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12:50 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
11.6-inch MacBook Air detailed  —  So, we've just been discussing the rumored, and long overdue, MacBook Air refresh with a trusted source.  This person recently had a working model in their possession for a few minutes and managed to glean quite a bit of detail that would seemingly confirm Apple's plan …
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple's website outs iLife '11, new Macbook Air, mystery product  —  Ahead of its “Back to the Mac” media event scheduled for this afternoon, Apple's own discussion forums have outed several of the company's new products set to be introduced later today.  Categories for iPhoto '11 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Developer Joe Hewitt Tears Into Android's Definition Of “Open”  —  In Silicon Valley, there are few developers more respected than Joe Hewitt — he helped create Firefox, he built the indispensible development tool FireBug, and he was also responsible for both Facebook's ‘Touch’ mobile website …
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Jim Balsillie / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM Responds to Apple's ‘Distortion Field’  —  For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to sell Galaxy Tab starting November 11th for $599.99  —  Well, we finally have a price on this thing!  America's largest carrier has announced plans to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab for... $599.99.  The 3G, Android 2.2-based unit (which will be loaded with V CAST apps, of course) …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
At $600, Is Verizon's Android Tablet DOA? Maybe Not.
Discussion: Liliputing
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Engineer Builds Facebook Disconnect  —  Tired of the endless unsolicited entreaties to “Connect via Facebook” as you surf the web?  Excited for Y Connect and want to keep a clean palate beforehand?  Scared about Facebook not necessarily having your best interests at heart when it comes to privacy?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Local Deals Site Signpost  —  No, it's not what you're thinking — Google Ventures didn't just invest in a Groupon clone.  But the search giant's VC arm is taking a stake in a local deals startup called Signpost, which looks to help you find the best deals in your neighborhood (more on that in a moment).
Apple:
Apple Special Event, October 20, 2010  —  Watch streaming video live from the special event starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
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David Gelles / blogs.ft.com:
Square doesn't work with iPhone4 (Updated)  —  Square, the much-hyped mobile credit card processing system created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has a big problem: it doesn't work with the iPhone4.  —  In a blog post buried deep in the support section of Square's website …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:dgelles
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Mobile Web's Explosive Growth  —  In 1999, it was the rapid growth of wired web services that was the top story.  Fast-forward to today, and it's the massive and seemingly unstoppable growth of the mobile Internet that's all the rage.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo says no Android tablet in US until Honeycomb; no Windows 7 tablet, period  —  If you happen to be enthusiastic about Lenovo, tablets, and your American residency, look away now.  Lenovo still plans to ship the Android-based LePad in China some time soonish, but its US roadmap can pretty much be summed up as “wait and see.”
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google ditches all Street View Wi-Fi scanning  —  Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of privacy probes after the company said it unintentionally captured fragments of unencrypted data.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Compromise turns Kaspersky site into malware hub  —  Hackers exploit buggy app  —  The US website for anti-virus provider Kaspersky was caught pushing malware to its users for three and a half hours on Sunday after it was compromised by criminal hackers.  —  The attack first came to light …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box Ships on Nov 10th, RSVP for the launch event in NYC  —  We just got final confirmation from D-Link that the Boxee Box will start shipping on Nov 10th.  Boxee and D-Link will have a launch event in NYC to celebrate and demo the Boxee Box, complete with Boxee 1.0.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear, Mashable! and Lifehacker
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
First Look: Starbucks Digital Network Is Here  —  Beginning Wednesday, Starbucks customers who use the free Wi-Fi at more than 6,800 U.S. company-operated stores will be greeted with the Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) — an exclusive content network curated by the company and designed to enhance the customer's in-store experience.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
webOS 2.0 review  —  When it comes to webOS 2.0 (now actually called HP webOS), it almost felt like we'd never see the version number, let alone get to review it.  It's been an intense few months for Palm: after floundering in the early part of the smartphone wars, it was scooped up by HP for a tidy sum of $1.2b.
Jerry Brito / Technology Liberation Front:
What is the evidence for cybersecurity regulation?  —  I've been looking into the cybersecurity issue lately, and I finally took the time to do an in-depth read of the Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency report, which is frequently cited as one of the soundest analyses of the issue.
Jay Sullivan / The Mozilla Blog:
Prototype of an Open Web App Ecosystem  —  The open Web is a great platform for rich applications.  It would be even better if it had additional capabilities to ease discovery, acquisition, installation and use of apps, while also enabling monetization for developers.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:   Mozilla Wants Everyone to Have a Web App Store
Paul Graham:
The New Funding Landscape  —  After barely changing at all for decades, the startup funding business is now in what could, at least by comparison, be called turmoil.  At Y Combinator we've seen dramatic changes in the funding environment for startups.  Fortunately one of them is much higher valuations.
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cdixon's posterous:   A few comments on Paul Graham re superangels
Enterprise Desktop Alliance:
Macs Will Increase Their Market Share in the Enterprise by 57%  —  Survey of IT Administrators sees Mac Growth in Double Digits Through 2011  —  A survey of IT administrators conducted by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance revealed that Macs will be the fastest growing systems in the enterprise through 2011.
Discussion: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac and THINQ.co.uk
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Welcomes Ina Fried as Our New Mobile Reporter  —  Here at All Things Digital, we've always prided ourselves on our journalism efforts, while also fully embracing the fast-paced new world of blogging.  —  So, we could not be more thrilled to announce the hiring of Ina Fried as our new reporter …
Discussion: Pulse2
 
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Agrees to Unbundle Software in Deal With City
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Samsung working on a new platform for mobile phones and TVs
Discussion: PR Newswire, Reuters and MobileBurn.com
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Widgetbox Mobile Launches, Create Mobile Web Apps In A Snap
Discussion: MediaPost
Keith Plocek / Social Keith:
The Digg Effect v4
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Tech industry waits for President Obama
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio a step closer to revealing pirates' IDs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kiva Partners With Visa To Expand Micro-Loans To U.S. Small Businesses
Discussion: VatorNews, Thanks:rawmeet
Nick Saint / The Business Insider:
Bezos-Backed Doxo Launches Paperless Billing Service
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Sprint admits losing WiMax users early on
Discussion: PC World
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Salesforce.com's Benioff unplugged: Supervendors suck, Oracle, Zuckerberg as Gates
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Head of Mobile, North America Leaves, As U.S. Unit Reorgs
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
New photos claim to show Apple's prototype CDMA Verizon iPhone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”
Discussion: Inquirer and BoomTown
Jean Harvey / TiVo Blog:
Pandora Now Available on TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD boxes
Discussion: CNET News and Gadgetell