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11:55 PM ET, October 21, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Networks Block Web Programs From Being Viewed on Google TV  —  ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Life With Google TV: My First Day Review & Impressions  —  Google TV has finally arrived, not just for pre-order but as an actual device you can get in a retail store.  And so I did, hitting Best Buy yesterday and walking out with a Sony Blu-ray player that is Google TV-capable.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google in talks to unblock access to TV websites  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their websites on Google TV, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Three of the biggest U.S. television broadcasters have blocked …
Discussion: Technologizer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus, Take Two: How's $4.95 a Month?  —  Hulu is considering cutting the price on Hulu Plus, the subscription service it began testing in June, sources tell me.  I'm told the video site is talking about slashing its $9.95 per month fee in half, to $4.95.
KPCB:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $250 Million sFund Initiative for Social Web Entrepreneurs  —  Amazon.com, Facebook, Zynga, Comcast and Liberty Media to Invest and Help Accelerate a New Wave of Social Web Innovations  —  Palo Alto, Calif. - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Stealth Social Startup Cafebots Scores The First Money From Kleiner Perkins' New sFund  —  You've likely heard of CRM, customer relationship management.  But have you heard of FRM — friend relationship management?  Probably not.  But Cafebots hopes to change that shortly.
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Source: New Nook is Android-based, full-color  —  This is just a crude mock-up—and not the real deal—but our source says Nook Color is coming.  —  Is the upcoming Nook a color e-reader?  Barnes & Noble doesn't comment on rumors, but CNET has been in communication with a source …
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Stanford homes  —  Earlier this year we announced our plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of American communities.  Since then, a team of Google engineers has been hard at work experimenting with new fiber optic technologies.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 finally (finally!) official, rings up at $799  —  Nope, you're not dreaming, but feel free to pinch yourself, rub your eyes or take a cold shower!  You've read right — the HP Slate is finally official, and after all the teasing, back and forth, and (very recent) leaks …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obama meets with Apple CEO Jobs  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.  —  “They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms …
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
iMovie '11 Trailers feature won't let you spoof Universal trailers  —  Loyal tipster Tarik sent word that the iMovie '11 Trailers theme using a globe (very similar to the Universal Studios opener) won't allow you to use the word “Universal” in the title.  —  He's currently testing other themes …
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Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
iLife '11: Sadly, not 64 bit
Discussion: MacStories and MacRumors
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rapleaf's Web: Much Wider Than You Think  —  Earlier, I posted about San Francisco-based Internet information aggregator Rapleaf, a service that collects, sorts and repackages data about many of us who spend an inordinate amount of time on the Internet.  I started poking around and discovered …
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Greg / Rapleaf Engineering Blog:   Anonymouse  —  Privacy is an incredibly important issue to us …
Marcio Galli / Mozilla Labs:
Chromeless: Build your own Browser UI using HTML, CSS and JS  —  The “Chromeless” project experiments with the idea of removing the current browser user interface and replacing it with a flexible platform which allows for the creation of new browser UI using standard Web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jesse Drucker / Business Week:
The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions  —  Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent  —  The heart of Google's (GOOG) international operations is a silvery glass office building in central Dublin …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 39% to $7.56 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2010.  —  Operating cash flow increased 16% to $2.62 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.25billion …
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
FaceTime for Mac security hole easily remedied  —  Macworld Germany has described what they're calling a security hole in the FaceTime for Mac beta (Google translation).  The gist is this: once a user has logged into FaceTime for the Mac, his/her Apple ID and password can be altered from the app …
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MACNOTES.NET:
FaceTime for Mac - a serious threat for your Apple ID
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Square Starts Shipping New iPhone 4-Compatible Credit Card Reader  —  There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about the fact that the old version of Square's little plastic credit card reader doesn't work with Apple's newest iPhone, the iPhone 4.  That's because the metal fitting …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, App Advice and iPodNN
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year - More than 240 Million Licenses Sold  —  Today's an exciting day!  We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold.  Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.  As of September, Windows 7 was running …
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Gingerbread's Screen Off Animation [Exclusive Video]  —  We promised we'd be digging for more information about Gingerbread well ahead of its coming out party, and we're making steady progress.  We initially broke the news on Monday.  While most of you remained skeptic thanks …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Tech Companies See Dearth of Mobile-Software Developers  —  A survey by online job board Dice shows that tech employers and recruiters face a shortage of qualified mobile-software designers  —  Technology companies are running up against a dearth of qualified developers to create applications …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
ATD Gets Social With Liz Gannes (In Other Words, We Hired Her)  —  A few days ago, All Things Digital announced CNET senior writer Ina Fried was joining the staff to cover mobile for the site.  —  Today, we complete a one-two punch with the hiring of Liz Gannes, who will be covering the critical social beat.
Discussion: omis.me
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Introduces New ‘Free Usage Tier’ For AWS  —  Today Kleiner Perkins is holding a special event at Facebook headquarters to announce the launch of a new $250 million social-centric sFund, which will foster a new generation of companies tapping into the social graph.
Mike Vernal / Facebook Developer Blog:
Encrypting Facebook UIDs  —  Over the past few days, we have been investigating a technical solution to the issue of sharing Facebook User IDs (UIDs).  While initial press reports greatly exaggerated the implications of sharing a UID, we take this issue seriously.
 
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Robert Frank / The Wealth Report:
Millionaires Have No Time for Facebook
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 goes live (update: hands-on)
Discussion: download.cnet.com …
Wang Qian / Asiaone:
China launches own online map service
Discussion: Bloomberg
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Google Can't Count Results Properly
Discussion: SAI
Jvarese / Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog:
Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget
Discussion: TechCrunch, Los Angeles Times and TUAW, Thanks:beet_tv
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Op-Ed: Optical Media Not Dead Yet
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's “Back to the Mac” Event by the Numbers
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Broadband & Location Turning Mobile Into a $1T Business
Discussion: Gartner and MobileBurn.com
Business Wire:
FarmVille Plows on to the iPad
Discussion: IntoMobile and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Unsubscribe.com Raises $2.1 Million To Help People Get To InBox Zero
Discussion: VatorNews, SiliconANGLE and alarm:clock
Winamp Blog:
Winamp for Android: Now in Beta