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12:25 PM 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
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Apple's iPod chief to step down
Discussion: Listening Post
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor
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
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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
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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Following e-voting glitches  —  In any election, voting problems are bound to crop up—whether it's miscalibrated electronic machines or a lack of pencils to fill out paper ballots.  —  In such a highly anticipated election, the sheer number of people expected to vote Tuesday will likely add to the problems.
Discussion: eWeek, Computerworld, CNN, Fox News and CBS4
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
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 …
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
FBR Chip Analyst Craig Berger's Questionable Track Record with Apple  —  FBR chip analyst Craig Berger, an analyst who doesn't cover Apple, issued an interesting note today regarding iPhone production rates.  He noted that according to his unqualified “checks” (whatever they may be) …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The Apple analyst who couldn't shoot straight
Discussion: TeleRead and PC World
DigiTimes:
Asustek said to be planning 12-inch ZX series notebook launch by the end of this year  —  Notebook component players indicated that Asustek is planning to introduce a 12-inch ultra-thin notebook that has a similar industrial design to the recently launched high-end Eee PC 10.2-inch S101 model.
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 and VC Ratings
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 …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo signs up BOSS search partner: Delver
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