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11:45 AM ET, November 4, 2008

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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Key Apple Executive to Depart  —  Apple Inc. is losing one of its key technology executives.  —  Tony Fadell, a senior executive who was instrumental in the development of the iPod, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, people familiar with the matter said.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Report: Tony Fadell, iPod chief, to leave Apple post  —  Update 7:25 a.m. PST: Apple confirmed Tuesday morning that Fadell is stepping down, but says he plans to remain with the company as an adviser to CEO Steve Jobs.  —  One of the fathers of the iPod, Tony Fadell, is leaving Apple …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's top iPod gun to depart; Papermaster in; Jobs succession gets murkier  —  Updated: Tony Fadell, the senior vice president in charge of Apple's iPod division, is leaving the company to be replaced by Mark Papermaster, a former Big Blue executive who is being sued by IBM over a non-compete clause.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Apple's iPod chief to step down
Discussion: Listening Post and The Open Road
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: Soon to Be a Mobile Gaming Force  —  Watch out, Sony and Nintendo; overnight, the maker of the iPhone is making a mark on the handheld gaming industry  —  I didn't expect much from games on the iPhone.  I had visions of casual games, perhaps a fancy take on solitaire or a version …
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 Hands-On and Video  —  This morning, Fujitsu announced the Lifebook N7010, a notebook with a novel feature: a secondary, 4-inch touchscreen LCD built into the keyboard deck.  We've had a few days to play around with a pre-production version of this 16-inch, $1,499 desktop replacement.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com on Microsoft: “They hate everybody”  —  Salesforce.com's strategy can be boiled down to one word, according to chief executive Marc Benioff — love.  Of course, Benioff was being a little tongue-in-cheek as he answered questions from analysts and reporters at today's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
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Google Watch:
Google, Yahoo and The DOJ at The Concession Stand  —  By now, surely many of use have seem the Wall Street Journal report, or parallel coverage, that Google and Yahoo are hedging their bets on their proposed search deal to make it more palatable (and less lawsuit-friendly) for the U.S. Justice Department.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Google Recast Ad Alliance
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch Election Day Live Online  —  Been refreshing Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight.com six times a day for the last two years?  Then you'll need to know how to feed your election news habit during office hours and later Tuesday.  —  Here's how to get the whole picture, live:
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Beet.TV
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Herman Miller Embody Review: The Best Chair We've Ever Sat On  —  As anyone who's worked in an office would know, Herman Miller's Aeron is the chair to have at your desk for both comfort and status.  As a guy who's worked at his share of Silicon Valley startups the net boom and bust …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Enterprise 2.0: Progress is mixed, but experimentation is cheap  —  The state of enterprise 2.0 reveals spotty progress and a separation between key technologies.  For instance, wikis are in, podcasts are out and blogs are somewhere in between within the corporation.
Discussion: Forrester Research
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ray Ozzie ticks off Tablet PC fans  —  “I won't go so far as to say it's the next mouse, meaning it will be on everything and you have to use it.  But it's not going to be like the Tablet PC, where it was truly niche.”  — Ray Ozzie, discussing Windows 7's touch features during our interview with him last week in Los Angeles.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Personal note: A job change for yours truly  —  As many people who have been reading this blog for awhile probably know, I work for the Globe and Mail, a daily newspaper based in Toronto, where I've been working since 1994 or so.  I've written about the stock market, the rise of the Internet …
Discussion: Jobwire and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Very Expensive Myth of Long Distance  —  A showdown over the billions of dollars traded in the dark underside of the telephone system was postponed on Monday.  Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, had proposed a complex plan to restructure …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple: No new products before the holidays  —  Despite Internet rumors of forthcoming product releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays.  —  “Our holiday line-up is set,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld.
Thomas W. Hazlett / Ars Technica:
Transition to yesterday: subsidizing the killer app of 1952  —  Wasted airwaves … When analog television screens go blank in the US, an event scheduled for February 17, 2009, political insiders wager on political hysteria.  They see Aunt Minnie in Dogpatch freaking when her rabbit-ears cut off …
Discussion: GigaOM and CircleID
Nokia:
Nokia continues its change and renews some of its activities  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has today announced plans for changes in some parts of its organization.  The planned organizational changes include the following:  — As a follow-up to Nokia's reorganization in the beginning of 2008 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, mocoNews.net and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Takes A $3.5 Million Financing To Continue Data Unclogging Efforts  —  I know this back end plumbing stuff is boring to most of you, but Gnip is worth the trouble to understand.  The company, which helps ease the transportation of social content between services (like getting Twitter data to Plaxo …
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Harvard Bails Out On Google Book Scanning Deal; Disagrees With Settlement Terms  —  from the and-here-come-the-problems dept  —  I'm on the record as being opposed to Google's decision to cave in to authors and publishers with its book scanning project.  Many people I normally agree …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
BD+ busted - Blu-ray on Linux one step closer?  —  A small group of dedicated researchers over on the Doom9 forum have successfully defeated BD+, the Blu-ray copy-protection system.  This was the copy-protection mechanism that Richard Doherty, a media analyst with Envisioneering Group, claimed wouldn't likely be broken for 10 years.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: SlashGear and Techdirt
 
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