Today in Tech

November 19, 2010, 1:08 PM UTC

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We’ve assembled the day’s most newsworthy bits below.

“Almost every single app I have is better on the iPhone.”
— Steve Wozniak (engadget via ITProPortal)

  • MySpace and Facebook announced “Mashup with Facebook,” a product that lets MySpace users with Facebook accounts port their FB interests and likes into their MySpace profiles allowing for more personalized media streams. (Fortune)
  • Though sales during Dell’s third quarter missed analyst expectations ($15.4 billion compared to the predicted $15.8 billion), net income rose to $822 million, a 144% jump from the same time last year. (CNNMoney)
  • TJ Maxx is selling the 16 GB WiFi iPad for $399, a whole $100 less than Apple’s asking price. Get ’em while you can, holiday shoppers! (9 to 5 Mac)
  • Nissan clarified a recent statement regarding the new Leaf, stating it will be able to make — not sell — 500,000 vehicles by 2013. (Fortune)
  • Cablevision Systems is exploring the possibility of spinning of its Rainbow Media Holdings business to stockholders, which would happen by mid-2011. (RTTNews)
  • Some businesses like TD Bank Financial Group and Sun Life Financial are already thinking about how to deploy RIM’s PlayBook tablet, which doesn’t arrive until next year. (Gotta Be Mobile)
  • Yan Panasjuk, a user of virtual world Project Entropia, recently shelled out $335,000 for virtual property — a record as far that goes. He’s now the proud owner of “Club Neverdie.” (Vizworld)
  • Highlighting issues around Android fragmentation, Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile announced it’s developing a second version of the game for lower-end Android devices due to “severe performance issues.” (pocketnow)
  • And in case you’ve been looking, Google wants to fill 2,076 new positions. (TechEYE)
  • Google Street View is now available in 20 German cities now, though 244,000 German residents have requested their houses or buildings be omitted from the free service. As such, expect some bizarre, blurred out vistas like the one to your right. (Spiegel Online)
  • Theoretically, if Apple were to spin off the iPhone into a separate company, it would be worth around $209 billion. (Fortune)
  • Google is finally allowing Google Apps business customers and administrators full access to all of its consumer apps, including Google Voice and Reader. (Fortune)
  • The first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops, generated $650 million in sales during its first five days in the wild — another game industry record. (Schaeffer’s Investment Research)