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1:40 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Here's The Cloud Computing Company Dell Is Buying: Boomi  —  Dell has just announced it has agreed to acquire Software-as-a-Service integration company Boomi.  Boomi offers an application integration platform that aims to reduce cost and complexity out of integrating applications …
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Dell CEO Talks Google Android, Windows Smartphones, Tablets  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell discussed Microsoft's smartphone, Google Android, and tablets during a recent Hong Kong event.  —  Michael Dell suggested during a Hong Kong event that developers are finding Microsoft's smartphone platform easier …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to debut Chrome-featured smartbooks later in November  —  Global brand vendors are expected to launch their new generation smartbooks featuring the Google Chrome operating system (OS) later this month (November), while Google also plans to launch its own-brand Chrome notebook …
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Component Makers Whisper That Chrome OS Will Ship In November
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Oracle Buys eCommerce Software Giant ATG For $1 Billion  —  ATG, provider of eCommerce software and related on-demand commerce optimization applications, this morning announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Oracle for $6 per share in cash, or approximately $1 billion.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Oracle to Buy ATG. Follows Money to Mobiles.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Election Badges, Vote by Check-In and Twitter Bubbles  —  It may not be quite as big a deal as the presidential elections in 2008, when Barack Obama's campaign team used social media and social networks to mobilize supporters and win the White House, but the mid-term state elections happening tomorrow …
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David Zax / Fast Company:
Why Did Google Get My Polling Place Wrong? [Update]
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Alexander Howard / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Social Voting Increase Real-World Participation?  Foursquare Founder Says Yes
Discussion: VatorNews and techPresident
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SCVNGR Goes Global and Becomes the First Service to Use Google's Places API  —  SCVNGR is a location-based service with apps for the iPhone and Android that wants to add a “game layer on top of the world.”  Starting today, the company is getting closer to this goal, as it is going international and expanding to about 80 new countries.
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
The modern tech CEO: Barefoot and 21  —  Cambridge, Massachusetts (CNN) — Walk into Seth Priebatsch's corner office and you have to step over a racecar mat — the kind little kids use to race toy cars and crash them together.  —  The obstacle is no accident.
Discussion: Mashable!, Guardian and Reuters
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Skyfire iOS browser approved by Apple, converts Flash video to HTML5  —  A new Apple-approved iPhone and iPad mobile browser from a startup company, set to launch this week, converts video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, though it won't work with Hulu.  —  The new Skyfire browser will be available …
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Apple Increases Tablet Share to 95 Percent as Android Slips  —  Apple Inc. increased its market share in tablet computers to 95 percent in the third quarter, while Google Inc.'s Android operating system slipped, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.  —  Global tablet sales rose 26 percent …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Gold Master To Developers [Update: See What's New!]  —  Good news folks, Apple just released the pre-final version of iOS 4.2 to members of the Apple developer program. iOS 4.2 Gold Master, or GM as it's called, should be the exact version that Apple will be shipping very soon (hopefully) to the public.
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Look: Where The Workers Who Made Your iPhone Sleep At Night  —  Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China, is home to about half of its 420,000 workers.  They make many of our gadgets and computers, then walk to dormitories on the 2.1-kilometer-square campus.  I got to look inside.
Nielsen Wire:
Mobile Snapshot: Smartphones Now 28% of U.S. Cellphone Market  —  The Nielsen Company today reported that as of the third quarter of 2010, 28 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers now have smartphones, cellphones with operating systems resembling those of computers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU  —  Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we've heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Zuckerberg Really, Really Wanted to Work With Sam Lessin  —  Facebook's acquisition of online storage startup Drop.io last week looks like the standard-issue “acqhire”: Big company buys a small company in order because it wants its employees, but doesn't really care about the business they've built.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's $52 Billion Piggybank Disappoints Investors  —  Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s piggybank, stuffed with $51 billion in cash and investments, is earning a lower return than a typical U.S. savings account.  Some investors say Steve Jobs should put that money to better use.
Discussion: TechEye
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple slashes Mac mini prices (in Europe, US follows?)  —  Apple has cut €100 off of the European price of the Mac mini — the price cut is trans-European, it is also available at the UK store.  —  The Mac mini — now equipped with an HDMI port among other delightful features …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Tippr Launches White Label Group-Buying Platform  —  When it comes to group-buying, Groupon is clearly the market's Goliath, with 20 million subscribers, over $160-million in venture financing and a market value of more than $1 billion.  So how do you compete with that kind of presence?
Discussion: TechFlash
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
SAP willing to pay Oracle $120M for attorney's fees  —  IDG News Service - SAP would pay Oracle $120 million for “past and future reasonable attorneys fees and costs” under the terms of a joint stipulation filed Monday in connection with the companies' ongoing intellectual-property lawsuit.
Discussion: eWeek
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms PlayStation Phone, sort of  —  In a maddeningly vague pair of conference calls with analysts, Sony executives seemingly acknowledged last Friday that they were working on products that will address the “light gamer” segment of the mobile gaming market.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Gearlog and Black Web 2.0
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Times claims 105,000 online ‘sales’  —  After weeks of speculation come some hard figures for online subscribers to the The Times and the Sunday Times.  —  News International announced this morning that it has secured 105,000 sales from people who have paid to access either the papers' websites and/or its iPad and Kindle apps.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rebellious Coders Home In on Apple TV Hacks, App Store  —  Apple calls the Apple TV a “hobby” because it isn't a big seller.  But for a bustling community of hackers, jailbreaking and tinkering with the set-top box is the real hobby.  —  The recent release of the second-generation Apple TV …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S.  —  European mobile phone operator Orange is facing shortages of Windows Phone 7 handsets, and is offering vouchers to disappointed customers.  The shortages could bode problems for the phone's U.S. launch later this month.
Discussion: WPCentral.com and BGR
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang!  Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”  —  Bigger really is better!  —  So say Web publishers who have been running supersized, don't-you-dare-look-away-from- me ads for the past year.  —  Even better, the ad sellers insist-they have scientific proof to back up their claim.
Blake Stimac / IntoMobile:
Meet 8pen, another Android keyboard with a steep learning curve  —  There are many keyboard replacements available for Android these days, most of which are much better than the stock Android keyboard.  We now have a new entrant to add to the mix, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before.
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Carries $205 Bill of Materials, iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  With its new Galaxy Tab GT-P1000, Samsung Electronics has developed a product with features and component costs that position it as a large-scale smart phone, rather than as a true competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPad, according to iSuppli Corp.
 
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Will the Mac App Store run iPad apps?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Buzz Sounds More Like Crickets, Does Google Need To Be More Patient?
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Andrew McGlinchey / Google LatLong:
Google Places now more widely available in Asia
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Instagram, The Photo App For The Cool Kids, Is Taking Off
Discussion: TechCrunch
Reuters:
Skype IPO to take stage in 2011: sources
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and MediaMemo
Larry Dignan / SmartPlanet:
GM's Volt: 10 million lines of code
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