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6:45 PM ET, October 12, 2010

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SquareTrade:
iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs - four months in  —  SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3gs.  Highlights of the study include …
Amazon.com:
Kindle Singles, Which Can Be Twice the Length of a New Yorker Feature or as Much as a Few Chapters of a Typical Book, Coming Soon to the Kindle Store  —  Less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000: that is the choice writers have generally faced for more than a century—works either …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Live from Sony's Google TV event  —  5:22PM Sony's really going with the swanky lounge vibe here — dim lighting, candles, lush downtempo electronica, cocktail waitresses.  We're also cuddling up on white leather couches instead of sitting in chairs, which is... interesting.
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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
This Is Sony's $1400 Google TV-Powered Internet TV  —  e're live at Sony's Google TV press conference, where we'll see what the “world's first internet TV” (and its gnarly remote) looks like.  Get ready.  —  The Keypad  —  Sony is touting their button-encrusted, rather large remote as a definitive …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Crave and Company Town
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Sony Opens Up Google TV Developer Registration Ahead of Today's Unveiling
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows Phone 7 Will Make Android Look Chaotic  —  Microsoft may be late to the game with a consumer-savvy phone OS, but Windows Phone 7 is aiming to do right a lot of what Google is doing wrong.  Based on what I saw during a visit to Microsoft's headquarters two weeks ago …
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Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Introducing App Hub for Windows Phone 7 & Indie Game Developers
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Seven new things to know about Windows Phone 7
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Executive Marissa Mayer Takes New Role in Location, Local Services  —  Marissa Mayer, Google Inc.'s vice president of search products, is taking a new role overseeing location and local services.  —  Mayer, who joined in 1999 as the company's first female engineer …
Jake Brill / Facebook Blog:
More Ways to Stay Secure  —  Facebook provides a number of ways to help you protect yourself and your account, and today we are announcing new features to help make your experience on Facebook more secure.  —  First, we're launching one-time passwords to make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafes or airports.
Adam Huda / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Introducing Posterous for the iPhone: The Only Sharing App You Need  —  Effortless sharing from your iPhone has arrived with the new Posterous iPhone app.  If you are looking for a fun and simple way to update friends and family while you're on-the-go, the Posterous iPhone app is for you.
Matt Williams / Digg Blog:
Greetings from the new CEO  —  I'd like to use this opportunity to introduce myself.  I'm Matt Williams, Digg's new CEO.  It's certainly been an eventful first month on the job.  As many of you know, the launch of Digg v4 didn't go smoothly, and we're deeply sorry that we disappointed our Digg community in the process.
Josh Fruhlinger / InfoWorld:
Oracle-IBM pact cuts Android off at the knees  —  Larry Ellison's latest move could seriously undermine Android, no matter how Oracle's courtroom battles with Google turn out.  —  If you have only a passing interest in Java development, you probably didn't think of much of yesterday's announcement …
Patrick Darling / News Stories:
Intel Reports First $11 Billion Revenue Quarter  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 12, 2010 - Intel Corporation today reported that third-quarter revenue exceeded $11 billion for the first time, up 18 percent year-over-year to $11.1 billion.  The company reported operating income of $4.1 billion …
Toby Padilla / TweetDeck's posterous:
Android Ecosystem Infoporn Overload  —  As we bring our initial Android TweetDeck beta period to a close, we wanted to quickly reflect on the Android ecosystem and what might be considered extreme fragmentation.  To date we've had 36,427 active beta testers and below you can see the massive variety …
Discussion: Eurodroid
Wall Street Journal:
Indian Firms in Talks to Sell iPhone  —  MUMBAI—Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple Inc. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, people familiar with the matter said.
AppleInsider:
Bloomberg to profile Steve Jobs in one-hour TV special this Thursday  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will be the subject of a TV special that will air on Bloomberg television this week, tracing the Silicon Valley superstar from his days as a college dropout through his leadership role …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors Page 2, TiPb and TUAW
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding  —  Microsoft has been granted a key patent that defines one of the primary uses of graphics processors in the future: Video encoding.  —  Since the dawn of GPU-accelerated computing in the consumer space, it has been video encoding …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Crave, VizWorld.com and WinBeta
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Twitter Events Now a Priority; Is the Hashtag Dead?  —  Twitter Events, an event-specific grouping of tweets, is going to be a priority now that Evan Williams has chosen to focus on product strategy, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said on the sidelines of an event Monday night in San Francisco.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Epicenter
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Radical change coming to Net addresses (FAQ)  —  Come 2012, confused camera customers might be able to point their browsers to a Web address that looks very different from what's available today: support.canon.  —  That's because the organization in charge of such names …
Glenn Lammi / The Legal Pulse:
Patent Troll Forces Online Music Sellers, Buyers to Pay a Toll  —  Did you know that built into the .99 ¢ or $1.29 you pay for a song online is a toll extracted by a patent troll?  The troll responsible for this toll, unlike the cranky but harmless Dora the Explorer© character depicted to the left …
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Ex-Googler Douglas Merrill takes on payday lenders with ZestCash  —  At Google, Douglas Merrill helped launch Google into the online-payments business with Google Checkout.  Now he's looking to help people afford to shop online — or anywhere, for that matter — with a new short-term lending …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Matthew Zuras / Switched:
Dump the Satellite: Man Uses Kite to Take Aerial Pics for Google Maps  —  We already know that kites outfitted with cameras can provide a DIY alternative to satellite imagery, as was evidenced in Grassroots Mapping's overhead shots of the oil-strangled Gulf Coast.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Bing And Facebook Making Search Announcement Tomorrow  —  Tomorrow morning, Bing and Facebook will be making an announcement regarding new search offerings that make search more social.  The exact details of the announcement have not yet been revealed, however we're assuming …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
New Official Facebook Stats Show More Sharing Per User  —  As it tends to do every few months, Facebook has quietly made another round of updates to its official company Statistics page.  Most of the changes are about increased sharing.  Even as the number of users increases, the average user appears to be getting more engaged.
 
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Mike Swanson / MSDN Blogs:
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Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Messenger: Is the iPhone-to-PC (and Android) video calling app …
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Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft: New virtualization software will boost Windows 7 upgrades
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