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2:00 AM ET, October 9, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Goodbye to an old friend: 1-800-GOOG-411  —  Back in 2007 we launched 1-800-GOOG-411, a voice-powered directory assistance service that connects you quickly to businesses across the U.S. and Canada.  On November 12, 2010, we will shut down the service.  —  GOOG-411 was the first speech …
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
With Verizon on the Horizon, iPhone Users Weigh Leaving AT&T—but There's a Catch  —  Network quality won't be the only issue for iPhone buyers trying to decide between AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless when the smartphone becomes available to a second U.S. carrier.  The technology behind their high-speed networks matters, too.
Discussion: New York Times and TechCrunch
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Electronista:
Another leak puts iPhone 4 on Verizon early in 2011  —  Yet another new source stated on Friday that the iPhone would reach Verizon.  The model seen would be a straightforward port and would be sold through both Apple and Verizon stores early into 2011.  The New York Times' insider …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Unveils New, Artsy Logo  —  If you've been following the news lately, you've probably realized that logo redesigns are a kind of a big deal.  Today at the Warm Gun Design conference in San Francisco, butt of too many design/user experience jokes to mention social networking site MySpace unveils …
Discussion: The Next Web and Warm Gun
Gartner:
Gartner's 2010 Hype Cycle Special Report Evaluates Maturity of 1,800 Technologies  —  Hype Cycle Research Provides a Cross-Industry Perspective on Potentially Transformative Technologies  —  Media tablets, private cloud computing, and 3D flat-panel TVs and displays are some of the technologies …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Exclusive: Microsoft to Shutter Massive Inc.  —  Looks like Microsoft has a Massive failure on its hands.  —  The software giant will shutter its in-game advertising unit Massive Inc. before the end of this month, according to sources close to the company.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Exclusive Q&A: Google's Andy Rubin Talks Android  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Androids are marching across the land.  Google's Android smartphone OS has been making huge gains in U.S. market share according to recent surveys, with high-profile phones like Motorola's Droid X and Samsung's Galaxy S leading the charge.
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘creepy’ Facebook is biggest rival  —  ATLANTA — Yahoo (YHOO) shouldn't be such a hard company to figure out.  It's one of the oldest and best-known content providers on the Web.  Its news, information, entertainment and communications services attract more than 170 million U.S. visitors each month.
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Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Charting The Bartz Upheaval
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
About this 7-inch Apple iPad  —  Analyst are predicting that Apple will begin work on its 7-inch iPad very soon.  They are wrong.  —  The fact is, Apple already has a 7-inch iPad.  They have had one of the smaller devices since they started making the 9.7-inch iPad that we have now.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Acquisition Of ‘Everything Is The Best’ Assets, Including Plannr  —  After hounding them left and right, the folks at Google did us a solid and sent us an email confirming their acquisition of “Outlook for hipsters” startup Plannr.  —  The story is bigger than what we orginally …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Erictric and TechFlash
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
In Defense of Standards, Ethics, and Honest Financial Reporting at Hewlett-Packard … Disclaimer: my business partner, Marc Andreessen, is on the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard.  I note that I have no inside information, and this blog post is based purely on published material.
Discussion: BoomTown, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart Preparing to Offer iPad [Updated]  —  Back in May, Wal-Mart announced that it was expecting to begin offering the iPad for sale in its U.S. retail stores “later this year”, and with the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching and rival Target launching the device in over 1700 stores around …
Discussion: AppleInsider, The Next Web, Erictric and iClarified, Thanks:atul
nic.ly:
NIC.LY statement regarding the decision to block vb.ly  —  NIC.ly rules and regulations were set by the local Libyan internet community (in accordance with best practices for ccTLDs) to reflect it's identity and content.  It's a bottom up module in which the Community's feedback …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Time To Think Carefully About Which Country Hosts Your URL Shortener
Discussion: CircleID and The Atlantic Online
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Mercury News interview: Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee  —  Everyone knows “the Google guys” — Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the multibillionaire founders of the world's most popular search engine.  But another Google guy was there from the company's creation 12 years ago …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple is changing its tune on music subs  —  Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, sources told The Post.  Apple iTunes boss Eddy Cue was on the phone with music honchos as recently …
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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Spotify's Move to U.S. Could Spur iTunes Subscription Service
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter  —  The unregulated secondary markets for late-stage private companies like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are quickly becoming a big business for fund managers and even retail investors.  —  Chris Sacca is one of the super-angels …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Steven Jiang / CNN:
China blanks Nobel Peace prize searches  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — With news media across the globe reacting to this year's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, authorities in the winner's homeland are racing to delete his name from all public domains.  —  Type “Liu Xiaobo” — or “Nobel Peace Prize …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Silicon Valley Lacks Vision?  Facebook Begs to Differ  —  Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox.  Photo by Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  Facebook VP and early employee Christopher Cox believes and he's got some words for those who think Facebook and social networking are a waste of time and overvalued.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft folds Live Labs into Bing; Gary Flake resigns  —  Microsoft Live Labs is no more.  —  Microsoft is folding its Live Labs team into Bing, company officials said on October 8.  —  Almost all of the 70 or so Live Labs members are moving over within the next month.
Discussion: CNET News and The Microsoft Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Strategy-Maybe Local Commerce Rather Than Content (Hello, Groupon!)  —  It's no secret in Silicon Valley dealmaking circles that Yahoo has been looking at what insiders have called a “transformative” acquisition to jumpstart the company.  —  And while many think that has to mean grabbing …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EU calls Stuxnet ‘paradigm shift’ as U.S. responds more mildly  —  While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a “paradigm shift” in critical infrastructure threats and that current defense philosophies need to be reconsidered.
Discussion: enisa.europa.eu and Softpedia News
Arwa Gunja / The Takeaway:
New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet  —  Today, President Obama signs into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.  For the millions of Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, the new law will require all videos first broadcast on television …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Fails At The DMCA: Promises To Restore Counter-Noticed Content, But Doesn't
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Oracle to eliminate budget plans in MySQL license hike
Discussion: The Register
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Windows Phone 7 to launch Monday amid crowded smartphone market
Discussion: InformationWeek
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Ford Driving Mobile Apps Into The Car With Help Of Developers
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Says “Millions” of Ad Dollars Showing Up “In the Very, Very Near Term”
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: Hulu Prepping To File For $2 Billion IPO
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Is Netflix's Inventory Of Streaming Content Growing Fast Enough?
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399?