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2:20 PM ET, October 28, 2010

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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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Live Blog: Microsoft's PDC Keynote with Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia  —  Microsoft is holding its Professional Developer Conference (PDC) on its Redmond, WA campus this week.  The event kicks off with a two-hour keynote hosted by the company's CEO Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia, Microsoft's president of its server and tools division.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
An Anthropomorphized White iPhone 4 Is Confronted Regarding Its Inability to Be Shipped  —  The latest version of the popular handset, the iPhone 4, was released in June, but the white model was delayed first to July, then to the end of the year and now to early next year.
Discussion: IntoMobile, TUAW and App Advice
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Mention of White iPhone 4 From Online Store
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
The Real Reason White iPhone 4 Is Delayed (Hint: The Camera)
Wayne Kao / Facebook Blog:
Telling the Story of Friendships  —  One of my favorite Facebook moments is browsing photos from friends in the News Feed after they've begun a new relationship, gotten engaged or gotten married.  It gives me a fun and meaningful glimpse of the friendship between two people I know.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Fred Wilson on The Empire State of Startups  —  As Om shared earlier this month, New York's tech scene is getting a flood of venture capital for Internet deals, rivaling San Francisco.  It's validation for a city that has built a formidable base of companies and is now becoming a hotbed of start-ups …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Boxee Offers HD Streaming Movies with VUDU  —  When it comes to streaming media, it looks like Boxee has the best of both worlds.  That is, its hardware solution - the Boxee Box - makes it easy to bring streams like YouTube, Netflix or Pandora to your disconnected television.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google Apps adds Android management features for enterprise  —  Google on Thursday said that it has launched new admin controls to manage Android through Google Apps and a browser without dedicated servers.  —  The news comes as Android starts making its big corporate push.
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 …
Scott Carmichael / Gadling:
TSA announces that 11" MacBook Air computers can remain in their bag at the checkpoint  —  In a spot of good news for proud owners of the new 11" MacBook Air, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that passengers may leave their machine in its bag when passing through the checkpoint.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft puts Windows Server instances in the cloud  —  Microsoft bolstered Windows Azure with several new capabilities today, including the ability to run Windows Server instances on Azure, theoretically making applications portable between the data center and Microsoft cloud platform.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Box.net bumps free, paid storage capacities  —  Following Moore's Law, data storage continues to get speed and capacity boosts at quite a clip—all the while coming down in cost and physical size.  One business benefiting from that trend is Web storage and collaboration service Box.net.
Discussion: Computerworld, TechCrunch and Crave
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beefs Up Its Board Of Directors Again  —  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.
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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 …
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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Ashley Brown / The Windows Blog:
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