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1:10 AM ET, November 3, 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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Takes Steps To Remove Scams From Games  —  Well that didn't take long.  We outlined the not-so-ethical ways that the big social gaming startups are generating revenue through lead gen scams and subscriptions through a series of posts over the last week.
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Zynga CEO Speaks On Offers, We Provide Some Context
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reveals More Lists Power With A Widget  —  Since it was turned on for all users late last week, everyone is talking about Twitter's new Lists feature.  Most people seem to like it, but some have no idea what it's good for.  Perhaps those people will understand a bit more about Lists potential …
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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.
Discussion: The Next Web Appetite, Thanks:atul
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
Betina Chan-Martin / Hulu Blog:
Coming Soon: Your Resource for Good Things to Come  —  Here at Hulu, we prioritize our features based largely on the feedback we receive from our users, and some of your most common questions are related to our streaming schedule for shows that are currently airing on TV.
Discussion: WebProNews, AppScout and ResourceShelf
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.
Business Wire:
Spring Design Files Lawsuit against Barnes & Noble: Nook Violates Alex Intellectual Property  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Spring Design today filed a lawsuit to protect its Alex™ e-book intellectual property.  The lawsuit asserts Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets …
Google Chrome Blog:
Bookmark sync and more speed in the latest beta release  —  Fresh from a Halloween weekend, we're excited to introduce a brand new beta for Google Chrome, which includes a few new treats and cool tricks for our users.  —  For those of you who use several computers — for example …
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 …
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.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Trims Price of E-Mail Service, Aiming to Block Google's Inroads  —  Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, will cut the price it charges customers to store and run their e-mail systems, a bid to keep Google Inc. from making inroads in the market.
Venture Capital Dispatch:
The First Mobile Device Dedicated Exclusively To Twitter  —  When the team at Twitter Inc. hatched the idea of producing a mobile device dedicated to “tweeting” they contacted Jonathan Kaplan, founder of a gadget company that experienced one of the most successful exits for venture investors in 2009.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo! open sources uber web server  —  ‘400-terabytes-a-day’ Traffic Server lands at Apache  —  Yahoo! has open sourced the back-end software platform that underpins the company's webmail client and countless other applications offered up across its sweeping web portal.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco Shells Out $44.5 Million For Set-Top Box Unit Of Chinese Cable Company DVN  —  Cisco is at it again.  The company is acquiring the set-top box business of one of China's largest cable companies, DVN, for $44.5 million.  This is peanuts compared to Cisco's latest acquisitions including …
Discussion: Digits, Cisco and GigaOM
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Best Buy Prepares for the Post-DVD Era  —  Best Buy sells a lot of DVDs, but it is taking another step to get ready for the day when that business shifts online.  —  The giant electronics retailer on Tuesday is announcing a partnership with Sonic Solutions' Roxio CinemaNow service to deliver …
Discussion: Associated Press, CNET News and Forbes
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 …
Berkus / Skype for Linux:
Skype open source  —  Just a quick update, since we seem to have hit slashdot with this news.  —  Yes, there's an open source version of Linux client being developed.  This will be a part of larger offering, but we can't tell you much more about that right now.
Callie Kimball / Epicenter:
Exclusive: How I Unmasked @FakeAPStylebook (an Only-on-Twitter Story)  —  If Twitter is an information-based economy, inside scoop is its currency.  How I came to know the real identity of @FakeAPStylebook is one of those only-on-Twitter stories, a choice accident of happenstance.
Thanks:atul
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Unisys official says cloud computing can save money by eliminating U.S. jobs  —  Official cites how the company was able to save money through implementing and remotely managing a private cloud  —  Cost savings generated by replacing U.S. workers with IT persons from India was cited …
 
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George Ou / Digital Society:
Analysis of BitTorrent uTP congestion avoidance
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and The Tech Report, Thanks:jonhenke
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Web could run out of addresses next year warn web experts
Discussion: Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPhone dons a suit and tie
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
‘Sherlock Holmes’ replaces Microsoft as ‘Family Guy’ sponsor
Discussion: Underwire
Google Watch:
Weather.com Plays Weatherman on Bing Maps Using Flash
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MSI readying 12-inch MSI Wind U230 with AMD Neo CPU, Windows 7
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's 2010 capital expenditures could signal major investments
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst's UGO Gets New Blood, Still Needs CEO
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Latest Ad Scammers: Faux Agency Execs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New Netvibes Will Be World's Biggest Real-Time Feed Reader
Discussion: 901am and Download Squad
Bill Carter / New York Times:
DVR, Once TV's Mortal Foe, Helps Ratings