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12:30 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.
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: HighContrast, SEO BlackHat and digg.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechVi
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID headed to Germany as the Motorola MILESTONE  —  Let's be clear right off the bat: this is no rumor.  The Motorola DROID is steaming towards a release on O2 Germany under the name MILESTONE.  The news of this came from a German blog which leaked a photo of a business guide …
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 Network World
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hector Ruiz Loses CEO 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 of GLOBALFOUNDRIES.  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Hector Ruiz, chairman of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES board …
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
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD updates CPU schedules  —  AMD has updated schedule to phase out several Phenom II X4 900 series CPUs, while launch a new model in 2010, according to sources at motherboard makers.  —  AMD has already stopped taking orders for Phenom II X4 910 (2.6GHz/95W) and 945 (3.0GHz/125W) …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Maximum PC
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
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes  —  Group is working to persuade music and video companies to cash in rather than clamp down when their content is uploaded  —  Google is seeking to drag YouTube into profit by convincing music and film footage rights owners …
Discussion: p2pnet and Beyond Search
Wall Street Journal:
Can Angel Investors Earn Heavenly Returns?  —  This may be the best time in years for an investor to become an angel.  But that doesn't mean you should rush out to get yourself fitted for wings and a halo.  —  An angel investor is anyone who privately provides capital to a promising business …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Closes Zappos Deal, Ends Up Paying $1.2 Billion
Discussion: TechFlash and Zappos Blogs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Collaboration Platform PBWorks Gets A Real-Time Makeover
Discussion: eWeek and VentureBeat
Robert McMillan / Network World:
After one year, Conficker infects 7 million computers
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
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Scan Your Business Cards On The Go With Business Card Reader
Discussion: AccMan
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Did Congress really give the FCC power to protect the 'Net?
Discussion: digg.com
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
NewsGator gives full control of FeedDemon back to developer
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
30 predictions for the future of Twitter
Discussion: The Praized Blog and Mashable!, Thanks:atul