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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
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Networks in Motion: Google Attacking Developer Community, Android “Openness” Total BS  —  Could developers cool to Android if they think Google might swallow their apps' functionality and roll it into OS updates?  That's the opinion of Steve Andler, vice president of marketing for Networks in Motion …
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:mspoonauer
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
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 …
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.
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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