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1:20 PM 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.
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
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 …
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Verizon:
A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wireless' Network On Oct. 2  — 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will There Be an Android App Boom Soon?  —  With a number of Google's Android OS-based smartphones on the horizon, developers are devoting significant resources to the mobile platform, which will result in a boom in Android apps, according to reports from two Silicon Valley startups, Flurry and AdMob.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Big in Japan
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:   A Verizon iPhone Is 'Exclusively in Apple's Court,' Verizon Says
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Pixi Will Cost $99, Available Nov. 15 On Sprint  —  Sprint Nextel just announced that the new Palm Pixi will go on sale for $99 on Nov. 15.  The Pixi is a smaller, skinnier answer to Palm's Pre.  It's basically a souped-up version of its Centro device, which was especially popular with women.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Emptyage
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
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.
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.
Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Memories of Friends Departed Endure on Facebook  —  I'm facing an anniversary soon: I will have worked at Facebook for four years.  I was originally drawn to the company for the opportunity to help build a technology that enables people to model their social network and interact with it online.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
GeoCities' time has expired, Yahoo closing the site today  —  We always imagined how this might end: GeoCities would finally take down all of the animated “under construction” signs, and we'd hear one last Midi file to the tune of horns playing taps.  —  Instead, GeoCities will probably go down with a whimper today.
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Twitter ‘costs British economy £1.38bn’  —  Social networking websites such as Twitter are costing British businesses £1.38 billion a year in wasted time, a survey claims.  —  More than half of office workers use sites like Twitter and Facebook for personal use during the working day …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital, Bet on Aviary, a Web-Based Would-Be Adobe  —  Last week, Jeff Bezos made $2 billion in one day, courtesy of a massive spike in Amazon shares.  What will he do with the extra dough?  —  Perhaps plow it into more start-ups like Aviary, a Long Island-based design software company.
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: TUAW, TechCrunch and Technovia
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.
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.
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
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.
Computerworld:
Sony optical disc drive unit being investigated by DOJ  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony regarding its optical disc drive business in what could be the start of an investigation into the industry.  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information …
Discussion: Reuters, The Register and Engadget
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Space.com & Related Sites Acquired by TopTenReviews  —  Didn't see this one coming, at least from the buyer's side: The consumer media division of Imaginova, which includes Space.com, LiveScience.com and Newsarama.com, has been acquired by Ogden, Utah-based online tech/reviews company TopTenReviews, for an undisclosed amount.
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.
 
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Peggy Orenstein / New York Times:
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Louis Gray:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and AppScout, Thanks:atul