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11:00 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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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.
Apple:
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Offers Another Lame Apple TV Update  —  Apple has updated the software for its Apple TV set-top box to version 3.0.  It looks pretty, but dull.  —  The update does NOT include any outside content, it appears, such as streaming video from Netflix, MLB, Hulu, TV networks, or other Web video sources.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint: Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile Updates Coming  —  Sprint executive David Owens sat down for a virtual chat on Sprint's Web site with consumers today, and updated folks with some good news about his carrier's plans.  — Google Android OS updates are coming for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment.
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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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Comparison Ads, Starting With Mortgages  —  Google's now officially announced “Comparison Ads,” starting with a way for mortgage advertisers to have their products compared against each other but which may expand to other products in the future.
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Andrew Foster / Google LatLong:
More, more, more real estate in Google Maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Screenwerk and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
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.
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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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 …
Sam O'Rourke / The Facebook Blog:
The Fight Goes On  —  UPDATE on Thursday, October 29: Today, a San Jose, Calif. court awarded Facebook $711 million in damages against Sanford Wallace, one of the spammers who accessed people's accounts without their permission and sent phony Wall posts and messages.
Microsoft SMB Community Blog:
Regardless of what any hack says, a Windows 7 Upgrade is an Upgrade.  What you need to know.  —  First, the feedback, excitement, etc. we've been seeing since the launch of Windows 7 last week has been phenomenal!  Thank you to all of you for providing your feedback to us to let us know how your Windows 7 experience is going.
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.
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 Switched
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
CBC News:
CRTC says no to Globalive  —  Globalive does not meet Canadian ownership and control requirements and cannot therefore set up shop as Canada's fourth national cellphone company, the CRTC says.  —  The regulator on Thursday found that the Toronto-based company, which is backed by Egypt's Orascom …
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.
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, WebProNews and paidContent
Om Malik / GigaOM:
VoIP Ringing Up Billions in Sales  —  Can you believe that VoIP-based telephony services brought in nearly $20.7 billion in revenues during the first six months of 2009?  Incredible as it might sound, it is indeed true, according to data reported by market research firm Infonetics Research.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Juniper Aims To Build ‘iPhone Of Networking’  —  The company revamps its hardware and opens its software, but analysts are skeptical.  —  Juniper may not have the swagger of networking market leader Cisco.  But you can't fault the company for a lack of ambition.
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.
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
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: PC Pro and Technologizer
 
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
Thanks:dsilverman
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Rhapsody Fails to See iPhone App-induced Bump
Discussion: RealNetworks.com and TechFlash
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web's Explosive Growth
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Multi-Touch Magic Mouse Now Shipping
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News, Engadget and Edible Apple
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T: No, We Didn't Misconfigure Our 3G Network …
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Make easy time-lapse movies with your iPhone
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
A Megavideo Traffic Surge
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our response to the FCC on Google Voice