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5:05 PM ET, September 29, 2010

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Wiltse Carpenter / Gmail Blog:
Turn off Gmail's conversation view  —  The way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro.  You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it.  And those of you who hate it hate it enough …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership  —  You didn't think Facebook would integrate with Google (GOOG) Voice, did you?  —  Actually, according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Should Facebook Buy Skype?  —  Photo of Skype CEO Josh Silverman By Phil Wolff via Flickr  —  Ever since Skype was freed from the shackles of eBay, I've marveled at the company's management team led by its CEO, Josh Silverman.  Sure, it has a whole lot of powerful backers, but in the end, it's the team and their strategy.
iFixit:
Apple TV 2nd Generation Teardown  —  After acquiring a small brown box during a daring heist this morning, we finally have the new Apple TV in our destructive mitts!  Will this be the device that changes the direction of Apple as we know it?  Tune in as we take apart the 2nd generation Apple TV.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple TV review (2010)  —  You've been waiting, and it's finally here: the Apple TV review.  Months before Steve Jobs announced the new set top box at Apple's annual fall event, we had been reporting on news that the company would strike out again into the TV market, offering a small …
Ross Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Launch 7-Inch Tablet in Weeks Ahead  —  SYDNEY—Dell Inc. will launch its seven-inch tablet in the next few weeks and a 10-inch tablet within 6-12 months, Dell Greater China President Amit Midha said Wednesday.  —  Texas-based Dell has joined a host of computer makers rushing to offer tablets …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Google Needs To Buy Twitter Immediately  —  Angel investor Dave McClure pointed out yesterday what is obvious to everyone but Google: Google needs to buy Twitter immediately.  —  We've been urging Google to buy Twitter for more than 18 months now, and it would have cost the company …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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DealBook:
McClure to Google: Buy Twitter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here  —  By now you must have heard the news that AOL has acquired us.  Here are videos of the on stage signing of the agreement and an interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong immediately afterwards.  —  So how did all this happen?
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Engadget's Founder on TechCrunch Under AOL
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
AOL May Restore Lost Luster With Three Acquisitions
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's segmentation strategy, and the folly of conventional wisdom  —  There is a myth, more of a meme actually, about the ‘inevitability’ of commoditization.  It is a view of the world that sees things linearly, in terms of singularities, and the so-called “one right path.”
Discussion: asymco, Thanks:atul
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Q&A with Steve Ballmer on mobile, search and Facebook  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sat down with The Seattle Times for a Q and A on the eve of the annual company meeting on Sept. 28, 2010.  Here is the story.  —  With the imminent launch of a new Windows mobile phone …
James Ledbetter / Slate:
The strange but inevitable rise of e-reader pornography.  —  As I write this, the most downloaded item for Amazon's Kindle is a novel by Jenna Bayley-Burke called Compromising Positions.  Here is part of the plot description: “David Strong knows how to do a lot of things …
Discussion: broadstuff
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon Android app store T&Cs leak  —  Amazon still aren't talking about the rumored Android app store they're tipped to be working on - which would sit alongside the official Android Market and offer users an alternative source for software - but the App Store Distribution Agreement participating developers …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
The 4chan porn leak: First of many?  —  The Web probably looks a lot less anonymous and private to the thousands of people whose identities were posted to the Internet this weekend alongside the names of the pornographic films they are accused of downloading.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You'll Be Able To Deposit Checks To PayPal Via Mobile Pictures In The Next Day Or So  —  Last month, we noted that PayPal would soon launch a new version of their iPhone app that would be more check-friendly.  That app should be released in the next day or so, PayPal's Laura Chambers revealed …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million — And They Passed  —  On stage today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, recalled a story from the days when he backed Excite, one of the original Internet portals.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Geek.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Cisco to Unveil an Affordable Home TelePresence Product for Consumers Next Week  —  Cisco, the networking giant, is making yet another big step into the consumer space, with the introduction next week of an inexpensive home telepresence product for personal use.
Robin Sloan / Twitter Blog:
Tweets in your media, media in your Tweets  —  On a sunny September Sunday inside a non-descript trailer in downtown Los Angeles, media evolved.  —  There—in the shadow of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, next to an outdoor stage where Justin Bieber would soon perform …
Discussion: TechSpot
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Facebook's Sandberg: In The Future, All Media Will Be Personalized  —  There will always be a place for mass marketing, but in the next three- to five years, a website that isn't tailored to a specific user's interest will be an anachronism, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Arianna Huffington at the latter's Advertising Week event.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Short Lifespan of a Tweet: Retweets Only Happen Within the First Hour  —  For some, Twitter is a social network and for others it is just a broadcast medium.  Judging from the latest data from social media analytics and monitoring service Sysomos, for the majority of users, Twitter is indeed mostly a broadcast medium.
Discussion: Mashable! and Sysomos
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
TweetBeat Wants To Kill Hashtags On Twitter By Making Them Obsolete  —  Back in June we previewed a new product by social media search engine Kosmix called TweetBeat.  Essentially, it's a way to follow news being discussed on Twitter in realtime.  Today during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sonos Controller for iPad now available  —  The Sonos Controller for iPad is a free download (Sonos system required for use).  —  For those of you who have a Sonos system and an iPad, there's good news: the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available in the App Store as a free download.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
With LinkedIn Signal, Twitter And LinkedIn Collide  —  LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner has just unveiled LinkedIn Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt, a new feature that neatly marries the worlds of LinkedIn and Twitter and allows users to apply the professional social network's filters to Twitter's firehose.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Unix's Revenge  —  With QNX now firmly roadmapped at RIM and Android spreading among vendors like a virus, I wanted to point out that these operating systems share one ancestor: Unix.  —  A technical triumph  —  Technically Linux, which underlies Android, among others …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
By the Numbers: Apple, Microsoft, Dell, H.P.  —  Back in May, Apple edged past Microsoft as the most valuable technology company.  And, my oh my, has Apple stretched its lead since then.  —  $222.12 billion versus $219.18, or $2.94 billion — That was the gap separating Apple and Microsoft at the close of trading on May 26.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
BitTorrent Close To Launching Live Streaming Technology  —  Tuesday evening I attended a media roundtable at Boulevard in San Francisco with top executives from BitTorrent, which invented the popular file sharing technology that has about 80 million monthly users.  —  Here are some notes from my evening:
Thanks:beet_tv
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Coming soon: hardware accelerated Firefox on Mac  —  Firefox for Mac OS X hadn't been Mozilla's top priority in the feverish race to give a hardware boost to the task of drawing Web pages on a screen, but it looks as if the technology will arrive in time for Firefox 4.
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Deleted Facebook and MySpace Posts Are Discoverable—Romano v. Steelcase
Discussion: The Register and Metropolis
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Introduces “Hyper-Local” Search Ads For Mobile
Min Lee / Canadian Press:
Google says company's future in China ‘very uncertain’ after search engine shut
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search is Mobile, Autonomous & Serendipitous, Says Google CEO
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and p2pnet
Pete Cashmore / Unmashed:
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES  —  TechCrunch getting acquired by AOL …
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS ships in Japan February 26, US and Europe in March …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who Beat Craigslist
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Neowin.net
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Destroy entire websites with this Asteroids bookmarklet
Discussion: Download Squad
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Google is world's most attractive employer; Microsoft drops
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM VP Confirms PlayBook QNX OS Will Replace BlackBerry OS