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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 …
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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
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Buy Canesta  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Prepare for Windows 8: Minority Report Edition.  —  Microsoft said on Friday that it was buying Canesta, a small Silicon Valley company that specializes in gesture-recognition technology.  —  Interest in this technology has surged …
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Canesta:
CANESTA ANNOUNCES DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY MICROSOFT  —  Canesta, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to have its products, technology, intellectual property, customer contracts, and other resources acquired by the Microsoft Corporation.
Discussion: Computerworld and Shiny Objects
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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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5?  —  Well, it's not about customers.  —  Microsoft has quite aggressively touted HTML5 during PDC 2010, which wraps up today.  It's seemingly inconsistent with Microsoft's revamped cloud strategy, which is very much about taking propriety software to the cloud.
Thanks:rawmeet
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook acquires file-sharing service Drop.io  —  Facebook has acquired most of the assets of Drop.io, a New York-based start-up that lets users privately and sporadically share files through a drag-and-drop interface with additional options like phone calls and even faxing, the company announced Friday on its blog.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook hires Drop.io's Sam Lessin, calls it an acquisition
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After A Five Month Stay (And $750M Acquisition), AdMob CEO Omar Hamoui Leaves Google  —  Last November, Google announced that it had acquired leading mobile ad network AdMob for a whopping $750 million.  Today, less than a year after the deal closed, AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui is leaving Google, we've confirmed with the company.
Discussion: VentureBeat, mocoNews and IntoMobile
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
10-Q Watch: 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: CNET News and SAI
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's 2010 M&A Bill: $1.6 Billion and Counting
Discussion: CNET News
Royal Pingdom:
Is Goo.gl really the fastest URL shortener? (chart)  —  A few weeks ago, Google made its URL shortener, Goo.gl, open for everyone and gave it its own website, similar to Bit.ly's.  Previously, Goo.gl could only be used by Google's own services.  —  When they announced this …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Techie Buzz
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Special Mobile Event This Wednesday  —  Facebook has just sent us an invitation to a special event that's happening this Wednesday.  The theme?  Mobile.  —  We don't know what Facebook is planning to launch (though we'll do our best to find out beforehand), but we have a few guesses.
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: Computerworld, Pulse2 and ResourceShelf
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Lars Rasmussen, Father Of Google Maps And Google Wave, Heads To Facebook  —  When Google put their faith in Wave, an ambitious new project last year, they knew it was a gamble.  But a big part of it was the team behind the project.  A team led by Lars Rasmussen, the engineer best known …
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 …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
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:
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 …
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Trading Places: How Apple climbed into the Top Tier
Discussion: GigaOM, Fortune and Digital Daily
Mike Vernal / Facebook Developers Blog:
An Update on Facebook UIDs  —  As we outlined previously, we recently learned that some developers on Facebook Platform were inadvertently sharing User IDs (UIDs) due to an issue with the way that web browsers work.  While we found no evidence that this inadvertent sharing resulted …
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
Will Larson / Digg Blog:
Introducing Digg's Streaming API  —  Digg has had an API for a while now, and we've learned quite a few important lessons along the way.  In particular, two of these lesson have stood out.  First, external developers will surprise us with their creativity time and time again.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The PlayStation Phone: new photos, more details!  —  We've gotten our hands on some more images of the PlayStation Phone, and gleaned a few more juicy details about the handset.  Firstly, as you can see in the photos, the model in question does indeed seem to be codenamed “Zeus” (as we reported on the 27th).
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 …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Updates Logos, Rules: Info On Logo Use, Screenshots, And Capital “T” Tweets
Discussion: Twitter Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
An Apple Integrated SIM: What it Could Mean
Discussion: PhoneArena and The Register
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft releases lock on Windows Phone 7 developers
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal Says Service Working Again After Disruption
Harrison Hoffman / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live serves up local photo spots on foursquare
Discussion: The Next Web and LiveSide.net, Thanks:rawmeet
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells Buildings, Land To CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust …
Discussion: Business Wire, SAI and Pulse2
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Yahoo starts embedding Groupon code in global distribution deal
Discussion: GMSV
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO Is On Deck, With Amended Filing
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Leaked DVD Screener of The Social Network A BitTorrent Hit
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek details tablet PC plans