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2:00 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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Keith Ito / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Since 2005, millions of people have relied on Google Maps for mobile to get directions on the go.  However, there's always been one problem: Once you're behind the wheel, a list of driving directions just isn't that easy to use.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0  —  If you weren't sure about switching to an Android phone in the near future, this might put you over the edge.  Google Maps Navigation is an absolutely killer app.  And it is only available for Android 2.0 phones.
Verizon:
Hello Humans: Droid By Motorola Arrives Next Week  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL - High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola DROID official on Verizon: $199 on contract, coming November 6th (video)  —  We knew good and well this thing was coming sometime in November, and now Verizon Wireless has made it official: the Motorola DROID will hit Big Red on November 6th for $199 on contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Motorola DROID first hands-on! (update: video, impressions, more pics)  —  We've got the DROID in our hands... and it is sweet.  Moto claims that this is the thinnest full QWERTY on the market, and we're apt to believe it.  The phone is incredibly slick and solid, and we're definitely looking forward to putting it through its paces.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to sacrifice ‘sweetheart’ AT&T deal for Verizon  —  If Apple ends its exclusive carrier agreement with AT&T next year, it will likely mark the end of its estimated $450 carrier subsidy for the iPhone, a new analysis has forecast.  —  In a new note to investors …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: CBS Digital CEO Smith to Leave to Start a Silicon Valley Advisory Firm (First Customer?  CBS)  —  Quincy Smith, the high-profile CEO of CBS Interactive, is planning on leaving his job at the media giant in January to start an advisory firm in Silicon Valley, according several sources.
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.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   AMD's Ruiz Gets Tripped by Idle Chit-Chat
internetnews.com:
Apple to Nokia: We're Ready to Rumble  —  The two tech titans are set to battle over Nokia's claims that Apple illegally used its technology in the iPhone.  —  Apple isn't backing down from Nokia's charge that it infringed on 10 patents covering technology used in the iPhone.
Discussion: Reuters and mocoNews
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia-Apple row may last more than 1 year
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Apple releases Magic Mouse software updates  —  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 …
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: The Toybox, Traffick, Electronista and MacDailyNews, 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 …
Discussion: TeleRead, Techdirt, Switched and Guardian, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's 2009 ad budget: Half a billion  —  Those Get-a-Mac spots aren't cheap, but they deliver a lot of bang for the buck  —  Apple (AAPL) shells out a ton of money for advertising.  In fiscal 2009 it spent $501 million, according to the 10-K form filed Tuesday.  That's up from $486 million in 2008 and $467 million in 2007.
BBC:
Net pirates to be ‘disconnected’  —  People who persistently download illegal content will be cut off from the net, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has announced.  —  Speaking at a government-sponsored forum to debate copyright issues he said the UK would introduce a similar policy to France.
Discussion: p2pnet, a2f2a, TECH.BLORGE.com and Techdirt
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 16 flaws with Firefox 3.5.4  —  Security update also patches 9 bugs in older Firefox 3.0  —  Computerworld - Mozilla today patched 16 vulnerabilities in Firefox, 11 of them critical, as it updated the open-source browser to version 3.5.4.  —  The 11 critical Firefox 3.5 vulnerabilities …
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: Softpedia News
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 …
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.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Jive Brings Workgroup Collaboration to Microsoft Office  —  Jive has given its enterprise social-networking software what it calls its biggest overhaul yet, giving users the ability to collaborate on Microsoft Office files and to use the product from mobile devices, including an application built specifically for the iPhone.
Discussion: eWeek
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Tire maker Bridgestone shows world's first flexible e-book reader  —  Tire maker Bridgestone isn't the first company that comes to mind when thinking about electronic paper, but the company has been experimenting in this field for quite some time now.  Today, Bridgestone claimed that it has developed …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PlaySpan Study Shows Growth In Virtual Goods Marketplace  —  Virtual goods are booming and there are various startups who are capitalizing on this growth by facilitating the exchange and e-commerce around these goods.  PlaySpan, which powers micro-payments across over 1,000 video games and virtual worlds …
 
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Seladmin / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging Yahoo Investor Day 2009
Discussion: paidContent and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Neo Technology Commercializes Next Generation Graph Based Database
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 XFR rugged tablet gets official
Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
Microsoft pulls the Xbox 360 Sky Player
Discussion: Joystiq
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
The TwitterPeek is Real? Cmon! No, seriously?
Discussion: Twitterrati and Forever Geek
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How GeoCities Invented the Internet
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Vdopia Adds $4M for iPhone Ads
Discussion: paidContent
John Resig:
Google Groups is Dead
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped