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9:35 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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Apple:
Apple Introduces Apple TV 3.0 Software With Redesigned User Interface
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Opens Store in Same Mall As Apple
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Bink.nu and Microsoft Store
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.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:zee
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 …
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 …
Mike Jennings / PC Pro:
The Crapware Con  —  Mike Jennings reveals how PC makers hobble your laptop with preinstalled software  —  You wouldn't buy a new car that took five minutes to get out of first gear or a new hard disk that was already half-full of files - but plenty of people are unwittingly buying …
Discussion: Technologizer, Electronista and Gizmodo
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: Pocket-lint.com and Variety
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
On Gmail and the Constitution  —  Here's a question: Is it kosher for a law enforcement agency to, pursuant to a lawfully granted search warrant, search your Gmail account without telling you?  —  According to an opinion handed down earlier this year and currently making the rounds on legal blogs (here and here), the answer is yes.
Discussion: Technology & …
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and VoIP Watch
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 …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Reocities: because Geocities is gone, but not forgotten  —  When Yahoo! decided to close down GeoCities, a lot of us shed a single tear for our first home on the Internet and moved on.  For one man called Jacques, though, that wasn't good enough.  —  He took it upon himself to save …
Discussion: Maximum PC and Forever Geek
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Is it a Good Idea to Have Ads in Tweets?  —  Advertising has driven the majority of Internet innovation  —  My firm GRP Partners recently funded a young LA based company named Ad.Ly that is an “in-stream advertising” company currently focused on monetizing Twitter.
Discussion: John Chow dot Com
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Open Graph API: What Does It Mean?  —  At yesterday's Facebook Developer Garage, Facebook outlined a number of the upcoming changes to the Facebook Platform which we are still in the process of digesting, however one major thing stood out to us: the Open Graph API.
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.
 
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Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
DARPA challenge — find 10 red balloons, win $40,000
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Michael Ho / Techdirt:
Tommy Lee Gets Interactive With Fan Generated Content
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Juniper Aims To Build ‘iPhone Of Networking’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music: What Were Ticketmaster And Facebook Thinking?
Discussion: CNET News and GeekSugar
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Comcast's bandwidth meter: Still vaporware
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:dsilverman