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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 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Adobe Soars On NYT Report Microsoft May Bid; Stock Halted …
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).
Discussion: eWeek
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.
Ryan Block / gdgt:
With Antennagate over, is Glassgate next for the iPhone 4?  —  Whether or not you've experienced the iPhone 4's famed death grip, or even believe it's a real phenomenon (and based on extensive personal experience I can assure you that it is), the whole Antennagate scandal undoubtedly left …
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 …
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Verizon prez: ‘Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind’  —  Some juicy remarks today from Lowell McAdam, president and COO of Verizon Communications and CEO of Verizon Wireless, about Microsoft and its standing — or lack thereof — in the mobile business.
Discussion: PC World and The Next Web
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon's McAdam talks 4G (Q&A)
Discussion: The Seattle Times, msnbc.com, GMSV and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
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
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.”
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
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 …
Yehuda Katz / Katz Got Your Tongue?:
What's Wrong with “HTML5″  —  In the past year or so, the term “HTML5″ has increasingly been picked up by the tech press as the successor to “DHTML”, “Web 2.0″ or “Ajax”.  When used by the tech press, it is becoming a generic term for “the next generation of web technology” …
Discussion: Erictric, Mashable! and Webmonkey
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Akamai employee charged with fraud  —  An employee of Cambridge Internet company Akamai Technologies Inc. was arrested yesterday and charged with wire fraud after allegedly trying to sell confidential information about the firm to a foreign government, according to the US attorney's office.
Discussion: CNET News and Hillicon Valley
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 …
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Stuxnet  —  Computer security experts are often surprised at which stories get picked up by the mainstream media.  Sometimes it makes no sense.  Why this particular data breach, vulnerability, or worm and not others?  Sometimes it's obvious.  In the case of Stuxnet, there's a great story.
Discussion: rc3.org
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 …
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.
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Now Available  —  Our first Firefox 4 beta for mobile is now available to download and test.  It's built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop and optimized for browsing on a mobile phone.  Firefox beta for mobile comes …
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.
Daily Mail:
Facebook denies claims that iPhone app means private phone numbers can be seen by anyone  —  Facebook tonight denied claims that private phone numbers could be seen by anyone thanks to its iPhone app.  —  Bloggers said that he internet giant's iPhone application to ‘sync’ information …
Discussion: Macworld and Guardian
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Ubuntu Extends Cloud Service to Smartphones  —  The latest release of the free Ubuntu Linux operating system scheduled for this Sunday includes an expansion of its personal cloud service to iPhone and Android devices, as well as a new netbook edition made for smaller screens.
 
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Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
AT&T Early Upgrade Fee for Smartphones Goes from $75 to $200
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WMExperts
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Evan Williams on Decentralized Social Networks
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
7 Questions With AOL Co-Founder Steve Case
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
Erik Siemers / San Jose Business Journal:
CollegeNET sues Google over ‘Speedbook’
Discussion: bizjournals
 Earlier Items: 
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony's 16.41MP Sensor Shoots 1080p Video and Will Be in Phones Next Year
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV's Future Has Arrived (Almost)
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Mark Zuckerberg's Take on “The Social Network”
Discussion: Us Weekly and Hollywood Reporter
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