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5:15 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:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Verizon Droid Is The Real Deal  —  Verizon and Motorola finally lifted the curtain on their new Droid Android phone yesterday.  Make no mistake, this is Android's flagship product, and the first phone that will pose a significant threat to Apple's iPhone.  And it will be available very soon, possibly as early as the end of this month.
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 …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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.
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
A Newsroom Subsidized?  Minds Reel  —  Those of us who work in traditional media have spent a fair amount of time wondering what part of the implosion in advertising revenue is cyclical (ad buying is suffering because of the recession) and what part is secular (we're making horse buggies).
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.
scobleizer's posterous:
Twitter Lists; Limitations, bugs, impact, and brilliance  —  First off, I +love+ the new list feature that's coming to Twitter.  Last week more than 1,000 people were randomly added to a beta of the new feature.  What does it do?  It does a few things (TechCrunch wrote an article …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Site Lets Investors See and Copy Experts' Trades  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The trouble with mutual funds is that investors can feel as though they have put their money in a black box.  The 90 million Americans with money in funds know little about fees, what securities their money is invested in and who is in charge.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and GigaOM, Thanks:marklavine
scobleizer's posterous:
The Second Life of FriendFeed?  —  Where do I spend my attention?  That's all I have.  Unlike many others in the tech community I don't have a lot of money to invest in companies.  I also don't have coding skills, so can't build stuff, so the only way I can build stuff is to spend …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Used To Be My Playground
Discussion: The Web Life, Thanks:atul
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Verizon, No Physical Keyboard On The iPhone Isn't That Big Of A Deal  —  In Verizon's slam ad on the iPhone, it ticks off all the things the iPhone doesn't do.  —  For a big splashy ad, we must say we're a little underwhelmed by the problems the “iDon't” ad lists with the iPhone.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon's anti-iPhone gets its first commercial: ‘Droid Does’ (update)
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.
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.
 
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Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Postal Service Mail Handler Steals 2,200 GameFly Rentals
Discussion: Maximum PC, VG247 and digg.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Digital Magazine Without Links Is a CD-ROM
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pixel Qi e-ink / LCD hybrid display to debut on tablet next month?
Discussion: Liliputing, TeleRead and Netbooked
Reuters:
Software pirates hijack Windows 7 China debut
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Moves to Win Back Control of Content
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: A Mozilla App for the iPhone
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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