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1:50 AM ET, October 31, 2010

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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 …
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Apple countersues Motorola over multi-touch iPhone patents
Discussion: Engadget
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Investor Defends New ‘Tweet’ Usage Rules  —  Twitter is taking heat in the tech blogosphere (here and here) over its new guidelines about how others can use the words “Twitter” and “Tweet.”  Now some well-known technology investors are also saying “Hey, Twitter, enough of this.”
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Hey, Twitter, Enough Of This Crap About “Here's How You Can Use The Word Tweet”
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.
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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
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Real Men Use Android: Special Forces Favor Google Phone  —  The Army is 20 years and a half-billion dollars into a star-crossed effort to build custom communications and digital-mapping gadgets for its soldiers.  Special Operations Command, on the other hand, is taking a simpler approach: They're planning to use Android phones.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Will HP, Dell, Sony answer 11-inch MacBook Air?  —  Neither Dell nor Hewlett-Packard nor Sony have laptops that compete directly with the 2.3-pound, 11.6-inch MacBook Air.  Is this a new market segment that those three laptop leaders and others will have to address?
Discussion: WinBeta and Crave
Fred / A VC:
The Creative Phase  —  The digital technology revolution was, from the day the transistor was invented in the late 40s until the early part of last decade, largely about engineering.  It is still very much about engineering but I've been thinking for a while now that as this revolution matures …
Discussion: Financial Times
Bernard Moon / VentureBeat:
Are Q&A startups a threat to Google?  —  The classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail includes a scene in which King Arthur and his men ignore warnings about a killer rabbit with huge fangs.  Only after one of the knights is ferociously attacked do they finally believe …
Discussion: Silicon Moon
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 …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID 2 Global launches soon in black and white; T-Mobile Comet to cost $149.99  —  A fresh new Verizon Wireless rebate sheet emerged yesterday and brought with it some confusion.  On the sheet, the upcoming Motorola DROID 2 Global had two associated SKUs.
 
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Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
India to have BlackBerry Messenger interception by end January
Manan Kakkar / India IT Blog:
Indian government plans to introduce SIM cards with digital certificates
Discussion: Times of India
Alexandra Hudson / Reuters:
Turkey lifts its ban on YouTube: agency
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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