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1:55 AM ET, October 27, 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.
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft nixes ‘Family Guy’ deal after content proves too raunchy
Discussion: CrunchGear, Thanks:johnhcook
Pierre Lebeau / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice with your existing number  —  Google Voice is all about enabling choice: which phone you pick up your calls on, where to review your voicemail messages, how to send and reply to text messages, etc.  So when it comes to your phone number, it was logical for us to also offer a choice of which number to use with Google Voice.
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Can Now Take Control Of Your Mobile Voicemail  —  Google Voice is a great way to manage phone hell by giving you a single phone number that automatically rings your mobile, home, work and other phones based on your choice of rules and settings (who's calling, when, etc.).
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Share Adds Live Share Counts, Analytics
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 …
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.
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Won't Sell Nook To Go In All Stores  —  Its 700-plus U.S. stores should give Barnes & Noble an edge in the contest for e-reader dollars but many won't be selling the actual Nook on site.  Instead, I was told as a customer, the booksellers will order a device for in-store customers …
Krishnan Subramanian / CloudAve:
Amazon Releases Relational Database As A Service - My Initial Thoughts  —  Here is a breaking news from Amazon.  Amazon Web Services is releasing Relational Database as a Service (RDS).  The press release is yet to go out but the website is active.  They will be announcing the news at 1:00 AM PST tomorrow.
Discussion: The Mark Bao Journal
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter And Y Combinator Team Up For Startup Stream Access  —  This past weekend, Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone spoke at Startup School.  Before they took the stage, they met up with Y Combinator's Paul Graham and came up with a great idea: A deal to ensure …
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Grooveshark Has a New Look, But It's Still Streaming Unlicensed Content  —  Grooveshark, the free streaming music site based out of Gainesville, Fla., is set to introduce a major redesign tonight aimed at taking on much-discussed European upstart Spotify as well as incumbents such as Imeem and MySpace Music.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook tinkering with big changes that may weaken app virality  —  Facebook is having one-on-one meetings with some of its larger developers detailing a series of changes that could significantly affect the way applications are spread through the social network.
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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.
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
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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