista:
Verizon starts anti “iDevice” campaign, vows Palm Pre  —  Verizon today sent signals that it's about to launch an aggressive campaign against Apple through a combination of marketing and devices.  A leaked note regarding an upcoming ad series, nicknamed “iDoesn't,” specifically targets the …
Discussion: PC World, Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Mozilla blocks Microsoft's buggy Firefox plugin  —  Mozilla developers have blocked a Firefox plugin that was quietly pushed out by Microsoft, saying that it presents a security risk.  —  Mozilla developers have blocked a Firefox plugin that was quietly pushed out by Microsoft, saying that it presents a security risk.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
The future of TV on your iPhone is ATSC Mobile DTV  —  If you're able to watch TV on your iPhone or iPod touch right now, you're probably having something streamed to your handheld device.  That may change — your phone may soon be equipped with a digital TV tuner to pick up the signals sent out by your local stations.
Joachim Bean / TUAW:
EyeTV app removed from the App Store over streaming workaround  —  That sure didn't last long.  Just shortly after the discovery of a 3G “backdoor” for the EyeTV app, it has been pulled from the App Store.  —  The workaround let users of the app stream video over a 3G or other cellular network connection …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
MPAA: Antipiracy is now ‘content protection’  —  LOS ANGELES—The six largest Hollywood film studios are apparently dissatisfied with the way their trade group has waged war on illegal file sharing.  CNET News has learned that at least three leaders of its antipiracy operations have been fired.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Techdirt
Stephen Marche / Wall Street Journal:
The Book That Contains All Books  —  The globally available Kindle could mark as big a shift for reading as the printing press and the codex  —  On Monday, the Kindle 2 will become the first e-reader available globally.  The only other events as important to the history of the book …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The App Store Effect: Are iPhone Apps Headed for Oblivion?  —  It's uncanny.  When known software gets repackaged for iPhones and iPod Touches and passes through the hallowed gates of the App Store, something happens: Almost invariably, it gets cheaper.  Waaay cheaper.  Good right?  Well, not always.
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Law.Gov: America's Operating System, Open Source  —  Public.Resource.Org is very pleased to announce that we're going to be working with a distinguished group of colleagues from across the country to create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
3 Nifty iPhone Apps For News Consumption On The Go  —  My name is Robin Wauters, and I'm a news junkie.  —  Being obsessed with consuming as much news - mostly technology related, of course - as humanly possible in the all too short span of any given day comes with the territory of working for TechCrunch …
Discussion: Newsy Blog
Sebastien / iPhone Download Blog:
Will In-App Purchase Kill iPhone Apps Piracy?  —  Yesterday the news fell that Apple was finally allowing free iPhone apps to include in-app purchases.  Until then, developers who wanted to offer a free trial of their applications had to create 2 versions: a full-featured paid version, and a …
 
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
‘Blue Bell’ Democrats Ask FCC to Tone It Down on Net Neutrality
Discussion: The Hill, Post Tech and Digital Society
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Supply Issues Dulling Apple's Shine?
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Android 2.0 First Look: Fresh Face, Sick Speed
Discussion: Softpedia News and techeblog.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shepard Fairey Responds To The AP: Yes, I Lied.  But It Was Still Fair Use.
Discussion: paidContent and TechNews AM, Thanks:daniel_levine
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Got a #tip? Gawker Media opens tag pages to masses, expecting “chaos”
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year
Discussion: Gartner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Close To Spinning Off Photobucket
Discussion: The Next Web and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker ‘happily’ agrees to OS X injunction
Discussion: PC World and MacDailyNews