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9:55 PM ET, October 8, 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 …
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
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: TechCrunch and New York Times
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Electronista:
Another leak puts iPhone 4 on Verizon early in 2011
Discussion: TiPb
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
Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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: Warm Gun and The Next Web
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.
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 …
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: Erictric, SiliconANGLE and TechFlash
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011  —  The Yahoo Search Blog announced BOSS is switching, as expected, to a paid model.  —  BOSS which launched in July 2008 has become a favorite of many developers when building their own search engine off of Yahoo's data.
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 …
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” …
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery  —  Six months after Web traffic involving popular U.S. sites and e-mail from computers around the globe was re-directed to Chinese servers unnecessarily, Internet watchers are trying to figure out why it happened and how to prevent future mishaps.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Arwa Gunja / The Takeaway:
New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet
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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Discussion: TechCrunch
Technology Review:
New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Everyone into the pool: How to invest in Twitter
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
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