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4:50 PM ET, November 2, 2009

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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.
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.
Dennis Yu / 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 …
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Mark Pincus Blog:
My take on zynga and cpa offers  —  Michael Arrington posted over the weekend about CPA offers within social games and questioned why facebook, myspace, zynga and others would expose these to our users.  He raises good points about ‘scammy’ advertisers and the bad user experience they create.
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
Elke Michlmayr / The Official Google Blog:
Google Search by voice travels the world, finds Nokia, learns Chinese  —  (Cross-posted from the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Google Search by voice has grown up quickly.  Some might say that search by voice has matured from a toddler to a tween.  It's certainly been traveling across …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Inside one of the world's largest data centers  —  CHICAGO—On the outside, Microsoft's massive new data center resembles the other buildings in the industrial area.  —  Even the inside of the building doesn't look like that much.  The ground floor looks like a large indoor parking lot filled with a few parked trailers.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Neowin.net
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Greylock Partners recruits LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, raises $575M fund  —  Reid Hoffman, the founder and chairman of popular professional networking site LinkedIn, is joining venture firm Greylock Partners as an investing partner.  The firm also announced today that it has raised a $575 million fund, its thirteenth.
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon to aim for the smartphone crown  —  One of our really solid connects just had some information for us and we think you're going to love it.  With the Motorola DROID being Verizon's hot handset at the moment, you'd figure that the Moto would be it for a while, right?
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 …
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
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: 901am and Download Squad
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone sees tepid sales debut in China  —  Hundreds of people showed up for the iPhone launch party in Beijing last week, but the handset failed to sell out in many Chinese stores.  —  Compared to iPhone debuts in the U.S. and Japan, the Chinese launch was “subdued,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Web Open Font Format backed by Mozilla, type foundries  —  Efforts to bring advanced typography to the Web have reached an important milestone.  Type designers Tal Leming and Erik van Blokland, who had been working to developing the .webfont format, combined forces with Mozilla's Jonathan Kew …
Discussion: Maximum PC
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
MotleyFool Gets $25 Million Investment; Some Existing Investors Bought Out  —  For those of you who always scratch their head when pondering about Motley Fool, its business and its future, here's an answer at last: it has received a huge $25 million funding round, led by PE firms BIA Digital Partners and Patriot Capital.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Seesmic Adds Support for Twitter Lists  —  Twitter rolled out its new lists feature to all users on Friday.  Today, Seesmic will launch the first desktop client with support for lists.  For now, this early release will only go out to users who sign up for Team Seesmic, the company's semi-private beta-test group.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Computer worms resurge, Microsoft security report says  —  The worldwide prevalence of computer worms, self-copying malware that spread most commonly through e-mail, more than doubled during the first half of 2009, according to a new Microsoft security report (PDF).
New York Times:
Comcast Said to Be Close to Gaining NBC Universal  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN  —  General Electric and the cable giant Comcast have moved closer to a deal giving control of NBC Universal to Comcast, and a formal announcement could be made sometime next week, people briefed on the talks said Sunday.
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.
Michael / Xobni Blog:
Introducing Xobni Enterprise - Including Salesforce.com, Sharepoint, LDAP & more  —  As we've grown (3 million downloads and counting!), we've been hearing more and more from IT managers about their interest in deploying Xobni to their employees.  We've managed to excite executives …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and eWeek, Thanks:atul
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Time Inc's Digital News Honcho Vivek Shah Leaving  —  Vivek Shah, the digital head at news division of Time Inc, is leaving the company after 15 years, paidContent has learned and confirmed from the company.  He is there till the end of this year and transition plans are being worked out.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Pico projectors for handsets to see staggering growth in 2012, says Young Optics president  —  Claude Hsu, president of Taiwan-based light engine maker Young Optics, has predicted that shipments of pico projectors for handsets will grow to 10-25 million units in 2012, compared to 20,000-30,000 in 2009.
 
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Sony VAIO P netbook coming to Verizon
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes
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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Equals Apple In Value. And Vice Versa!
Thanks:enauzer
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD updates CPU schedules
Discussion: The Tech Report and Maximum PC
Wall Street Journal:
Can Angel Investors Earn Heavenly Returns?
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Broadband tax will force 100000 homes to give up internet connection warns Dunstone
Discussion: The Next Web
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The chat room/forum problem (& an apology to @Technosailor)
Discussion: Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life, Thanks:atul