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2:41 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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Redfin Corporate Blog, Thanks:dondodge
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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
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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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 …
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.
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
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
 
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Jay Adelson's Got a Plan, Post-Digg, to Fix Silicon Valley
Thanks:rsingel
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
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
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