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8:35 PM ET, October 28, 2009

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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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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.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Finding the Smartphone Inside Motorola  —  LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Sanjay Jha's honeymoon as co-chief executive at Motorola lasted just a few minutes into his first meeting with employees back in 2008.  —  “Why should we trust you?” one employee blurted.  The frustration was understandable.
Discussion: GigaOM, Bits and NewTeeVee
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola DROID official on Verizon: $199 on contract, coming November 6th (video)
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
Murali Viswanathan / The Official Google Blog:
Making search more musical  —  Every day we get millions of search queries about music.  You want to know more about your favorite artists, find that new album or iconic song or figure out the name of that tune stuck in your head.  In fact, according to Insights for Search, two of the top 10 queries in the U.S. are music-related.
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google launches music search with Lala, Pandora, Rhapsody, imeem and MySpace
Ethan Beard / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Platform: A Roadmap for the Future  —  At Facebook, we focus on providing our developer community with simple building blocks to speed innovation and create an environment where small teams quickly push new products that can rapidly disrupt industries.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
D-Day For Facebook App Developers  —  Facebook is holding a Developer Garage today at its offices in Palo Alto, and a number of new app policies will be formally announced.  Some of the changes, though, are so dramatic that Facebook has briefed the bigger app developers in advance.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
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 …
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 to several sources.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   CBS Digital Boss Quincy Smith's Not-Quite Exit Interview: “Hulu's a Great Service.
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is the LinkedIn Platform Dead?  —  LinkedIn, the business social network, hopped on the platform bandwagon this time last year by opening up its network to developers.  It was a move I was excited to see Reid Hoffman's crew make.  LinkedIn, unlike some of the other professional networks that came before it, is actually very useful.
Thanks:atul
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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Confirmed: Netflix Streaming Coming To The Wii Very Shortly  —  Last week I received some images that showed Netflix streaming on a Wii console.  I didn't run with the story at the time as I didn't know if the images were legit and it's taken me until today to confirm they are in fact real.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Crave, Erictric and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel and Numonyx report a breakthrough in new kind of memory chip  —  Intel and startup Numonyx said today they have accomplished a breakthrough in a new kind of memory chip that combines the best features of a variety of memory types.  Numonyx (founded in 2000) has been working on something called …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple stores upgrading from Windows-based EasyPay to iPod touch  —  Multiple sources have noted that Apple will be transitioning its retail store EasyPay handheld checkout systems from Windows-based PDA devices to iPod touch hardware for the 2009 holiday season.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brizzly Gets A New Coat: Facebook  —  Since its beta launch this summer, Brizzly has been hands-down one of the best ways to interact with Twitter.  The web app puts a new and intuitive user interface over Twitter's data, which allows you to do things like see pictures inline in your stream …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google tells FCC it's still blocking calls, but fewer of them  —  Google told the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday that it's still blocking some high-cost phone calls, but its engineers have figured out a way to reduce the phone numbers affected to fewer than 100.
Dan Fost / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wants more computers in schools  —  Sergey Brin.  Credit: Google.  —  High school dropout Sergey Brin has a few ideas on how the educational system should be improved.  Not surprisingly from a guy who co-founded Google, where he still serves as president …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint Drops Call Forwarding Fees With Google Voice In Mind  —  As the endless brouhaha ringing from all corners of the Internet has proven, AT&T (or Apple, or whoever takes the blame in the end) really dropped the ball on this Google Voice thing.  Whether it was rejected outright or shelved indefinitely …
Discussion: The Hill and CNET News, Thanks:erickschonfeld
AppleInsider:
TomTom Car Kit, navigation software will not work with iPod touch  —  The forthcoming TomTom Car Kit navigation dock will not enable GPS functionality for the corresponding App Store software on the iPod touch and first-generation iPhone.  —  Company officials confirmed to AppleInsider Wednesday …
Discussion: App Advice, Macworld, MacRumors and I4U News
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 …
 
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
AMD's Ruiz Gets Tripped by Idle Chit-Chat
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years
Discussion: Techdirt and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Picture Of Unlaunched Apple Tablet (circa 1990)