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1:25 PM 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.).
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.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Phil Schiller: No More Apple Products This Year [Update: Apple Called]  —  People are mumbling about incoming this and that “coming soon” from Apple.  Normally, we don't have a clue about what really goes one at Cupertino.  Sometimes, however, we hit gold, lurking in the dark.  Others, we get The Word.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Does the New York Times Really Know About Apple's Tablet?  “I Ain't Sayin',” Says Editor Bill Keller.  —  Leave it to the Apple-obsessed to go nuts over a three-word phrase in a week-day-old video of a two-week old event.  But that's what they did yesterday.
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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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Roku introduces two new set-tops, teases additional content channels coming next month  —  Roku is prepping its set-top box line for the holiday season by adding two new models and new content “channels” due within the coming weeks.  —  The step-up Roku HD XR Player ($130) adds faster 802.11n.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
VMWare Fusion 3.0 - shipping today  —  With Windows 7 out the breech and Snow Leopard already purring on many Macs, news that VMWare Fusion 3.0 ships today, October 27, is well-timed.  —  You may have missed the brilliant weekend deal which enabled you to pick up a copy …
Discussion: Computerworld
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VMware Rolls Out Workstation 7 for Desktops
Discussion: InfoWorld
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?
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Shopping Spree Continues; Cisco Buys ScanSafe For $183 Million  —  Cisco has added another company to its coffers with the acquisition of ScanSafe for $183 million.  A few weeks ago, Cisco announced a $2.9 billion acquisition of mobile networking infrastructure provider Starent Networks …
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.
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?
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”
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: GigaOM and TechCrunch Europe
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.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Email Contains Virus [ALERT]  —  Another new virus is spreading through social networks, this time, via Facebook.  This one - known as Bredolab - masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email,” appears to come from Facebook, and attaches a file that purports to contain a new password.
Discussion: Zero Day, All Facebook, mxlab and I4U News
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.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Vevo Lands AT&T As Its First Advertiser  —  Music video startup Vevo announced that it has signed up AT&T as its first advertiser.  —  There's no word on how much the deal was worth, but a Vevo rep says it's a “long term” deal.  She also says Vevo will be announcing more advertisers in the near future.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Outlook Opens Up to an Uncertain Future  —  While most of us were too engrossed in the somewhat ephemeral news of Google's new attempts at becoming social, something much more profound transpired — something that can have an impact on millions upon millions of people.
Discussion: Maximum PC and IT PRO - Today, Thanks:atul
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.
 
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DeepDyve launches rental service for scientific research
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Global Phone Number Provider iNum Brings HD Voice Calling To Skype
Discussion: iNum
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intuit enhances Quickbooks by bringing cloud apps to desktop software
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Netbooks boost graphics chip shipments
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Apple: How Long a Rally?
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A Presidential Hacking Hoax
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Firms Make Bet With Ad Blitz
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun's MySQL fork survival theory ripped
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome, Not Chromium, For Mac Has That Solid Feel
Rachel Kremen / Technology Review:
Microsoft's Many Multitouch Mice
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook tinkering with big changes that may weaken app virality
Discussion: Softpedia News and All Facebook