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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: p2pnet
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor
Discussion: CNET News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Losing Tony Fadell: The man who made the iPod
Discussion: Gearlog, MacBlogz and CNET News
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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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
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: Salon and Lifehacker
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Ultimate Guide to Live Election Coverage  —  The interminable U.S. presidential campaign season will come finally come to an end tomorrow night.  If you're looking for a map with updating red and blue states (a tradition that dates back to NBC in the 1976 election, it turns out), we've got you covered.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google on Election Day: People Are Voting for Free Chicken and Ice Cream  —  The official Google blog just posted some interesting data about hot search trends early in election day and while there are a lot of important questions being asked by millions of people - several of the hottest queries …
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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 …
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
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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Ehsan Akhgari:
Don't leave a trace: Private Browsing in Firefox
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: GoNintendo
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.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Report: Wal-Mart Replacing Music with Blu-ray  —  Wal-Mart Stores is rapidly downsizing shelf space for music CDs while increasing availability of Blu-ray and consumer electronics in select locations, according to a new report.  —  The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail behemoth …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why You Will Not See Opera on Your iPhone  —  A paragraph of my post last week about the Opera Software, which makes browsers for cellphones and PCs, got a lot of notice on tech blogs.  But, as often happens, the retelling of the story has created an odd snowball of misunderstanding.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and PC World
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama Counts on Text Messages to Drive Turnout of Youth, Blacks  —  Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's campaign is counting on a potent new weapon for Election Day: the humble cell-phone text message.  —  Texting — an obsession of the young and a necessity for lower-income voters …
 
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Dan / Channel 9:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Bold Goes On Sale, Fervor Lacking (RIMM)
Discussion: Crave
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Gannett CEO volunteers to cut pay as papers suffer
Chris Douvos / PE Hub News:
Open-Xchange Raises $9 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo signs up BOSS search partner: Delver
Discussion: WebProNews
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Ultra-Mobile Computing Buyers Guide 2008. Part 1
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas W. Hazlett / Ars Technica:
Transition to yesterday: subsidizing the killer app of 1952
Discussion: CircleID and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Enterprise 2.0: Progress is mixed, but experimentation is cheap
Discussion: Forrester Research
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Google Recast Ad Alliance
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Takes A $3.5 Million Financing To Continue Data Unclogging Efforts
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Personal note: A job change for yours truly
Discussion: Jobwire
 

 
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