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6:25 PM ET, October 1, 2010

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Horacio Gutierrez / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft sues Motorola over Android patent infringements  —  As many of you may have seen, Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola's Android-based smartphones.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Aiming at Android, Microsoft sues Motorola  —  Microsoft today sued Motorola, alleging several of the cell phone maker's Android devices infringe on Redmond's patents  —  Microsoft both sued Motorola in U.S. District Court in Washington and brought a complaint before both the International Trade Commission.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft using anti-Linux tactic against Google's Android
Discussion: Computerworld and ITworld.com
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad's ‘Cannibalization’ of Notebook Computers Disputed
Discussion: PC World, NPD Group and Electronista
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison ‘Speechless’ Over New CEO of H-P  —  Larry Ellison, the outspoken CEO of Oracle, said he is having trouble finding words to describe his reaction to H-P naming former SAP chief Leo Apotheker as its new top man-and then found plenty of them.  —  “I'm speechless,” he wrote in an email to the Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Stock Tanks After It Hires No-Name CEO
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
As an ex-Yahoo and a New-AOL'er, My Thoughts on One Portal to Rule Them All  —  This is going to come as a shock to you: But suddenly and for the first time in years, I really care about the future of AOL.  And, because I used to host a show on Yahoo Finance, the story floating around …
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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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Where Are Facebook's Employees?  At the Movies, of Course  —  If you are trying to reach anyone at Facebook in the next couple of hours, good luck.  Various employees say that much of the staff from Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto is at the Century 16 in nearby Mountain View for a screening of, you guessed it, “The Social Network.”
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie: Sorry, Mark-But Critics Like It, They Really Like It!
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 …
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
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 …
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, Adotas and MediaPost Raw
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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Stop It.  Google Won't Buy Twitter.  —  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 it's already losing to Facebook.  Not so fast.
Discussion: Regular Geek, MediaPost Raw and FM Blog
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Impressive Touchscreen Keyboard Startup BlindType  —  Google has just acquired BlindType, a very impressive technology that allows you to type on touch screens without even looking at them.  —  BlindType, which we recently wrote about, doesn't force you to type using a keyboard …
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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 …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Nokia on Ovi: 200k daily sign-ups, 2.3m app downloads per day, 140 million users  —  Nokia has declared its Ovi suite of service and the Ovi Store a roaring success.  —  The Finnish mobile giant says 200,000 people are now signing up to its services per day, and that the total number …
ABCNEWS:
FBI: Crime Ring Stole $70 Million Using Computer Virus  —  Zeus Trojan Malware Steals Bank Account Passwords; Five Hackers Arrested in Ukraine  —  An Eastern European cybercrime ring stole $70 million from US banks, the FBI announced today.  In additions to the dozens of individuals charged …
 
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Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T ‘Speed Dating’ With App Firms to Gain Edge Over Verizon
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CAN HOLLYWOOD GET GOOGLE TO SUPPORT NEW ANTI-PIRACY BILL?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Is Apple Really “Threatening” Google In Mobile Advertising?
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Selling iPhone 4 Bumpers Again, Hopes You Forgot About Antennagate
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Promotes Promoted Trends To The Top Of Trends
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blue Arrows Hit Google Instant
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
IPO, M&A Boosting Venture Capital Fortunes
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:rawmeet
Dale Ford / iSuppli:
iSuppli Trims 2010 Semiconductor Forecast Amid Softening Demand, Rising Stockpiles
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be testing touchscreen panels for new iMac
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Failures in mobile space cost Steve Ballmer half his bonus