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5:30 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
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.
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.
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 …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Demos A BlackBerry PlayBook — So, Yes, It Actually Exists!
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Android Market hits 100,000 app milestone  —  Congratulations, Android fans — you now have a whopping 100,000 apps to choose from in the Android Market.  The 100k milestone means Google is gaining ground on Apple's App Store, which is now approaching 300,000 apps.
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.
Discussion: Droid Life, Gizmodo and WebProNews
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: Fudzilla, ZeroPaid.com and Techdirt
Ray Ozzie:
Dawn of a New Day  —  To: Executive Staff and direct reports  —  Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company.  In the opening section of that memo …
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Mark Zuckerberg Asks His First Facebook Question  —  Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg just asked his first question on Facebook Questions, a recent feature on the social network that launched in July.  But if you were wondering what unanswered, burning queries were on the young billionaire's mind, don't hold your breath.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt's “Just Move” Joke About Google Street View & How It Went Missing  —  Don't like Google Street View taking pictures of your house?  “Just move,” joked Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in a CNN interview on Friday.  A controversial joke, no doubt — one made even more controversial for later seeming to disappear from the interview.
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.
 
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Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Travel Sites Oppose Google ITA Purchase
Discussion: Reuters
Dumplings from this Panda!:
Did Digg game its own system to benefit publisher partners?
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg.com, Thanks:jboitnott
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon wins fight to keep customer records private
Discussion: Erictric
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Adobe: 10 Million Flash Installs Soon; AIR Extending To Three Screens
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
What Disney Got in the Playdom Acquisition
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