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9:30 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”  —  All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission.  By a vote of 5-, the FCC formally agreed to open up the “white spaces” spectrum — the unused airwaves between …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
F.C.C. to Open Radio Spectrum
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
FCC Vote Results - We The People Won
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations  —  You know how the situation - you're on a meeting or talking to someone whom you don't particulary like and you would die for an interruption.  Usaully nothing happens and you're stuck in a conversation/meeting pretending to listen.
Discussion: mobilesyrup.com
Moon Ihlwan / Business Week:
New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?  —  To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics' new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet.  “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices …
Discussion: Electronista
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works  —  CNN's holographic election coverage is fancy pantsy, but how did they manage to send 3D 360 degree footage of virtual correspondent Jessica Yellin from Chicago all the way to the station's election center in NY?  As Arthur C. Clarke says, Magic.
Discussion: RealityPrime
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Mark Ward / BBC:
The end of an era - Windows 3.x  —  An application has expectedly quit.  —  Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life.  —  On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.  —  The various versions of Windows 3.x …
Discussion: The Register, Neowin.net and Slashdot
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC  —  Todd Bishop's TechFlash site has a worthwhile read up on the unhappy response of Tablet PC enthusiasts to Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's description of the Tablet PC as a “niche” product at last week's PDC event.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft offers free software for start-ups  —  LOS ANGELES—In its boldest bid yet to win the affections of emerging businesses, Microsoft on Wednesday announced a program that will allow some start-ups to use its server software free of charge.  —  Dubbed BizSpark, the program will be open …
Discussion: eWeek and VentureBeat
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC After The Split: Revs Up But Spin-Off Expenses Push Profits Down  —  You can almost hear the relief from the Gehry-designed HQ as IAC (NSDQ: IACI) reports what chairman and CEO Barry Diller calls “the last quarter when the costs of our spin-offs will distort the operating performance.”
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple  —  Development chief Tony Fadell's exit underscores concerns about whether Apple is doing enough to groom management talent that could succeed Steve Jobs  —  At a company as tight-lipped about its inner workings as Apple (AAPL), changes at the top can be hard to gauge.
Electronista:
Meizu to launch iPhone clone Nov. 30th  —  Meizu's shadow to the iPhone, the M8, should be available in at least a limited form before the end of the month, according to a post by company head J. Wong.  While already tentatively slated for November, the touchscreen phone should be launched …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
David Pogue / New York Times:
Shazam!  A Projector Is Shrunk  —  Come on, admit it: is there anything more awesome than miniaturization?  —  The Walkman put a stereo system in your pocket and changed the game forever.  A modern digital watch has the computing power of a roomful of 1950s computer gear.
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV and Engadget
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
SMBs Driving Mobile Broadband Adoption  —  The market is still in its infancy, but small businesses are deploying mobile gadgets faster than big enterprises because they can be easily purchased from commercial outlets.  —  Small to medium businesses are adopting mobile broadband at a faster rate …
Discussion: FierceWireless
James Sherwood / The Register:
Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes  —  An official Apple forum has become a sounding board for numerous complaints that the MacBook's new multi-touch glass-covered trackpad isn't behaving itself.  —  Owners of shiny new metal MacBooks grumble that the trackpad freezes after roughly 50 clicks …
Nokia:
Nokia completes OZ Communications acquisition  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that it has completed its acquisition of OZ Communications Inc, a privately held company with approximately 220 employees and headquartered in Montreal, Canada.  The deal was initially announced on September 30, 2008.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair.  Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
BBC:
Games ‘to outsell’ music and video  —  UK sales of games will outstrip music and video for the first time in 2008, says a report from Verdict Research.  —  A huge shift in consumer attitudes has turned video games into the UK's most popular form of entertainment, say the retail analysts.
BBC:
New MP3 logo gets online support  —  Seven of Britain's largest music download sites have got together to promote a new “MP3 compatible” logo.  —  It aims to raise the profile of the open MP3 music format and show people what they can do with their downloads.
Discussion: Electronista and Slashdot
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.
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Juice Makes You Smarter, Faster (If You're on Firefox 3)  —  We've all been there.  You started reading something on the Web, saw something interesting in the article, searched for it, wound up somewhere else, and after about 12 hops you've forgotten exactly what it was you were looking for.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Election 08: Homepages of Major News Sites, Right After the News
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Yahoo-Google deal may flounder, analyst says
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Salesforce 2.0 Adds Voice, IM With Ribbit
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Two Year's Later, Google Still Can't Deliver YouTube Without Stuttering & Buffering
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Yammer goes down, companies all over go silent
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Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Twitter holds up under election surge, for the most part
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
FCC OKs Clearwire/Sprint WiMax Deal; Both Stocks Soar
Discussion: Associated Press and TechFlash
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Ex-Facebook exec withdrew candidacy for MySpace Music job
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Fired? Don't delete your company's Exchange database
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