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6:30 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?  —  At the beginning of this year, I was very excited.  You see, at Google's launch event for the Nexus One, they made one thing clear: they were going directly after the dominating carrier lock-in model that had held everyone in the U.S. captive for years.
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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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 …
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 …
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: VentureBeat and TechEye, Thanks:michaelkroker
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Is Now Providing Servants to Its Employees  —  So much for the war on Googler entitlement.  Amid heated competition for engineers, Google is trying a remarkable new perk: free use of “runners” to clean apartments, take out trash, cook dinner, run errands—whatever is needed.
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Massively Ramped Up Ad Spending In 2010, But Sales Grew Even Faster
Discussion: AppleInsider and Edible Apple
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Google exec: Android was “best deal ever”  —  Buying Android Inc., the wireless-software startup founded by Andy Rubin, was Google's “best deal ever,” said David Lawee, vice president of corporate development at the search giant.  —  Lawee made the remark at a panel at the 16th annual …
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 …
Discussion: Webomatica and Electronista, Thanks:jasonlloren
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Flickr is more fun with friends!  —  We think that Flickr is the best way to keep up with what's going on in your world and share your photos with the people you care about.  With millions of members on Flickr, there are bound to be a few you have missed along the way.
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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Foxconn Joining Pegatron for CDMA iPhone Production?
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Kleiner Perkins goes big: VC firm raising more than $1 billion  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers got all sorts of attention last week for its $250 million sFund — including from yours truly — but that just scratches the surface of the venture capital firm's fundraising ambitions.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to buy $2 billion Manhattan city block?  —  A report today says that Google is in the final stages of acquiring the huge building which it currently rents in Chelsea.  —  111 8th Ave. via 1118thave.com  —  The New York Post is reporting that Google is close to acquiring …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Looks Like BoingBoing Got Hacked (NSFW)  —  Something is definitely up at uber nerd site and “Directory of Wonderful Things” BoingBoing.net.  A trip to the front page brings up the charming image above, which seems to be some sort of vulgar message from someone called “the|  one” to site editor Cory Doctorow.
Discussion: Help Net Security
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.
Discussion: VatorNews, The Next Web and AndroidGuys
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Foursquare Facing FTC Hurdle on ‘Kickbacks’ Idea  —  Need another reason to be skeptical of those newish Federal Trade Commission guidelines governing paid endorsements on blogs and social media sites?  Here's one: They may already be discouraging tech companies like Foursquare and Twitter …
Discussion: Gawker
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
StumbleUpon Wants to Be the Pandora of Web Video  —  StumbleUpon is trying hard to become the best way for users to find relevant and interesting videos online.  With the addition of more full-length video content available through its StumbleUpon Video site, it could do just that, by becoming a recommendation engine for online video.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's The Street Price Of Twitter?  Nearly $1.6 Billion  —  Like other hot startups there is a healthy secondary market ecosystem for Twitter stock.  The current street value of a share of any series of Twitter stock?  At least $7 per share, say multiple sources with knowledge of transactions.
Discussion: FM Blog and Fortune
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Myspace Accused Of Ripping Off Stealth Startup Pinterest  —  This morning Pinterest co-founders Ben Silberman, Paul Sciarra and Yashwanth Nelapati woke up to a barrage of tweets, “So @myspace has completely ripped off @pinterest.  It really pisses me off when an old, tired hack tries to undermine hardworking inovators.
Discussion: Guardian
 
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
iOS 4.2 for iPad Has Been Jailbroken Using Sn0wbreeze !
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Partners to Raise $150 Million Fund for BRIC Markets
Discussion: mocoNews and VentureBeat
Cynthia Boris / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Walmart Does Groupon Without Groupon
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla delays Firefox 4 release until 2011
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A field of tweets for the World Series
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Facebook makes foray into California lobbying
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Society
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Ross Levinsohn To Run Americas Business
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Security alert: New Trojan Horse apps said to attack the Mac
Agence France Presse:
Russia to create ‘Windows rival’