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2:40 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 …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Dell's Boomi Buy: Here's What It Means
Discussion: SAI and The Diversity Blog
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
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad satisfaction hits 95% in October ChangeWave survey, up 4 pts. from May
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.
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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.
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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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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Alexander Howard / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Social Voting Increase Real-World Participation?  Foursquare Founder Says Yes
Discussion: Fast Company and VatorNews
David Zax / Fast Company:
Why Did Google Get My Polling Place Wrong? [Update]
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 because it wants its employees, but doesn't really care about the business they've built.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
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 …
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.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Brings AirPlay Back To Youtube App With 4.2 GM  —  Great news: AirPlay is back to the official Youtube app for iPhone and iPad, and AirPlay even got specific controls in the multitasking bar.  —  When iOS 4.2 Beta 3 came out, we first reported that Apple removed the AirPlay feature in the built-in Youtube app.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Gold Master To Developers [Update: See What's New!]
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
AdWords And Google Voice Hook Up To Form “AdWords Call Metrics”  —  What if AdWords and Google Voice had a love child?  That child would probably be named “AdWords Call Metrics,” which is what Google is introducing today.  Google is combining the functionality behind Google Voice with AdWords.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Following Zynga's Footsteps, EA Signs Five Year Deal With Facebook To Use Credits  —  Following in the footsteps of Zynga, Electronic Arts has just announced that it has entered into a five-year strategic relationship with Facebook.  Similar to the Zynga deal, Facebook Credits will become …
Paul Yiu / Bing:
Bing's new social search features arrive today  —  Today we are completing our deployment of our new social features that we built in partnership with Facebook.  We're really excited to get these features in the hands of all our US users.  —  As with all the work we do at Bing …
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
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Court Voices Doubts on Violent Videogame Law  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court expressed doubts Tuesday about the constitutionality of a California law that seeks to ban the sale of violent videogames to minors.  —  During an hour-long oral argument, several justices suggested …
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: Digital Daily and eWeek
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 …
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.
 
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European Specialists to Define Security Standards for Smartphones
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
China Mobile Joins Linux Foundation (& Why Developers Will Care)
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
There's another new Windows Server in the Microsoft pipeline
Discussion: Softpedia News
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S.
Discussion: WPCentral.com and BGR
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms PlayStation Phone, sort of
Discussion: PC Magazine, Gearlog and Black Web 2.0
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Will the Mac App Store run iPad apps?
Discussion: Scripting News
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Carries $205 Bill of Materials, iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Instagram, The Photo App For The Cool Kids, Is Taking Off
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang! Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rebellious Coders Home In on Apple TV Hacks, App Store
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