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4:30 PM ET, October 7, 2010

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About?  —  Left Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg; right, Matthew Staver/Bloomberg.  —  Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe.  At right, Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft.  —  Steven A. Ballmer …
Stan Medvedenko / Sony Insider:
Sizes And Pricing for Sony Google TV Family Leaked  —  Many of our readers out there are pretty excited about the Sony Google TV.  We've written about it nearly a dozen times and it's basically a television with an Intel processor and the ability to fully surf the web (including flash sites).
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Am I Blind, Or Am I Just Not ‘Seeing’ What's So Great About Google TV?  —  You can't see it, but I'm tapping out over here.  Why?  Because for the life of me I cannot understand the hype surrounding Google TV (and by extension, the Logitech Revue and other, similar items).
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Verizon, Apple quarreled over iPhone retail options, digital content  —  Major sticking points in negotiations between Verizon and Apple have reportedly been the wireless carrier's interest in allowing retail partners to sell the iPhone, and Verizon's promotion of its V Cast digital video-on-demand store.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Oops!  That Facebook Location Patent Forgot To Mention Crowley's Earlier Dodgeball Patent  —  Earlier this week, Facebook was granted a broad patent on mobile location-based social networks.  It seems to cover everything from members of a social network sharing their location with each …
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry Facebook, Google Already Had A Patent On Location-Based Social Networks  —  Facebook created quite a stir yesterday when it emerged that the company has a patent on location-based social networking, a very competitive and crowded field Facebook has just entered.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco: The Umi Is Simply Too Expensive To Drive Much Demand  —  I said it yesterday, and now the Street is saying it: Cisco (CSCO) has got to be kidding if they think people are going to line up to buy their Umi home video conferencing system with a price tag of $599 - plus $24.99 for monthly service.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco's Umi home telepresence system: A shadow corporate system?
Discussion: internetnews.com and Cisco Blog
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon's McAdam talks 4G (Q&A)  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Verizon Communications' recently named No. 2 executive, Lowell McAdam, was at the 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Application trade show here on Wednesday to announce the initial 38 markets for the company's much-anticipated 4G wireless network.
Discussion: The Seattle Times, GMSV and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:   Verizon prez: ‘Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind’
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook Groups: Privacy Blunder or Twitter Replacement?  —  Facebook rolled out a comprehensive upgrade to its Groups feature on Wednesday, but judging by some of the responses from both high-profile users and regular Facebook fans, the ability to “tag” anyone and add them to a group automatically …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Testing Twitter Integration With “Friends”  —  Google is apparently testing a new feature that lets you connect your Twitter account to Google News.  Some people are seeing a “Friends” box on the right hand side of Google News.  —  The friends box asks you to enter your Twitter username and click “Save.”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Raises $10 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy  —  It looks like short links are here to stay, at least for a while longer.  Bit.ly, the largest independent link shortening service out there, closed a $10 million Series B financing.  The round was led by RRE Ventures, with AOL Ventures also becoming a new investor.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skype's Android shackles are broken, 3G calling hacked into reality  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Just days after the official Skype application finally landed in the Android Market, along comes an .apk that's far more salacious for Americans.  Thanks to xeudoxus over at Droid Forums …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Japan's DeNA Mulling $400+ Million Acquisition of ngmoco  —  Japanese gaming company DeNA is considering an acquisition of San Francisco-based ngmoco, we've heard from multiple sources.  The price, says one source, is north of $400 million, although that probably includes …
Michibusch / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter's New Search Architecture  —  If we have done a good job then most of you shouldn't have noticed that we launched a new backend for search on twitter.com during the last few weeks!  One of our main goals, but also biggest challenges, was a smooth switch from the old architecture to the new one …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Hits 1 Billion Queries Per Day, Announces New Search Tech
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
AT&T Early Upgrade Fee for Smartphones Goes from $75 to $200  —  Hardly a week goes by that a new smartphone option doesn't pop up for major carriers, and with new choices comes higher consumer desire to upgrade early.  AT&T is keenly aware of this, and the company that just added a handful …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Rolling Out New “Accordion” Search & Other Features  —  Yahoo is launching a number of search enhancements this evening that start to deliver on the UI innovation that the company has been promising since the Microsoft search deal was announced.  It's part of Yahoo's bid to remain relevant …
Tony Romm / The Politico:
D.C. crowd's path to Silicon Valley  —  A trek to Silicon Valley has become a must-do for D.C. lawmakers seeking to stress their business and tech bona fides while developing relationships that could lead to big campaign donations down the road.  —  Just last week, six Democratic senators …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Evan Williams on Decentralized Social Networks  —  Twitter founder Evan Williams says Twitter is open enough to be interoperable with decentralized social networks built by other people, but that none have overcome the trade-off in user experience innovation that comes with decentralization.
Business Week:
Oracle's Larry Ellison Beats Up on His Rivals—Again  —  The CEO's public attacks on rivals are a sign that competition is heating up in enterprise computing  —  Thank heavens for Larry Ellison.  Without the smack-talking Oracle (ORCL) co-founder and chief executive officer …
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Study: 92% of U.S. 2-year-olds have online record  —  There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years old.
Jeff / HootSuite blog:
HootSuite Mobile Apps Go Free for iPhone and Android on Oct. 13  —  Mobile HootSuite fans will enjoy an added bonus next week - as of noon PST on October 13, the full version of HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android will be absolutely FREE to download.
Erik Siemers / San Jose Business Journal:
CollegeNET sues Google over ‘Speedbook’  —  Google Inc.'s heavily-anticipated tablet PC dubbed the “Speedbook” is being challenged in federal court by Portland-based software firm CollegeNET Inc.  —  In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., CollegeNET said it already owns …
Discussion: bizjournals
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Mark Zuckerberg's Take on “The Social Network”  —  Despite previous statements that he had no plans to see The Social Network, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg did, in fact, watch the film on the company's field trip to the movies last Friday.  —  I just wrapped up an interview …
Discussion: Us Weekly and Hollywood Reporter
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony's 16.41MP Sensor Shoots 1080p Video and Will Be in Phones Next Year  —  Sure, it's not all about the megapixels, but Sony's just trumped Panasonic's Lumix phone with their 16.41MP Exmor R-based CMOS sensor—seen in a phone near you shortly.  —  Shooting 1080p video at 30fps, it uses back-illumination to reduce visual noise.
 
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Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
7 Questions With AOL Co-Founder Steve Case
Daily Mail:
Facebook denies claims that iPhone app means private phone numbers …
Discussion: Macworld and Guardian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Stealth Startup Proferi Raises $6.3 Million From Andreessen Horowitz …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendShuffle: StumbleUpon for Facebook Likes
Discussion: All Facebook and Techland
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
From Covering Parties to Hanging with an Algorithm
Thanks:atul
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market
 Earlier Items: 
Praveen Neppalli Naga / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Platform: Announcing Early Access to Our New Javascript API & OAuth 2
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV's Future Has Arrived (Almost)
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC.com May Change Its Name
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Digg Tries To Bring Back Inactive Users From The Dead
Discussion: MediaVidea and Product Reviews Net