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2:40 PM ET, October 7, 2010

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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).
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google plays coy on Google TV ads, data
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Impeccable Timing Of The Verizon iPhone Rumors
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Report
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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
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
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 …
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.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
DigiTimes:
Dual-OS to become a standard for Acer dual-core netbooks  —  Acer, at its new netbook launch press conference, noted that the company plans to adopt dual-operating systems (Windows 7 and Android) as one of the standard specifications for its future dual-core netbooks, according to sources from Acer.
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
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendShuffle: StumbleUpon for Facebook Likes  —  FriendShuffle is a delightfully simple service just launched tonight.  Log in with Facebook Connect and it will create a web-framed slideshow of the pages “Liked” by your friends on Facebook.  Shuffle through, discover new content recommended …
Discussion: All Facebook and Techland
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Digg Tries To Bring Back Inactive Users From The Dead  —  It looks like Digg is trying to resurrect inactive users, according to an email sent to us by a reader.  Apparently Digg sent out the email to users in hopes of trying to get those who are inactive back to the site.  As the email states, “Come Alive On Digg.
Discussion: MediaVidea and Product Reviews Net
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Continues Assault On RIM, Apple  —  It looks like there is yet again more data to support the trend Google's Android platform is eating away at the share of other smartphone operating systems, including RIM and Apple.  ComScore's smartphone numbers were just released today …
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
7 Questions With AOL Co-Founder Steve Case  —  As the chairman and CEO of America Online, Steve Case helped connect mainstream America to the Internet for the first time.  He orchestrated AOL's $165 billion acquisition of Time Warner in 2001, which remains the largest merger in U.S. history …
 
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Business Week:
Oracle's Larry Ellison Beats Up on His Rivals—Again
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 …
David Saleh Rauf / American Journalism Review:
From Covering Parties to Hanging with an Algorithm
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV's Future Has Arrived (Almost)
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC.com May Change Its Name
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook Moves Closer to EFF Bill of Privacy Rights
Ashish Arora / BLogitech:
We're Bringing Google TV to Your Living Room this Month
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Ford Drives Digital Dashboards to Next Level
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Fred Wilson on AngelGate and Where the Web Is Going
Thanks:baznet