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12:55 AM ET, November 4, 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:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Clutter-Free, Twittified, Binged (and Also Apple-icious): The New MSN Homepage Debuts (Plus Screenshots and the Press Release)  —  The new MSN homepage debuts tonight and you would be completely correct for thinking the recipe Microsoft (MSFT) has cooked up to inform its design ethos-white …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MSN's Bob Visse Talks About Homepage Redesign (Plus Microsoft's Videos …
Boy Genius Report:
Another Verizon DROID commercial, Stealth, and it's awesome  —  Forget the first commercial you saw, this one takes the cake.  We've been told it should start airing on TV this week.  Video is after the break.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile USA down all over the place? (update: yes)  —  We're getting reports from sea to shining sea this evening that T-Mobile service is down or intermittent on both voice and data — particularly bad timing in light of the recent Sidekick drama.  We've tested in New York and it's definitely …
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:
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Paul Meller / PC World:   Trade Talks Hone in on Internet Abuse and ISP Liability
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Personal Droid Data Will Cost $30, Even With Exchange  —  Okay.  There's a lot of confusion going on around the Internet about the Motorola Droid's service plans.  Some people are saying that if you want to connect to a Microsoft Exchange account, data will cost $45 a month instead of $30.
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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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
End to a 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, which is owned by eBay, could be announced as soon as this week …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM, paidContent and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Volpi and Index Ventures Out of Skype Deal, the Lawsuit-Happy Founder Twins In
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Launches Its Artist-Powered Promotion  —  Last night we broke the story that Google would be teaming with a number of well known artists to launch a promotion for its Music Onebox search, which was released last week.  Turns out, it's launching a bit sooner than we thought …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Newly discovered Safari bug could mean big fees for some iPhone users  —  Whenever you hear about bugs and exploits being discovered in the iPhone's browser, Safari, it's usually the doings of some masterful meddler who devoted hours to unearthing any flaws they could find — not some user casually tapping around the application.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Says Zero Tolerance For App Scams, Changes Terms Of Use  —  The industry is definitely making big changes to self regulate around social gaming offer scams (complete background here, with updates).  Zynga, the largest social gaming company and the worst offender when it comes to scams …
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.
Flora Graham / CNET News:
The iPhone is the worst phone in the world  —  That's right, we said it — and we're not taking it back.  The iPhone may be the greatest handheld surfing device ever to rock the mobile Web, and a fabulous media player to boot.  It may be the highest-rated mobile phone on CNET UK …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint's Aaron Patzer: “We Will End-Of-Life Quicken Online” In Six to Nine Months  —  Yesterday, Intuit closed on its previously announced $170 million acquisition of personal budgeting site Mint, making Mint founder and CEO Aaron Patzer the new vice president and general manager of Intuit's Personal Finance Group.
Discussion: Associated Press, Thanks:atul
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
What happens to your email when you die?  —  REMEMBER that time you poured your heart out in an email to your best friend after one too many glasses of wine?  —  Or that sexy message from an old lover that made you blush at work?  —  Well, if you die, your family and others could end up reading them.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ellen Exploits Twitter's Lists for Fun and Profit  —  The “lists” feature Twitter just rolled out has been swiftly repurposed by the celebrity-industrial complex to pump up the accounts of tweeters like Ellen DeGeneres.  Lists show celebrities exactly who can send them followers.  And thus who to spam.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Blacksn0w unlock available now for iPhone 3G and 3GS  —  There's no stopping the eternal tug-of-war between the powers that be and the hackers that will, and for the time being it looks like things are back in the hands of the hackers.  As of noon today giddy jailbreakers can take the next step …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
World of Warcraft ordered to shut down in China again  —  The Chinese version of popular game World of Warcraft is a cash machine for its maker, Activision Blizzard.  But the massively multiplayer online game's fate is up in the air again.  —  A Chinese government agency …
Discussion: paidContent and PC World
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Bloomberg to Build Out ‘Business,’ Set Web Strategy  —  Signaling strong confidence in the print medium, Bloomberg LP executives said they planned to make BusinessWeek bigger, glossier and more international, while exploring a strategy to charge for content on their own Web site.
Discussion: paidContent
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Does more broadband mean more piracy?  —  In the $787-billion economic stimulus package enacted in February, Congress told the Federal Communications Commission to create a plan for extending broadband service to all Americans and increasing broadband speeds.
metro.us:
Apple (finally) coming to Philly  —  Design plans for a new store near 16th and Walnut streets go before the city Art Commission tomorrow.  Apple has already posted job listings on its Web site for the store, but a spokeswoman said yesterday that an official announcement about a new store here isn't ready yet.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Macworld, MacNN, TUAW and digg.com
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Officially En Español  —  Last month, Twitter noted that it was seeking volunteers to help translate its service into other languages.  Today, the first of those is ready to go, as Twitter has formally unveiled support for the Spanish language.
Discussion: Mashable!, The Social and VentureBeat
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Loopt aims for that mobile, social and real-time sweet spot with Pulse
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen files for bankruptcy protection for Digeo holdings
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PC vs. Phone: Which Matters Most?
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wiccan Employee Files Sexual And Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google
Discussion: InformationWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (and Google Exec) Joe Kraus Moves to Google Ventures
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
How Far Will Google Wave Go?