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9:55 AM ET, October 6, 2010

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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Google TV controller outed on ABC's Nightline (video)  —  Well, this is a bit unexpected.  We just happened to catch ABC Nightline's Google TV special, and lo and behold, there's a sneak preview of Sony's Google TV ad blitz... and with it, a never-before-s een controller.
Milan Broum / Google Mobile Blog:
Open your eyes: Google Goggles now available on iPhone in Google Mobile App  —  Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience.  Now your phone's camera can even help to find out more about the world around you.  —  Back in December we introduced Google Goggles on Android …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Fan John Gruber: Windows Phone 7 “Really Nice” And Better Than Android  —  Hey, maybe Microsoft isn't screwed when it comes to mobile, after all.  —  Windows Phone 7, its forthcoming mobile phone platform, just got a rave review from Daring Fireball's John Gruber …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Facebook Redesign Likely Being Unveiled Tomorrow After An Employee “Lockdown”  —  As you're probably aware by now, Facebook is holding an event at their headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.  The invite we received didn't seem to give any real clues about what would be announced, but that didn't stop everyone from guessing anyway.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The $4 Million Line  —  I wrote about two startups today that raised angel-sized financing rounds of around $1 million each: Hipmunk and Alphonso Labs.  What caught my eye about both deals is this - neither had involvement from the so called “super angels” (except Hipmunk, which took an investment from SV Angel).
Discussion: broadstuff
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pulse Takes An Angel Round, But Where Are The Angels?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid Pro, first hands-on! (update: video!)  —  Motorola's BlackBerry?  The freshly-announced Moto Droid Pro's keyboard feels like it, to be sure, and after trying it out, we believed the Motorola rep who told us they tested comparable speeds of 37WPM in several focus groups.
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Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Co-CEO Open to Microsoft Software Despite Suit  —  The head of Motorola Inc.'s mobile-phone business said he is open to developing devices that run Microsoft Corp.'s new mobile operating system, despite the patent-infringement lawsuits the software giant recently filed against his company.
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Foursquare Blog:
So, that was a bummer.  —  Yesterday, we experienced a very long downtime.  All told, we were down for about 11 hours, which is unacceptably long.  It sucked for everyone (including our team - we all check in everyday, too).  We know how frustrating this was for all of you because many of you told us …
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Foursquare Explains 11-Hour Outage, Then Site Crashes Again
Discussion: Erictric
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile's Passes prepaid data plans leak out  —  We've been saying prepaid data plans are going to be the next big wave in mobile, and it looks like T-Mobile's getting on board — we were just sent this employee training sheet detailing the upcoming Passes plans.
Philip Winston / kmeme:
The Future of Google's Street View  —  The Need for Speed racing game franchise has been around for 16 years, sold over 100 million copies and generated more than $2.7B in revenue.  People love to drive fast and they love to race, and it's much safer to do this in a video game than in the carpool lane.
StatCounter Global Stats:
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser falls below 50% of worldwide market for first time  —  Boston, USA and Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday, 5th October 2010: Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter.
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
HP to launch new webOS phones in early 2011  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co will introduce smartphones in early 2011 using the webOS software it acquired through its $1.2 billion Palm buy earlier this year, a senior company official said on Wednesday.  —  “You will see us coming early next year …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google responds to Oracle's Android patent lawsuit, we break it down  —  It's been just over a month and a half since Oracle first sued Google for infringing various Java-related patents in Android, and the big G's just filed its official response to the lawsuit after calling it “baseless.”
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Special report: The Pentagon's new cyber warriors  —  (Reuters) - Guarding water wells and granaries from enemy raids is as old as war itself.  In the Middle Ages, vital resources were hoarded behind castle walls, protected by moats, drawbridges and knights with double-edged swords.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:marcusschuler
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Apple TV and Roku Go Head-To-Head, Here's The Winner  —  What's better, the new Apple TV or the newly announced lineup of Roku boxes?  That's the question I keep getting asked now that both devices are in the market.  Over the past week, I've had the chance to use both the Apple TV …
Thanks:danrayburn
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Trouble In Clever Domain Land: Bit.ly And Others Risk Losing Theirs Swift.ly  —  Bit.ly, HootSuite (with its Ow.ly service), Ad.ly and perhaps even Smel.ly could well be at risk of having their domain names sudden.ly taken away by the Libyan government.  —  Ben Metcalfe blogs …
Eran Shir / eran's posterous:
Why Did we sell Dapper to Yahoo?  —  A few hours ago we signed an agreement to sell Dapper, my four year old baby, to Yahoo! for an undisclosed sum that someone will probably leak to Kara Swisher in a day or two.  I thought this an opportune occasion to summarize an amazing four years …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
PayPal check capture arrives for iPhone  —  Last week we told you about the upcoming check capture feature in the iPhone PayPal app.  This new feature uses your device's camera to capture checks so they can be deposited into your PayPal account.  This feature is similar to the Chase banking app …
Patrick Altoft / Blogstorm:
Google starts showing full page previews in search results  —  Google is today testing a major new layout to their search results - full page previews of the target site and blue backgrounds behind the search results when you hover over them.  Click the image below for a full size version.
Robert Lemos / PC World:
Microsoft Wants ‘Sick’ PCs Banned From the Internet  —  The software giant is calling for a collective health policy to certify a computer's health and restrict the Internet access of PCs infected with malware.  —  Recommends  —  The problem with PCs infected with bots …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook's “Like” Button Used To Be The “Awesome” Button … We can't get enough of Quora these days, basically because it connects people who have information to people who need it, and especially to those that didn't think they needed it.  One of the things you thought you didn't need to know?
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Credit Cards Will Go Electronic, Then Disappear Into iPhone 5  —  Two bits of news chart the evolution and demise of that dumb piece of plastic in your wallet.  First, it will get very intelligent.  Second, it will disappear.  —  Push-button Dual Function Credit Cards
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
KISS frontman on P2P: “Sue everybody.  Take their homes, their cars.”  —  The bassist and businessman behind the legendary rock band KISS was on hand at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes, France on Tuesday.  And Gene Simmons had a message for aspiring entertainers everywhere: sue first, think later.
Discussion: Fast Company and Geek.com
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
The symmetry of share shifts in mobile phones
Discussion: Fortune, Thanks:atul
Ben April / TrendLabs:
The Security Effects of Internationalized Domain Names
Simon King / As far as I can tell:
Being there, actually and digitally  —  I spent the last 6 weeks doing …
Discussion: Alexandra Samuel
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Shipping Wars: Retailers Team Up Against Amazon
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook co-founder gives additional $50,000 to legalize marijuana in California
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Business cards thrive in a digital age
Discussion: TeleRead and BlogPost
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
AT&T debuts trio of Motorola Android phones: Bravo, Flipout and Flipside
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Where's All the Free Wi-Fi We Were Promised?
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bar Spy: Apple Trying To Hire a Blogger?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Cult of Mac
Miguel Helft / Bits:
The iPhone Has a Real Fight on Its Hands