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4:10 AM ET, October 13, 2010

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Mayer to Location: Big.  —  Today I was in a meeting with a number of consultants to a very large technology company.  Their job: market research, essentially.  They called to ask me my thoughts on the media and technology world, in particular as it might play out in the next five or so years.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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 …
S.K. Neff / Politically Illustrated:
Google's Marissa Mayer Resigns Ahead of Bing Redesign  —  WASHINGTON (Politically Illustrated) - Google's Marissa Mayer, vice president of search product and user experience, might be cute, but she has failed to transform Google's search product into a streamline product like Bing.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Sony's GoogleTV lineup: $400-$1,400  —  At a press event in New York today, Sony is showing off its lineup of GoogleTV products, including a Blu-ray player and Wi-Fi TVs with the Google software built in.  —  I'm not there but am watching the live coverage and company releases.
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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
How It Feels to Use Sony's First Google TV  —  Sony's Internet TVs are here, and we are live at their debut with hands on.  So how does it feel to use the world's first Google TV-powered HDTV?  —  The Keypad Is Comfortable and Difficult  —  Okay, we'll admit, I thought this was a monstrosity.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google TV products available this weekend
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.
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Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric:   Facebook Introduces New Ability to Create Temporary Password Through SMS
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Patents Anti-Sexting Device  —  Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent Apple filed in 2008, which, get this, prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages.  The patent's official title?  “Text-based communication control for personal communication device” …
Amazon.com:
Amazon to Launch “Kindle Singles”— Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length  —  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 had to be short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the …
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Windows Phone 7 and removable storage  —  So, there's been some confusion around Windows Phone 7 and its support of removable/expandable storage.  As is so often the case, this confusion comes from Microsoft: The company told me specifically (and repeatedly) that the OS would not support this.
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: Unwired View, IntoMobile and Eurodroid
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Digg Apologize Its Way Back to Popularity?  —  It's hard not to feel sorry for new Digg CEO Matt Williams.  The poor guy has only been on the job for a little over a month, after replacing founder Kevin Rose as chief executive in August, and his first major appearance is on a blog post …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
Truth Lies Here  —  How can Americans talk to one another—let alone engage in political debate—when the Web allows every side to invent its own facts?  —  THIS PAST AUGUST, the left-leaning San Francisco-based Web site AlterNet posted a remarkable scoop: members of a group calling itself …
Michael Gillett / Neowin.net:
WP7 and Zune syncing available for Mac soon  —  In a surprise move, Microsoft UK's head of Windows Phone marketing, Oded Ran, tweeted that Mac users will be able to sync Windows Phone 7 devices with a version of the Zune software for Macs.  This tweet has since been removed from Twitter.
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Amazon iPhone app now supports barcode scanning for price comparison  —  Amazon just updated their Amazon Mobile app for iPhone to now include barcode scanning.  Basically, while you are out and about shopping, you can use your iPhone to scan the barcode of whatever you are thinking of buying …
Discussion: TechFlash and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Harvests Over $100 Million From Ngmoco Acquisition  —  It's a good day for ngmoco, which was just acquired by Japan's DeNA for up to $400 million.  But it's also a good day for ngmoco's first investor, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  In one deal they've completely paid off …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HP Scandal Sucks in New York Times Columnist Over Conflict of Interest  —  Another reputation smeared in the Hewlett-Packard/Oracle slag-fest.  Turns out Joe Nocera (pictured here), the New York Times (NYT) business columnist who penned that scathing piece on former SAP chief and incoming Hewlett-Packard …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Tough Terms of Selling a Tech Company  —  Selling a closely held tech company these days is no picnic-especially after the sale of the firm has already closed.  —  That's the message according to a new study by Shareholder Representative Services LLC, which manages the post-closing process in M&A transactions of private companies.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Making sense of Google's seemingly kooky concepts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In its self-proclaimed drive to make the world a better place, Google has immersed itself in far more than Internet search and online ads.  But driverless cars and a wind energy farm in the Atlantic Ocean?
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.
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, VizWorld.com, WinBeta and Crave
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Removes AirPlay From Youtube App In Latest iOS Beta  —  It seems like something's going on around the “AirPlay button working everywhere” so many people were excited about: specifically, we just noticed Apple removed AirPlay support in the native Youtube app on iOS 4.2 Beta 3.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO praises iPad, throws down gauntlet  —  Intel's chief executive Paul Otellini took a minute at the start of today's earnings conference call to praise Apple's iPad, but said Intel has every intention of ultimately winning the category.  —  Intel executives have made many statements …
 
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Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple Summoned by Korea Lawmakers Over IPhone Queries
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
People With Cell Phones, The FCC Has Your Back
Discussion: Post Tech and New York Times
David Kaplan / mocoNews:
Condé Nast Study Concludes iPad Is Not A Mobile Device (At Least Not Now)
Discussion: Digits
Jennifer Lynch / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Applying for Citizenship? …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Returns To No. 2 Video Site, Ahead Of Facebook
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Instapaper Inventor Links Inattentive Reading to Information Obesity
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
The Web Parenthesis: Is the “open Web” closing?
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Ex-Googler Douglas Merrill takes on payday lenders with ZestCash
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
New Official Facebook Stats Show More Sharing Per User
Mike Swanson / MSDN Blogs:
Adobe Illustrator to HTML5 Canvas Plug-in Released!
Discussion: Channel 9
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Bing And Facebook Making Search Announcement Tomorrow
Discussion: TechCrunch and Neowin.net
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Sony Opens Up Google TV Developer Registration Ahead of Today's Unveiling
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft: New virtualization software will boost Windows 7 upgrades
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Radical change coming to Net addresses (FAQ)