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1:50 PM ET, October 1, 2010

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Stop It.  Google Won't Buy Twitter.  —  (image) Today I landed from a trip to the world of the non-tech obsessed (PA and OH) to find my newsfeed was full of speculation that Google MUST buy Twitter, or be damned to obscurity in a race its already losing to Facebook.  —  Not so fast.
Discussion: Regular Geek, FM Blog and MediaPost Raw
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon scoop extravaganza: Motorola Venus with portrait QWERTY, Stingray LTE tablet, and more?  —  We've been tipped by multiple sources today on some interesting developments in Verizon's roadmap over the next couple quarters, and if you're a BlackBerry fan, an Android fan …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Stock Tanks After It Hires No-Name CEO  —  Leo Apotheker's run at HP is off to a rough start.  —  After HP named Apotheker CEO, its stock is down 4% in after hours trading, which means he's already destroyed $4.45 billion in shareholder value!  —  Not really Apotheker's fault …
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HP:
Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Ugliest Girl At The Dance: How Yahoo Destroyed Yelp's Google Acquisition  —  A fascinating footnote to the failed Google acquisition of Yelp last December: a Yahoo counteroffer killed the deal, say two source with knowledge of the situation.  —  As of December 17 Yelp was in the final stages …
Discussion: Pulse2 and MediaPost Raw
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Is it too late for a Digg comeback?  —  Social news aggregator site Digg.com is trying to work its way out of the traffic hole it created with its botched redesign attempt.  Today it announced the return of several popular features from its previous version.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Speaks Frankly About The New Digg Rollout (TCTV)
Thanks:jboitnott
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung terminates support for Symbian  —  It was almost a year ago that a senior Samsung VP was quoted expressing plans to drop Symbian.  Samsung quickly backtracked on those comments with a vague commitment to its multi-OS strategy.  Well, the other shoe just dropped via an email sent …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Yahoo And AOL Should Immediately Merge  —  The two struggling Internet giants of the 1990s, Yahoo and AOL, should merge.  —  Immediately.  —  (In fact, it's ridiculous that they haven't already).  —  This idea isn't new—we've been calling for it for three years, and …
Discussion: GMSV and BoomTown
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Failures in mobile space cost Steve Ballmer half his bonus  —  Microsoft documents filed with the SEC reveal that CEO Steve Ballmer received only half of the maximum bonus available to him because of the company's struggles in the mobile market.  —  An annual proxy filing to the SEC …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blue Arrows Hit Google Instant  —  Did you notice the blue arrow that's showing next to the first result in Google's listings?  It's part of the new keyboard navigation system that rolled out for Google Instant this week.  —  A reader contacted us about the arrow that he started seeing …
Discussion: Funneled E-Commerce and CNET News
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google: “Currency” of Online Video Advertising Will Shift to “Cost Per View” as YouTube Readies “TrueViews”  —  NEW YORK — The “currency” of online advertisnig will shift from the current CPM model of cost per impression, to a “cost-per-view” model in which advertisers only pay for the ads which are watched …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be testing touchscreen panels for new iMac  —  Rumors of a touchscreen desktop iMac continue to persist, with a new report on Friday alleging that Apple is testing potential displays for the supposed hardware.  —  Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes said that Sintek Photronics …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Appoints New Presidents—For Mobile, Entertainment And Office  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is turning to its existing executive ranks to fill the vacancies left by the departures of entertainment and devices president Robbie Bach and business division president Stephen Elop.
Muthu Muthusrinivasan / Social Web Blog:
Google URL Shortener Gets a Website  —  We first introduced the Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) last December as part of Google Toolbar and Feedburner.  Since our initial release, we've integrated the technology into many other Google products including News, Blogger, Maps, Picasa Web Albums …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public; Comparing To Bit.ly & Twitter
Discussion: The Register and Download Squad
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goo.gl's Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Ryan Gavin / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Beta Momentum in September - 6 Million Downloads  —  Internet Explorer 9 Beta made its debut earlier this month and was met with warm reception by our customers and partners.  As we have talked about previously, one of the ways we measure success for IE is through customers choosing our latest product offerings.
Times of India:
DoT rejects BlackBerry's email decoding solution  —  DELHI: The BlackBerry security jinx is unlikely to be resolved soon.  The telecom department has rejected the interception solution offered by Canada's (RIM) for its secure corporate email service.  What's more is that it has spurned RIM's …
Stephen Baker / NPD Group Blog:
I Own An iPad, So What Do I do With It?  —  NPD has released the second in its series of iPad surveys.  While the first looked at buying intentions prior to the launch this one is more focused on what the current ownership looks like and how those owners are using their iPad.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and Fortune
Richard Rabbat / Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web  —  As part of Google's initiative to make the web faster, over the past few months we have released a number of tools to help site owners speed up their websites.  We launched the Page Speed Firefox extension to evaluate the performance of web pages …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Email Confirms Exec Departures With an Internal Memo From Bartz's “Foxhole” (Plus 8-K!)  —  Finally, a funny from Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, confirming what BoomTown reported yesterday about the departures of three top execs in an email memo to the company's employees worldwide.
Discussion: The Register, Fortune, CNET News and Bits
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie: Sorry, Mark-But Critics Like It, They Really Like It!  (Plus the Taiwanesed Version!)  —  The Facebook movie is finally here, the reviews are in and-no surprise-the critics are raving.  —  After all, it was done by Hollywood pros director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Change to ‘Bios’ will make for PCs that boot in seconds  —  The Bios in modern computers dates from the earliest IBM PCs  —  New PCs could start in just seconds, thanks to an update to one of the oldest parts of desktop computers.  —  The upgrade will spell the end for the 25-year-old PC start …
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Marc Hedlund / Marc Hedlund's blog:
Why Wesabe Lost to Mint  —  A number of people have asked and speculated about why the company I co-founded, Wesabe, shut down earlier this summer.  Some of the claims or guesses about it are just factually wrong; others seem misinformed to me; others seem to have some truth.  I thought I'd add my own opinion.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eniac Ventures Launches $1.6 Million Seed Fund To Invest In Mobile Startups  —  Eniac Ventures is launching a $1.6 million seed investment fund today, which will invest in companies in the mobile software and services space.  The fund has already made seed investments in a number …
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPO, M&A Boosting Venture Capital Fortunes
Thanks:rawmeet
Dale Ford / iSuppli:
iSuppli Trims 2010 Semiconductor Forecast Amid Softening Demand, Rising Stockpiles
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Hits UK November 1st
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple TV Jailbreak Demoed on Video Using SHAtter !!
Bloomberg:
Google Maintains Hiring, Seeks Additional Advertisers in China
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Patent protection key to Windows Phone 7 license
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, IntoMobile and eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Scientists Release HDCP Decryption Tool
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Quora adds ability to insert images, no longer just a Q&A site.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Six Months After Leaving Digg, Jay Adelson Opens Up, Hints at Stealth Project
Thanks:atul
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows High Resolution Photos, Bulk Tagging, and Makes …