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7:30 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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Inc.com and HighContrast, Thanks:atul
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?
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Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Want a Droid for work e-mail?  It'll cost you extra  —  Accessing Exchange e-mail over the new ‘iPhone killer’ costs an extra $15 per month  —  The industry is abuzz over the Motorola Droid, the first Google Android 2.0-based smartphone, to be released on Friday, Nov. 6, in the United States …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and Android Phone Fans
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: Neowin.net
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
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.
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Preview Google's Search Results  —  Google added a new option to the web search toolbelt: page previews.  If you click on “Show options” and select “Page previews” after performing a search, Google will show a longer snippet and a thumbnail for each search result.
Thanks:atul
Google Wave Developer Blog:
WaveSandbox.com: Federate This  —  When we first unveiled Google Wave a few months ago, one of the fundamental concepts we discussed was the vision for wave as an open communications protocol.  We are happy to announce that the developer instance of Google Wave is now available …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's 2010 capital expenditures could signal major investments  —  Apple has forecast a 70 percent increase in capital expenditures for the 2010 fiscal year, which one analyst has said could be a sign the Mac maker is investing in “strategic new infrastructure.”
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
60 Minutes Puts Forth Laughable, Factually Incorrect MPAA Propaganda On Movie Piracy  —  31 years ago, in 1978, the television program 60 Minutes put on an episode about the awful threat of “video piracy” to the movie industry.  Featuring the MPAA's Jack Valenti, the episode focused …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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
Google Watch:
Weather.com Plays Weatherman on Bing Maps Using Flash  —  I've written extensively about how Google is improving Google Maps, adding new layers on a weekly basis.  —  Microsoft is getting help from its partners to boost the value proposition of Bing Maps.  Specifically Weather.com …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google: You too could win millions in stock  —  Google is once again dangling incentives before engineers.  —  The company threw open its doors Monday to the engineering community Monday, announcing that it granted a Founders' Prize—"a multimillion-dollar stock bonus"—to the team that developed Google Chrome.
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
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.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
‘Sherlock Holmes’ replaces Microsoft as ‘Family Guy’ sponsor  —  Warner Bros. has assumed the spot Microsoft vacated last week in sponsoring a TV special from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.  —  FOX announced during the World Series this weekend that Warner Bros.' new Robert Downey Jr. blockbuster …
Discussion: Underwire
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MSI readying 12-inch MSI Wind U230 with AMD Neo CPU, Windows 7  —  It looks like MSI is getting set to launch a 12-inch Windows 7 netbook from its U200 series.  You'll recall that the company released the Vista-based U210 back in mid-September, and this new one, the U230 …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com and SlashGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPhone dons a suit and tie  —  IT departments are finally starting to buy Apple's smartphone, says a Deutsche Bank report  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Deutsche Bank  —  “There is growing evidence that the iPhone is making inroads into the Enterprise,” writes Deutsche Bank research …
Dan Cohen / Gear Diary:
Adobe To iPhone Users- “Want Flash?  Don't Blame Us”  —  This might not be new but I certainly don't recall seeing this message before...  I went to watch something on my iPhone earlier and couldn't.  Turns out it was flash and, as you likely know, the iPhone doesn't support flash.  That's nothing new.
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: MediaPost and Beet.TV
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Latest Ad Scammers: Faux Agency Execs  —  Gawker, NYT.Com Fall Prey to Fake Buyers Who Harvest User Identities  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Ads have long been a gateway for spammers and hackers to distribute malicious code, but now the crooks are showing a new level of sophistication by posing …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Will the Internet Survive Its 40th?
Discussion: The Precursor Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst's UGO Gets New Blood, Still Needs CEO
Discussion: paidContent
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
MotleyFool Gets $25 Million Investment; Some Existing Investors Bought Out
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Sony VAIO P netbook coming to Verizon
Discussion: I4U News and TechVi
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Real Time Search's Scoopler Funded
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael / Xobni Blog:
Introducing Xobni Enterprise - Including Salesforce.com, Sharepoint, LDAP & more
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and eWeek, Thanks:atul
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes
Discussion: Maximum PC, p2pnet and Beyond Search
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Equals Apple In Value. And Vice Versa!
Thanks:enauzer
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Do-It-Yourself iPhone Apps
Discussion: mocoNews and dailywireless.org