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8:35 PM ET, November 10, 2009

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Bloomberg:
Motorola Probably Sold 100,000 Droids in Challenge to IPhone  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Motorola Inc. probably sold 100,000 Droid phones in their first weekend on the market, a sign that the handset maker is recovering even though it still trails Apple Inc., an analyst said.
Andrew Pederson / Google:
Stay Connected with Free Airport Wi-Fi from Google this Holiday Season  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that it is working with airports across the country as well as Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others to provide free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift now through January 15, 2010.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Adobe To Cut 9 Percent Of Workforce  —  We've confirmed with Adobe that the company is cutting 9 percent of its workforce, or 680 employees.  Adobe filed an 8-K with the SEC today reporting the layoffs.  Earlier today we heard multiple reports that layoffs were taking place at Adobe.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hopes to remake programming with Go  —  Google software luminaries including Unix co-creator Ken Thompson believe they can help boost both computing power and programmers' abilities with an experimental programming language project called Go.  —  And on Tuesday, they're taking the veil …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
What the N900 Means to Nokia  —  Nokia is hoping to recapture some of its lost glory in the smartphone space with the N900, the flagship device that began shipping today.  The long-awaited handset runs Nokia's new Maemo 5 operating system and boasts some pretty impressive features …
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Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N900 begins shipping!
Discussion: Reuters and Mashable!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
NVIDIA CEO shows off mystery tablet, makes zero statements about mystery tablet  —  You think maybe the cats at NVIDIA are a little hot to trot on the tablet concept?  Not only did Mike Rayfield (the company's general manger of its mobile division) spout off on a “3G capable touchpad” …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NVIDIA tablet mystery solved: an ODM Tegra prototype
Discussion: TmoNews and Maximum PC
Chris Lambert / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude, now with Location History & Alerts  —  Since the launch of Google Latitude earlier this year, we've been getting a lot of feature requests.  One of the most popular ideas was for Latitude to keep track of location history, allowing you (but not your friends) to see where you've been at any point in time.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Logitech Takes on Cisco, to Buy LifeSize for $405M  —  Logitech, a Swiss maker of peripherals for computers and digital consumer devices, is buying 6-year-old Austin, Texas-based video conferencing device maker LifeSize Communications for $405 million in cash.
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
For now, ‘illegal’ Apple billboard dropped  —  A controversial Apple billboard has come down, leaving many questions and some large whales in its wake.  —  This weekend, Planet Storage on Traveler Street removed its iPod Touch sign and revealed to drivers on Interstate 93 the ocean-inspired public art.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Amazon.com:
“Kindle for PC” Now Available — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books Available on the PC Today for Readers Around the World  —  Latest Kindle application brings more than 360,000 Kindle books, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, to the PC
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T defends its data network from Verizon ad attacks  —  As Verizon has stepped up its efforts to portray AT&T's data network as sparse and largely unavailable, AT&T has published information that shows Verizon isn't telling the whole story.  —  Verizon began advertising its 3G coverage …
Discussion: App Advice
Allenblue / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn works with Twitter, and vice versa  —  Today we're announcing a partnership between LinkedIn and Twitter - and new features that we think are going to make both Twitter and LinkedIn more powerful for you.  These new features will be rolling out gradually over the next couple of days.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Blockbuster to Rent Movies on SD Cards, but Why?  —  Blockbuster is piloting a new movie-rental program that allows customers to load movies onto SD cards and play them back on mobile phones and TVs equipped with SD readers.  The rentals cost $1.99.  —  Perhaps conceived as a one-up response …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Flu Shot Locator Shows Where To Get Vaccines Near You!  —  Looking for where to get a seasonal flu shot or that hard-to-find vaccine against H1N1 swine flu?  Google has a new flu shot locator that can help.  —  When the locator loads, you many need to manually enter your location.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL: Small Layoff Today, a Voluntary Buyout and, Then...the Big One  —  Essentially-although AOL is located in New York and not California-it's going to be like tremors before the Big One at the online company today, as about 100 employees are laid off.  —  Sources said the cuts …
Bing / Search Blog:
Bringing the Best of Web Video to You at Bing Videos  —  Turn off the lights (literally), share with your friends and kick back...you are about to see the latest Bing videos experience.  —  Starting today and rolling out over the next few days Bing videos will provide a new unified online video destination …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple IDs the next-generation iPhone  —  Cupertino wakes up to NFC?  —  Evidence is growing that Apple plans to embed NFC into the next iPhone, but can Steve Jobs sell the technology that no one else seems to want?  —  For the last few months there have been rumours that Cupertino …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hate It Or Love It, Twitter's New Retweet Style Is Rolling Out  —  Yes, Twitter is in the process of rolling out its new Retweet functionality to a more users, the service confirmed today.  Based on the number of tips we've received, and the number of TechCrunch staff members who now see the functionality …
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Apple Shoots Past Nokia As World's Most Profitable Handset Vendor  —  Apple became the world's most profitable handset vendor in the third quarter of this year, reports Strategy Analytics.  “We estimate Apple's operating profit for its iPhone handset division stood at $1.6 billion …
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
mBlox, Sony Pictures, Others To Settle $63 Million Mobile Content Lawsuit  —  A group of 14 mobile content providers, including mBlox, Sony Pictures, 2WayTraffic and Playphone, have agreed to settle the latest class action lawsuit stemming from the way that wireless subscribers were charged for unauthorized content.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Urbanspoon Expands To The Urban Workforce With A BlackBerry App  —  In major metropolitan areas, the BlackBerry at lunchtime is a force to be reckoned with.  And now it can be a device to help those urbanities actually find a place to eat with the launch of Urbanspoon for BlackBerry.
Discussion: TechFlash and The Seattle Times
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Google VP Mayer describes the perfect search engine  —  IDG News Service - Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said during the company's earnings call that Google had implemented about 120 search quality improvements during the third quarter as it moves toward its ultimate goal: “We want to get to the perfect search engine.”
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Sparkz projector / dock for iPhone displays your videos, empties your wallet (video)  —  If you're in the market for an Apple handheld-friendly pico projector, you're in luck.  Sparkz is a bulbous white dock that will play nice with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPod video, as well as your favorite A/V and VGA sources.
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com
D. Kappos / Director's Forum:
Putting the USPTO to Work for Independent Inventors  —  My first few months at the USPTO have been exciting and inspiring, and I feel privileged to be leading the USPTO at this critical time for the IP community, and the country as a whole.  When I was sworn in 90 days ago …
Discussion: Patent Law Blog and The Hill
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray discs get Managed Copy; hardware support nonexistent  —  After four years in the oven, “managed copy” is done—and boy, is it a stinker.  —  “Managed copy” has been slouching its way toward our living rooms for years now, but the technology that can make backup copies of films …
Jim Rapoza / eWeek:
The End of Single Purpose Devices  —  Ahh, I love my modern digital lifestyle, especially when it comes to being out, whether traveling or just moving around the city.  It's great that I can walk around with a music collection that dwarfs my old college record collection …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Did Microsoft Windows 7 download tool violate the GPL?  —  Microsoft has pulled an update tool for Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store site after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU General Public License.
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent:
Office 2010 Public Beta to be released as early as next week at PDC?  —  Office 2010 Public Beta is expected soon and the confirmation comes from a tweet from the official Microsoft Office Twitter account which says that the Office team has some exciting news to tell at PDC which starts on the 17th of November, in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Paul / Sidecut Reports:
Clearwire Adds 49,000 4G WiMAX Users in Q3  —  Apparently it's no longer “premature” to break out mobile WiMAX subscriber numbers — at least now that there is an impressive number to talk about.  According to its third-quarter financials press release, WiMAX provider Clearwire signed …
 
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Best Buy to sell a $249 notebook this holiday season
Discussion: Electronista, I4U News and Maximum PC
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Tethering to iPhone still coming, AT&T says; no date set
Discussion: eWeek and The Mac Observer
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Babbel dumps freemium for language learning: “it just doesn't work”
Discussion: Fast Company
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
We Know Hollywood Is This Dumb. Et Tu, Netflix?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Can Apple take Microsoft's perch atop tech pile?
Discussion: AppleInsider
Nellie Andreeva / The Live Feed | THR:
Twitter user ‘S**t My Dad Says’ gets CBS deal
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Cough into your mobile phone for instant diagnosis