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11:50 AM ET, October 22, 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:
A Tour Of How Networks Have Blocked Google TV  —  After less than a week since its release, three of America's largest television networks have started blocking Google TV.  Sort of.  While ABC and CBS keep Google TV viewers out, as does Hulu, NBC actually still seems to let them in.
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 …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
CBS and NBC now back on GoogleTV?
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Comments on Apple's Java Discontinuation  —  Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac has generated concern amongst Java developers.  Apple posted developer documentation Thursday stating that they would not be supporting Java for Mac OS X in the future:
Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
President Obama meets with Apple's Steve Jobs, heads to Palo Alto fundraisers  —  On a West Coast swing to help embattled Democrats, President Barack Obama on Thursday stopped in the Bay Area for the one thing this high-powered region can provide: money.  —  Reports indicate the visit scored big …
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.
Foursquare Blog:
One small step for man, one giant check-in for mankind  —  Part of the founding mission of NASA is to inspire the next generation of explorers.  While we're not exploring the solar system, our idea behind foursquare is actually pretty similar: we want to help people explore.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
R.I.P. Chatroulette: A Sad Tale of Missed Opportunity  —  Remember Chatroulette?  It's hard to believe that barely eight months ago the anonymous video chat site had everyone captivated.  Venture capitalists clamored to invest, journalists tripped over one another to profile—and now Chatroulette is dying, unused and unloved.
Discussion: Social Culture …
Zach Holman:
Facelette: On TechCrunch in Three Hours and $0  —  Yesterday, Apple announced FaceTime for Mac.  A couple hours later, I launched Facelette, which is basically like Chat Roulette for FaceTime.  Post your FaceTime ID, we'll hook you up with a stranger, and you eagerly FaceTime with them.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Our Friends Over At GigaOm Just Raised Another $2.5 Million  —  Om Malik, well-respected journalist and founder of technology news blog network Giga Omni Media and its flagship blog GigaOm, broke the news about us being acquired by AOL about a month ago now.
Discussion: paidContent, MWD Tech News and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones  —  Today at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Microsoft puts PC game downloads in the browser  —  Microsoft wants to let PC gamers know it's still serious about delivering game software and is putting that idea to the test with a new system that places fewer roadblocks in the way of getting gamers connected to digital game downloads.
Chris / cdixon.org:
Online privacy: what's at stake  —  It is widely believed that a flourishing democracy requires an independent, diverse, and financially solvent press.  With print newspapers set to disappear in the next few years, the future of quality journalism is highly uncertain.
iFixit:
MacBook Air 11" Model A1370 Teardown  —  Join us as we take a peek inside the 11.6" version of the all-new MacBook Air!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Piracy-Fighting Music Search Engine For Indian Users Now Live  —  Yesterday, the WSJ reported that Google was planning to launch a music service in India to help users search for legal online streams and downloads and fight digital piracy, which reportedly runs rampant in the nation.
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Combat India Piracy
Discussion: Digits, paidContent, MediaNama and Reuters
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Windows Phone 7: The Ars Review  —  The smartphone market ain't what it used to be.  Four years ago, Symbian ruled the world—it was totally dominant in every market but three: Japan and China both had strong showings from Linux, and the North American market was split roughly evenly between RIM, Microsoft, and PalmSource.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Reaching for the Cloud With MacBook Air and N.C. Data Center  —  Steve Jobs says the MacBook Air is the future of the MacBook and the future of the notebook as well.  But if that's to be the case, the machine-and Apple's ecosystem-needs to evolve a bit more to appeal to that strata …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 goes live (update: hands-on)  —  Surprise of surprises!  On the day that Europeans finally got to dig into the Windows Phone 7 cake in earnest, Twitter's official app for the hot new platform has also gone live.  We've downloaded it to our own WP7 device …
Jvarese / Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog:
Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget  —  HTML5 has received a tremendous amount of buzz, much of it driven by the potential for plugin-free video.  However, the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution that would work across platforms as well as browsers.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rapleaf's Web: How You Are Profiled On The Web  —  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.
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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!
Michael T. Jones / Google LatLong:
History in the Unmaking  —  Few events in human history have the scale of World War II.  It's spatial breadth and temporal extent make it difficult to comprehend by those of us too young to have lived it.  There are history books, movies, and photographs, but they portray isolated places and events more than the connected whole.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
Robert Frank / The Wealth Report:
Millionaires Have No Time for Facebook  —  A new poll suggests that a majority of millionaires have signed up for social media sites.  There is just one problem: They don't have time to actually use them.  —  The poll from SEI Wealth Network, a wealth-advisory firm, showed that 70% …
 
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