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10:10 PM ET, October 26, 2009

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Maureen Heymans / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Social Search: I finally found my friend's New York blog!  —  Your friends and contacts are a key part of your life online.  Most people on the web today make social connections and publish web content in many different ways, including blogs, status updates and tweets.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Social Search Launches, Gives Results From Your Trusted “Social Circle”  —  Google Social Search is rolling out, a new service from Google that allows you to easily find material written by people you know and trust.  It's a pretty cool idea, especially in that it's pretty painless to get started using it.
Discussion: BetaNews, eWeek, everwas and Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog, Thanks:atul
Michael Schneider / Variety:
MacFarlane special loses Microsoft  —  Microsoft has yanked its sponsorship off Fox's upcoming Seth MacFarlane comedy/variety special.  Fox still plans to air “Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show” on Nov. 8, but with another, yet-to-be-named sponsor.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft nixes ‘Family Guy’ deal after content proves too raunchy  —  Here's an unexpected development.  Microsoft has pulled the plug on Windows 7's high-profile and somewhat controversial sponsorship of a TV special developed “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
Thanks:johnhcook
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.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
A Verizon iPhone Is 'Exclusively in Apple's Court,' Verizon Says  —  Verizon Wireless takes jabs at the iPhone in its Droid advertising, but it said Monday that it's still interested in selling the popular device. … In fact, it's not up to the carrier, suggested Ivan Seidenberg, chief executive of Verizon Communications.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon preps fourth quarter device barrage; Droid will ‘stimulate demand’  —  Verizon delivered a solid third quarter courtesy of its wireless business, which added 1.2 million net customers excluding acquisitions.  The company also said it is set up for the fourth quarter with the launch …
Interoperability:
Roadmap for Outlook Personal Folders (.pst) Documentation  —  By Paul Lorimer, Group Manager, Microsoft Office Interoperability  —  Data portability has become an increasing need for our customers and partners as more information is stored and shared in digital formats.
Mark Kinsey / Facebook Developers:
Extending Facebook Share  —  Each week, users share more than 2 billion pieces of content on Facebook, and most of that sharing is facilitated by Facebook Share buttons across the Web, on websites like YouTube, Wall Street Journal, and Photobucket.  With just a few lines of code …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Share Adds Live Share Counts, Analytics
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
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.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace are engaged in contentsharing talks  —  Facebook and MySpace are in talks about sharing content across both sites, according to senior figures at the two companies.  —  The move could potentially see MySpace music and video footage being shared on Facebook via its Connect platform …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: inside Mozilla's Raindrop messaging platform  —  Mozilla Messaging, the organization behind the Thunderbird e-mail program, has introduced a new open source messaging aggregation platform: Raindrop.  The project is at an extremely early stage of development but the code …
Sean Gregory / Time:
ESPN vs. Deadspin: Sports-Media Spat Turns Ugly Online  —  The recent revelation that ESPN baseball analyst (and former Mets executive) Steve Phillips carried out an extramartial affair with a young production assistant, who then allegedly stalked his family, was shocking enough — enough …
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 …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC: We're Not Going To Apologize For Blowing Friday's Microsoft News  —  Anyone who was trading Microsoft (MSFT) on Friday could be forgiven for screaming obscenities at their TV.  —  An incorrect report by CNBC around 10:50am temporarily smacked the stock.
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: AndroidGuys, Inc.com and jkOnTheRun
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Scammed By Malware Crew Pretending To Be Suzuki  —  Gawker Media just got scammed by a malware company pretending to be Suzuki.  —  The “ads” crashed readers' browsers, and, in some cases, installed spyware.  —  Gawker—no babes in the woods on this issue—have been kind enough …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Moms Use Their iPhones  —  According to a new survey by mobile advertising network Greystripe, mothers with iPhones regularly let their children use their phones, download games specifically for their children and often use their phones at grocery stores to compare prices and check their grocery lists.
Deal Journal:
Carl Icahn to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘I Wish You Could Be Cloned’  —  The WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro and Jeffrey McCracken file this dispatch:  —  Activist investor Carl Icahn earned his way onto the Yahoo board last year through epistolary warfare, sending Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock letter …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Google refines Custom Search, delivers Wikipedia skin  —  To commemorate last week's third anniversary of the launch of Google's Custom Search tool, the search giant has announced a slate of updates to its customizable search service.  —  Design options  —  To kick things off …
William Matthews / Defense News:
Banned USB Drives May Get Thumbs Up  —  U.S. Military Expected To Permit Some Thumb Drive Use Again  —  After being banned almost a year ago as bug-infested cyber threats, thumb drives may soon be allowed to plug back into U.S. Defense Department computers and networks.  —  But not all thumb drives.
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Netbook with N470 can have 2GB memory  —  Intel tells partners to price products up to $349  —  As a part of recent notebook plan update, Intel did let its partners know that after March 2010, they will be officially able to use more than a pathetic 1GB of memory in netbooks.
Discussion: Technologizer, Liliputing and SlashGear
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailers Try Twitter - Still Prefer Facebook, YouTube and MySpace  —  Social networking sites are quickly becoming one of the most important places where retailers can meet potential customers and interact with their current customer base.  According to a new report from eMarketer …
Discussion: eMarketer and WebProNews
China Real Time Report:
The Facebook Few — 14,000 and Falling  —  The number of Facebook users in China is dwindling.  Or to be more exact: falling off a cliff.  And not by choice, as anyone who has tried to access Facebook in China recently knows.  —  It's no secret among people in the Internet business in China …
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo gets official with Win7-powered IdeaPad and IdeaCentre machines  —  Lenovo already got official with a couple of its Windows 7-powered machines last week, but it looks like the rest of the crop is landing today.  Of course, we've already seen the 11.6-inch IdeaPad U150 and 15.6-inch U550 pop …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Shoppers To Spend $400 Million On eBay This Year ... Using Its iPhone App  —  Holy m-commerce, Batman!  —  According to eBay CEO John Donahoe, shoppers have already spent about $400 million on the popular commerce site using the company's free iPhone application.
Jeremy Kessel / MobileCrunch:
T-Mobile to launch the Sony Ericsson Equinox on Oct. 28th  —  Earlier today, Sony Ericsson announced the launch of its newest flip phone, the Equinox.  The new clamshell that “encourage[s] individualism through unique pulsating night effects that enable users to never miss a call or text message” …
Discussion: Phone Scoop and TmoNews
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xerox develops silver ink for wearable or throwaway electronics  —  Xerox researchers have invented a kind of ink that can conduct electricity and be used to put electronic circuits on top of plastics, film, and textiles.  That means in the coming years we'll be able to wear or bend our electronics.
Discussion: CNET News
David / my california adventures:
Time Warner security hole still wide open  —  I've received incredible response from the Time Warner modem/router security issue I wrote about last week.  It was immediately picked up by Wired, Cnet, PC World, and various other news sources.  Even Time Warner themselves immediately responded to my post with: “Thanks for your post.
Discussion: Threat Level and CNET News
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Ebooks helping surge in library members
Discussion: Fast Company and TeleRead
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
85,000 reasons why Apple's iPhone isn't going to be disrupted
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW and Technovia
Brough / Communications:
Has AT&T Wireless data congestion been self-inflicted?
Discussion: Technologizer
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook Pros to receive new Quad-core processors in coming weeks?