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9:50 AM ET, October 27, 2009

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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.
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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.).
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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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon RDS - The Amazon Relational Database Service  —  We are always looking for ways to make it faster, simpler, and more fun to develop applications of all types.  Every hour that you don't spend fiddling with hardware, tracing cables, installing operating systems or managing databases …
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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
Discussion: CrunchGear, Thanks:johnhcook
Zee / The Next Web:
It's Official.  Google Wave to Get Its Own App Store (with potentially more than just apps)  —  My fellow writer James Glick attended the Google Wave GTUG (Google Technology User Group) meeting in London yesterday and came away with a few interesting nuggets of information regarding the future of Google Wave.
Discussion: Advocate's Studio and TechRadar.com, Thanks:mgcreed
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Outlook Opens Up To An Uncertain Future  —  While most of us were too engrossed today in the somewhat ephemeral news around Google's new attempts at becoming social, something much more profound transpired — something that can have an impact on millions upon millions of people.
Thanks:atul
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
HTC Working on Android 2.0 Phones  —  It looks like Motorola aren't the only people to get a taste of that yummy Eclair - otherwise known as Android 2.0.  The Android 2.0 software launch is going very oddly.  Google hasn't announced the OS or SDK, but Verizon says the Motorola Droid will be running the OS.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Samsung Moment review
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Microsoft's MSN Is in Early Talks With MySpace About Music Tie-Up  —  Microsoft's MSN is in preliminary talks with MySpace about using the social networking site's music service, MySpace Music, to help power music offerings on the giant portal.  —  While sources at both companies cautioned …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Why Windows 7 Costs so Much  —  I've had a couple days now with Windows 7 and it is certainly an improvement over both Vista and XP, requiring slightly less resources than either (significantly less than Vista), booting faster, and offering superior usability.  Yeah, but why does it cost so much?
Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple shops tablet around Australia  —  Apple is preparing to release a groundbreaking tablet computer in Australia and around the world early next year and has been in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device.  —  The tablet is tipped to be a larger version of the iPhone.
Michell Bak / se-blog:
What's Next: Sony Ericsson posts Rachael announcement date - now officially confirmed!  —  Sony Ericsson have just launched the “What's Next?” campaign website and there's no doubt it's about the announcement of Rachael, which according to the site will happen on the 3rd of November.  —  How can I be so sure?
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 …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome, Not Chromium, For Mac Has That Solid Feel  —  We've spent the past several months closely tracking the progress of Chrome for Mac.  Well over a year after its release for Windows, there hasn't been so much as a beta version for Mac (or Linux, for that matter) yet.
CNN:
Report: Stray jet's pilots were on laptops  —  (CNN) — The pilots of the commercial jetliner that last week overshot its destination by about 150 miles have said they were using their laptops and lost track of time and location, federal safety officials said Monday.
Discussion: Gizmodo, GottaBeMobile.com and Engadget
Nick Mueller / ArcticStartup:
Spotify CTO Is Leaving, Door Won't Hit Him On The Way Out  —  Spotify CTO Andreas Ehn tweeted about leaving the company this morning, in a surprise move that might signal the direction of things at the Stockholm (er, Luxembourg) based startup.  —  When a CTO leaves a company as well regarded as Spotify …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
John Markoff / New York Times:
Old Trick Threatens the Newest Weapons  —  Despite a six-year effort to build trusted computer chips for military systems, the Pentagon now manufactures in secure facilities run by American companies only about 2 percent of the more than $3.5 billion of integrated circuits bought annually for use in military gear.
Rachel Kremen / Technology Review:
Microsoft's Many Multitouch Mice  —  Apple's Magic Mouse might be slick, but Microsoft is working on five multitouch mouse designs.  —  Last week Apple released the Magic Mouse, a new computer mouse with a “multitouch” interface that responds to movement of fingertips across its surface …
Discussion: Macworld
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 …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun's MySQL fork survival theory ripped  —  GPL does code, not ‘brand’  —  If Oracle screws up MySQL, the community will fork and the database will live on under another name - leaving Oracle high and dry.  —  At least that's the open-source theory.  And it's a theory Sun Microsystems' executives past …
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Firms Make Bet With Ad Blitz  —  Technology companies are launching big advertising campaigns as they wager on a pickup in business spending and jockey to have their products stand apart in an environment where new customers are hard to find and competition is intensifying.
Thanks:beet_tv
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 …
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 …
 
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Maggie Fox / Reuters:
SEC and Homeland Security need Web backup, GAO says
Kirk Biglione / Medialoper:
Is Book Sharing Really a Threat to Publishing?
Discussion: Kindle Review
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers Across the Country Show Steep Declines in Circulation, in New FAS-FAX
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Orkut Slows Hemorrhaging To Facebook By Making Friend Export Tool Nearly Useless
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook tinkering with big changes that may weaken app virality
Discussion: All Facebook
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Grooveshark Has a New Look, But It's Still Streaming Unlicensed Content
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xerox develops silver ink for wearable or throwaway electronics
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Scammed By Malware Crew Pretending To Be Suzuki
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
William Matthews / Defense News:
Banned USB Drives May Get Thumbs Up
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Shoppers To Spend $400 Million On eBay This Year ... Using Its iPhone App
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Sean Gregory / Time:
ESPN vs. Deadspin: Sports-Media Spat Turns Ugly Online
Deal Journal:
Carl Icahn to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘I Wish You Could Be Cloned’
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: inside Mozilla's Raindrop messaging platform
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Memories of Friends Departed Endure on Facebook