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3:50 PM ET, October 30, 2010

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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Hey, Twitter, Enough Of This Crap About “Here's How You Can Use The Word Tweet”  —  Twitter has issued new rules about how the rest of us can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet,” MG Siegler of TechCrunch tells us.  —  And the rules are right out of a handbook on how to take yourself way too seriously.
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James Buckhouse / Twitter Blog:
New Twitter, new look
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Twitter Updates Logos, Rules: Info On Logo Use, Screenshots, And Capital “T” Tweets
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Do Twitter's Application Naming Rules Spell Bad News For TweetDeck?
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files Lawsuit against Motorola to Defend Multi-Touch  —  The inevitable: When Motorola preemptively launched their declaration judgment action against Apple earlier this month, we knew that Apple was likely to launch multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola once …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Will Facebook have an IPO bounce?  Has 409A changed the game?  —  The conventional wisdom is that you join a hot startup pre-IPO to get the low priced stock options.  Techcrunch reports that some people are joining Facebook now to get in on pre-IPO shares.
Thanks:dondodge
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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
One in Five Facebook Employees Has No Imagination Whatsoever  —  Whoa!  Shocking news, guys.  An engineer left Google for Facebook.  The great Lars Rasmussen, creator of Google Maps and Google Wave, quit Google Thursday to join Facebook.  This has, admittedly, happened before.
Thanks:calbucci
Tim Anderson's ITWriting:
Microsoft's Silverlight dream is over  —  Remember “WPF Everywhere”?  Microsoft's strategy was to create a small cross-platform runtime that would run .NET applications on every popular platform, as well as forming a powerful multimedia player.  Initially just a browser plug-in …
Discussion: winrumors, Mashable! and AppleInsider
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5?
Discussion: All about Microsoft Blog and PC World, Thanks:rawmeet
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iOS May Soon Be Gone From the App Store Due To Videolan's Complaint  —  VLC, the popular media player for Windows, Mac and Linux that landed on the iPad in September and on the iPhone last week, may soon be gone from the App Store.  Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of VLC …
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 …
Alexandra Hudson / Reuters:
Turkey lifts its ban on YouTube: agency  —  (Reuters) - Turkey has lifted its ban on video-sharing website YouTube as material deemed insulting to Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has been removed, Turkish state-run news agency Anatolian reported Saturday.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sprint CEO: Our 4G Strategy Is WiMAX, Full Stop!  —  “Our 4G strategy is WiMAX, full stop,” said Dan Hesse, CEO of Overland Park, Kan.-based mobile phone company Sprint.  In an interview, Hesse, a 33-year veteran of the telecom industry, said people should ignore all the talk about Sprint switching to LTE.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why Twitter's C.E.O. Demoted Himself  —  AT the annual South by Southwest gathering of techies in Austin, Tex., in March, conference organizers had chosen a hangar-size room to accommodate their star speaker: Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, the messaging and social networking site that had become a digital phenomenon.
Aram Bartholl:
“Dead Drops” preview  —  I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks.  ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.  I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Hack a Day and MAKE Magazine
David Hunt / Florida Times Union:
Jacksonville mom shakes baby for interrupting FarmVille, pleads guilty to murder  —  A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  —  Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs: No USB 3 ‘at this time’  —  Over the past few months multiple rumors emerged claiming that Apple would adopt USB 3.0 for their line of Macs.  Since this is yet to happen, reader, Tom Kruk e-mailed the man in charge asking why he cannot order a Mac with USB 3.0.  —  Jobs' Reply:
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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Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
Paving The Way For Kinect, Microsoft Scoops Up Motion-Sensing Intellectual Property
Discussion: I4U News, Joystiq, Computerworld and Canesta
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook hires Drop.io's Sam Lessin, calls it an acquisition  —  File-sharing service Drop.io announced today that it has been acquired by Facebook.  —  The New York startup's blog post said that the social networking company has bought “most of Drop.io's technology and assets” …
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Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Inside Google's Anti-Malware Operation
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Jay Adelson's Got a Plan, Post-Digg, to Fix Silicon Valley
Thanks:rsingel
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone locked for early 2011 on Verizon, says Fortune
Discussion: Redmond Pie, Go Rumors and IntoMobile
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Best Buds: Gmail Creator Joins Facebook Co-Founder, Donates 100K …
Discussion: Paul Buchheit
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's 2010 M&A Bill: $1.6 Billion and Counting
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Faruk Ates / FarukAt.es:
The Addictive Allure of Instagram
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