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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 …
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
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 …
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  —  Under Carol Bartz, who took over as CEO in January 2009, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has seen a seemingly endless number of executives coming and going.  That turnover took center stage last month when Yahoo announced that a trio of high-level executives—EVP Hilary Schneider …
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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” …
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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Growth of a meme: how a mobile lawsuits visualisation evolved  —  Started by the New York Times, knife-and-forked by myself, then made increasingly beautiful by graphic designers: how the view of the patents bunfight improved  —  In March, Nick Bilton over at the New York Times had a brilliant idea …
Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Circle Samsung's Galaxy Tab  —  Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad.
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 …
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.
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 Seattle Times
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.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Windows Phone 7 to launch Monday amid crowded smartphone market  —  Success of new mobile OS considered vital to Microsoft  —  Computerworld - Microsoft will unveil devices running its new Windows Phone 7 operating system for the first time at an event in New York Monday that some experts predict …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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 …
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Oracle to eliminate budget plans in MySQL license hike  —  With a pending fee increase and the elimination of lower-tier license plans, customers could see annual costs increase more than four-fold  —  MySQL users who were once nervous that Oracle would let the popular database wither and die …
Discussion: The Register
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Ford Driving Mobile Apps Into The Car With Help Of Developers  —  Ford offered this proposition to mobile developers today at CTIA's keynote: Come up with the next set of ideas that can link the car to the Internet through innovation in applications.  Derrick Kuzak, a group VP of global product development …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Fails At The DMCA: Promises To Restore Counter-Noticed Content, But Doesn't  —  We recently wrote about how an ad firm connected to a movie had misused the DMCA to takedown material off a Facebook fan page for the movie Let Me In, specifically claiming that they were doing …
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Says “Millions” of Ad Dollars Showing Up “In the Very, Very Near Term”
Discussion: The Next Web
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
How Facebook Might Have Landed Its New Patent, and What Happens Now
Discussion: Geek.com and Techdirt
Caleb Elston:
Leaving Justin.tv to found a company — Yobongo
Discussion: TechCrunch
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft boss decries software piracy by China firms
Discussion: Fast Company
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Brad Ganley / Android Police:
Adobe AIR Lands In Android Market, Doesn't Do Much Of Anything Yet
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon iPhone May Not Be Built for Speed
Discussion: I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Groups Is Sort Of Like Google Wave For Human Beings
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Is Netflix's Inventory Of Streaming Content Growing Fast Enough?
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
IBM Survey Says Mobile Apps Will Dominate Enterprise
Discussion: IBM and eWeek
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Print From Your Android Phone With MotoPrint
Reuters:
UAE says BlackBerry dispute resolved before deadline
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
New Yahoo app to challenge Apple FaceTime on iPhone