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10:35 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.
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.
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 …
MACNOTES.NET:
FaceTime for Mac - a serious threat for your Apple ID  —  While many users are happy about having FaceTime on their Mac, we are a little anxious about some security glitches present in the current beta of the software.  With a few clicks others can make use of the user's Apple ID and reset the password with ease.
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
FaceTime for Mac security hole easily remedied
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 39% to $7.56 Billion  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—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 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Q3 Tops Street Ests, But Margins Fall, And Shares Drop
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
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Op-Ed: Optical Media Not Dead Yet  —  I have to admit, I read with fascination this morning the latest Techmeme headline from Techcrunch: “Yep, Apple Killed the CD Today.”  Of course, a headline like that is meant to cause a reaction - and it did, by the number of tweets, Diggs and comments.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and TechCrunch
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Apple Killed The CD Today
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla man accuses Jobs of ‘bypass the web’ scheme  —  Apple.com busts Firefox 4  —  On Wednesday, as Steve Jobs went “Back to the Mac,” the fanbois of the world enjoyed their usual collective orgasm.  But for Mozilla director of Firefox development Mike Beltzner, the reaction was decidedly different.
Discussion: SlashGear and MediaPost Raw
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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.
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: App Advice and iPodNN
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.
Discussion: Business Wire, PC World, Mashable! and eWeek
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Google Can't Count Results Properly  —  It's a long-standing complaint of mine with Google.  You can do a search, then repeat the same search and “subtract” a word from your original set, and Google will return more matches — not less.  It shouldn't happen.  But does, and here's why.
Discussion: SAI
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 …
 
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obama meets with Apple CEO Jobs
Wang Qian / Asiaone:
China launches own online map service
Discussion: Bloomberg
Marcio Galli / Mozilla Labs:
Chromeless: Build your own Browser UI using HTML, CSS and JS
Discussion: Mashable!
Jvarese / Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog:
Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget
Discussion: TechCrunch, Los Angeles Times and TUAW, Thanks:beet_tv
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's “Back to the Mac” Event by the Numbers
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Broadband & Location Turning Mobile Into a $1T Business
Discussion: Gartner and MobileBurn.com
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
FarmVille Plows on to the iPad
Discussion: IntoMobile and TechCrunch
Matthew Wilkins / iSuppli:
Intel Aims to Enter Tablet Market With Oak Trail Processor
Discussion: DigiTimes
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Unsubscribe.com Raises $2.1 Million To Help People Get To InBox Zero
Discussion: VatorNews, SiliconANGLE and alarm:clock
Ross Anderson / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Resumption of the crypto wars?