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1:35 AM ET, October 29, 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:
Strategy of New Chief at Motorola Appears Poised to Pay Off  —  LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. —Sanjay Jha's honeymoon as co-chief executive at Motorola lasted just a few minutes into his first meeting with employees in 2008.  —  “Why should we trust you?” one employee blurted.  The frustration was understandable.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola DROID official on Verizon: $199 on contract, coming November 6th (video)
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Gizmodo and TUAW
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Almost Here: Exclusive Video Of Lala's Upcoming iPhone App  —  Last March I wrote a preview post showing off Lala's upcoming iPhone app, which gives users the ability to stream their entire music collection from the cloud, without having to worry about syncing their files.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google launches music search with Lala, Pandora, Rhapsody, imeem and MySpace
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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
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
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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.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
It's Complicated, But MicroHoo Hasn't Fallen and Will Get Up (Now, Lay Off Jerry Yang)  —  In what should come as a shock to almost no one, the detailed negotiations to complete the Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) search and online advertising final agreement is more complicated …
Discussion: paidContent
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Operating Systems Offer New Choices in PC Shopping  —  Now that both Microsoft and Apple have finally shipped the new versions of their operating systems, Windows 7 and Snow Leopard, respectively, it's time for my annual fall computer-buying guide.  —  This guide stresses laptops …
Discussion: TUAW
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon PayPhrase Tries to Make Paying Online Easier  —  Amazon.com is trying to take some pain out of the process of buying stuff online.  I'm not sure that the new service it is introducing tonight, PayPhrase, accomplishes that, but it may be an important building block for the future of Amazon's fledgling subsidiary, Amazon Payments.
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: paidContent
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Phasing Out Accounts, Google Login Will Be Required [Updated]  —  YouTube has begun warning users that they will soon be required to login with a Google account, instead of their old YouTube accounts.  Just as people freaked out when Flickr changed the locks on the doors and required …
Discussion: Appetite
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Software That Fixes Itself  —  A new tool aims to fix misbehaving programs without shutting them down.  —  Martin Rinard, a professor of computer science at MIT, is unabashed about the ultimate goal of his group's research: “delivering an immortal, invulnerable program.”
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 …
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 …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Computerworld and TechSpot
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint Drops Call Forwarding Fees With Google Voice In Mind
Discussion: CNET News and The Hill, Thanks:erickschonfeld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Two Yahoo Music Veterans Resurface with DashBox, a Service You'l …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Augmented reality company Layar gets $1M boost, launches on Symbian
Discussion: Fast Company
AppleInsider:
TomTom Car Kit, navigation software will not work with iPod touch
Discussion: App Advice, Macworld, MacRumors and I4U News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Stalqer Peers Into Your iPhone For A New Level Of Location-Based Creepiness
Discussion: NPR Blogs and PC World