Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
6:55 PM ET, October 26, 2010

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nook Color: Barnes & Noble's Full-Color Tablet With Apps, Mags and Books for $250  —  Barnes & Noble's touchscreen Nook Color—a reading-centric, 7-inch Android tablet with full color books, magazines, newspapers and apps is well, surprisingly good.  It might be the best Android tablet yet, even.
RELATED:
Barnes & Noble:
NOOKcolor: The Ultimate Reading Experience  —  NOOKcolor, built on Android, is a full-color touch device dedicated to reading that opens up a whole new world of digital reading materials.  NOOKcolor provides access to the largest ebookstore with an unprecedented selection of over two million digital titles …
James McQuivey / paidContent:
What The NOOKcolor Means For Amazon, Sony
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nice Knowing You, Nook
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab report: MacBook Air benchmark results  —  There's a lot to like in Apple's latest version of the MacBook Air, such as the smaller size, longer battery life and faster flash storage.  Still, I was disappointed that the new MacBook Air uses the aging Core 2 Duo processor.
RELATED:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, MacBook Pro.  The New MacBook Air Is That Good.  —  Last Wednesday, I got my hands on one of the new MacBook Airs.  I haven't touched my MacBook Pro since.  It's six months old.  RIP.  —  I know that sounds outrageous.  Or like hyperbole.  But it's not.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Benchmarks Show 13-Inch MacBook Air Rivaling Its MacBook Pro Counterpart
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Air's Spot in the Lineup
Discussion: Gadgetell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Spotify Almost Sold To Google For $1 Billion, Plus New Apple Rumors  —  “Apple, Inc. (AAPL) in negotiations to acquire Spotify,” read the tip that came in yesterday via email from an anonymous source.  Most tips are just outright false, but we dug into this one a little bit.
Andrew Silverman / Google Public Policy Blog:
Giving users the best answer, and competing fair and square in travel search  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire ITA Software in July, we've spent a lot of time talking with players in the online travel industry — airlines, travel agents, and search sites — about our plans …
RELATED:
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.
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LimeWire Gives Up the Ghost, Shuts Down P2P Filesharing Client  —  Last spring, music filesharing service LimeWire suffered a crushing blow in federal court.  This is the net result: The company is shutting down its core software - though it insists it's not doing that exactly.
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.
Steve Dinneen / City A.M.:
Google and Carphone in mobile deal  —  THE SECOND Google-branded mobile phone will hit the UK in time for Christmas through an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse, City A.M. has learned.  —  Its predecessor, the Nexus One, is the flagship device for the search giant …
RELATED:
Kevin Krause / phandroid:
Nexus Two Launching Alongside Gingerbread in Time for the Holidays?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Phone Fans
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘iDOS’ - A Full Featured Universal DOS Emulator That Somehow Got Approved [UPDATE: Windows Installed on iPad; Pulled but Available on Cydia]  —  Ever since Apple eased up their App Store approval guidelines, all kinds of crazy things have been getting released like the fabled GV Mobile+ …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Unveils Micropayments For Digital Goods, Facebook Signs Up  —  At the company's annual developer conference today, PayPal debuted its much awaited micropayments product.  According to a release issued by the company, the new product is an “in-context, frictionless payment solution …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg: We Were Not Gaming Our Own Algorithm, Just Testing It  —  Yesterday, Digg power user LtGenPanda spotted some rather odd activity on the struggling social bookmarking site.  While looking into how the new Digg algorithm changed the makeup of the site's front page, he noticed that sites …
Discussion: Digg Blog and TechCrunch
RELATED:
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Steve Jobs ‘raged at Microsoft’ over game studio sale  —  Apple boss made angry Ballmer call when Xbox bought Mac experts and Halo creators Bungie  —  Steve Jobs' capacity to accurately detect the blockbuster potential of consumer goods may go beyond the realm of MP3 players and smartphones and right into video games.
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:
Want A Free Google TV?  Become A Developer; Google Is Giving Away 10,000  —  Google TV is now out there in the wild.  There's no indication of how it's selling just yet, but my hunch is that like early Android, it may be some time before sales really take off.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft Tag claims front-runner status among next-gen barcodes  —  Microsoft this morning claimed new momentum for its Microsoft Tag technology, which lets people scan color barcodes with their phones to automatically connect to online sites, phone numbers and other corners of the digital world.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Class Action Suit Targets Google, Seeks Elmination Of Search “Referrer” Leakage  —  On the heels of a formal privacy complaint by former FTC employee Chris Soghoian targeting Google's embedding of search queries in page URLs, a new class action lawsuit takes aim at the same thing.
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 6:55 PM ET, October 26, 2010.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Smartsheet:
Smartsheet makes Deloitte Fast 500 List  —  For the fifth year in a row, Smartsheet ranks on the list of the fastest-growing companies in North America.
Zoho:
CRMs Aren't Just for Salespeople: 7 Reasons Marketers Need CRMs  —  Consider, for a moment, how your business uses its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.  At many businesses that have CRMs …
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
7 steps to ChatOps for dev teams  —  Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about using ChatOps for higher productivity and faster dev cycles.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Techmeme Mobile: for phones
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Craig Bennett / TheUnlockr:
Walgreens Is Selling Android Tablets for $99.99
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hits 300 Employees As The Search For A New Office Continues
Discussion: VentureBeat
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Business Photos Help Build Google Places/Maps Brand Identity
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For Blekko: Public Launch On November 1
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Brand New iPad Shopping App Called Windowshop
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / Gizmodo:
Why iPhone 4 and Android Brightness Controls Are Effectively Useless
Reuters:
Autotrader.com to buy Kelley Blue Book-WSJ
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
To Save Students Money, Colleges May Force a Switch to E-Textbooks
Discussion: TeleRead, Switched and Gadgetell
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple Stores to use new Concierge app for customer check-ins [u]