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3:20 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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
How Google Voice Is Growing  —  The call-management service has more than 1 million users and may be expanded abroad, Google tells U.S. regulators  —  In response to questions by U.S. regulators, Google (GOOG) handed over information about the number of users for its Google Voice communication service …
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 …
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” …
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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.
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
iPhone comes to China without key feature
Ralf Rottmann / The Next Web:
BREAKING: 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.
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 …
Andrew Heining / Christian Science Monitor:
Google's fade-in homepage confuses  —  It's no bar code logo, but Google's latest home page experiment has some searching for an explanation.  —  The search giant has always been a fan of minimalist design, but its latest trick - a google.com that loads with simply a white page …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Gawker
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 …
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.
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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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.
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
Admitting Defeat, Nokia To Pull Plug On N-Gage Games Platform  —  Nokia is shutting down N-Gage, its beleaguered, two-year-old mobile games service.  The company will still sell N-Gage games through the end of September 2010, and players will still be able to interact via the N-Gage Arena, but after that the service will go dark.
Discussion: Engadget, N-Gage and CellPassion, Thanks:josephtartakoff
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to drop Office Accounting product, services  —  Starting November 16, Microsoft is ending distribution and sales of its Microsoft Office Accounting product.  Company officials began notifying customers of the decision on October 30.  —  All Microsoft Office Accounting products …
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 …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
There's a List for That  —  We're putting the finishing touches on our new Lists feature and we're really excited about the folks who have already taken a lot of time creating awesome lists.  From the @time list of funny people to your own list of people who make you laugh …
Discussion: Anil Dash, Mashable! and Laughing Squid, Thanks:chrismessina
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 …
Discussion: Business Week and CNET News
Bloomberg:
IBM Replaces Moffat After Galleon Trading Scandal  —  Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — International Business Machines Corp., the world's biggest computer-services provider, replaced Senior Vice President Robert Moffat after he was charged in the Galleon Group insider-trading case.
Discussion: Digits, Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing for mobile now live at m.bing.com  —  Today we released an update to the Bing for mobile browser at m.bing.com.  In addition to being a great resource for local searches, quick answers, and maps, we have some new features to tell you about:  —  NFL feature - type a team or player and see upcoming games, stats, and scores.
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.
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!
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 …
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Going Full Gilt: DailyCandy Gets Into Sample-Sale Game  —  Like a lot of media companies that rely on advertising revenue these days, DailyCandy is eager to diversify its revenue streams.  To that end, the Comcast-owned fashion and lifestyles site and e-newsletter has introduced Swirl …
Discussion: PSFK
 
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer posts record Q3 revenue, forecasts big netbook growth
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
RealNetworks back in the black, eyes Google tie-up
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VodBurner Brings High-Quality Video Recording And Editing To Skype
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Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
One-handed computing with the iPhone
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Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
On Gmail and the Constitution
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