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8:35 AM ET, October 26, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg To Layoff 37% Of Staff, Product Refocus Imminent  —  It was just a few months ago that Digg dropped 10% of its staff.  Now the company is making much deeper cuts - 25 employees will be laid off, a little more than 37% of Digg's total staff.  —  This comes on top of news that Digg lost …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tech World Welcomes Digg Refugees With Open Arms
Discussion: Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digg's former CEO Jay Adelson has “no regrets” about not taking offers
Discussion: TechCrunch
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iPhone Security Hole Lets You Make Calls When The Phone Is Locked  —  It seems like there's a huge bug in iOS 4.1 for iPhone: with a combination of sleep / power button and a fake emergency call, it is possible to access the iPhone's contact list and phone keypad even if the device is locked.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Zynga Value Surpasses Electronic Arts'  —  Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Zynga Game Network Inc.'s estimated worth surpassed Electronic Arts Inc.'s stock-market value, a sign of the ascendance of social-networking entertainment at the expense of traditional video games.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Air's Spot in the Lineup  —  Apple goes to great effort to eliminate “which one should I buy?” ambiguity from its product lines.  Look no further than iPods:  — Nano: Audio player  — Classic: Audio player with massive storage  — Shuffle: Cheap audio player
Discussion: TechCrunch, Cult of Mac and Macworld
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Video: The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet In Action  —  When Research In Motion announced its PlayBook tablet, the company didn't demo the software.  It just showed the device.  Well now we have some video evidence of what the OS will look like in action.  —  We grabbed the video below …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon wins fight to keep customer records private  —  In a victory for the free speech and privacy rights of Amazon.com customers, a federal judge ruled today that the company would not have to turn over detailed records on nearly 50 million purchases to North Carolina tax collectors.
Discussion: Techdirt, SlashGear and Erictric
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
Google Sets New Internet Traffic Record  —  In their earnings call last week, Google announced a record 2010 third-quarter revenue of $7.29 billion (up 23% from last year).  The market rejoiced and Google shares shot past $615 giving the company a market cap of more than $195 billion.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple Stores to use new Concierge app for customer check-ins [u]  —  Apple retail stores will soon launch a new wireless check-in service that will allow employees to manage a queue of customers using a custom iOS app called Concierge, according to a new report.
Dumplings from this Panda!:
Did Digg game its own system to benefit publisher partners?  —  Digg recently published a blog post titled “Digg's Algorithmic Mystery Tour” on October, 15th.  While a Digg blog post is a normal thing, a post about the algorithm was very surprising to me.  Why did Digg, which never bothers …
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg.com, Thanks:jboitnott
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Cloudera Raises Hefty Funding Round  —  Cloudera, a key distributor of software that helps companies analyze big piles of data, has raised another $25 million.  —  The announcement marks the closely held company's third round of funding, which will be led by Meritech Capital Partners …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With OS X Lion, It's No Longer Point & Click, It's Flick & Swipe  —  It feels like we're on the verge of something — “feel” being the keyword.  Personal computing has more or less been the same for a few decades now.  It's the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, and the machine.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Ubuntu changes its desktop from GNOME to Unity  —  Orlando, Fla.—Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and the company behind it, Canonical, surprised the hundreds of Ubuntu programmers at the Ubuntu Developers Summit when he announced that in the next release of the popular Linux operating system …
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Lazy Hackers Unite: Firesheep Boasts +104,000 Downloads In 24 Hours  —  Well, that was fast.  —  In roughly 24 hours, Firesheep has been downloaded more than 104,000 times, as would-be-hackers — or the merely curious— downloaded the Firefox extension to test the exploit.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
The Leash Is Off: Comcast Digital Subs Can Access Xfinity TV From Any ISP  —  In a big step forward for the TV Everywhere concept, Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) is taking the beta tag off Xfinity TV and opening more than 150,000 hours of online content to all of its digital video subs—no matter which ISP they use.
Discussion: Comcast Voices
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
To Save Students Money, Colleges May Force a Switch to E-Textbooks  —  You've heard it before: Digital technologies blew up the music industry's moneymaking model, and the textbook business is next.  —  For years observers have predicted a coming wave of e-textbooks.  But so far it just hasn't happened.
Discussion: eCampus News
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Nielsen cops to iPad stat cock-up  —  Fewer iPad download virgins  —  The customarily competent media-survey firm, The Nielsen Company, has backtracked on its startling claim that one-third of all iPad users have never download an app.  The company now says that the number of download virgins is fewer than one in ten.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Instant May Provide Instant Revenue Increase  —  When Google rolled out a new feature called Google Instant for its search engine in September, thousands of its AdWords advertisers—who pay the company every time a user clicks on their text ads next to search results—took note.
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
The new Messenger for Mac 8 with Video Chat is now out of Beta  —  Today Messenger for Mac 8 came out of beta!  It will be available (soon) as part of the Office for Mac 2011 suite, and is also available as a free standalone download.  —  Messenger for Mac 8 provides real …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
French three strikes agency getting 25,000 complaints a day  —  Nobody knows how many file sharers are getting warnings from France's new P2P infringement authority, but Billboard.biz says that French labels are sending 25,000 complaints a day to Hadopi, the agency enforcing that country's “three strikes” law.
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com, Fudzilla and Techdirt
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Now Available  —  As reported earlier this month, Microsoft has released software allowing Mac users to synchronize media with a Windows Phone 7 device.  Microsoft had held a media event earlier this month to officially unveil its Windows Phone 7 operating system along …
Reuters:
Autotrader.com to buy Kelley Blue Book-WSJ  —  Online automotive advertising company Autotrader.com may announce on Tuesday its acquisition of car pricing service Kelley Blue Book for more than $500 million, the Wall Street Journal said.  —  Autotrader.com expects to garner …
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Travel Sites Ally to Block Google Deal  —  WASHINGTON—Several popular online travel companies are joining forces to oppose Google Inc.'s proposed $700 million purchase of ITA Software Inc., the leading provider of flight data, saying the deal would give it too much sway over the travel sector.
Discussion: Reuters
 
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