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11:05 AM ET, October 26, 2009

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Ephraim Gadsby / Gawker:
Bill Keller: Apple Tablet ‘Impending’  —  Bill Keller may have casually mentioned that Apple's not-officially-happening-but-clearly- happening tablet computer is imminent and that the New York Times are working to bring content to it.  —  Earlier this year a stealth team from the newspaper was rumoured …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple Tablet rumor roundup: NYT speaks of ‘impending Apple slate,’ new SIM tray leaks (video)  —  Bear with us as we bring you the latest rumors related to the most important product that never was: the Apple tablet.  Today we have a pair of rumors bubbling to the surface of a delicious tattle brew.
Verizon:
A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wirelessâ Network On Oct. 28  — The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Verizon Storm2 on October 28th, BlackBerry OS 5.0 for original Storm out now  —  If you have an original Storm purchased through Verizon then first, our condolences.  At the risk of rubbing it in (since you're still on contract) we have to tell you that the second generation Storm2 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Netflix Movies Stream to Sony's PlayStation 3  —  Next month, the 9 million U.S. owners of Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles will have another entertainment option available to them: streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix.  —  The long-awaited announcement gives Netflix another distribution channel …
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Steve Swasey / PlayStation.Blog:
Netflix Coming Soon to PlayStation 3
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
HTC Launches Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign About ‘You’ To Become Household Name  —  HTC may be the most successful cellphone company you've never heard of.  —  At least that was the headline three years ago when the Taiwanese-based company was getting serious about establishing itself …
Nancy Scola / Personal Democracy Forum:
WhiteHouse.gov Goes Drupal [Updated]  —  WhiteHouse.gov has gone Drupal.  After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook Pros to receive new Quad-core processors in coming weeks?  —  An Applesana forum poster (via Applesfera) is reporting that the new Mac OS 10.6.2 OS build 10C531 contains the following references to new MacBook Pros:  —  Current MacBook Pros are Version 5_5.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft, Google and the Bear  —  Excuse me for repeating a hoary old joke: … This succinctly describes the relationship when it comes to smartphones between Google (the camper with the running shoes), Microsoft (the other camper) and Apple (the bear).  —  I wrote an article in Monday's Times …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce And Adobe Partner To Offer Flash-Based Applications In The Cloud  —  With all of its SaaS offerings, Salesforce.com is consistently integrating with other forms of cutting edge technologies, such as Twitter, Box.net, and more to offer clients more diverse and appealing options.
Brough / Communications:
Has AT&T Wireless data congestion been self-inflicted?  —  We've all heard or read stories about how iPhone usage has overloaded the AT&T Wireless network but it's likely at least some of their problems are the result of configuration errors specifically, congestion collapse induced by misconfigured buffers in their mobile core network.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Slashdot and Joho the Blog
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Found Footage: iPhone costumes are either genius or deeply misguided  —  You have to hand it to Reko and John for their stick-to-it-iveness; they were behind a similar set of iPhone costumes in 2007, but those didn't have the fully-functional power of these new outfits.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Companies big and small monitor Twitter to find out what their customers like and what they want changed.  Twitter does the same.  —  It started two years ago as a bare-bones service, offering little more than the ability to post 140-character messages.
Telegraph:
Ebooks helping surge in library members  —  E-books are helping libraries attract a flurry of new members, as readers embrace digital novels.  —  After years of library membership declining and fears that the public no longer wanted to borrow books, some institutions are reporting a spike …
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
IT leaders trust Microsoft more than Google, 2-to-1  —  Microsoft has a long history with CIOs.  Google is one of the most trusted brands on earth.  TechRepublic's CIO Jury ruled on which one IT trusts more.  —  Google has gotten much more aggressive about expanding beyond Web search in 2009.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tilera debuts chip with 100 computing brains for vast data centers  —  Networking chip maker Tilera is debuting a chip today with 100 computing brains.  It believes that this hydra beast will be able to improve the computing power of data centers while reducing their power consumption at the same time.
Benj Edwards / Technologizer:
Classic PCs vs. New PCs: Their True Cost  —  You're familiar with Moore's law.  You know all about the accelerating pace of information technology.  Regardless, you're still amazed at how many gigabytes you can fit in your pocket these days.  Remember how your first computer's entire hard disk only held 20 megabytes?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
85,000 reasons why Apple's iPhone isn't going to be disrupted  —  There's nothing geeks love more than to argue mobile phone platforms.  Here's Matt Blaisdell saying that apps weren't key to iPhone's success.  That's true, but now that Apple has apps the world has changed and challengers to the iPhone will find it very tough.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Technovia
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
User-generated Wi-Fi hotspots  —  Finding that elusive open Wi-Fi connection just got easier this week with the launch of a new application that is building a world Wi-Fi map from its users connections.  —  Devicescape, a Silicon Valley startup, had previously offered a simple program called Easy Wifi …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
27 Takes on Windows 7  —  By now, it's just silly to analyze Windows 7.  All you really need to know is that it's better than Vista, and if you use a PC, it's probably your next OS.  So let's give Win7 a 27-reviewer victory lap.  —  CNET  —  “Windows 7 presents a stable platform …
The Unlockr:
Mystery HTC Android Handset Has a Name and a Carrier  —  So do you remember the post we did on a certain mysterious HTC Android device that we've never seen before?  —  Well after doing some research I'm 90% positive as to what this phone is...  Its the HTC Dragon!  Well, sort of.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
TomTom car mount now available at US Apple store for $120  —  The Tomtom iPhone mounting kit is now available in the US Apple Store.  We still think it is exploitation of iPhone customers when a full Tomtom can often be had for less than the $120 Apple Store price of the Mounting kit alone.
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Press Association:
Web set for non-English addresses  —  The internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names - or addresses - that can be written in languages other than English, an official has said.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet  —  By almost any imaginable definition, last week was the newsiest ever in the still-new world of e-book readers.  We witnessed the unveiling of Barnes & Noble's ambitious Nook.  We got more details about Plastic Logic's long-awaited device.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
 
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