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2:30 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.
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor
Discussion: CNET News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Apple's top iPod gun to depart; Papermaster in; Jobs succession gets murkier
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch Election Day Live Online  —  Been refreshing Real Clear Politics and 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
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 …
Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Top searches on Election Day (part 1)
Discussion: Industry Standard
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: on Microsoft: “They hate everybody”  —'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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Google Recast Ad Alliance
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.
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
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
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: eWeek and The Register
Core Security Technologies:
Discussion: Zero Day and InformationWeek
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.
Mathew /
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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: CircleID and GigaOM
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PC World:
Nintendo Sells Just Over 170,000 DSi Units at Launch
Discussion: TechSpot
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Weapon
Discussion: MacRumors
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Gannett CEO volunteers to cut pay as papers suffer
Chris Douvos / PE Hub News:
Open-Xchange Raises $9 Million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Amazon Fights ‘Wrap Rage’ With Easy-Open Packaging
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo signs up BOSS search partner: Delver
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Ultra-Mobile Computing Buyers Guide 2008. Part 1
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Political Sites Scale Up for Election Night Traffic
Discussion: Slashdot, Daily Kos and New York Times
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Harvard Bails Out On Google Book Scanning Deal; Disagrees With Settlement Terms
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Takes A $3.5 Million Financing To Continue Data Unclogging Efforts
John Cook / TechFlash:
Urbanspoon gets plug in iPhone ad

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