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7:20 PM ET, November 4, 2008

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
FCC Approves ‘Wi-Fi On Steroids’: Good News For Consumers, Bad News For Telcos  —  As anticipated, the FCC has voted to approve the use of wireless airwaves between TV channels — so-called “white spaces” — for Internet devices.  —  The ruling is a victory for companies like Google (GOOG) …
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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Mark Papermaster Joins Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering  —  Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster is joining the Company as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM …
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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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Hires I.B.M. Veteran as Device Engineer
Discussion: Valleywag and p2pnet
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Mr. Benioff, Tear Down That Wall  —  Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, talks about how Salesforce is all for sweetness and love and openness and all the good things.  As VentureBeat reports: … Now, where do I begin?  As I have recounted elsewhere, our dalliance with Salesforce began …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch Election Day Live Online  —  NEW: Exit Poll data and results finally coming in, latest results here  —  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.
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Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Top searches on Election Day (part 1)  —  The long, long election campaign season culminates today as people make their choices on hundreds of statewide and local contests as well as the race for the next U.S. president.  Throughout the day, we're keeping an eye on Google Hot Trends to decipher …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google on Election Day: People Are Voting for Free Chicken and Ice Cream
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Reaches 20% Market Share for First Time Ever  —  The good folks at Mozilla are trumpeting a new report by global analytics service Net Applications that documented a 20% global market share for two out of four weeks in October.  It's a new high bar of popularity for the 2nd most popular browser in the world.
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Royal Pingdom:
Apple fumbles with me.com  —  People trying to access Apple's Mobile Me by going directly to the me.com domain yesterday were met by a 404 HTTP error response and a white screen with a single text message on it: “Not Found: Resource does not exist.”  —  Accessing me.com/mail worked …
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Christina Warren / TUAW:   Pingdom posts insight into latest Mobile Me outage
Associated Press:
FCC approves Verizon Wireless' purchase of Alltel  —  WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are signing off on Verizon Wireless' planned $28 billion purchase of Alltel Corp. The deal will create the nation's largest wireless carrier.  —  With partial dissents by the two Democrats on the five-member panel …
Ehsan Akhgari / Ehsan Akhgari's blog:
Don't leave a trace: Private Browsing in Firefox  —  Today, a major feature was added to the pre-release versions of Firefox 3.1, called Private Browsing.  I've been working for quite some time on this, so I thought it may be a good time to write about what this feature is and how to use it.
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 …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fired?  Don't delete your company's Exchange database  —  Former IT engineer Steven Barnes has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to computer intrusion charges.  But wait till you hear how it happened.  —  Baseball bats and server passwords
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Bold Goes On Sale, Fervor Lacking (RIMM)  —  Four months ago, thousands of people waited for hours in line to buy Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G.  Last month, far fewer people waited in line to buy Google's first phone, the T-Mobile G1.  Today, is anyone waiting in line for RIM's (RIMM) new BlackBerry Bold?
Dan Zehr / Statesman Business Blog:
Dell asks employees to take unpaid time off to help cut costs  —  Michael Dell sent a memo to employees Monday, telling them the company needs to slash more costs and asking them to consider taking five days off without pay.  —  Dell said the company will consider a range of options to reduce its costs …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Google Distracts Microsoft  —  [Editor's Note: Posts will shorter today because of the U.S. presidential election.  Please stop in often for quick reads in between following the election coverage.]  —  I'm a big fan of metaphors.  Over at FastCompany.com, Kaihan Krippendorff …
Discussion: Fast Company and Beyond Search
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Election Hoax Sent Via D.C. Based E-Campaign Group  —  An e-mail hoax telling 35,000 George Mason University students, faculty and staff, that the election had been moved to Nov. 5, was sent through servers run by a D.C. based company that seeks to help political campaigns promote their messages online.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Weapon  —  Apple has had a lot of things going its way lately.  The iPhone is a hit.  Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is stumbling.  And Chief Executive Steve Jobs continues to carry the company's flag at public events, despite rumors of ill-health.
Discussion: MacRumors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Blames Economy, Slows Down Payments To Publishers  —  Glam Media, the always interesting womens network (and now men's network) is back in the news this morning.  —  Glam is both a direct publisher of content and an advertising network.  A big part of their business model is float management …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Technology Live
PC World:
Nintendo Sells Just Over 170,000 DSi Units at Launch  —  Sales of Nintendo's DSi, the latest revision of its popular handhand gaming device, totaled 170,779 units during its first two days on sale, according to an estimate from Japan's Enterbrain.  —  The device, the first refresh to the DS line …
Discussion: TechSpot
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM's internal plans for pre-paid BlackBerry service, BlackBerry in a Box  —  RIM's already gone and launched its pre-paid BlackBerry server in Indonesia, but there's a whole lot of countries that are probably foaming at the mouth.  We've been saying this all along — pre-paid will take RIM to the next level.
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Warner Bros. to offer legal movie downloads in China
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Nokia to cut 600 jobs in marketing, sales and R&D
Discussion: Digital Daily and Nokia
Dan / Channel 9:
Windows 7: Find and Organize Part 2 - Building Federated Search applications
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Chris Douvos / PE Hub News:
Open-Xchange Raises $9 Million
Discussion: The Register and TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo signs up BOSS search partner: Delver
Discussion: WebProNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Political Sites Scale Up for Election Night Traffic
Discussion: GMSV
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Enterprise 2.0: Progress is mixed, but experimentation is cheap
Discussion: Forrester Research
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ray Ozzie ticks off Tablet PC fans
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Personal note: A job change for yours truly
Discussion: Jobwire
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: Soon to Be a Mobile Gaming Force
Discussion: Obsessable and GoNintendo