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4:45 PM ET, November 3, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Is a Next-Generation iPhone 4 Part, China Ontrade Claims  —  China Ontrade calls this the iPhone 4 Generation Midboard.  Not very exciting, but the last time they announced a next-generation iPhone part, they were right.  A month later, the iPhone 3GS appeared with exactly those parts.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Spring Design Sues Barnes & Noble; Claims Breach Of NDA  —  Somehow a lawsuit had to be lurking ... Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), which took a spin on the floor with just about everyone before announcing its own e-reader, is being sued by Spring Design for misappropriation of trade secrets and violating a non-disclosure agreement.
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Gary Allen / AppleInsider:
Exclusive look at Apple's new iPod touch-based EasyPay checkout  —  (ifoAppleStore) Within two weeks, Apple stores will begin retiring their current Windows CE-based portable computers and start using a custom-designed and crafted iPod touch to check out customers.  AppleInsider has a first look at the new system.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Dutch hacker holds jailbroken iPhones “hostage” for €5 (Updated)  —  Though jailbreaking an iPhone certainly opens up opportunities to add functionality that Apple doesn't approve of, it can also make an iPhone less secure.  Several Dutch iPhone users found that out the hard …
Ty McMahan / 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.
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Really, Peek? We Need a Dedicated Twitter Device?
Discussion: Computerworld
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
China Unicom Says It Has Signed Up 5,000 Users for Apple iPhone  —  Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., the country's second-biggest mobile-phone company, said it has 5,000 users for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, after the carrier introduced the handset in the world's biggest phone market last week.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal X: A Complete List Of Adaptive Payments APIs  —  We're at PayPal's much-hyped PayPal Innovate X 2009, the payments company's first dedicated developer conference.  PayPal, which reported strong earnings recently, is hoping to engage developers in producing applications on top …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 announced, we go hands-on  —  The first Android device from Sony Ericsson may have undergone an upgrade in the naming department, jumping from X3 all the way to XPERIA X10 (probably to avoid confusion with Nokia's X3 handset), but what lies under the hood is reassuringly in line with what we've been hearing.
Rebecca Lefort / Telegraph:
Mystery of Argleton the ‘Google’ town that only exists online  —  Argleton, a ‘phantom town’ in Lancashire that appears on Google Maps and online directories but doesn't actually exist, has puzzled internet experts.  —  The town appears on Google Maps in the middle of fields close to the M58 motorway, just south of Ormskirk.
Eric Sachs / The Official Google Blog:
Cutting back on your long list of passwords  —  Does anyone actually like passwords?  Most people can't stand them because they end up having to keep track of a long (and often memorized) list of usernames and passwords to sign into the websites they visit.
Discussion: AppScout and Google Code Blog
Brad Stone / New York Times:
End to Fight Over Skype May Be Near  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The bitter battle over the future of the Internet calling service Skype appears to be nearing an end.  —  A resolution of the litigation surrounding the service, currently owned by eBay, could be announced as soon as this week …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
VIA Technologies Inc / VIA Technologies, Inc. News:
VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors  —  VIA's fastest and most power efficient processors yet deliver richest mobile and all-in-one desktop computing experience  —  Taipei, Taiwan, 3 November 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VIA Nano 3000 CPU series finally launches to rival Intel's Atom
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Ribbit Launches Google Voice Challenger  —  Ribbit just announced the launch of Ribbit Mobile.  Ribbit Mobile is a cloud-based VoIP telephony service that brings together web-based calling, smart call routing and voicemail transcriptions.  —  It is hard to look at Ribbit Mobile without comparing it to Google Voice.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cisco, EMC, and VMWare make alliance official  —  Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware announced Tuesday a joint venture to sell a new integrated data center product.  —  The venture will sell and provide maintenance and service support for the product, which is called V-Block.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T sues Verizon over 'there's a map for that' ads  —  Whoa — we just got word that AT&T is suing Verizon for false advertising over Big Red's “There's a map for that” ads.  We're reading the complaint and motion to stop the ads right now, but here's what AT&T says is the big problem:
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Turkish government claims Google owes €32 million in taxes  —  [Turkey] Following an investigation that lasted over a year, Turkish authorities are fining Internet giant Google a total of 71 million Turkish Lira (approx. €32 million or USD $47 million) for supposedly dodging the national tax system.
Dan Woods / Forbes:
How Far Will Google Wave Go?  —  Google Wave, the Internet giant's new online collaboration tool, has generated much buzz among developers, and now it has a large geeky fan following doing strange and relatively useless things.  You can check out some of the silliness at the Google Wave Extensions List.
Mark / dive into mark:
Why do we have an IMG element?  —  On February 25, 1993, Marc Andreessen wrote: … Xbm and Xpm were popular graphics formats on Unix systems.  They are still supported in modern browsers.  (I tested in Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome.)  —  “X Mosaic” was one of the earliest web browsers.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and rc3.org
Rachael King / Business Week:
Augmented Reality Goes Mobile  —  The technology for meshing digital data with actual images, or augmented reality, makes a jump to smartphones, and the market is taking off  —  It was the shake heard 'round the world.  On Aug. 27, 2009, überblogger Robert Scoble uncovered …
Discussion: App Advice
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Feds Charge Cable Modem Modder With ‘Aiding Computer Intrusion’  —  An Oregon hardware hacker and author has been hit with federal criminal charges arising from his longstanding business of selling unlocked cable modems that can be used to steal extra speed from a broadband provider, or obtain free service.
Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
Ken Auletta: Google Is Not Trying to Harm Old Media  —  Ken Auletta, the longtime media columnist for The New Yorker, explores “the roiling crosscurrents of the new media terrain” in his new book, “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It,” published this week.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Tests A Real-Time Search Feature  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is joining the real-time search party.  The company is testing a “search shortcut” that places real-time results above standard search results for some select queries, Yahoo tells us.  In a statement, Yahoo describes the initiative as a …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
YouTube's Content Head Jordan Hoffner Leaving To Join Ben Silverman's New Venture  —  Jordan Hoffner, the head of content partnerships for YouTube, is leaving the company, and joining Ben Silverman's new content venture at IAC (NSDQ: IACI), we have learned.  The move from YouTube was announced internally today.
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (and Google Exec) Joe Kraus Moves to Google Ventures  —  Joe Kraus-the longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur who sold his most recent start-up, JotSpot, to Google in 2006 and has been a director of product management since-has moved to its Google Ventures unit as a partner, said several sources.
Thanks:atul
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Windows Live Sync Now Works on Snow Leopard  —  According to the Windows Live Sync blog, the service now supports Mac's latest operating system, Snow Leopard.  Those running that version of OSX can download the Sync software right here.  —  For those of you who don't know, Windows Live Sync …
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Intel Says Venture Capitalists May Shun Technology Startups After Recovery  —  Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — European venture capitalists may be wary of startup technology companies even after an economic recovery, according to the investment arm of Intel Corp., the world's biggest computer-chip maker.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wiccan Employee Files Sexual And Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google
comScore, Inc.:
Touchscreen Mobile Phone Adoption Grows at Blistering Pace in U.S. During Past Year
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
French iPhone exclusivity broken after regulator decision
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
The Story of Google Friend Connect: Google Cambridge's First …
Discussion: The Next Web
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint touts Palm Pixi's nonexistent WiFi
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
 Earlier Items: 
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
An App so You'll Never Forget
Discussion: VentureBeat
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
Tribune Co. papers rewiring for experimental week without AP
Discussion: Techdirt and TeleRead