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1:15 AM ET, October 28, 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.
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 …
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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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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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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: LiveSide
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 …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Considers Shifting Some TV Airwaves to Broadband  —  WASHINGTON—Federal regulators are considering taking back some airwaves from television broadcasters and auctioning them off to wireless companies to increase the availability of wireless broadband services.
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
With eye on Oracle and MySQL, Red Hat invests in EnterpriseDB  —  The Linux vendor may be worried about Oracle's coming takeover of MySQL  —  Computerworld - Red Hat Inc. has invested an unspecified amount in open-source database vendor EnterpriseDB Inc., a sign that the Linux vendor …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WSJ: AMD's former CEO was a Galleon tipster  —  The Galleon Group insider trading scandal continues to net some big technology fish.  And the Wall Street Journal is reporting that former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz leaked confidential information to Galleon.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission nailed Galleon for insider trading.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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: jkOnTheRun and CloudAve
Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
CTAM Summit 2009: Kilar — Hulu Not “Giving It Away” for Free  —  Hulu's Jason Kilar insists he's a capitalist and that the video streaming site has a plan.  —  B&C Event: Graboff, Rosenblum, Tellem, Wells Talk Free Streaming: Killing or Saving TV?  Click here to register.
Discussion: TVBizwire
 
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Industry First, Voting Machine Company to Publish Source Code
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter user list favors Dems in Calif. gov race
Jon Thompson / TechRadar.com:
Botnets: who's behind them and why?
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Q&A: A front-row seat for media's meltdown
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL's Patch Plans Big New York Expansion
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