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11:10 AM ET, October 30, 2010

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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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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 …
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.
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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 …
James Buckhouse / Twitter Blog:
New Twitter, new look  —  We've refreshed our logos, buttons and widgets to bring the improved look and experience of the new Twitter to your website or blog.  —  Go to our resources page to add new Twitter widgets, buttons, and logos to your site.  These resources are free for you to use …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Twittercism
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Updates Logos, Rules: Info On Logo Use, Screenshots, And Capital “T” Tweets
Discussion: SAI
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Do Twitter's Application Naming Rules Spell Bad News For TweetDeck?
Discussion: Pocket-lint
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.
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
Canesta:
CANESTA ANNOUNCES DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY MICROSOFT
Discussion: I4U News, Joystiq and Computerworld
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:
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
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Inside Google's Anti-Malware Operation  —  TORONTO—A Google malware researcher gave a rare peek inside the company's massive anti-malware and anti-phishing efforts at the SecTor conference here, and the data that the company has gathered shows that the attackers who make it their business …
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.
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.
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).
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Jay Adelson's Got a Plan, Post-Digg, to Fix Silicon Valley  —  Jay Adelson, the former CEO of Digg, is in the midst of a mid-life crisis.  —  He's an addict, you see.  Hooked on the rush of entrepreneurship.  —  It's only been six months since he stepped down as CEO after five years at the helm …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's 2010 M&A Bill: $1.6 Billion and Counting  —  Lost track of Google's M&A binge this year?  No problem: The company helpfully tallies it up for investors in its most recent quarterly filing.  —  The big picture: Google has spent at least $1.6 billion buying 40 companies during the first nine months of 2010.
Discussion: CNET News
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
10-Q Watch: Google Paid $179 Million In Cash For Social App Maker Slide
Discussion: CNET News and SAI
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone locked for early 2011 on Verizon, says Fortune  —  Though Verizon famously turned down the original iPhone before Apple ultimately signed a deal with AT&T, the company's outspoken CEO — Ivan Seidenberg — has been very careful over the past couple years to note that he'd love to eventually have an iPhone in his lineup.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
For Apple, AT&T Is The Company You Sleep With, Verizon Is The Company You Marry
Discussion: IntoMobile, SiliconANGLE and PC World
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Best Buds: Gmail Creator Joins Facebook Co-Founder, Donates 100K …
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Faruk Ates / FarukAt.es:
The Addictive Allure of Instagram
Mike Vernal / Facebook Developers Blog:
An Update on Facebook UIDs
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
An Apple Integrated SIM: What It Could Mean
Discussion: PhoneArena and Tech Europe
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Will Larson / Digg Blog:
Introducing Digg's Streaming API
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Weeks Away From Launching New Games Portal
Discussion: Go Rumors and The Next Web
Royal Pingdom:
Is Goo.gl really the fastest URL shortener? (chart)
Discussion: Techie Buzz and ReadWriteWeb
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Foursquare Doomed? Facebook Places Has 7X More Users