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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The PlayStation Phone  —  It's hard to believe that what we're looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for.  As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony's PlayStation Phone strategy takes shape as prototype picture leaks out
Boy Genius Report:
Apple cancels white iPhone 4?  —  Adding on to last night's Apple announcement that the company would further delay the release of the white iPhone 4, we have received new information that paints a different story.  According to a previous source of ours, we have been told that Apple in fact …
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple delays white iPhone until next spring  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday that it would delay release of its eagerly anticipated white iPhone again, this time until next spring.  The latest version of the popular handset, the iPhone 4, was released in June, but the white model …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Apple About To Cut Out the Carriers?  —  Sources inside European carriers have told several people that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using Apple's App Store.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Hosting Secret iOS Developer Summit Next Week  —  Apple is hosting an event for iOS developers in California next week, we've heard from an industry source.  The event begins next Tuesday, and runs for three days, we've heard.  —  We are short on details, and we have not seen …
Bloomberg:
News Corp. Reboots MySpace in Quest to Recapture Young Crowd  —  News Corp.'s MySpace is introducing a new website design with a focus on younger users in a drive to stem subscriber losses and distinguish itself from Facebook, the biggest social network.  —  Starting today …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The My-Fill-In-the-Space Reset Is Here, as Struggling Social Network Morphs Into Entertainment Hub  —  Empty bracket or no empty bracket: Will it work?  —  That's pretty much the big question at News Corp. tonight, as its much beleaguered social networking site, Myspace, rolls out a new beta version aimed at shifting its fortunes.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
New Place Search Shows Google's Commitment To Local  —  Today Google formally rolls out its new presentation of local results, called “Place Search.”  It offers a dramatic change to the look and feel of SERPs on Google.com.  The first and most obvious change is that the “7 Pack” is gone.
Kakul Srivastava / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Gets Even ‘Beta’ with New Email Experience  —  For hundreds of millions of people around the world, email is a critical part of their online communications, connecting them to the people who matter most to them.  With that in mind, we are rolling out Yahoo! Mail Beta — a faster …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer tablet PC line launching on November 23rd, priced from $299 to $699  —  Not much more to tell you that you didn't already pick up from the headline.  Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci told Dow Jones Newswire that it will be launching its first line of tablet PCs in New York City on November 23rd, priced from $299 to $699 each.
Agence France Presse:
Russia to create ‘Windows rival’  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian state plans to revamp its computer services with a Windows rival to reduce its dependence on US giant Microsoft and better monitor computer security, a lawmaker said Wednesday.  —  Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles …
Discussion: The Next Web and Geek.com
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
The FTC Forgives Google's WiFi Sniffing  —  No harm, no foul, Google.  David Vladeck, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, sent the company a letter today announcing the end of its inquiry into the collection of WiFi “payload data” by Google's Street View cars.
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
For the good of all mankind, I'm joining Mozilla Labs!  —  Improving the world through unbridled invention.  I can't imagine a better job description, yet that's the motivation behind Mozilla Labs, a team of Mozilla engineers and designers working with the Internet community at large to figure …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With a Big Push From Apple, HTML5 Video Wins the Web (But Not Completely)  —  Remember the big Apple vs. everyone else video-format war from last spring?  When Apple was pushing the HTML5 standard it wanted to use for video on the iPhone and iPad, instead of Adobe's Flash?
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Special Report: Sleepy in Seattle - Microsoft learns to mature  —  (Reuters) - Every July, Microsoft Corp invites a sizable Wall Street crowd to its leafy, low-rise campus outside Seattle.  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and his top managers take a half-day to explain where the world's biggest software company …
Discussion: TechEye, Thanks:michaelkroker
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Security alert: New Trojan Horse apps said to attack the Mac  —  Some security mavens have long theorized that as the Mac becomes more popular, we'd start to see malware that would start targeting the platform.  Sure enough, this morning's crop of email blasts from PR firms included a few notices …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Ads Now Fully Powered By Microsoft adCenter  —  The Yahoo to Microsoft adCenter search ad transition in the U.S. and Canada is now complete.  Both Microsoft and Yahoo confirmed the transition is now complete.  —  Yahoo said: … From now on, to manage the ads displayed on Yahoo US or Canada …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting T-Mobile USA on November 10th, $400 on contract  —  America's number four carrier just landed a launch date for Samsung's Froyo-based Galaxy Tab, and sure enough, it'll be trotting out into the spotlight a full 24 hours before Verizon Wireless and four whole days prior to Sprint.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Comcast CEO: iPad, tablets give us ability to ‘start from scratch’ on TV interface  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was decidedly upbeat about tablets such as Apple's iPad and how it can drive demand for the cable giant's Xfinity Web video efforts.  —  Speaking on Comcast's third quarter …
Tris Hussey / The Next Web:
How To: Avoid Getting Fleeced By Firesheep  —  Over the last 24 hours the world has been abuzz with talk about a small Firefox extension.  Usually Firefox extensions don't make headlines, but in this case one did.  Why?  This extension is called Firesheep, and it's scary.
DSLreports:
Verizon Sees Symmetrical 10 Gbps In FiOS Trials - Using Alcatel Lucent XG-PON2 prototype technology  —  Verizon's been busily conducting GPON connectivity trials in the field, showcasing how future upgrades could theoretically allow them to offer 10 Gbps to each home, or symmetrical 1 Gbps service to each PC in said home.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Foxconn and Compal contracted for 5-6 Palm devices in 2011 [rumor]  —  While the Palm Pre 2 might be eliciting less-than-impressed responses from Palm fans, we can't help but wonder what Palm might come out with next.  It's all but assumed that the Pre 2 was the phone Palm had in the pipeline …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Those Bits Aren't Free: Netflix Could Be Racking Up a $2 Billion Content Tab  —  Investors are cheering on Netflix, as it moves from DVDs to streaming video and keeps adding customers along the way.  But “digital” doesn't equal “cheap” for Reed Hastings's company.
Discussion: SAI, SlashGear and Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
256GB SSD Upgrades for New MacBook Air Announced  —  Taiwanese company Photofast has announced the first 3rd party SSD storage upgrade kit for the new MacBook Air.  (via Engadget) The new MacBook Air is the first Apple laptop to use a special SSD card rather than a traditional hard drive enclosure.
Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech and Marco.org
eMarketer:
Mobile Users Prefer Browsers over Apps  —  For a variety of functions, users would rather browse  —  Although about a third of US mobile phone subscribers used a downloaded application in August, according to comScore, and app downloads have shown impressive growth, many mobile device users appear …
 
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Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
Google Docs gets new chart editor and some new chart types
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg's Big 30 Percent Drop
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Western Digital's TV Live Hub Is the Anti-Apple TV
Discussion: Gearlog
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Air review (late 2010)
Discussion: Electronista, MacRumors and Macworld