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3:20 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.
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
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 …
Elke Michlmayr / The Official Google Blog:
Google Search by voice travels the world, finds Nokia, learns Chinese  —  (Cross-posted with 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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?
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Mark Davis / Sprint Connection:
Sprint's 4G service expands to Chicago, Dallas, North Carolina markets  —  Color in the areas of Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Greensboro, N.C., on Sprint's widening map of 4G, fourth-generation, wireless service areas.
 
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Electronista:
Sony VAIO P netbook coming to Verizon
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone sees tepid sales debut in China
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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Michael / Xobni Blog:
Introducing Xobni Enterprise - Including Salesforce.com, Sharepoint, LDAP & more
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and eWeek, Thanks:atul
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior:
Apple Store Tricks Kids With Bookmarks As Halloween Treats
Discussion: Edible Apple, TUAW and Gizmodo
Rachel Shields / The Independent:
Illegal downloaders ‘spend the most on music’, says poll