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6:15 AM ET, October 30, 2009

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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.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple TV requires a re-download of iTunes Extras and LP, Remote.app updated  —  Interestingly, Apple is requiring people who want to use iTunesLP and iTunes extras with the new AppleTV 3.0 to re-download their content.  We're not sure why but perhaps Apple had a last second change of format since …
Discussion: Apple
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Offers Another Lame Apple TV Update
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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Sam O'Rourke / The Facebook Blog:   The Fight Goes On  —  UPDATE on Thursday, October 29: Today …
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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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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AdSense for Feeds:
AdSense for feeds now available directly in Blogger
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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.
BillShrink Guy / Shrinkage Is Good:
Total Cost of Ownership: Motorola Droid vs iPhone 3GS vs Palm Pre vs MyTouch 3G  —  After months and months of blogger buzz and a heavy veil of secrecy, the new Motorola Droid by Verizon Wireless is set to launch within days, just in time for the holiday season.
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 …
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 …
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: GeekSugar and CNET News
Mariko Yasu / Bloomberg:
Sony Narrows Loss Forecast, Helped by Cost Cuts  —  Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp. narrowed its full-year loss forecast, as cost reductions more than offset a stronger yen and lower sales of televisions and cameras.  —  The net loss will probably be 95 billion yen ($1 billion) …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Introducing Cisco's FlipShareTV  —  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 testing mystery report.  After perusing the unreleased “FlipShare TV” product manual …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear and Engadget
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
DARPA challenge — find 10 red balloons, win $40,000  —  DARPA is holding a competition to find ten large weather balloons.  Winner gets $40,000! … I predict Pascal to be the winner.  —  More information and rules here
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Discussion: Variety
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.
Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Opens Store in Same Mall As Apple  —  Microsoft opened its second retail location, this one in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Oct. 29.  —  Microsoft executives have stated that they intend to compete aggressively against Apple in the retail arena, with plans to open some Microsoft outlets …
Deb Tankersley / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Introduces our New Map Styles and More!  —  MapQuest has always had a distinctive unique look and feel for our maps and now we're refreshing this look with a new map style and imagery improvements.  —  Check out our new features that enhance the map-viewing experience:
David Kaplan / paidContent:
comScore Acquiring Latin American Online Researcher Certifica  —  In a sign of its interest in expanding in Latin America, comScore (NSDQ: SCOR) has agreed to buy web-analytics provider Certifica.  It's the latest in a wave of dealmaking in the online audience measurement space, including Adobe …
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and TechCrunch
Open:
First 5,000 Tags Released to the Linked Data Cloud  —  For more than 150 years, The New York Times has meticulously indexed its archives.  Through this process, we have developed an enormous collection of subject headings, ranging from “Absinthe"[1] to “Zoos"[2].  —  Unfortunately, our list of subject headings is an island.
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Lobbyists beware: judge rules metadata is public record
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Juniper Aims To Build ‘iPhone Of Networking’
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web's Explosive Growth
Discussion: WebProNews, GigaOM and AdMob Metrics
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T: No, We Didn't Misconfigure Our 3G Network …
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Yahoo betrays grand ambitions with real estate plans
Discussion: CNET News, WebProNews and paidContent
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
HTC CEO On Android, Verizon, Microsoft