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8:20 AM ET, October 20, 2009


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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple execs book flight time for mystery product, ‘not iPhone’, bafflement follows  —  We're deciphering Apple executives and their fourth quarter statements right now - but the initial take away at this stage is the company's mysterious admission that “air freight costs” are set to rise “abnormally” in the company's first quarter.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook scoffs at iPhone competitors  —  The iPhone was the hot new thing a year or two ago, but now it's seeing increasing competition from Google, Palm, and others — for example, my editor Matt Marshall just declared that he's abandoning his iPhone for Droid, the Android phone coming at the end of the month.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
The new iPod nano: A flop?  —  The good news in Apple's earnings call this afternoon, according to CFO Peter Oppenheimer, is that the Cupertino company has sold more Macs and iPhones than it ever has in the past, beating previous Mac sales records by 444,000 or 17% year over year …
Apple profits surge 46% on record sales of 3M Macs, 7.4M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 46 percent to 1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, on sales of $9.87 billion for the three-month period ended September 26, 2009.
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
How Low Will Apple Go On Price?  —  Apple had plenty of highlights to impart on its earnings conference call with analysts today.  The company enjoyed its highest profit margins ever, recorded record Mac and iPhone sales, and posted revenue growth of 12% and profits growth of 18% for the full year.
Discussion: Computerworld
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!  —  * Update - Just to be clear as I've seen some confusion in the commments, but as far as we know at this time the inPulse watch is not being made by/for BlackBerry (it won't feature a BlackBerry logo), but is being made for use with BlackBerry Smartphones.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ e-reader with color touchscreen out Tuesday for $259, says WSJ (update: Best Buy connection?)  —  Looks like the cat's out of the bag.  The Wall Street Journal's had a glimpse at what it says is an upcoming ad for Barnes & Noble's impending announcement …
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
This shouldn't be the image of Hack Day  —  I love hack days.  I was working in the vicinity of Chad Dickerson when he organised the first internal Yahoo! Hack Day back in 2005, and I've since participated in hack day events at Yahoo!, Global Radio and the Guardian.
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.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works  —  So I had brunch with Larry yesterday and he showed up carrying the Sunday Times and we were talking about the huge and incredibly embarrassing photo (above) of Ballmer that they ran on the front of their business cover.
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
The Answer Factory: Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell  —  If Christian Muñoz-Donoso is going to make this job pay, he's got to move quickly.  He has a list of 10 videos to shoot on this warm June morning, for which he'll earn just $200.  To get anything close to his usual rate, he'll have to do it all in two hours.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter hits five billion tweets  —  Former Current Media executive Robin Sloan appears to have posted Twitter's five billionth tweet, in the form of a reply to another user that otherwise read only “Oh lord.”  —  The landmark status of Sloan's tweet, which he has nicknamed “The Pentagigatweet …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New Twitter Hole That Probably Isn't  —  Earlier this evening the LA Times Tech Blog ran a post claming that Google has unrestricted access to Twitter's protected tweets, or, as the Times put it, the “key to the city”.  And you can apparently search those tweets with a not-too-difficult advanced Google search.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Mashable!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Internet Archive's BookServer could ‘dominate’ Amazon  —  SAN FRANCISCO—An initiative in the works from the nonprofit Internet Archive to centralize the electronic distribution of commercially viable books could upend the publishing industry and declaw, an industry analyst said.
What, you too?  YouTube to stream live U2 concert  —  U2's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday will be streamed live on video-sharing website YouTube, the band have announced.  —  Manager Paul McGuinness said that, as the gig was already being filmed, it was …
Discussion: Reuters
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Cell Phones to Go 3-D  —  Embedding microlenses in thin films could bring 3-D movies and games to mobile devices.  —  A new thin-film technology developed by 3M could enable mobile devices such as cell phones to show 3-D images without the need for special glasses.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile Tap coming November 11, Samsung Behold II on November 18?  —  The CLIQ might be getting the lion's share of the Android spotlight on T-Mobile at the moment, but it's not the only Google-equipped gear in the carrier's pipeline — the other big news there would be the Behold II from Samsung …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Mob Rule!  How Users Took Over Twitter  —  Last August, the people who putatively run Twitter — the small crew that three years ago launched the world's fastest-growing communications medium — announced a relatively minor change in the way the site functions.
Dan Bricklin:
VisiCalc turns 30 and SocialCalc turns 1.0  —  According to my notebook from 1979, 30 years ago today Dan Fylstra, head of Personal Software, our Bay Area publisher, told me that he had the first production VisiCalc packages in hand.  I received mine the next day (Saturday delivery).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With N900, Nokia Still Not Close to The iPhone  —  The biggest challenge for any touchscreen smartphone, no matter how good or great, is that it will almost always be compared to the iPhone.  Some of them like Verizon's Droid and Blackberry Storm seek that comparison.  Others are just going to have to deal with it.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and VoIP Watch
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 …
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.
Discussion: broadstuff and Podcasting News, Thanks:atul
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Micron boosts NAND flash endurance six-fold  —  Flash memory maker says SLC NAND flash can perform 300,000 write cycles  —  Computerworld - Micron Corp. today introduced what it claims to be the industry's highest endurance, highest capacity multi-level cell (MLC) and single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality pitting Web giants against state AGs, mayors  —  Most of the key online players came out for net neutrality on Monday.  They wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission cheering the agency's impending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “policies to preserve the open Internet …
Jim Reilly / IGN:
EA: Core Business Model a ‘Burning Platform’  —  EA Sports President Peter Moore gives a look at the future of digital gaming.  —  EA Sports president Peter Moore has painted a grim picture for the future of disc-based videogames.  —  Speaking at the 5th annual PLAY Digital Media Conference during …
Laura DiDio / ITIC:
ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey: 80% of Users Give Windows 7 High Marks for Compatibility  —  A new independent ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey of nearly 1,500 companies worldwide indicates 60% of respondents will deploy Windows 7.  Nearly one-third of respondents — 30% — say they will migrate …
Apm / alarm:clock:
Tweet Ad Network Funded  —  LA-based, which has developed in-stream advertising on Twitter, has raised $500K.  The round came from GRP Partners. monetizes Twitter feeds from people who have 7 figure followers, as well as those we have fewer.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Scoreloop will help iPhone developers make their games social  —  Scoreloop is announcing today that it will make it easier than ever for iPhone game makers to put social networking features in their games.  —  This so-called CoreSocial technology, described as a white label social gaming platform …
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech exports down this year - bottom unclear
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Fake security software in millions of computers: Symantec
Discussion: Computerworld and
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Accel Expands In India
Discussion: PR Newswire and
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
BMC buys Tideway for component tracking tools
Jacqueline Emigh / Computerworld:
Apple Restores Banned 3G TV iPhone App
Discussion: PC World and Digits
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Be Valued At $60 Million In Sale To Ontela
Discussion: The Seattle Times, TechFlash and mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jeff Aguero / The Official Google Blog:
Flying in a WiFi wonderland: Free Internet from Google on Virgin America flights

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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
A look at Joe Biden's media diet, which includes MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNN, Fox News, the Financial Times, the Apple News app, and the rare book for leisure

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