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2:00 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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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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Donna Tapellini / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Live from Apple: iPhoto 11 gets Facebook enhancements, better book publishing
Discussion: TUAW
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’
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.  —  Verizon Wireless today announced it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Google Android tablet, on Nov. 11 for $599.99.  This follows last week's news that Verizon will carry Apple's iPad in stores, starting Oct. 28.
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).
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
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Maker of “Angry Birds” Acquired for $20 Million by Electronic Arts [REPORT]  —  The company behind the popular “Angry Birds” mobile game - Chillingo — has reportedly been acquired by Electronic Arts for $20 million in cash.  —  An EA spokesperson tells Reuters that, “By acquiring Chillingo …
Discussion: Company Town, Reuters, BoomTown and Gizmodo
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.”
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
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 …
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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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.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Agrees to Unbundle Software in Deal With City  —  New York City has put the squeeze on Microsoft, negotiating a bulk software purchasing deal that should lower technology costs for the city and give government workers access to more modern applications.
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Apple FaceTime for the Desktop and Laptop Announced, Beta Available Today  —  Worth Reading?  —  Apple announces FaceTime, the first video calling on mobile devices. 19 million Facetime devices shipped in the first 4 months they've been out.  Not only can you use FaceTime on these mobile devices now …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TiPb and Engadget
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio a step closer to revealing pirates' IDs  —  Few film companies are assailing piracy with the vigor of Third World Media.  —  Third World Media (TMW), a porn studio headquartered north of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against 1,568 unnamed individuals …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and TG Daily
cdixon's posterous:
A few comments on Paul Graham re superangels  —  Overall, the best written and most accurate description of recent  —  changes to early stage financing environment I've seen.  A must read  —  for founders and investors.  —  http://paulgraham.com/superangels.html  —  A few comments:
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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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Studios once owned Netflix, bailed too soon  —  What would have happened had the studios held on to the Netflix stock they once owned?  —  The Wrap, a blog that covers Hollywood, reminded us in a story today that in the 1990's Warner Bros. was looking for leverage in negotiations with video-rental chain, Blockbuster.
Discussion: The Wrap
 
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Jerry Brito / Technology Liberation Front:
What is the evidence for cybersecurity regulation?
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Samsung working on a new platform for mobile phones and TVs
Discussion: Reuters and PR Newswire
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Widgetbox Mobile Launches, Create Mobile Web Apps In A Snap
Discussion: MediaPost
Enterprise Desktop Alliance:
Macs Will Increase Their Market Share in the Enterprise by 57%
Discussion: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac and THINQ.co.uk
Keith Plocek / Social Keith:
The Digg Effect v4
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Tech industry waits for President Obama
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Welcomes Ina Fried as Our New Mobile Reporter
Discussion: Pulse2
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”
Discussion: Inquirer