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7:50 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.
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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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 …
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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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.
Thanks:atul
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPhone cannot win the smartphone wars
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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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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: 9 to 5 Mac
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Vdopia Adds $4M for iPhone Ads  —  Vdopia, a profitable iPhone advertising platform, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Nexus Venture Partners.  The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, which only launched in the U.S. in March, claims it's seeing 4 percent click-through rates …
Discussion: paidContent
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.
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).
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: Engadget, Electronista and Phone Scoop
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
New LoroBot ransomware encrypts files, demands $100 for decryption  —  Researchers from CA have intercepted a new ransomware variant encrypting popular file extensions (.zip; .rar; .pdf; .rtf; .txt; .jpg; .jpeg; .waw; .mp3; .db; .xls; .docx; .xlsx; .doc) and demanding a $100 for the decryption software.
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 …
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
 
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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
Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
CTAM Summit 2009: Kilar — Hulu Not “Giving It Away” for Free
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
10-K Watch: Apple's iPod Net Sales Dropped 12 Percent In 2009; iTunes Up
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Industry First, Voting Machine Company to Publish Source Code
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: The Loop
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Phones Get a Social Address Book
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CloudAve