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1:40 PM ET, October 29, 2010


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Sarah Ellison / Fortune:
Get ready for Verizon's ‘Dream Phone’  —  The soon-to-be-unveiled Verizon iPhone is the answer to many consumers' prayers.  But a deal with Apple will test the company that Ivan Seidenberg has spent his career building.  —  By Sarah Ellison, contributor  —  The most talked-about cellphone …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon's CEO Opens Up About Steve Jobs
Discussion: Fortune
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
IDC: Apple passes RIM to become No. 4 global mobile phone vendor  —  A new IDC report shows strong iPhone sales have pushed Apple past Research in Motion, making the iPhone-maker the world's fourth-largest mobile phone seller in the third quarter of 2010.  —  According to IDC's Worldwide …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Trading Places: How Apple climbed into the Top Tier  —  Apple reached fourth place in ranking of top phone vendors by units sold.  I guess that makes it a “top tier” vendor.  —  So how did it get there?  —  Here is a chart showing how market share evolved since the quarter when iPhone launched:
Discussion: GigaOM, Fortune and Digital Daily
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
89,000 Microsoft employees will get a Windows Phone 7 handset  —  Steve Ballmer gives phones to every PDC attendee, and every Microsoft employee  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer enthusiastically announced Thursday that all attendees of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference will receive a new Windows Phone 7 device.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching Places Powered Deals Service  —  Facebook is currently testing a new “Facebook Deals” service which enables businesses to provide deals whenever visitors check-in to a physical store.  The new service is being tested with a limited number of partners …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Hands on the Nexus Two by Samsung  —  The Nexus Two is real.  It's made by Samsung, and a friend of ours got to play with it.  It's not going rock your face like the Nexus One did.  But it will record it with a front-facing camera.  —  “When I first saw it from 10 feet away …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek details tablet PC plans  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch several tablet PCs featuring 7-, 10- or 12-inch panels and will start launching them in December 2010, according to company president Jerry Shen.  —  Asustek is aiming to mass produce the 12-inch model featuring …
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
New in Google Maps for Android: Updated reviews, search filters, and Latitude real-time updating  —  Lately, we've been working on giving you even better ways to find nearby places with Google Maps for Android, such as the Places icon and rich Place pages.  Today, we are launching Google Maps 4.6 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Nook Color Might Be a Better Android Tablet Than We Thought  —  The Nook Color's built on top of Android, but seemed limited in its potential to be a killer Android tablet by the way it'd run apps.  Well, the reality is, it could be a solid little Android tablet after all.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Electronista
Mike Labossiere / VentureBeat:
White hat or black hat?  Firefox hacking tool Firesheep raises ethical concerns  —  Editor's Note: Was the release of the drop-dead easy hacking tool Firesheep, an extension for the Firefox browser that lets users hijack passwords from others on wireless networks, ethically sound?
Gary LosHuertos / Technology Sufficiently Advanced:
Herding Firesheep in New York City
Discussion: Computerworld and
Subel Bhandari / Agence France Presse:
Everest summit wired up with Internet  —  KATHMANDU — Climbers at the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims.  —  Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish phone giant TeliaSonera …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Apple Rocketed Past Microsoft In Revenue This Past Quarter By Over $4 Billion  —  When Apple passed Microsoft in market cap this past May, the Microsoft fanboys were out in full force.  “This means nothing.”  “Microsoft still makes so much more money than Apple.”  “Look at the revenues.”
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL's Homepage Revamp Aims For TV Network Model  —  You don't usually hear the word “dayparts” when talking about a website's homepage, but the new AOL (NYSE: AOL) homepage that's going live Monday morning has a lot in common with the content values of a TV network.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Launching Another New Homepage On Monday
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Leaked DVD Screener of The Social Network A BitTorrent Hit  —  The Social Network tells the dramatized story of the founders of Facebook, the number one social-networking site that was launched in 2004.  The film premiered nearly three weeks ago, and since then many BitTorrent users …
Georges Haddad / YouTube Blog:
1 billion subscriptions and counting  —  Early on (we're talking '06 here, people!), the yellow subscribe button made its debut so the latest videos from your favorite channels could make a beeline to your inbox/eager eyes.  Today, the button that's been immortalized as a throw cushion hits …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google Ventures Invests in HomeAway  —  Google Ventures, the investment fund that Google started last year, is getting into vacation rentals.  —  Google has invested in HomeAway, the vacation rental site that has already raised nearly half a billion dollars in venture capital.
Discussion: TechCrunch and SiliconANGLE
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO Is on Deck, With Amended Filing  —  Demand Media, which made its S-1 filing in August, filed an amended version today that is likely to allow it to move quickly to its initial public offering.  —  The new version for the online content company has updated financial information for the third quarter.
Discussion: Adotas
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Nintendo Bets Big on Social DS System  —  TOKYO—The headline feature of Nintendo Co.'s forthcoming 3DS portable videogame system is the ability to play 3-D games without the need for eyewear, but it is the device's ability to locate other players that may prove critical to its success.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Chad Hurley Leaving Position To Take Advisory Role  —  I'm currently in Dublin, Ireland, for a (most excellent) event dubbed Founders, where I was invited to handle a fireside chat / interview with YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley earlier tonight.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted  —  At Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week, the future of Silverlight is one topic that has gotten short shrift.  There have been no sessions about Silverlight 5 and only one mention of Silverlight in the kick-off keynote.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook applies for ad-targeting patent
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Yahoo starts embedding Groupon code in global distribution deal
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Intel opens $1 billion chip factory in Vietnam
Discussion: TechEye
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: GeekSugar
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Groupon Releases Pricing For Self-Serve Product
Discussion: Screenwerk, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:jdmoran