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10:15 AM ET, October 19, 2009

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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid hands on!  —  We absolutely nailed this puppy to the wall over and over and over again, so it's only fitting we'd be doing the first actual unveiling, right?  We're not going to get too in-depth though, that will come at a later time.  Here are some brief thoughts before the photos:
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Wolfram Alpha Launches $50 iPhone App  —  On Thursday WolframAlpha launched its developer API, which should allow large and small developers (as well as businesses and educational institutions) to harness the power of the computational knowledge engine to enhance their own applications or products.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Miscalculates What Its iPhone App Should Cost  —  Apple wasted little time approving Wolfram Alpha's new iPhone app, which we hinted at last week.  Just a few days after they submitted it to the store, Apple sailed it right through the approval process with such speed …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rock Band Hits The App Store  —  The much anticipated and hyped Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch is out!  We first scooped the news of the launch of the app a few weeks ago.  Shortly afterwards, Rock Band for the iPhone/iPod touch was officially announced by Electronic Arts.
FoneFrenzy:
Bigger News for Verizon Than Motorola's Droid  —  This weekend was chocked full of Verizon and Motorola news.  Earlier this month, Verizon and Google had a joint news conference debuting the new Motorola Droid and announcing a partnership to leverage high-speed network and open Android platform for wireless innovation.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic Shows Off a (Quick) Look at its Kindle Killer: Meet the Que  —  Plastic Logic, which has been talking up its coming e-reader for some time now but hasn't actually started selling it, has a little more to say: It will have more to say about its coming ereader in a few months.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Testers to get Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 this week; final by March 2010  —  Microsoft is making what may be the last beta of Visual Studio 2010 and the accompanying .Net Framework 4 before they launch next March available to testers this week, company officials said.
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft names Visual Studio 2010 dates
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Facebook and Twitter Founders Join Net Neutrality Wars  —  Fed up with a barrage of letters that arrived at the FCC last week from net-neutrality opponents (or lawmakers urging a cautious approach toward the new rules), a coalition of Internet companies are urging the FCC chairman to hold steady.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
NY Times all but says it: Ballmer must go  —  Ashlee Vance gets access to Ballmer and delivers a death blow.  The Borg, Vance says, is on a “long and winding course toward irrelevance.”  Seriously, this is a devastating piece.  Money quotes (lots of them) after the jump.  I'm still reeling.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Expands “Going Google” Ad Campaign Worldwide  —  Google continues to hit milestones with Google Apps - 2 million businesses and 20 million users in over 100 countries and 40 languages (up from 1.75 million businesses in June).  And they aren't slowing down the advertising, either.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo Gets its Investor: Abu Dhabi Media Joins “Hulu for Music Videos”  —  Vevo, the music industry's version of Hulu, now has its own version of Providence Equity, the outside investors who took a flyer on the Web TV and movie joint venture: Abu Dhabi Media Company has purchased a stake …
Mike Shaver:
.NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce support) unblocked  —  We received confirmation from Microsoft this evening that the Framework Assistant add-on is not a mechanism for exploiting the vulnerabilities detailed in the earlier post, so we've removed it from the blocklist.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Update on Sidekick Data Restoration  —  The Danger / Microsoft team is continuing to work around the clock on the data restoration process.  We apologize that this is taking so long, but we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of your data.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!  —  This is part of my ongoing series about Raising Venture Capital.  This posting was inspired by an email from Rajat Suri who wrote me an email in response to Chris Dixon's blog post (link below) from August, which recently re-ran …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:
Gawker Redesign: Hybrid of Blog, Facebook and Twitter  —  I've always been a big fan of the designs and layouts used by Gawker blogs throughout the years.  They seem to always been trying something new and they iterate often.  While some blogs push the same tired look from years ago, Gawker continues to innovate.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Photo-blogging Site DailyBooth Raises $1 Million  —  Money continues to rain down on so-called “real-time” startups-Web sites, like Twitter, that are devoted to helping users share details about their lives as they happen.  The latest example: a fledgling two-person company called DailyBooth …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
 
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