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9:45 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  —  One of the fathers of the iPod, Tony Fadell, is leaving Apple after seven years spent inside the division that changed the company's fortunes.  —  Fadell is to be replaced by former IBM executive Mark Papermaster, according to a report Monday night by The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Obsessable
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's top iPod gun to depart; Jobs succession gets murkier  —  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 …
Discussion: The Open Road
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor  —  Tony Fadell, Apple's senior vice president of the company's iPod division is leaving the company, reports The Wall Street Journal.  The motivation for his departure is said to be “personal reasons.”  This is potentially a big blow to Apple.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Beet.TV
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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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.
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 Covert / Gizmodo:
Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 Equipped With Integrated, App Launching Mini-Touchscreen  —  The picture pretty much says it all, but the coolest part about the Lifebook N7010 is the 4-inch, 480x272 pixel touchscreen integrated into the keyboard area.  Its most notable function is that it works as an app launcher …
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Crave
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Core Security finds critical Adobe Reader hole  —  A critical security hole in Adobe Reader could allow an attacker to take control of a computer, according to Core Security Technologies.  —  The vulnerability affects version 8.1.2 of Reader, Core Security said in a statement issued on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Register
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Google Recast Ad Alliance  —  New Plan Limits Agreement's Scope in Effort to Win Justice Department Approval  —  Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. have sent the Justice Department a revised version of their search-advertising agreement, shrinking its scope as regulators prepare to bring suit …
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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
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: mocoNews.net and Engadget
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
Block this way  —  When we notice a spike in readers who are interested in a specific topic, we like to address it as soon as we can.  There's been some interest in filtering ads from publisher pages, so here's a quick refresher on the filtering tools we offer:  —  Competitive Ad Filter
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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 …
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
DigiTimes:
HTC to ship Android G1 phones to Asia-Pacific markets in 1H09, says paper  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) will begin to ship Android-based G1 phones to clients in the Asia-pacific region in the first half of 2009, the Chinese-language Commercial Times quoted company sources as indicating.
Discussion: SlashPhone and Engadget
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The Apple analyst who couldn't shoot straight  —  What is it with Craig Berger and Apple?  —  The FBR Capital Markets analyst made headlines Monday with a report that Apple had slashed iPhone production for this quarter — down as much as 40% from the September quarter (fiscal Q4) …
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Olympus announces midrange E-30 dSLR  —  Olympus' E-30 fills the hole in its dSLR lineup.  —  (Credit: Olympus America)  —  With a price gap of about $900 between the Olympus E-52 and the E-3, Olympus has long had a pretty big hole in its dSLR lineup—a hole populated by extremely popular competitors …
Keith Thornhill / Y! Live Blog:
Stopping our broadcast...  Our mission here on the Brickhouse team is to quickly develop product ideas that can add value to Yahoo! as a whole.  To do this effectively we constantly evaluate our early-stage products and sometimes have to make the hard decision to move on …
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Urbanspoon gets plug in iPhone ad
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Will Park / IntoMobile:
AndroidBoy brings Game Boy emulation to Android Market
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
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Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
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John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcastic P4P trial shows 80% speed boost for P2P downloads
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Tax website shut down as memory stick with secret personal data …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: Techdirt and Hardware 2.0
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro
Discussion: InfoWorld, techeblog.com and 9 to 5 Mac