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3:50 PM 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:
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.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple testing 4G iPhone on Verizon, a blogger claims  —  Verizon may be aggressively targeting Apple's iPhone with its latest Droid ad campaign, but that doesn't mean the company isn't attempting to woo Cupertino, at least so it appears on report the next-gen iPhone is already being tested on Verizon's network.
springdesign.com:
Spring Design Announces Dual Screen E-book Reader,  —  Hyperlinking Text with Multimedia  —  Secondary color touchscreen supplements text with web-based or any linked multimedia content; Enables users to enhance original text with their own embedded video, audio, photos and notes
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic Offers 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 e-reader in a few months.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Random users Google Voice mail is searchable by anyone?  —  Holy crap.  It seems that Google is going to have some pretty serious explaining to do this morning, as one of our readers has sent us in a tip that reveals a major security flaw involving Google Voice.
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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.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Photo-Blogging Site DailyBooth Raises $1 Million  —  Money continues to rain down on “real-time” start-ups-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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Ad agencies stump for Microsoft-Yahoo search deal  —  An advertising industry association—backed by four of the world's largest ad agencies—sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday endorsing the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal, saying it “enhances competition.”
Craig Newmark / The Huffington Post:
A Nerd's Take On The Future Of News Media  —  There are a lot of new technologies which already affect news consumption and future business models.  As a nerd, I'm excited by the new tech, particularly mobile, including new display systems and pervasive connectivity.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO fires CEO Darl McBride, architect of litigation strategy  —  In an SEC filing published today, SCO revealed that CEO Darl McBride has been terminated and is no longer with the company.  The decision to fire the controversial CEO is part of a restructuring plan that is based on recommendations …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's 360-degree 3D display prototype makes virtual pets more lifelike, expensive  —  In case you missed it, Sony's got a thing for 3D with big plans to push the technology into your living room next year.  While the first application will be applied to the flat screen TV …
Discussion: Maximum PC and T3.com News
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Search-Titan Google Makes Display Play With ROI Tool  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Fact: Most people never click on web ads.  And that poses a problem for marketers who want to know if their display ads are working.  —  Google, though, is starting to provide an answer.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What lit mag McSweeney's could teach news orgs about the iPhone  —  You'd think selling subscriptions within iPhone applications would appeal to media companies: It's a model that promises recurring revenue streams, and it matches up nicely with the way they've always done business in print.
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Waveboard Brings Google Wave to the Mac Desktop, iPhone App to Follow  —  If you're one of the many who already received their Google Wave invites, you are probably exploring the new Google communication tool right now.  Or you might be just like me, who occasionally visit http …
Thanks:aczafra
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Microsoft to open Apple store rival in Arizona  —  Microsoft's first dedicated high-street store will open in the trendy US town of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday  —  The opening will coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7.
Discussion: Engadget and Mobilewhack.com
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 investor that took a flyer on the Web TV and movie joint venture: Abu Dhabi Media Company has purchased a stake …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LEAKED: Details of the Facebook Home Page Redesign [Screenshots]  —  A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.  Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for the Facebook Publisher box and a new, Friendfeed-like “Top News” filter for the news feed.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Plans to Sell Mobile Service in Discounted TV, Internet Packages  —  Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, will sell its mobile-phone service at a discount when customers buy home-phone, television and Internet access.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HubSpot Closes $16 Million Series C Round Led By Scale Venture Partners  —  Digital marketing startup HubSpot has raised a third round of funding to the tune of $16 million, bringing the total invested in the Cambridge, MA company to a healthy $33.5 million.
Bloomberg:
Apple May Need Earnings of $1.60 a Share for Stock to Climb, Analyst Says  —  Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., releasing fourth- quarter results after U.S. markets close, may have to report earnings of at least $1.60 a share to push the stock higher, according to Broadpoint AmTech Inc. analyst Brian Marshall.
Discussion: CNET News
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets  —  America's spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community …
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Nielsen To Add Internet Meters To Entire TV Ratings Sample: Timing, Integration TBD
Patrick Smith / mocoNews:
Ericsson Pitching SMS Payment System At Online Newspapers
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon prepping HP Mini 311, Mini 110 for launch
Discussion: SlashGear, I4U News and Liliputing
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
MySQL cofounder says Oracle should sell database
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Loopt Launches “Loopt Mix”: Less about Networking, More about Dating
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
Friendster To Add Virtual Currencies
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Google loses Europe COO Ben Legg to European Directories
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Face-to-Face Socializing Starts With a Mobile Post
Discussion: Gawker, Bits, Glass House and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Mike Shaver:
.NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce support) unblocked
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Projects Now Integrated With Google Apps
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