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9:05 AM ET, November 3, 2010

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The big tech pedigree doesn't help: Whitman and Fiorina go down in flames  —  Perhaps tonight's elections in California should be a lesson for technology executives at big tech companies.  The pedigree of being an executive at a major tech company isn't necessarily a winning background for California politics.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
At My Wit's End: Jason Calacanis Threatens To Sue Us  —  Jason Calacanis, our former partner on our TechCrunch50 events, is threatening to sue us.  His demand letter and draft complaint are embedded below.  In a nutshell, he wants part of the proceeds from our sale to AOL.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Extend iTunes Song Previews to 90 Seconds in U.S.  —  According to Symphonic Distribution, Apple has informed music labels that it is preparing to extend the length of iTunes Store song previews in the United States to 90 seconds for songs that are at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New iTunes Preview Rules: 90 Seconds For Songs Over 150 Seconds.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Support of ITC Staff in Apple Smartphone Trial  —  Nokia Oyj shouldn't be found liable of infringing Apple Inc.'s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission said as a trial started.  —  “The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Facebook's Initial Crew Moving On  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the most successful start-up of the last decade, is only six years old, and an initial public offering is still a way off.  —  But a number of Facebook's early employees are giving up their stable jobs, free food and laundry service to build their own businesses.
Thanks:rawmeet
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Idea of iPad Apps Running on Mac OS X  —  Dave Winer speculates: … Rene Ritchie even wonders if that's what's going on this week at the private iOS developer meeting in Cupertino.  (It's not — that event is a Game Center summit.)  —  There's no doubt that iOS is where the developer mojo is.
Discussion: MacStories and Scripting News
Zee / The Next Web:
Google's Biggest Mistakes According to Marissa Mayer  —  Google's Marissa Mayer has been with Google since 1999 and is one of its first twenty five employees.  Needless to say she's one smart cookie and in another life, could quite easily slot in neatly as a politician or press liaison.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile roasts AT&T in debut of ‘Largest 4G Network’ campaign  —  T-Mobile USA tonight is launching a new slogan — and a new attitude — with an advertising campaign that lays claim to “America's Largest 4G Network” while poking fun at the notorious network problems experienced by iPhone users on the competing AT&T network.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Andreessen Horowitz Doubles Down, Raises $650 Million Fund  —  The fundraising crunch doesn't seem to be hitting venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which announced today that it has raised $650 million for a second fund, more than doubling the $300 million it raised 16 months ago.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Coming Soon in Google Docs: Third Party Apps, Cloud Printing and Sync  —  Google Docs' source code includes a message that reveals some important upcoming features: “Coming soon: Third party applications, cloud printers, and sync devices”.  —  Cloud printing is a project that will enable applications on any device to print documents.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Startups play poker, big companies play chess  —  Mike Arrington, founder of Techcrunch, wrote a great article “Are you a pirate?” which captures the essence of the startup mind set.  I have been on both sides; the pirate life with 5 startups (Forte, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, Groove Networks) …
Thanks:gapingvoid
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Some MacBook Airs exhibiting screen issues  —  Some of Apple's newly released MacBook Air models may have display problems, according to both Internet reports and first-hand accounts.  —  First reported by Cult of Mac over the weekend, some users have reported odd kernel panics …
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Aircraft bomb finds may spell end for in-flight Wi-Fi  —  The long-awaited ability to use a cellphone or Wi-Fi connection on an aircraft might become a casualty of the latest aviation security threat.  —  It was revealed on 29 October that parcels containing a powdered explosive packed …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Big Mobile Event: What's On Deck?  —  Facebook is hosting a big mobile event tomorrow afternoon at its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  What's going to be presented?  —  Facebook won't say, but we anticipate:  — An update on Facebook Places.
Discussion: Fast Company
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tests Smaller Font In News Feed, Users Retaliate On Twitter  —  We noticed a small change tonight on Facebook's news feed: the font seems to have become smaller.  It's unclear how much the size was adjusted but it looks like the change is significant enough that it drew user attention as soon as the font was tweaked.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter CEO: Here's Why We're Testing Ads On HootSuite, Not Twitter.com  —  Twitter is starting to test running ads in users' tweet streams.  —  But, instead of testing the ads on Twitter.com or an official Twitter mobile app, HootSuite will be the first company to get a crack at sending ads out to users.
Discussion: Twitterrati
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sesame Street Parodies Apple With its “There's An App For That” Song  —  You know why Sesame Street has felt it necessary to do a song-and-dance about “iPogo Stick” apps?  Like their other themes of bullying, violence and err, obesity, parents ignoring their children for Angry Birds playtime has become a real problem.
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
HP's Move on IBM  —  The competition for the world's biggest tech contracts just kicked in harder.  —  Hewlett Packard is announcing a comprehensive reconfiguration of how it sells large, complex computing systems to its biggest clients.  The program, the first big move by HP chief Leo Apotheker …
Discussion: TechEye and SiliconANGLE
Jamie / Signal vs. Noise:
Introducing Chalk: A fun little browser-based app for iPad inspired by our new office  —  My favorite thing about the 37signals office are the 4 team rooms.  Team rooms are where people can work together uninterrupted without disturbing anyone else.  These team rooms are equipped with big chalkboards.
John Ebbert / AdExchanger.com:
Aol Buying Dotomi  —  Following up a report from earlier today on AdExchanger.com, yet another reliable source says that Dotomi is being acquired by Aol as CEO Tim Armstrong reaches to his company's cash and stock to add a quality retargeting solution.  —  Given recent strategic AOL moves …
Discussion: Fast Company
Liam Cassidy / GigaOM:
iOS 4.2 Beta: Indicator of a Future All-Cloud Apple?  —  In an article today on AppleInsider, Josh Ong details changes in the upcoming iOS 4.2 software update.  One small detail caught my eye: There's an option to enter an Apple ID username and password in the MobileMe setting.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Emails All U.S. Gmail Users About The Buzz Settlement — And To Say They're Not Getting A Dime  —  By now you may have heard that Google today settled a privacy lawsuit filed by a group of Buzz users.  What's sort of odd though is that Google actually emailed all U.S.-based Gmail users …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Just When You Needed To Know Whether Prop.  19 Will Pass, CA.gov Results Page Goes Down  —  Man, it looks like Silicon Valley is getting its butt kicked at the Califonia polls, with forecasted losses from former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and the heavily tech industry …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre 2 preorders beginning November 8th?  [Updated]  —  We've been waiting for details more specific than “in the coming months” for the Palm Pre 2 and while a recent Verizon document made it fairly clear that we'd see it hit in November, HP's Facebook page for students has given us a more specific date: November 8th.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Federated Media targets moms with its first big acquisition  —  Online advertising and marketing company Federated Media just announced its first full startup acquisition — BigTent, a company offering social networking tools to help parents build communities on the Web.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Test your website before you build it!  (First look at Zurb's Verify)  —  Eric Ries once told me a story of something he screwed up.  He told me he built a website, which took six months of his life, and no one ever visited it.  Taught him a valuable lesson: test your ideas to see if anyone …
 
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Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
IE9 Leads Pack in HTML5 Support? Not Exactly
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Is Facebook About To Kill Twitpic?
Discussion: Skeptic Geek and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Casual Games Start-Up OMGPOP Raising a Serious Funding Round
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Tom Warren / winrumors:
Microsoft shifts Bing Maps Bird's Eye Silverlight feature to AJAX, looks to HTML5
RichardC / Symbian Blog:
Euromillions for the Symbian ecosystem: €22M committed …
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Here's The Cloud Computing Company Dell Is Buying: Boomi
 

 
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