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6:35 PM ET, November 3, 2009

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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:
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.
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 …
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen files for bankruptcy protection for Digeo holdings  —  Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen is asking for federal bankruptcy protection as he liquidates the remains of Digeo, a Kirkland set-top box company that was mostly sold off this fall.  —  Allen filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday …
Discussion: TechFlash
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wiccan Employee Files Sexual And Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google  —  Lawsuits can be the source of all sorts of surprising and off the wall stories and this one, filed by a Google Atlanta-based former data center employee takes the cake.  In the lawsuit, which was filed …
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.
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 …
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.
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.  —  “Mosaic” was one of the earliest web browsers.  ("X Mosaic" was the version that ran on Unix systems.)  When he wrote this message in early 1993 …
Discussion: Webmonkey and rc3.org
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.
comScore, Inc.:
Touchscreen Mobile Phone Adoption Grows at Blistering Pace in U.S. During Past Year  —  Touchscreen Device Market Up 159 Percent vs. Year Ago with iPhone Accounting for 33 Percent of the Market  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Discussion: CNET News, mocoNews and 24/7 Wall St., Thanks:mrinaldesai
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Promises Droid Won't Strain Network - Though they're preparing for more backhaul for LTE launch...  Unlike some of the capacity issues that troubled AT&T with the huge influx of iPhone customers, Verizon is insisting the company won't struggle under the load when they launch the new Motorola Droid this Friday.
Discussion: Gearlog and Computerworld
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.
Discussion: eWeek
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala  —  Smooth Windows upgrade it ain't  —  Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro.  —  Blank and flickering screens, failure to recognize hard drives …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Joins The Real-Time-Search Party  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is testing a “search shortcut” that places real-time results above standard search results for some select queries, the company tells us.  In a statement, Yahoo describes the initiative as a “test designed to discover if showing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Starbucks Makes It Easier, Different to Get Free Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks is revising its stored-value affinity card programs, making it easier by some measures to get free Wi-Fi: I've noted before that Starbucks doesn't offer free Wi-Fi in the sense that an indie coffeeshop with an open access point does …
Meredith Papp / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Analytics for Mobile Apps  —  Last week, we introduced expanded mobile reporting features in Google Analytics.  To help developers, this launch includes features that make it easy to see how people are using specific parts of their iPhone and Android applications.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Android and Me, Thanks:atul
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Microsoft pushes switchover deal for CRM Online application  —  Microsoft is offering Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM on Demand users six months' service for free  —  Microsoft is trying to steal away Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM on Demand customers with a new offer that will provide …
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
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Acer's Big Ass Aspire 8940: 18-4inch Screen, Core i7 Processor  —  With an oversized LED-backlit 18.4-inch display, Core i7 720QM processor, and Windows 7, the Aspire 8940 is set to face off with HP's Pavilion dv8 and Toshiba's Qosmio X500 in the uber desktop replacement stakes.  And it'll probably cost less.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show Office Mobile 2010 at TechEd Europe
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Loopt aims for that mobile, social and real-time sweet spot with Pulse
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Times
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Intel, Apple, Microsoft probe iPhone-Windows sync bug
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
PC vs. Phone: Which Matters Most?
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Windows Live Sync Now Works on Snow Leopard
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (and Google Exec) Joe Kraus Moves to Google Ventures
Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SugarSync Sweetens File Syncing For Small Businesses
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Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Intel Says Venture Capitalists May Shun Technology Startups After Recovery
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
YouTube's Content Head Jordan Hoffner Leaving To Join Ben Silverman's New Venture
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
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