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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7  —  An inaccurate quote has been floating around the Internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and feel was “borrowed” from Mac OS X. Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7.
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HP Newsroom:
HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion  —  Will create networking industry powerhouse with a proven, edge-to-data center set of solutions and global reach — HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) ("3Com") today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com …
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
3Com Trades: What Is Wrong With This Picture?  —  Hewlett-Packard just announced that it has agreed to buy 3Com Corp. for $7.90 per share, or approximately $2.7 billion.  Two thoughts:  —  1. It's a good thing the SEC is off for Veteran's Day, or else it would be busy trying to sort through the slew of inside traders.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook iPhone Dev Quits Project Over Apple Tyranny  —  “My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple's policies.”  - Joe Hewitt  —  Facebook developer Joe Hewitt, the man behind the immensely popular Facebook application for iPhone, has just tweeted that he's done with the project:
Dr. Wreck / phoneWreck:
Motorola Droid Teardown Images!  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived.  Dr.Wreck has fully dissasembled his Brand New Motorola Droid from Verizon.  —  Stay tuned to his Twitter, and RSS feed for all the details as they come out!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sneak Peek At NYT's Latest Online News Reader Prototype  —  The New York Times Company is considering the launch of a brand new online news reader that would let people experience the consumption of NYTimes.com content in an entirely new and fairly innovative way.
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Sean Bonner / sbdc:
Some thoughts on Twitters new ReTweet feature  —  This morning I woke up to find this on my Twitter homepage:  —  I was immediately psyched.  I've been a fan of retweets for a while and one of the main reasons I've continued to use TweetDeck despite it's buggyness is how flawless it handles retweets.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Simple Is As Simple Does: The Risk Of Retweet
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Damiano Beltrami / The Local:
His Facebook Status Now?  ‘Charges Dropped’  —  Where's my pancakes, read Rodney Bradford's Facebook page, in a message typed on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:49 a.m., from a computer in his father's apartment in Harlem.  —  At the time, the sentence, written in indecipherable street slang …
Bing / Search Blog:
How Many Calories in a Burger?  What's 2^2^2^2^2?  Bing and Wolfram|Alpha Have the Answers  —  One of the things we've tried to do with Bing is to bring customers the information they are looking for, presented in a useful way.  If we can adequately infer a user's intent …
Sal / SCRAWL:
Rumor: Facebook, Gamercard colors in next PS3 FW update [Update: Real]  —  Update: Looks like these shots were taken directly from the PlayStation website itself.  Link here, here and here.  It's real.  —  Original: Facebook integration, the ability to change your gamercard colors …
Dan Stokeley / The Official Google Blog:
Google's movie showtimes, digitally remastered  —  Did you know you can immediately discover movie times and locations by typing a simple search on Google?  For example, search for [where the wild things are] and you'll see times and places to watch the film, or try [glendale 18 los angeles] to see movies playing at your local theater.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Universities reject Kindle DX as a textbook replacement  —  Two universities running Kindle DX pilot programs have rejected the device as a potential textbook replacement, citing a poor feature set and the controversial accessibility issues.  Primary among these is the text-to-speech capability.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google plans Chrome Mac beta for December  —  Google plans to release a Mac beta of Chrome in early December, judging by some chatter on a mailing list for the browser.  —  Chrome 4. is available today as a beta version for Windows but only as a rougher developer-preview version on Linux …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wistron: Readius-like ereader with pull-out flexible display launching in 2010  —  We've had a soft spot for Polymer Vision in the fetid hollows of that place you call a heart ever since we pressed flesh to its Readius back in February 2008.  Unfortunately, we had to let go of any hope …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple App Store Takes Tiny Step Toward Transparency  —  Taking a small step toward openness, Apple rolls out a brand new way for iPhone developers to track the status of apps they've submitted to the App Store.  —  While it may not sound like much, the move gives iPhone developers reason to celebrate.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Free Streaming May Soon Be History: Spotify Delays U.S. Launch, MySpace May Move To Pay Model  —  2008 was the year of free streaming music.  When MySpace Music entered the fray a little over a year ago, it seemed like the music labels had finally relented, and were willing to experiment with free streaming music to users.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
2010: Year of the Palm?  —  The Pixi, the Palm Pre's diminutive smart-phone sibling, arrives at market a few days from now (Nov. 15), and despite some potential pricing confusion with the Pre, analysts expect it to be another catalyst for the company's comeback.
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Groklaw NewsPicks:
Microsoft Patents Sudo?!!  —  Lordy, lordy, lordy.  They have no shame.  It appears that Microsoft has just patented sudo, a personalized version of it.  —  Here it is, patent number7617530.  Thanks, USPTO, for giving Microsoft, which is already a monopoly, a monopoly on something that's …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft probing Windows 7 zero-day hole  —  Microsoft said on Wednesday it is looking into a report of a vulnerability in Windows 7 and Server 2008 Release 2 that could be used by an attacker to remotely crash the computer.  —  The company is investigating claims of a …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Apple updates Safari for security  —  Apple released a security update for its Safari Web browser today.  Available for Windows and Mac, Safari 4.0.4 plugs what sound like moderate to severe security holes.  Unlike competitors Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, Apple doesn't rate the severity of its security fixes.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Adobe says Flash for webOS coming in first half of 2010  —  While we're almost entirely certain that Flash will not be included in webOS 1.3.1 (despite the groundwork currently being laid), there does seem to be a timetable out there.  Adobe delivered Flash 10.1 for mobile to manufacturers last month …
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Is Infochimps' Aggregated Data a Boon to Researchers or a Privacy Nightmare?  —  A pair of slices from a massive scrape of Twitter's API could be of great use to programmers and researchers alike — as long as users don't mind.  The company behind the mining effort, Infochimps …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That ‘Steal’ Content  —  As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Sector Employment Still in Slump  —  As Silicon Valley rides a recovery in the technology sector, local companies such as Google Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. have said they will beef up their work forces.  But judging by California's employment data, such hiring has yet to happen.
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo's Bartz cancels CES keynote appearance
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PS3: Modern Warfare 2 servers down, debunked on Twitter
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