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4:55 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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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
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
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.
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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Michell Bak / se-blog:
What's Next: Sony Ericsson posts Rachael announcement date - now officially confirmed!  —  Sony Ericsson has 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?
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
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Orkut Slows Hemorrhaging To Facebook By Making Friend Export Tool Nearly Useless  —  Orkut continues to undermine Google's Data Liberation Front, whose singular goal is to “make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products”.  Earlier this month the Orkut friend exporter …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers Across the Country Show Steep Declines in Circulation, in New FAS-FAX  —  NEW YORK Circulation at many of the country's largest newspapers continued a steep slide as the Audit Bureau of Circulations Monday morning released the latest figures for the six months ending September 2009 …
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
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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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Jeremy Kessel / MobileCrunch:
T-Mobile to launch the Sony Ericsson Equinox on Oct. 28th
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget Mobile
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Scammed By Malware Crew Pretending To Be Suzuki
Deal Journal:
Carl Icahn to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘I Wish You Could Be Cloned’
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Twitter CEO: OK if teens don't tweet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Loses Its Chief Lifestreamer, David Liu
 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailers Try Twitter - Still Prefer Facebook, YouTube and MySpace
Discussion: eMarketer and WebProNews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Angel Investors Back Game Developer Unity Technologies With $5.5 Million
Discussion: paidContent
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC: We're Not Going To Apologize For Blowing Friday's Microsoft News
China Real Time Report:
The Facebook Few — 14,000 and Falling
Discussion: Global Voices Online
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Skips Debate, Commits to Health Insurance
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System