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9:15 AM ET, October 28, 2009

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Stalqer Peers Into Your iPhone For A New Level Of Location-Based Creepiness  —  Foursquare and Loopt have put location-based social networks on the map, and have potentially created a viable business model as well.  Now there's a new kid on the block, called Stalqer, which best described as a Foursquare on steroids.
The Official Google Blog:
Similar Images graduates from Google Labs  —  Today, we're happy to announce that Similar Images is graduating from Google Labs and becoming a permanent feature in Google Images.  You can try it out by clicking on “Find similar images” below the most popular images in our search results.
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Pound the Quality  —  “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts.  If you have the law on your side, pound the law.  If you have neither on your side, pound the table.”  —Legal Adage  —  Much of the current hype surrounding the App Store centers around the sheer number of apps available.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:atul
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPhone cannot win the smartphone wars
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Picture Of Unlaunched Apple Tablet (circa 1990)  —  Yeah ok it isn't that Apple Tablet.  But this is a picture, taken around 1990, of the Apple Pen Mac, a little known and never launched Apple tablet project.  As far as we can tell there is no other image of this device anywhere on the Internet …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo, Thanks:thinkmantra
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Want 50Mbps Internet in your town?  Threaten to roll out your own  —  ISPs may not act for years on local complaints about slow Internet—but when a town rolls out its own solution, it's amazing how fast the incumbents can deploy fiber, cut prices, and run to the legislature.
Discussion: digg.com
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mobile Phone Software Company Not Pleased With Courgette, Sues Google  —  Red Bend, a VC-backed mobile phone software developer, is taking Google to court over alleged infringement of a patent it holds.  —  In its legal complaint filed earlier this week in Boston's district court …
Discussion: Mass High Tech
Toktumi VoIP News:
Is the BlackBerry Doomed?  —  Apple's astounding 4th quarter fiscal results (reported Oct 19th) and its climb past $200 per share comes in stark contrast to Research in Motion's (RIM) earnings reported September 25th.  Their stock is now trading 20% lower than it was a month ago and the outlook for the future appears grim.
Discussion: Web Analytics World, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time.  Figuring out how to rank real …
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.
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Magic Mouse software update released  —  Today, Apple released updates for both Leopard and Snow Leopard enabling the OS to use the multi-touch capabilities of standalone versions of the Magic Mouse.  —  The updates, which weigh in at 64 and 36 megabytes respectively, require Mac OS X 10.5.8 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Did AMD's former CEO reveal confidential secrets in Galleon insider trading case?  —  Former Advanced Micro Devices chief executive Hector Ruiz allegedly shared confidential secrets about his company to a trader involved in the Galleon insider trading scandal, according to the Wall Street Journal.
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft to shut down MSN Direct traffic service for GPS  —  Microsoft is killing its MSN Direct subscription service that provided real-time traffic information, plus weather, stock quotes and local gas prices to car GPS navigators.  But not for a while — the company said the service would shut off Jan. 1, 2012.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
My Treadmill Is Twittering!  The Next Frontier for Connected Devices: The Gym  —  Netpulse announced last night it had raised $3.1 million in Series A funding led by Javelin Venture Partners to bring interactive media to gyms.  We were curious about the idea of connected fitness devices …
John Resig:
Google Groups is Dead  —  As far as I'm concerned, Google Groups is dead.  —  For the jQuery project we've run all of our community discussions through Google Group mailing lists for the past three years.  At this moment the main jQuery group is the second most popular programming group …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia-Apple row may last more than 1 year  —  * Has Apple licensing deal, not based at full iPhone price  —  * Sees quick deal unlikely in Nokia-Apple legal battle  —  * Sees royalty base one of key issues in Nokia-Apple deal (Adds details from Apple filing, interview)
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Kristina Cooke / Reuters:
Facebook challenges financial regulators: FINRA  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn raise “serious new challenges” for financial regulators, the head of the largest U.S. independent securities regulator said on Tuesday.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Paramount bets big on Web serials  —  Austin Highsmith (left) and Ryan Doom, members of the cast of “Circle of Eight,” a slick-looking Web-based show from Paramount Digital Entertainment  —  (Credit: Paramount Digital Entertainment)  —  The story begins with an attractive young woman moving …
Discussion: Tubefilter News and NewTeeVee
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP: Enterprise software market ‘difficult’; Emerging markets weak  —  SAP's third quarter was a mixed bag.  Earnings were a touch better than expectations, but revenue and the outlook disappointed investors.  Meanwhile, SAP said the software market showed “signs of stabilization,” but remained difficult.
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).
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's ‘Signature PCs’ show its vision of computing perfection  —  People visiting Microsoft's new store in Scottsdale, Ariz., have started noticing something interesting, apart from its shameless similarities to Apple's retail outlets.  The computers on display in the Microsoft Store come without …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Neowin.net
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing Final Releases of Platform Update for Windows Vista Technologies  —  Today we are announcing the final release of the Platform Update for Windows Vista.  The Platform Update for Windows Vista features a set of runtime libraries which add support for new technologies making it easier …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
The TwitterPeek is Real?  Cmon!  No, seriously?  —  As a “connected gadget guy” I had heard a few rumors that Peek (the company blissfully unaware that people generally do like BlackBerries, and I don't much care that it's on Oprah's list - the future is smartphones and it isn't slowing down anytime soon) …
Discussion: Twitterrati, Forever Geek and Engadget
 
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How GeoCities Invented the Internet
Discussion: eWeek and Lockergnome Blog Network
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Vdopia Adds $4M for iPhone Ads
Discussion: paidContent
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
New LoroBot ransomware encrypts files, demands $100 for decryption
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Defense Department wants more open-source software
Discussion: The Open Road and internetnews.com
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Broadband Stimulus Grants Delayed
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
With eye on Oracle and MySQL, Red Hat invests in EnterpriseDB
Discussion: EnterpriseDB and The VAR Guy
 Earlier Items: 
Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
CTAM Summit 2009: Kilar — Hulu Not “Giving It Away” for Free
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter investor: 'We didn't need the money'
Discussion: WebProNews
Rick Broida / The Download Blog:
Beloved boardgame Settlers of Catan comes to iPhone
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and The Loop
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Phones Get a Social Address Book
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CloudAve