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1:30 PM ET, November 2, 2009

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David Mendez / OS X Daily:
Hackintosh Netbook users take note: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update kills support for Atom Processor  —  It's not out in the wild yet, but 10.6.2 has been confirmed to kill support for the Intel Atom processor, this is especially important for Hackintosh users who have hacked various Atom based netbooks to run Snow Leopard.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple's iTunes Pitch: TV for $30 a Month  —  Would you pay $30 a month to watch TV via iTunes?  —  That's the pitch Apple has been making to TV networks in recent weeks.  The company is trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software, multiple sources tell me.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Next Hot e-Reader: The iPhone  —  Yesterday at the urging of a friend, I ordered “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock on my iPod touch via the Amazon Kindle app.  In doing so, I became one of many people who are helping the iPhone become more than just a phone.  It's latest role: e-reader.
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Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Flurry Smartphone Industry Pulse, October 2009  —  The data in this report is computed from a sample size of over 2,500 applications, 40 million consumers and 4 platforms: Apple (iPhone and iPod Touch), Blackberry, JavaME and Google Android.  —  After Playing Games, iPhone Gets Serious about Books
TechCrunch:
How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider's Confession  —  Last night we wrote about the lead generation scams within social gaming networks.  This is a guest post by Dennis Yu, the CEO of BlitzLocal, a privately held 50 person advertising agency in Denver, Colorado, specializing …
Discussion: All Facebook, HighContrast and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
GSM DROID with multitouch pinch-to-zoom demoed on video hating America  —  The GSM flavor of Motorola's DROID, or Milestone as it will be known in Europe, has multitouch built-in to the UI.  For reasons we can only assume have something to do with an unspoken intellectual property agreement between Google …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID headed to Germany as the Motorola MILESTONE
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, Founders Settlement in the Works  —  The ongoing legal scuffle between Skype, a division of eBay, and its founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, may soon see a resolution, according to someone familiar with the situation.  The parties are in discussions to resolve the various issues.
Discussion: GMSV, Softpedia News, TechVi and VoIP Watch, Thanks:atul
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Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley golden boy Mike Volpi caught in eBay Skype legal battle
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Do-It-Yourself iPhone Apps  —  Services that do the coding for you make it easy for nontechies to create iPhone apps.  Applications to the Apple App Store are exploding  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  Tom Johnson is no engineer.  But that didn't stop him from creating software that helps him market his wedding-video business.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
A Tweet Unleashes Vitriol on a User in Britain  —  LONDON — In the realm of Twitter insults, it was at the far end of mild.  “Much as I admire and adore the chap, they are a bit ... boring,” a Twitter user called brumplum wrote Saturday, speaking of the tweets of Stephen Fry, the British writer, actor and television personality.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
DVR, Once TV's Mortal Foe, Helps Ratings  —  In what may seem a media business version of the Stockholm syndrome, television network executives have fallen in love with a former tormentor: the digital video recorder.  —  The reason is not simply that more households own DVRs …
Robert Evans / I4U News:
Sprint Launches The Dell Mini 10 Netbook  —  Alright, so the rumors were a day off.  The Dell Mini 10 still launched today on Sprint's 3G network.  Their press release makes this bog standard 10.1" Windows XP netbook sound much more exciting than it really is.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Sprint:
Sprint Offers Ultra-Mobile, Ultra-Affordable Computing with Dell …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
XM SkyDock now available for iPod touch and iPhone drivers  —  We know what iPhone owners want: Rosie O'Donnell talking on their car radios from coast-to-coast.  Good, 'cause the $120 XM SkyDock is now available for purchase giving you full, touchscreen control and tagging capabilities over your in-car satellite radio.
Reuters:
Microsoft and OpenX forge Web ad deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Online advertising start-up OpenX and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) announced a partnership to promote each other's Internet technologies to their respective customers.  The deal will significantly expand the distribution …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows 7's share jumps 40% in first week of release  —  It's an even bigger hit in Eastern Europe, where piracy abounds  —  Computerworld - Windows 7's market share surged nearly 40% in the week following its release, according to Web measurement company Net Applications.
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Confused about Google Wave?  Now you can read the bleeping manual.  —  Google Wave is an innovative new communication tool, but part of innovation is that it's not always intuitive to use.  Early adopters have been jumping into Wave with little guidance on how to take advantage of all its features.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Equals Apple In Value.  And Vice Versa!  —  People often compare market capitalization (current share price times the number of shares outstanding) for public companies as an indicator of success / failure, and one surpassing the other as a sign that one is overtaking the other …
Thanks:enauzer
Rachel Shields / The Independent:
Illegal downloaders ‘spend the most on music’, says poll  —  People who illegally download music from the internet also spend more money on music than anyone else, according to a new study.  The survey, published today, found that those who admit illegally downloading music spent an average …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Closes Zappos Deal, Ends Up Paying $1.2 Billion  —  Amazon earlier this morning announced the official closing of the acquisition of Zappos, a deal which we broke the news about back in July.  Turns out the valuation of the online footwear and clothing retailer went up from the reported $928 million …
Discussion: Zappos Blogs and Amazon.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New Netvibes Will Be World's Biggest Real-Time Feed Reader  —  The next version of popular web dashboard service Netvibes will push “near real-time” updates from feeds to the browser, a dramatic change in how the service works.  Those feeds will be served up along with the standard suite …
Discussion: Download Squad
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Broadband tax will force 100000 homes to give up internet connection warns Dunstone  —  Charles Dunstone, the chief executive of TalkTalk, fears the Government's plans to boost rural broadband coverage will penalise poorer households.  —  Mr Dunstone estimates that around 100,000 lower income households …
Discussion: The Next Web
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hector Ruiz Loses Chairman Job After Galleon Bust  —  After he was outed last week for being a tipster in the Galleon insider trading case, former AMD (AMD) CEO Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO Chairman of GLOBALFOUNDRIES.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Hector Ruiz …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The chat room/forum problem (& an apology to @Technosailor)  —  I've been doing online communities for more than 20 years, starting in 1985 when a friend had a BBS.  One thing I've noticed over and over again is that chat rooms and forums start out fun and then devolve over time for various reasons.
Discussion: Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life, Thanks:atul
 
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Web Open Font Format backed by Mozilla, type foundries
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes
Discussion: p2pnet and Beyond Search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Collaboration Platform PBWorks Gets A Real-Time Makeover
Discussion: eWeek and VentureBeat
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD updates CPU schedules
Discussion: The Tech Report and Maximum PC
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / Network World:
After one year, Conficker infects 7 million computers
Discussion: Softpedia News
John Harris / BBC:
Speed of sound  —  Not long ago, if you wanted music …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
Little, big, and green: a biography of the solid-state disk
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior:
Apple Store Tricks Kids With Bookmarks As Halloween Treats
Discussion: Edible Apple, TUAW and Gizmodo
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Scan Your Business Cards On The Go With Business Card Reader
Discussion: The Next Web Appetite and AccMan
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Did Congress really give the FCC power to protect the 'Net?
Discussion: BetaNews and digg.com