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8:05 PM ET, October 29, 2009

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Apple TV 3.0 Software and iTunes 9.0.2 [Updated]  —  Apple today announced the launch of Apple TV 3.0 software, offering a redesigned user interface and compatibility with Apple's iTunes LPs and iTunes Extras, as well as Genius Mixes and Internet radio.
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Apple Introduces Apple TV 3.0 Software With Redesigned User Interface  —  Enjoy iTunes Extras, iTunes LP & Genius Mixes on Your HD TV  —  Apple® today introduced new Apple TV® 3.0 software featuring a redesigned main menu that makes navigating your favorite content simpler and faster …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
iTunes Updated to 9.0.2, Pre Sync is Dead.  Again.  —  Here we go again.  Apple has updated iTunes to version 9.0.2 and Palm Pre sync is dead again using webOS 1.2.1, despite Palm's Hurculean efforts to spoof nearly every aspect of USB identification known to mankind.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Offers Another Lame Apple TV Update
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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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.
Phone Arena:
New images of the HTC Droid Eris  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Over the past two weeks we've been hearing tidbits about the HTC Droid Eris, and that it will launch at the same time (or shortly after) the Motorola Droid is released on November 6th.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Lists To Everybody.  Have You Gotten Yours?  —  Ever since Twitter announced it is working on a new Lists feature a month ago, users and developers have been awaiting its broad rollout.  Over the past few weeks, Twitter has been expanding the number of people in the Lists beta …
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.
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.
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.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Microsoft seen as Diller's best bet for Ask.com  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is viewed as the most likely buyer or partner for IAC/InterActiveCorp's (IACI.O) Ask.com if CEO Barry Diller decides to throw in the towel on the struggling search engine.
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.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
New iPhone app translates English into Spanish as you speak  —  Jibbigo is a new iPhone app that can translate English speech into Spanish—and the reverse—all without going online.  You simply launch the $25 app and speak into your iPhone's microphone and the translation is played over the speaker.
Discussion: Macworld and Appetite
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Interview: Allbritton's Jim Brady: What Politico Did For Political News, We Can Do For Local  —  Jim Brady, who has been hired to create a local Washington, D.C., news site for the company that owns Politico, says he has a clear idea of what he wants his new venture to be: replicable, digital and with a web-only focus.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter Revisited - in More than 140 Characters  —  A quick update from my Twitter post from last month.  I had the pleasure of speaking at two excellent conferences this week, iMedia Breakthrough and Digital Media West.  During the Q&A of my talk at Digital Media, I was asked about my views …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo betrays grand ambitions with real estate plans  —  New campus would dwarf current headquarters; matching the Googleplex  —  Economy's growth stokes stocks  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Yahoo Inc. has been slashing costs and narrowing its focus recently, as it retrenches …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
A Megavideo Traffic Surge  —  How piracy pushed two unknown music and video sites into the Internet's major leagues.  —  The name Carpathia Hosting hardly seems to belong on a list of Internet heavyweights that includes YouTube, Google ( GOOG - news - people ) and Yahoo ( YHOO - news - people ).
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates media playing headset, shoe wear-out sensor  —  A string of new patent applications have revealed potentially unique products from Apple, including a MP3 playing headset and a sensor that would detect when a shoe needs to be replaced.  —  Headset with integrated MP3 player
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 …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Acer's Bloatware Adds 2+ Minutes to Boot Time, HP, Dell and Sony Not Much Better  —  PC Pro looked into the bloatware included on new laptops by major manufacturers, measuring how memory, HDD space and boot times are negatively effected.  And good lord, it's worse than you thought.
Discussion: Technologizer and PC Pro
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T: No, We Didn't Misconfigure Our 3G Network - Carrier claims latency criticisms are unfounded  —  Earlier this week, blogger and 25-year communications industry vet Brough Turner started a bit of a ruckus with a blog post suggesting that AT&T's wireless broadband network problems …
Austin Haugen / Facebook Blog:
New Ways to Find and Engage with Your Favorite Applications  —  Here at Facebook we can't build all the features for the site that you want to use to connect with your friends.  That's why in 2007, we opened up a platform for people outside of Facebook to create experiences directly on the site for you to interact with.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music: What Were Ticketmaster And Facebook Thinking?  —  Now that the dust is settling on the newly launched Google Music (if you don't yet have it in your normal Google search results, you can use it here) that integrates LaLa and iLike/MySpace streaming music, all I can think of is this …
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Multi-Touch Magic Mouse Now Shipping  —  Several MacRumors readers have reported receiving shipping notices from Apple indicating that their Magic Mouse orders have been shipped.  At its introduction, Apple announced that while the new multi-touch Magic Mouse is bundled with Apple's new iMac models …
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News and Engadget
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
This Is the First USB 3.0 Motherboard  —  Intel might be dicking around on USB 3.0, but Asus ain't.  The Xtreme Design P7P55D-E is apparently the very first USB 3.0 motherboard.  It's an Intel P55-based mobo that uses a third-party USB 3.0 controller for a pair of ports.  —  It has 10 USB 2.0 orifices too.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Motorola Droid Car Kit, Bedside Dock to Cost $29.99  —  Want to turn your Motorola Droid into an in-car navigation device?  Google's navigation software is free, but the car kit will run you $30.  Ditto for transforming your Droid into a bedside alarm clock.
 
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TalkTalk threatens action over filesharing law
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Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Rhapsody Fails to See iPhone App-induced Bump
Discussion: TechFlash and RealNetworks.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web's Explosive Growth
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Make easy time-lapse movies with your iPhone
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
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