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8:30 PM ET, October 31, 2010

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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Why I quit Google to join Facebook: Lars Rasmussen  —  Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney-based co-founder of Google Maps has spoken publicly for the first time about why he quit his job and joined the growing band of high profile Googlers who have switched allegiances to Facebook.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
On Google Growing Up, Losing Employees & Being The New “California”  —  Google's lost yet another high profile employee, apparently to Facebook.  Another sign that Google's slipping, to some.  Perhaps.  For me, Google has become the new “California,” stealing that role away from Yahoo.
Discussion: The Register
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko, The “Slashtag” Search Engine, Goes Live  —  Blekko, the long anticipated search engine founded by Rich Skrenta, has finally opened to the public.  The service offers an interesting way to “slash” or create vertical search engines for any topic, along with new features the company hopes will improve relevancy.
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Aims at Google  —  Blekko.com Taps Users to Narrow Results, Avoid Spam Sites  —  Google Inc.'s dominant position in Web search isn't deterring other entrants.  The latest, Blekko Inc., hopes to attract users by narrowing search results.  —  The start-up, which formally is starting …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple's Next Macintosh OS  —  Operating systems don't age well.  Some have better genes than others or they have more competent caretakers, but sooner or later they are stricken by a cancer of bug fixes upon bug fixes, upgrades upon upgrades.  I know, I lived inside two OS sausage factories …
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Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up  —  During the “Back to the Mac” event two weeks ago, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark as he unveiled the MacBook Air, one that made the audience chuckle in laughter: … There is always a strategic intent with the things …
Discussion: TechCrunch and RazorianFly
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Special Purpose Investment Vehicles Snap Up Facebook Shares  —  A new type of player is emerging in the market for Facebook shares.  —  Investors are banding together and creating a growing number of entities that exist solely to buy stock in the company.  While investors have been able …
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   409A Valuations  —  Don Dodge wrote about a very dry …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Will Facebook have an IPO bounce? Has 409A changed the game?
Thanks:dondodge
Economist:
End of the silicon honeymoon  —  The love affair that technology firms had with America's president is fading fast  —  PASSING through California on a mid-term campaign swing, Barack Obama made a point of stopping off to see Steve Jobs, the boss of Apple.  He also hob-nobbed with executives …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are You A Pirate?  —  I read blog posts by Don Dodge and Glenn Kelman today about people jumping from Google to Facebook and it got me thinking about entrepreneurs.  —  Most people have an aversion to risk, my college economics professor told me.  Which means they have to be rewarded to take on that risk.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Added 30 Million Users In The Past Two Months  —  In a New York Times profile on Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, the company revealed a few interesting stats showing the growth trajectory of the network.  Twitter now has 175 million registered users, which is up from 145 million users in September.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Why Twitter's C.E.O. Demoted Himself
Discussion: SAI
Ryan Spoon:
Must Read Quora Threads for Startups  —  For entrepreneurs, Quora has become the new Hacker News: the go-to-place to glean great, rich information related to startups - culture, technology, product, design, history, financing, etc.  It's all there and much of it is outstanding.
Thanks:ryanspoon
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Vs. D'Angelo, ‘Before They Were Stars’ And ‘Where Are They Now?’ … Above is the Team page for Synapse, the Pandora-like music recommendation plugin Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebook engineer and Quora founder Adam D'Angelo built in 2002, while they were in high school together.
Doc Searls Weblog:
The Data Bubble II  —  In The Data Bubble, I told readers to mark the day: 31 July 2010.  That's when The Wall Street Journal published The Web's Gold Mine: Your Secrets, subtitled A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers.
Discussion: Weblogsky, Thanks:kevinmarks
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Making it up in volume?  How to view unit profitability vs. volume in handsets
Discussion: Fortune
Ryan Pollock / Google Mobile Blog:
Find your polling place and follow the US Election on the go
Discussion: The Next Web and PhoneArena
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When the Assembly Line Moves Online
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