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11:05 AM ET, October 28, 2010

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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Apple About to Cut Out the Carriers?  —  Sources inside European carriers have reported 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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Their Carrier-Crippling SIM, Can Apple Do What Google Chickened Out Of?
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:waisybabu
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
The Real Reason White iPhone 4 Is Delayed (Hint: The Camera)  —  The white iPhone 4 has been delayed because it can't take good pictures, a source with connections at Apple tells me.  —  The white case leaks light back in — especially when the flash is used to take pictures.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
An Anthropomorphized White iPhone 4 Is Confronted Regarding Its Inability to Be Shipped … —Reuters, yesterday  —  INT.  Early Morning, Today.  The Lobby Bar of a Top-Tier Las Vegas Casino Resort … Original iPhone: Look at you.  You're a f**king mess.  —  White iPhone 4: (Without looking up from poker machine.)
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Mention of White iPhone 4 From Online Store  —  Following another delay until spring 2011 for the white iPhone 4 and rumors that the device has been canceled altogether, Apple has now removed mention of the model from its primary ordering page for the iPhone 4 in all localizations of its online store.
Boy Genius Report:
Apple cancels white iPhone 4?
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Samsung will announce the Nexus Two on November 8th  —  If you were thinking about buying an Android phone in the next two weeks, please stop what you are doing and read this post.  Something big is coming and I think you will want to know the full details before you get tied up in another 2-year contract with your carrier.
Jackie Bavaro / The Official Google Blog:
Place Search: a faster, easier way to find local information  —  I love to discover new places, from sandwich shops in my neighborhood to great museums around the globe.  When I start looking for something in a new area, like a barbecue restaurant in Austin, I usually do quite a few searches.
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
Should we be worried about a cyber war?  —  On April 1, 2001, an American EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance plane on an eavesdropping mission collided with a Chinese interceptor jet over the South China Sea, triggering the first international crisis of George W. Bush's Administration.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   How The Defense Department And NSA Is Hyping Cyberwar To Better Spy On You
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Supercomputer Likely to Prompt Unease in U.S.  —  A newly built supercomputer in China appears poised to take the world performance lead, another sign of the country's growing technological prowess that is likely to set off alarms about U.S. competitiveness and national security.
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Oracle: Google ‘directly copied’ our Java code  —  IDG News Service - Oracle has updated its lawsuit against Google to allege that parts of its Android mobile phone software “directly copied” Oracle's Java code.  —  Oracle filed a surprise lawsuit against Google in August …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
The $105 Fix That Could Protect You From Copyright-Troll Lawsuits  —  Call it ingenious, call it evil or call it a little of both: Copyright troll Righthaven is exploiting a loophole in intellectual property law, suing websites that might have avoided any trace of civil liability had they spent a mere $105.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Dropbox CEO: Why search advertising failed us  —  Dropbox founder and chief executive Drew Houston offered some details this afternoon about how he grew the company to more than 4 million users.  In its early days, the document synchronization startup did all the things that startups are …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Agrees to Change Ad Policy to Settle French Case  —  PARIS — Google has pledged to overhaul its rules and procedures for blocking certain advertisers from buying “sponsored links” on its search engine as part of a settlement with French authorities announced Thursday.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google To Give 3 Month Notice On Blocking Some AdWords Ads
Brett Lider / Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail in mobile Safari: now even more like a native app  —  Go to gmail.com from your iPhone and you'll notice two improvements we've rolled out over the past few weeks.  First, scrolling is snappier: the speed of scrolling reflects the speed of your swipe gesture.
Financial Times:
Apple faces legal action over iPad name  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Proview, a struggling Taiwanese-owned company, has threatened to sue Apple for alleged trademark infringement, in a lingering dispute that illustrates the complexity of branding in far-flung markets.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's 2010 Annual Report: Hiring Spree, Ad Budget Increase, Lower Gross Margins Ahead  —  Apple today filed its 2010 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the document reveals a few interesting tidbits of information:  — Apple noted that it had approximately 46,600 full …
Discussion: Reuters and displayblog
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google shifts troubled TV effort to YouTube  —  (10-27) 17:59 PDT San Francisco — Google Inc. is shifting its troubled Google TV initiative to its YouTube division, The Chronicle has learned.  —  Some industry sources speculated that the move was a response to the surprisingly negative reaction …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron expects to ship 10 million CDMA iPhones in 2011, say sources  —  Pegatron Technology internally expects its Apple CDMA iPhone shipments to reach 10 million units in 2011 and the company has recently started to gear up and is installing new equipment as well as hiring about 10,000 …
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Android App Forwards Private Text Messages  —  If you own an Android phone and are cheating on a significant other by arranging secret trysts through text messages, you might want to think twice about your infidelities — or at least about arranging them via texts.
James Galbraith / Macworld:
2010 MacBook Air: ultimate-edition lab tests  —  We test the top-end 1.6GHz 11-inch Air and 2.13GHz 13-inch Air  —  The 2010 MacBook Air models offer impressive improvements in both design and in performance when compared to previous MacBook Airs.  But with just 2GB of RAM …
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
iOS 4.2 for iPad Has Been Jailbroken Using Sn0wbreeze !  —  The iPhone hacker and developer behind Sn0wbreeze has managed to jailbreak iOS 4.2 for iPad.  This of course has been achieved using Geohot's untethered bootrom level Limera1n exploit.  The image below shows full root access using MobileTerminal on iOS 4.2 Beta 3 for iPad.
AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad now on sale from Verizon and AT&T  —  Apple on Thursday began selling the iPad through the two largest wireless carriers in the U.S. — Verizon and AT&T — as retail expansion of the touchscreen tablet before the holidays continues.  —  The Oct. 28 launch was announced earlier this month …
Discussion: MacRumors and Boy Genius Report
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beefs Up Its Board Of Directors Some More  —  If I were a betting man, I'd bet on LinkedIn going public some time in 2011.  But I'm not, so I'll just share with you that the social networking service provider has been significantly beefing up its board of directors this year.
Thanks:rawmeet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Canada Gets Real About Seed Investing With New $45 Million Fund  —  If you need more proof that seed investing is taking over the world, just look up north to Canada.  Three years ago, a group of angels started Montreal Startup, a $5 million seed fund.  This week, they are launching their second …
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amid criticism, WikiLeaks shifts focus
Discussion: The Register and TechEye
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
AT&T Tries to Jump-Start Mobile Carrier Billing
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Group Of Prominent Law Professors Urge President Obama To Halt ACTA Endorsement
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Foursquare Facing FTC Hurdle on ‘Kickbacks’ Idea
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Kleiner Perkins goes big: VC firm raising more than $1 billion
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Myspace Accused Of Ripping Off Stealth Startup Pinterest
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Walmart Does Groupon Without Groupon
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Is Now Providing Servants to Its Employees
Discussion: Gadgetell and TechFlash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's The Street Price Of Twitter? Nearly $1.6 Billion
Discussion: Softpedia News, FM Blog and Fortune
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Google exec: Android was “best deal ever”
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to buy $2 billion Manhattan city block?