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1:15 PM ET, October 30, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet: For video, not books?  —  Chatting with a Canadian analyst, Cupertino execs offer hints about Apple's future plans  —  Apple executives (AAPL) have strict rules about not discussing products that the company has not announced.  But they'll talk about market opportunities …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Introducing Cisco's FlipShare TV  —  How I love thee, FCC, and thy never-ending bounty of product announcements.  Scanning through the filings this evening, I solved the Flip remote control radiation test report mystery.  After perusing the unreleased “FlipShare TV” product manual …
Ralf Rottmann / The Next Web Appetite:
Google Wave to be opened for federation today!  Yes, for you to host.  —  We've just learned that Google might announce the opening of their Google Wave servers for federation later today.  —  So what does this mean?  There are currently two major Wave infrastructures in place, both operated by Google.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Facebook awarded $711 million in spam lawsuit  —  Facebook was awarded $711 million in damages in a judgment Thursday against self-described “spam king” Sanford Wallace.  —  Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California granted Facebook's application …
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Marvel Comics come to iPhone  —  Excelsior!  Comixology, makers of the free comic-book app Comics, have brought one of the “big two” comics publishers to the iPhone for the first time.  —  On Thursday the company announced that, effective immediately, several comics from Marvel Comics …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ICANN Moves Ahead With Non-Latin Web Addresses (Video)  —  As expected, regulatory body ICANN has approved plans to let web addresses be written in non-Latin characters in a move that it calls the “biggest technical change” to how the Internet works since its invention four decades ago.
Venture Capital Dispatch:
For Facebook And Zappos, Two Divergent Views Of Its Employees  —  For fast-growing technology start-ups, there are many approaches to employee hiring and retention.  —  Two of the more successful Internet start-ups, Facebook Inc. and Zappos Inc., have very different methods …
Discussion: Andrew Lark, Digits and Venture Hacks
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
27-inch iMacs having performance issues?  —  It's not at all clear what the root cause of the problem is, but we've noticed a big uptick in people complaining about performance issues on new 27-inch iMacs on Apple's support boards.  The most common symptom seems to be incredibly slow Flash video playback …
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Using RSS/Atom feeds to discover new URLs  —  Google uses numerous sources to find new webpages, from links we find on the web to submitted URLs.  We aim to discover new pages quickly so that users can find new content in Google search results soon after they go live.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Additional Discovery Method: RSS and Atom Feeds
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tortures Little Kids With Bing Jingle  —  Maybe you'll recall when I ripped apart the Bing jingle winner back in August.  It was bad — real bad.  But its creator, Jonathan Mann is a talented guy, and even made a jingle ripping me, which was both better than the Bing one, and funny.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone launches in China, faces challenges  —  Apple's iPhone launched in China this morning, but the introduction of the hot US product has hit a little snag - the first iterations to reach market lack WiFI, even though local law was recently changed to permit inclusion of support for the standard.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Epix Launches Premium Movie Channel for TV and the Web (Invites)  —  Almost every TV channel offers some programming on the Web these days.  Epix, a new premium movie channel that will launch this weekend, goes a step further.  If you are a Verizon FiOS subscriber, you will be able to watch …
MIT:
MIT researchers develop Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA)  —  MIT researchers and designers are developing the Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA) - a new in-car personal robot that aims to change the way we interact with our car.  The project is a collaboration between …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Sanjay Jha Overhauled Motorola's Culture  —  Sanjay Jha seems to be on track to pull Motorola's cellphone division out of a tailspin.  —  The company is hardly flying high.  It reported ever-so-slightly better than expected third-quarter earnings Thursday morning (meaning it earned a penny a share …
JJ Sassine / NEWS.com.au:
Construction robot inspired by sci-fi movie  —  Activelink chief engineer Go Shirogauchi wearing the robotic exoskeleton inspired by Aliens / Activelink  —  JAPANESE engineers have taken us one step closer to the robot revolution by developing a machine inspired by the movie Aliens.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Ad man behind ‘1984,’ ‘Think Different,’ and 'I'm a Mac' stepping down  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  Lee Clow has served as the chief creative officer TBWA/Media Arts Lab, which handles Apple's advertising business, for a long time.  Clow is the man behind Apple's iconic “1984” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Foo Fighters To Stream Concert Tomorrow Night On Facebook, Powered By Livestream  —  The Foo Fighters will be streaming a concert live tomorrow night on Facebook, direct from the band's Studio 606 headquarters in Los Angeles.  You can RSVP to the event here, and stream it live here beginning at 7 PM PST tomorrow.
Andrew Foster / Google LatLong:
More, more, more real estate in Google Maps  —  Since we announced the ability to see lots of real estate listings directly on Google Maps back in July, we've been working hard to make it even easier to use.  As we've added new features and updated Google Maps, with things like brand …
Niyaz Pirani / Orange County Register:
1,000-plus people crowd new Microsoft Store  —  The Microsoft Store at the Shops at Mission Viejo officially opened.  —  Recommend  —  MISSION VIEJO - Nobody was getting into American Eagle Outfitters this morning.  —  More than 1,000 people were blocking the entrance to the apparel store …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bling Nation Raises $20 Million For Cell Phone Payment System  —  What recession?  Startup Bling Nation just raised $20 million in Series B funding from Balderton Capital for a new cell phone payment system.  This brings the startup's total funding to $33 million since its launch in 2007.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Platform Live Status Now Up And Running  —  For any Facebook developer, platform downtime is a fact of life.  While Facebook has built a relatively stable platform, there are many occasions where it goes down for a period of time.  For developers this can be extremely difficult …
Discussion: Mashable!
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
RealNetworks back in the black, eyes Google tie-up  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. digital media company RealNetworks Inc swung back into the black in the third quarter as cost-cutting offset sliding revenue from music and games.  —  RealNetworks, which delivers music and other entertainment content …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
One-handed computing with the iPhone  —  The easy single-handed operation of the iPhone1 is not one of its obvious selling points but is one of those little features that grows on you and becomes nearly indispensable.  A portable networked computing and gaming device that can be easily operated …
Discussion: Snarkmarket and Marco.org
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VodBurner Brings High-Quality Video Recording And Editing To Skype
Discussion: VoIP Watch, Thanks:enauzer
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Reocities: because Geocities is gone, but not forgotten
Discussion: Maximum PC and Forever Geek
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Is it a Good Idea to Have Ads in Tweets?
Discussion: John Chow dot Com
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
On Gmail and the Constitution
Discussion: Technology & …
Deb Tankersley / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Introduces our New Map Styles and More!
 Earlier Items: 
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First 5,000 Tags Released to the Linked Data Cloud
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Lobbyists beware: judge rules metadata is public record
Om Malik / GigaOM:
VoIP Ringing Up Billions in Sales
Discussion: Between the Lines and VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music: What Were Ticketmaster And Facebook Thinking?
Discussion: GeekSugar and CNET News
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports, Thanks:dsilverman