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12:20 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.
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  —  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: App Advice, IntoMobile and TUAW
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 $105.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Dropbox CEO: Why search advertising failed us  —  Dropbox founder and chief executive Drew Houston offered some details this afternoon about how he grew the company to more than 4 million users.  In its early days, the document synchronization startup did all the things that startups are …
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
Should we be worried about a cyber war?  —  On April 1, 2001, an American EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance plane on an eavesdropping mission collided with a Chinese interceptor jet over the South China Sea, triggering the first international crisis of George W. Bush's Administration.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   How The Defense Department And NSA Is Hyping Cyberwar To Better Spy On You
Financial Times:
Apple faces legal action over iPad name  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Proview, a struggling Taiwanese-owned company, has threatened to sue Apple for alleged trademark infringement, in a lingering dispute that illustrates the complexity of branding in far-flung markets.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google shifts troubled TV effort to YouTube  —  (10-27) 17:59 PDT San Francisco — Google Inc. is shifting its troubled Google TV initiative to its YouTube division, The Chronicle has learned.  —  Some industry sources speculated that the move was a response to the surprisingly negative reaction …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Mint Data Offers Real-Time Look at Local Spending  —  I never know what to think when I see a rating next to a business on something like Yelp or Google that ranks a business as “$” or “$$” - how much is “$$” exactly and do I want to spend it?  Well now, if you know you have exactly $12 …
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 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
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's reply to prediction of consumer demise: #notdeadyet  —  Whenever major media organizations break out the pensive file photos of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, you know the news isn't good, and this morning's piece by David Goldman of CNNMoney.com was no exception.
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Special Report: Sleepy in Seattle - Microsoft learns to mature
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft, VentureBeat and TechEye, Thanks:michaelkroker
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.
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.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Earnings Preview: What You Need To Know  —  Microsoft reports earnings for the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year today after market close, and we'll be covering the release as it breaks after 4PM ET and live blogging the company's earnings call around 5:30.
Discussion: TechFlash, BoomTown and MacDailyNews
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
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.
Discussion: The Toybox Blog, CNN, TUAW, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
 
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