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4:40 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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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.
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Nigel Kendall / Tech Central:   ICANN changes: big deal or big trouble?
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tricks And Treats For Halloween  —  Twitter tweeted out a message today about a special Halloween feature if you Tweet “#trick” or “#treat.”  It was difficult to figure out at first, but if you tweet either from your Twitter home page (this is key, you can't enable the feature …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Business Week
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple, AT&T Hit With Another iPhone MMS Class Action  —  It isn't the first, and I assume it's not going to be the last either.  —  Apple and AT&T are facing a new putative class action from an iPhone user who alleges that the companies misrepresented the phone's MMS (multimedia messaging service) capabilities.
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!
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Vuze CEO on TV Everywhere, competition (uh, or lack thereof)  —  Gilles BianRosa, CEO of online video sharing service Vuze, is surrounded by startup carnage.  —  He's seen the failure of many entrepreneurs trying to create online video distribution sites.  Others have had to rewrite …
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:stophe
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google's Behavioral Targeting A Bust?  Only 25 Percent Of AdSense Publishers Use It  —  For advertisers on the Web, behavioral targeting is held out as the nirvana they've been waiting for: the ability to show ads only to those people most likely to be interested in them based on their past behavior.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Net Neutrality: Spur to Entrepreneurship . . .  An open wireless network will unleash investment.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a rule intended to preserve the ability of individuals to access all lawful content …
Discussion: The Precursor Blog, Thanks:cbeard
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:
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