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8:00 AM ET, October 31, 2009


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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 …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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.
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Windows XP Phone: A First Look at its Touchscreen Interface  —  Remember the xpPhone?  The 4.8-inch touchscreen slider has netbook-like specs, some sort of “AMD Super Mobile CPU”, and runs a full-blown copy of Windows XP.  They've just sent through shots of its phone-function interface...and they actually look pretty good.
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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
In Congress, a call to review internal cybersecurity policies  —  Inadvertent disclosure of ethics committee inquiries sparks furor  —  House leaders on Friday called for an “immediate and comprehensive assessment” of congressional cybersecurity policies, a day after an embarrassing data breach …
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog and The Register
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: Maximum PC and Fast Company
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Be A Featured Loser: Facebook Helps Out The Unpopular  —  Nobody wants to be the kid who only gets invited to birthday parties because his mom calls up the other mom and asks.  Everyone knows that only succeeds in making you even more unpopular.  —  Our guess is a fair number …
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Ad Guru: I'm Not Going Anywhere  —  Lee Clow, who gets credit for a couple decades worth of Apple's iconic advertising campaigns, wants us to know that he isn't going anywhere.  —  His agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab, is shuffling people around, however.
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 …
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 …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Adobe AIR 2.0 will hog less memory and add multitouch support  —  If you use Adobe AIR apps on a regular basis, you have a lot to look forward to in AIR 2.0.  The next version of Adobe's cross-platform app framework adds a bunch of little tweaks and a few major ones, including support for multitouch and gestures.
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 …
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 …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Handset Makers Set to Cash In on the Holidays  —  The handset market will have much to be thankful for this holiday season, according to new reports out this morning from IDC and Strategy Analytics.  IDC said manufacturer shipments increased by 5.6 percent in the third quarter over the previous …
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
Associated Press:
Reports: Cyberattacks Traced to NKorea  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean government was the source of high-profile cyberattacks in July that caused Web outages in South Korea and the United States, news reports said Friday.  —  The IP address — the Web equivalent of a street address …
Discussion: The Korea Times
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
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Adobe pushes Flash and PDF for open government, misses irony
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Vuze CEO on TV Everywhere, competition (uh, or lack thereof)
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