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10:10 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  —  This morning most of us woke up to the disappointing news that social news site Digg, once a promising destination for Silicon Valley talent, was losing 37% of its staff as well experiencing key executive departures.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Digg CEO: “We're in Startup Mode Again”
Discussion: Fast Company
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digg's former CEO Jay Adelson has “no regrets” about not taking offers
Discussion: TechCrunch and SAI
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.
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.
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.
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: Cult of Mac, TechCrunch and Macworld
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
China Real Time Report:
People's Daily: iPad Cool, But Not Pirate-Friendly (UPDATED) … See clarification below.  —  The ruling Chinese Communist Party is not often linked with cutting-edge technology, or tech fashion, but a recent column in its official newspaper nonetheless gives loyal readers a primer on Apple's iPad - including an unlikely criticism.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Enlists Unisys to Help With Corporate, Government Deals  —  Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and Macintosh computer, has enlisted Unisys Corp. to help it sell more to businesses and U.S. government agencies, expanding beyond a customer base made mostly of consumers.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
100 Mbps DSL is Here & 800 Mbps is Around the Corner  —  It is mind boggling to think that copper, thanks to new generation DSL technologies is staying competitive with fiber and cable broadband.  Today, a new breakthrough shows that it will only be a matter of time before DSL broadband crosses the 800 Mbps threshold.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Steadily Moves Past The Check-In With City Pages, Business Listings And More
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat, Mashable! and AppScout
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Android Market hits 100,000 app milestone
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Adobe: 10 Million Flash Installs Soon; AIR Extending To Three Screens
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
French three strikes agency getting 25,000 complaints a day
Discussion: Fudzilla, ZeroPaid.com and Techdirt
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What Disney Got in the Playdom Acquisition
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Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
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Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Now Available
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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