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3:45 PM ET, October 8, 2010

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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
Discussion: Electronista
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Spotify crashes into Apple on way to U.S.
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 …
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399?  —  One of our Sprint sources just messaged us to let us know that the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to launch right around November 14.  How about pricing?  Well, we've also been told the 7-inch tablet will sell …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back  —  A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.  The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
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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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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: Hulu Prepping To File For $2 Billion IPO  —  According to a Reuters report, Hulu is preparing to IPO in the first half of 2011.  Sources told the news organization that Hulu will be looking to raise between $200 million and $300 million in a deal valuing the company at about $2 billion.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AdobSoft?  “Nonsense” on the Microsoft-Adobe Rumor (In Any Case, It'd More Likely Be GooDobe)  —  Investment bankers and stock markets can calm down-Microsoft and Adobe are not in talks about an acquisition.  —  Spurred by a story in the New York Times that Microsoft was eyeing …
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 …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employees must contribute to health care in 2013  —  Microsoft is holding a “surprise town hall” meeting this morning to discuss the “evolution” of its U.S. employee benefits, according to numerous comments on the popular Mini-Microsoft blog.  —  And the sentiment beforehand was not positive.
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 …
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
New Yahoo app to challenge Apple FaceTime on iPhone  —  Apple has based a great deal of its iPhone 4 marketing blitz around its so-called FaceTime video calling technology.  —  But Yahoo is about to challenge Apple for the mobile video calling crown, with plans to brings video chat to iPhones …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless will have ‘interactive launch’ of BlackBerry 6 on October 14  —  Hey, what do we have here?  One of our Verizon sources was kind enough to send us this piece of intel regarding Verizon Wireless and BlackBerry 6.  It looks like the company plans of having an “interactive launch” …
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
TubeMogul raises $10M for video platform  —  The round of equity funding brings the company's total funds raised to over $15M  —  Article has been corrected to account for TubeMogul's announcement that the company has raised $10 million, not $1 million as previously stated.
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
IBM Survey Says Mobile Apps Will Dominate Enterprise  —  Consumers love tablet computers and smartphones and are finding novel uses for the many applications that run on them.  But the devices are catching on in a significant way in the business world as well, according to a new survey …
Discussion: IBM and eWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Says “Millions” of Ad Dollars Showing Up “In the Very, Very Near Term”  —  Twitter spent last spring and summer setting up its ad business.  Now it's about to get serious, says Dick Costolo: He says the company is about to start booking “millions” in ad revenue, “right around the corner.”
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Imagine: Google Features Its First Video Doodle In Honor Of John Lennon's 70th  —  Head to Google.com right now and you'll notice that the site's logo has been transformed into an ink drawing, with a familiar set of glasses and mop of hair peeking up from the background.
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft boss decries software piracy by China firms  —  MADRID — Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Friday decried the use of pirated software by Chinese businesses.  —  “One of the things that has improved a lot around the world is business piracy, and yet when we look …
Discussion: Fast Company
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
How Facebook Might Have Landed Its New Patent, and What Happens Now  —  On Tuesday, Facebook was awarded patent no. 7,809,805, more than three years after it had applied for it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  —  It's not any old patent, as the media outlet Bnet was first to discover.
Discussion: Techdirt and Geek.com
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone May Not Be Built for Speed  —  The real question about a Verizon iPhone is no longer whether it will be available sometime soon.  It's whether it will be an iPhone 4G.  —  No, that isn't a reference to Apple's iPhone 4, which some people erroneously call the 4G.
Discussion: I4U News
Technology Review:
New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns  —  Computer scientists predict that a new generation of malware will mine social networks for people's private patterns of behavior.  —  It's not hard to find frightening examples of malware which steals personal information …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Groups Is Sort Of Like Google Wave For Human Beings  —  I'm still trying to wrap my head around the new Facebook Groups.  It seems well-thought-out (yes, despite the sometimes annoying opt-out aspect) and well-implemented, but I'm just not sure what my use case for it is going to be.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Is Netflix's Inventory Of Streaming Content Growing Fast Enough?  —  Earlier in the year, Netflix signed deals with Twentieth Century Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers agreeing not to rent new DVDs by mail for 28 days from the date the DVD goes on sale.  Yesterday, Netflix confirmed …
 
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Caleb Elston:
Leaving Justin.tv to found a company — Yobongo
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter
Thanks:atul
Softpedia News:
SORBS Spam Blacklist Issue Results in Undelivered Emails Worldwide
Brad Ganley / Android Police:
Adobe AIR Lands In Android Market, Doesn't Do Much Of Anything Yet
Dan Martin / Agence France Presse:
With Twitter blocked, Chinese micro-blogging thrives
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise Blog:
Oracle v Google: the open source perspective
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