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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.
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 …
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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Pad coming in Q1 2011, with Android Honeycomb, dual-core Tegra 2, and 8.9-inch screen  —  Want some specificity about LG's super-duper tablet roadmap?  Last we heard from the Korean tech giant, it was canning plans for a Froyo slate and looking forward to a more suitable iteration of Android …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
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Bhorowitz / ben's blog:   Why Andreessen Horowitz Just Raised $650,000,000
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 …
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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Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Galaxy Tab will receive the Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates  —  Not a surprise but if you're looking for some official confirmation, Samsung India at an event yesterday confirmed that Galaxy Tab will be blessed with Android's future updates.  Samsung will release Gingerbread (Android 2.3) …
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Ministry of Sound Forced To Suspend File-Sharing Shakedown  —  World famous nightclub and independent music label Ministry of Sound have been forced to suspend their planned shakedown of tens of thousands of alleged file-sharers.  The company had planned to send 25,000 letters demanding hundreds …
Discussion: Guardian, Slyck and TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Continues To Close In On Apple, RIM  —  comScore has released its monthly smartphone mobile report today and like last month's data, Android is continuing its assault on Apple and RIM's share of users.  The data, which measured smartphone usage from June until September of this year …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeting Your iPhone Angst?  AT&T is Listening... on Twitter  —  AT&T is tracking Twitter updates to aid in its understanding of network failures and glitches, according to a new report from MIT's Technology Review this morning.  Using software developed internally by its own researchers …
Discussion: Technology Review and SlashGear
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
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
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Urban Airship Closes $5.4 Million Funding Round To Help Power Mobile Apps  —  Urban Airship, a startup that makes it easier for mobile app developers to offer push notifications, in-app purchases, and other key features, has closed a new $5.4 million funding round.
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.
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Google Tool May Have Had Wrong Polling Place Locations for Hundreds of Thousands of Voters  —  Political technology and info company Aristotle says flaws in Google's poll finder tool are widespread.  —  After a Fast Company editor got a wrong address from Google's polling place locator this morning …
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 and The Huffington Post
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Earnings Beat Expectations For The First Time In A Long Time  —  AOL just released earnings.  —  Total revenue was $563.5 million, which is better than analyst expectations of $557.04 million.  —  That means Tim Armstrong has delivered a beat for the first time at AOL.  (He missed the last two quarters.)
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Obsession With Speed Comes to the Web Server  —  Google has been obsessed with speeding up the web for quite a while now.  Recent initiatives include Google Instant for speeding up search, the Page Speed tool for developers and webmasters and the more low-level SPDY protocol which augments the HTTP standard.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Hires Key Digital Music Industry Legal Executive  —  Eliott Peters (center) at Columbia Law School event  —  Billboard reports that Apple has hired Elliott Peters, a senior vice president and head of digital legal affairs at Warner Music Group, to manage the company's legal team overseeing iTunes and MobileMe services in Europe.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Serves As Good Predictor Of Election Results  —  The day after the elections it appears as though Facebook has proven to be a relatively good predictor of how candidates will perform.  While we don't have all the numbers on gubernatorial races, the winners of 74 percent of house races …
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
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.
 
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