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8:40 PM ET, October 27, 2009

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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-old video of a two-week-old event.  But that's what they did yesterday.
Android Developers Blog:
Announcing Android 2.0 support in the SDK!  —  I am excited to announce that the Android SDK now supports Android 2.0 (also known as Eclair).  —  Android 2.0 brings new developer APIs for sync, Bluetooth, and a few other areas.  Using the new sync, account manager and contacts APIs …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android 2.0 Official: It's the Android We've Been Waiting For  —  This is it: The official video laying out Android 2.0's new features, to go along with 2.0 support hitting the SDK today.  Man, Android 2.0 is nice.  —  Highlights of Android 2. revealed in the video are a new contacts setup …
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris launching November 6th on Verizon  —  One of our connects hit us up and informed us that the much-awaited Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris will be launching on the same day of November 6th.  We previously heard from another source that Droid Eris would launch on the 6th …
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InvestorPlace.com:
Apple Soars Behind iPhone 3GS Momentum  —  By Paul Carton, Director of Research, ChangeWave Research  —  These are heady times for the smart phone market, with consumer buying plans near record levels.  Moreover, electronics spending in general shows signs of a pick up.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Survey shows iPhone threatens BlackBerry; Palm holds steady
Discussion: App Advice and PreCentral.net
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.
Zee / Appetite:
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.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Los Angeles adopts Google e-mail system for 30,000 city employees  —  The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to outsource its e-mail system to Google Inc., making it the largest city in the nation to make the move and handing the Web search giant a major victory in its quest …
Discussion: Between the Lines and CNET News
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Launch Real Time Search, Too  —  Not wanting to be left completely behind, Yahoo will soon launch their own real time search engine too.  But unlike Microsoft and Google, they won't be partnering with Twitter and Facebook directly for the data (perhaps memories of their ill-fated blog search engine from 2005 linger).
Discussion: CNET News and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter investor: 'We didn't need the money'  —  LOS ANGELES—Twitter didn't rake in $100 million because it was about to run out of money, investor and board member Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital said in a panel at the 140 Conference on Tuesday morning.  —  There was still money left over …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook, Stanford ask — can social networking promote world peace?  —  Facebook and a Stanford University lab specializing in persuasive technology have launched http://peace.facebook.com, an experiment in social networking data with a warm, fuzzy premise: Can online friendships translate …
Liang Chen / business.globaltimes.cn:
Google accused of ‘malicious revenge’  —  Google, the search-engine giant, is in the spotlight again after blocking the book channel of the People's Daily website, allegedly for having carried stories about Google's recent copyright conflict with Chinese writers.
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 …
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 …
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Rick Broida / The Download Blog:
Beloved boardgame Settlers of Catan comes to iPhone  —  Catan brings the complete Settlers of Catan boardgame experience to the iPhone.  —  If you've never heard of Settlers of Catan, you owe it to yourself to read the Wired story, Monopoly Killer: Perfect German board game redefines genre.
Discussion: The Loop
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Diller eyes deal making with possible Ask.com sale  —  * Q3 rev down 9 pct due to weaker ad sales  —  * Shares up 1 percent.  —  * Open to consolidation in search business (Adds analyst comments, CEO comments, new first sentence)  —  Barry Diller may be about to hang a ‘for sale’ on Ask.com …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL's Patch Plans Big New York Expansion  —  AOL-owned hyper-local firm Patch Media is making a big push into New York state, with the launch of 11 sites in Long Island and Westchester County over the next three months; the expansion will nearly double the size of the hyper-local network …
Discussion: Local Onliner and PR Newswire
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Phones Get a Social Address Book  —  Originally revealed at this spring's DEMO 09 conference, the Asurion Mobile address book stood out as one of the more memorable mobile products.  Still called simply “AddressBook,” this social media-infused contacts application is designed exclusively for Android handsets.
Discussion: CloudAve and jkOnTheRun
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
10-K Watch: Apple's iPod Net Sales Dropped 12 Percent In 2009; iTunes Up  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is still selling millions of iPods but making less from them, according to the 10-K filed with the SEC late this afternoon: net sales dropped $1.1 billion—12 percent—to $8.091 billion in fiscal 2009 …
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 …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple set to raise curtain on fourth Manhattan store  —  While it was confirmed several months ago that Apple would be opening a fourth Manhattan retail store on the Upper West Side, the company appears to be just days away from taking the wraps off the somewhat secretive project.
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter user list favors Dems in Calif. gov race  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When people sign up for Twitter, the popular social-networking site presents a list of suggested users to follow, driving significant traffic to sports figures, celebrities, politicians and other prominent posters.
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 …
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
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