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10:50 PM ET, October 30, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Motorola DROID review  —  It's hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life.  Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with... well, disappointment.  While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed …
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing for mobile now live at  —  Today we released an update to the Bing for mobile browser at  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.
Congested / N-Gage:
Mobile gaming evolves - Ovi Store is here  —  We've been busy evolving our mobile gaming service and building up the portfolio of games in Ovi Store.  Currently, we have more than a thousand games available in Ovi Store supported by 100 Nokia device models and are growing the platform and portfolio as quickly as possible.
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.
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director of Mobile Jed Stremel Resigns  —  Jed Stremel, Facebook's Director of Mobile who has been with the company for four years, has resigned, according to a post on his Facebook profile.  Stremel was charged with leading the company's mobile strategy, and was previously involved in Business Development at Facebook.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google talent search: error 502?  —  Google's recruiters are infamous in the Valley for dismissing Ivy-free applications* and posing highly technical brainteasers** during interviews.  —  But apparently these “past results do not necessarily guarantee future performance,” according to none other than Googlers themselves.
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 that loads with simply a white page …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Gawker
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google: We're not making Android hardware  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's Andy Rubin, head of the company's Android development, would like to clear something up: Google is not in the phone-making business.  —  Last week reported that Google had plans to sell …
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 …
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 …
First Look: Apple TV 3.0  —  The Apple TV is a strange beast.  Steve Jobs famously referred to his company's media-playback box as “a hobby.”  In early 2008 Apple released a major software update, Apple TV 2.0, that revamped its interface and added movie rentals to the mix.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Wave Federation: Why it Matters  —  According to The Next Web, the Google Wave team is getting ready to open up its servers for federation.  This announcement may come as early as today.  —  The Google Wave we see today is only one part of what Wave is all about.
Discussion: Fast Company and Maximum PC
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 …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
BlueBeat streaming and selling Beatles albums digitally  —  We have to admit, we're baffled by this one.  BlueBeat is a US-based site offering high-quality streams of full albums, as well as downloads for $0.25 a track.  Its Facebook page promises to “stop the insanity of overpriced online music” …
Discussion: Macworld and hypebot, Thanks:beamadelica
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: Internet2Go and SlashGear, Thanks:mspoonauer
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Duncan Milner Ascends at TBWA/Media Arts Lab  —  Assumes Chief Creative Officer Post From Legend Lee Clow, Who Remains Chairman  —  NEW YORK ( — Lee Clow has stepped down as chief creative officer of TBWA/Media Arts Lab, which has handled TBWA's longtime client Apple.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Catch Our First, Fleeting Glimpse Of VEVO On YouTube  —  Over the last six months we've heard quite a bit about Vevo, a premium content site that's been called a ‘Hulu for music videos’.  The site was originally founded by UMG in a partnership with YouTube and has since added Sony Music Group …
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.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Cisco Said to Consider Dropping Tandberg Purchase  —  Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc. may drop its 17.2 billion-krone ($3.04 billion) offer for Tandberg ASA as shareholders owning 24 percent of the Norwegian company press for a higher offer, said a person familiar with the transaction.
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Associated Press:
Reports: Cyberattacks Traced to NKorea
Discussion: The Korea Times
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Oracle's takeover of Sun clouded with uncertainty
Discussion: Financial Times and
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Adobe AIR 2.0 will hog less memory and add multitouch support
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Spend Your Evening Watching The Foo Fighters Live On Facebook
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Media Manager For OS X Streams iTunes To FiOS TVs
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and Macworld
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Adobe pushes Flash and PDF for open government, misses irony
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Vuze CEO on TV Everywhere, competition (uh, or lack thereof)
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:stophe
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Net Neutrality: Spur to Entrepreneurship . . .
Discussion: The Precursor Blog and PC Magazine, Thanks:cbeard
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Going Full Gilt: DailyCandy Gets Into Sample-Sale Game
Discussion: PSFK
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Platform Live Status Now Up And Running
Discussion: Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bling Nation Raises $20 Million For Cell Phone Payment System
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ICANN Moves Ahead With Non-Latin Web Addresses (Video)
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone launches in China, faces challenges