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11:50 AM ET, October 26, 2010

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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
White iPhone 4 shows up in Apple's ‘Store’ app, reserve yours now  —  Last night, Apple released an update to their Apple Store iPhone app.  While there wasn't anything new in the way of features, it did contain something notable... the ability to reserve a white iPhone 4.
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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.
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Spotted: White iPhone 4 listed in Apple Store app update
Microsoft:
Mac Meets PC With New Office Release  —  Microsoft launches Office 2011 for Mac today, bringing Mac users the latest versions of the company's productivity software.  The release is the latest effort from the Office for Mac team, which has been delivering Microsoft software to the Mac for 13 years.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Brand New iPad Shopping App Called Windowshop  —  Amazon has just released a new free iPad app, called Amazon Windowshop that the company says is a complete “rewrite” of Amazon.com specifically for the iPad.  Optimized for touch screen tablets, Amazon Windowshop makes it easy …
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.
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Andrew Silverman / Google Public Policy Blog:   Giving users the best answer, and competing fair and square in travel search
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.
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 and SAI
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg To Layoff 37% Of Staff, Product Refocus Imminent
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Digg CEO: “We're in Startup Mode Again”
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.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile to debut tethering plan on November 3rd, $14.99  —  Listen up T-Mobile tetherers, we've just been sent in some intel that indicates America's fourth largest carrier will begin to offer/charge for tethering on November 3rd.  The Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On …
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.
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
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / Gizmodo:
Why iPhone 4 and Android Brightness Controls Are Effectively Useless  —  Your phone display's brightness consumes up to half of its power.  And chances are it's being horribly mismanaged, thanks to bad engineering and a backwards user interface.  Here, Dr. Raymond Soneira …
Discussion: The Apple Core Blog
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Datamation:
Next Year to be a Big One for Office 2010: Survey  —  Microsoft's Office 2010 was only released last May and, in less than six months, 4 percent of corporate IT organizations have already fully deployed it, according to a new study.  —  Further, 2011 is looking like a banner year …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Owen Fletcher / 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
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook's Longtime Ad Sales Head Mike Murphy to Depart Company  —  Mike Murphy, Facebook's VP of Global Sales, is leaving the company.  —  Facebook said the well-known advertising exec decided to step down in order to take some personal time off, which Murphy reiterated was the case …
Discussion: SAI
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: TeleRead and eCampus News
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.
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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Rob Crossley / Develop:
Steve Jobs ‘raged at Microsoft’ over game studio sale
Chris Jablonski / Emerging Technology Trends Blog:
Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015
Discussion: SmartPlanet
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Android Market hits 100,000 app milestone
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With OS X Lion, It's No Longer Point & Click, It's Flick & Swipe
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
French three strikes agency getting 25,000 complaints a day
Discussion: Fudzilla, ZeroPaid.com and Techdirt
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9 now in Beta Zone
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Gamet / The Mac Observer:
Teen Model Sues Apple Over Stolen iPhoto Pics
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Mark Zuckerberg Asks His First Facebook Question
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Now Available
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
The new Messenger for Mac 8 with Video Chat is now out of Beta