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12:55 PM ET, October 29, 2009

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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
Discussion: Gizmodo and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music Onebox: Video Interviews With Just About Everyone Involved
Thanks:enauzer
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
The anti-iTunes arms dealer
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: Verizon Droid vs. iPhone 3GS  —  So Verizon's Droid is official, and officially arriving a week from Friday.  I'm smart enough to know it's pointless to call any phone an iPhone killer, or even a potential iPhone killer-and that competing with the iPhone is much more about software …
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Business Wire:
Best Buy® Mobile Offers Pre-Sells of Motorola DROID in Stores Beginning October 29  —  Best Buy Mobile will apply rebate savings for the new smartphone at the point of purchase to help customers avoid the hassles of mail-in rebates.  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Mobile …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple TV 3.0 software update to support iTunes LP, Extras  —  Apple has updated the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions to reference a forthcoming 3.0 software update for the Apple TV, which will allow viewing of iTunes LP and iTunes Extras content.  —  The new paragraph under the …
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Open Graph, Facebook Sets Out To Make The Entire Web Its Tributary System
Discussion: @vanelsas, Thanks:enauzer
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Instant Analysis: Digesting the Implications of Today's Platform …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Zong+, A Mobile Payments Platform On Steroids And Potential PayPal Killer  —  Zong has seen tremendous growth over the past year from when the company debuted its mobile payments service from the TechCrunch50 demo pit.  Zong's model of billing micropayments to your cell phone bill caught …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Nokia to invade U.S. market — will launch new phone with AT&T  —  AT&T, the major U.S. phone operator, will launch a Nokia Symbian phone with a Qualcomm chip in the U.S. market, an industry source close to Nokia has told VentureBeat.  It's just the latest in a wide front of attack the giant Finnish company is making on the U.S market.
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our response to the FCC on Google Voice  —  In our response today to the FCC's inquiry about Google Voice, we announced that our engineers have developed a tailored solution for restricting calls to specific numbers engaged in what some have called high-cost “traffic pumping” schemes, like adult chat and “free” conference call lines.
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google tells FCC it's still blocking calls, but fewer of them
PC World:
Nintendo Profit Halved as Wii Console Sales Slow  —  For the last few years Nintendo has been riding high on the runaway success of the Wii console but now that success appears to slowing considerably.  Sales and profit at the Japanese games company fell sharply during the first half …
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
HTC CEO On Android, Verizon, Microsoft  —  Wireless executive confirms first Verizon Android handset and discusses strengths of Android, Windows Mobile.  —  TAOYUAN, TAIWAN — For more than six months, HTC enjoyed the privilege of being the only cellphone maker to have a handset running on Google's mobile platform, Android.
scobleizer's posterous:
Why I don't use Google Reader anymore  —  I used to be the biggest user of Google Reader.  At one point the Google Reader team told me I shared more items than anyone else.  But lately it's a rare month I've checked into it and Twitter is in the process of adding a new feature — lists …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …, Thanks:enauzer
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Google says its navigation will come to iPhone, if Apple approves  —  Google on Wednesday revealed a free online navigation service that will be a part of its forthcoming Android 2.0 mobile operating system.  It could also come to the iPhone, the company said, if given the green light by Apple.
Matt Thomas / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress for iPhone  —  WordPress for iPhone 2 now available in the App Store  —  We've just received word that WordPress for iPhone 2 is now available on the App Store.  Woohoo!  —  A quick note about installation: WordPress for iPhone 2 is a new app, and the previous version won't automatically update to 2.0.
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.
AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.6.2 to update nearly 150 Snow Leopard components  —  Apple this week is equipping developers with a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.2, the second maintenance and security update to the company's new Snow Leopard operating system that will perform upgrades to nearly 150 components.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Operating Systems Offer New Choices in PC Shopping
Discussion: blogs.chron.com, TUAW and The Register
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.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Turn Your Windows 7 Computer Into a WiFi Router In 5 Minutes, Free & No Hardware  —  Connectify.me is a new service we just found out about.  They've sussed out how to make any Windows 7 computer into a WiFi hotspot.  Since we just installed Windows 7 on a spare laptop …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Thanks:enauzer
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft And Yahoo Delay Signing Search Deal  —  Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) have delayed signing their search deal, Yahoo told the SEC in a filing.  —  In their original Juy 29 agreement, Yahoo and Microsoft said they would sign finish negotiating the search deal by October 27.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After net neutrality, will we need “Google neutrality?”  —  A leading US academic on network economics argues that net neutrality is a good thing—but ISPs aren't the only potential gatekeepers on the 'Net.  “Search neutrality” might well be needed next.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: Kindle Review
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.
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBA Launches Live Game Video for iPhone and Android
Discussion: Reuters, jkOnTheRun and TheAppleBlog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
UTube: 10 Million Streams for Bono and Co.'s Live Show
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
MLB uses World Series to warm up Android app
Discussion: Android Central
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
How Apple sliced its pie in 2009
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Electronista
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Widespread availability of online video means less P2P use
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Seth MacFarlane is too much for Microsoft, but 'South Park …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Anti-Piracy Partner Clueless About BitTorrent
Discussion: Techdirt and ZeroPaid.com
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Software That Fixes Itself
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is the LinkedIn Platform Dead?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:atul