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5:00 AM ET, October 18, 2009

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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 …
Electronista:
Verizon starts anti “iDevice” campaign, vows Palm Pre
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: Mashable!, Pulse2 and Crave, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Why Seth MacFarlane's Microsoft Guy is the end of television, and the world  —  “I won't be happy til the whole world hates me.”  Not my words, for once, but those of Seth MacFarlane on stage last year at Carnegie Hall.  The audience laughed, as well they might ("he was on the Internet …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Forecast for Microsoft: Partly Cloudy  —  RAY OZZIE, the chief software architect at Microsoft, bristles when asked whether people think that new versions of his company's flagship software — like Windows and Office — are exciting.  —  “It's tremendously exciting,” he exclaims defensively …
Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
New camera promises to capture your whole life  —  A camera you can wear as a pendant to record every moment of your life will soon be launched by a UK-based firm.  —  Originally invented to help jog the memories of people with Alzheimer's disease, it might one day be used by consumers to create …
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.
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
The Custom URL Shortener  —  My first thought when I saw that the federal government had created its own URL shortener was: what a waste of time and effort.  The more I think about it, the more I wonder why other large organizations with popular Websites haven't done this for their links.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
When 2+2 Equals a Privacy Question  —  TIME to revisit the always compelling — and often disconcerting — debate over digital privacy.  So, what might your movie picks and your medical records have in common?  —  How about a potentially false sense of control over who can see your user history?
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 …
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
 
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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