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11:45 AM 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPhone cannot win the smartphone wars
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Macsimum News and EverythingiCafe
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 …
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 …
Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
Microsoft pulls the Xbox 360 Sky Player  —  MICROSOFT HAS QUICKLY pulled Sky Player support from the Xbox 360, which launched yesterday with a lot of publicity, most of it positive.  —  A statement on the UK Xbox support site reads, “The Sky Player on Xbox 360 service did successfully launch early …
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and Mobilewhack.com
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 …
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 …
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 XFR rugged tablet gets official  —  As is often the case, the FCC spoiled the surprise on this one, but Dell's keeping its PR machine chugging along with its new Latitude XT2 XFR rugged tablet nonetheless, and it's fleshed out a few details in the precess.
Official google.org Blog:
Empowering the UK with Google PowerMeter  —  Electricity consumers in the United Kingdom can now access Google PowerMeter, a free software tool that provides consumers with information on how much energy their home is using.  The software receives information from utility smart meters …
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: Forever Geek, Twitterrati and Engadget
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How GeoCities Invented the Internet  —  A garish collection of home pages paved the way for blogging, social networks, and the rest of Web 2.0.  —  On Monday, Yahoo put GeoCities out of its misery, shutting down the last remaining pages on one of the Web's original site-hosting services.
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia-Apple row may last more than 1 year
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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John Resig:
Google Groups is Dead
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft to shut down MSN Direct traffic service for GPS
InvestorPlace.com:
Apple Soars Behind iPhone 3GS Momentum