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5:55 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   For Apple, AT&T Is The Company You Sleep With, Verizon Is The Company You Marry
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon's CEO Opens Up About Steve Jobs
Discussion: Fortune
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.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Samsung's ‘Nexus Two:’ More Details Come Out  —  Samsung is indeed working on an unlocked Google Android phone as reported by Gizmodo this morning, but it may not be called the “Nexus Two” and it isn't coming out on November 8.  —  Gizmodo riled the Internet today with photos and details of a slim …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Hands on the Nexus Two by Samsung
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here's AOL Now-Live New Homepage (and Welcome Back to the Adorkable Lindsay Campbell)  —  Today, BoomTown interviewed AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, along with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, at the Online News Association conference in Washington, D.C. about the future of journalism on the Web.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL's Homepage Revamp Aims For TV Network Model
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
Discussion: GigaOM, Fortune and Digital Daily
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Foursquare Doomed?  Facebook Places Has 7X More Users  —  About 30 million people have tried Facebook places, a single source who works with Facebook tells us.  —  Reached for a response to this number, Facebook rep Larry Yu told us, “[I] don't have any guidance to offer right now, I'm afraid.”
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching Places Powered Deals Service
Royal Pingdom:
Is really the fastest URL shortener? (chart)  —  A few weeks ago, Google made its URL shortener,, open for everyone and gave it its own website, similar to's.  Previously, could only be used by Google's own services.  —  When they announced this …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and ReadWriteWeb
Marco Arment /
The Mac App Store isn't for today's Mac developers  —  Apple's recently announced App Store for the Mac is a Really Big Deal™, for reasons I'll get to in a moment.  But a lot of existing Mac developers have pointed out major issues or unknowns that need to be addressed:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry And Sergey Wanted Steve Jobs To Be Google's First CEO  —  The first guy Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to hire to be their CEO was Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  We learned this detail watching Bloomberg TV's “Game Changers” documentary on the founding of Google.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Said to Be Buying Canesta, a Chip Maker  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Microsoft is buying a chip company that specializes in gesture recognition technology, which allows people to control computers and other devices just by moving their bodies, according to people briefed on the deal.
Discussion: DealBook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sprint CEO: The iPad Has Been Good to Us  —  It might not be selling iPads in its stores like rivals AT&T and Verizon, but Sprint is benefitting from the brisk demand for Apple's hot new device, regardless.  Dan Hesse, CEO of the third-largest carrier in the U.S., told me in an interview …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells Buildings, Land To CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust For $144.5 Million In Cash  —  AOL, our new owner, this morning announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of four office buildings it says it no longer utilizes, in addition to two undeveloped parcels of land on the East side of its Dulles campus.
Discussion: Pulse2, Business Wire and SAI
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook applies for ad-targeting patent  —  This is interesting: Earlier this month, Facebook filed for a patent to further hone its ad-targeting technology so that ads can be based on what a user's friends interests may be.  The reason for this, it appears, is so that Facebook …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Paid $179 Million In Cash For Social App Maker Slide  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) paid $179 million in cash to buy social app maker Slide in August, according to the company's quarterly filing with the SEC. Previous reports put the price tag as high as $229 million.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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Harrison Hoffman / The Windows Blog:
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Discussion: and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
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Redbox planning to expand onto the Web next year
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Weeks Away From Launching New Games Portal
Discussion: The Next Web
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO Is On Deck, With Amended Filing
Discussion: Adotas and paidContent
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Intel opens $1 billion chip factory in Vietnam
Discussion:, TechEye and Electronista