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2:45 PM ET, October 1, 2010

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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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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: CrunchGear and Pocket-lint
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 …
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.
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Google Instant in Chrome Is Awesome, Even More Useful than on Google.com  —  If you're keen on the as-you-type search results you get from Google Instant, you'll really like Instant integrated with Chrome's omnibox.  Just launch your beta/dev/canary release, type about:labs, enable Instant …
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Privately held Facebook in 5-for-1 stock split  —  (Reuters) - Facebook, the world's No.1 Internet social network, is splitting shares in the privately held company.  —  A Facebook spokesman told Reuters on Friday that Facebook will enact a 5-for-1 split of the company's shares …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Selling iPhone 4 Bumpers Again, Hopes You Forgot About Antennagate  —  Apple is selling iPhone 4 bumpers once again, 9 to 5 Mac reports, and we've confirmed with our local Apple Store.  —  Yesterday was the last day of Apple's free iPhone case program.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and App Advice
Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPO, M&A Boosting Venture Capital Fortunes  —  Venture capital industry is seeing a return of the good times — at least from an Merger & Acquisitions (M&A) and Initial Public Offering (IPO) perspective.  According to data released by National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Is Apple Really “Threatening” Google In Mobile Advertising?  —  Earlier this week a Bloomberg/BusinessWeek article appeared under the headline: Apple Threatens Search Giants' Mobile Ad Shares.  It gained a tremendous amount of secondary pickup and discussion for the proposition that Apple had tied Google in mobile advertising revenue.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Promotes Promoted Trends To The Top Of Trends  —  Sometime in the past few hours, Twitter made a subtle, but not insignificant change: their Promoted Trends are now appearing at the top of the Trends area on Twitter.com.  Previously, these were at the bottom of the area, buried under the inevitable topics about Justin Bieber.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eniac Ventures Launches $1.6 Million Seed Fund To Invest In Mobile Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily …
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
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Geek.com
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Quora adds ability to insert images, no longer just a Q&A site.
Discussion: MediaPost Raw and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Six Months After Leaving Digg, Jay Adelson Opens Up, Hints at Stealth Project
Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Email Confirms Exec Departures With an Internal Memo …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Microsoft executive: Xbox Live is the hook that will sell Windows Phone 7
Richard Rabbat / Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web