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8:55 PM ET, November 3, 2010

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Erick Tseng / Facebook Blog:
Making Mobile More Social  —  Life happens in real time, and so should sharing.  Today's mobile phones allow people to connect on the go and to share interesting moments as they happen all around them.  —  Earlier this week, when the Giants won the World Series, revelling baseball fans took to the streets of San Francisco.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Local Deal Service for Places  —  In a move that could bring millions of local and small business advertisers to the social network, Facebook launched a deal service for Places today.  The service lets merchants push deals to their existing customers and attract new ones …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Facebook Still Doesn't Have An iPad App  —  Today at its mobile event, Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Erick Tseng gave some (vague) answers as to why there still isn't an official iPad application.  —  Zuckerberg was pretty blunt when it came to explaining why there wasn't an …
Discussion: Mashable!, SAI, broadstuff, SelectStart and TUAW
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Great interview: candid, disruptive Mark Zuckerberg  —  While at Facebook a group of us got called aside for a private interview with Mark Zuckerberg.  In the interview was MG Siegler and Jason Kincaid of Techcrunch and David Gelles of the Financial Times.  From Facebook was Erick Tseng, head of mobile.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:yarinhochman
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook to Foursquare: You're out  —  It's obvious that Facebook sees serious potential in mobile check-in service Foursquare: it tried to buy it for $125 million.  —  That didn't work.  So Facebook started to get into the location game too.  It launched Facebook Places, its own geolocation service.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Revamps The Mobile Log-In Process With Single Sign-On  —  Today at Facebook's event in Palo Alto, CA the company wanted to talk about mobile.  First, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a few updates to both Facebook's Android and iPhone apps.  But the real key to all of this is the platform, he said.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Facebook has 200 million active mobile users, improves iOS and Android applications
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android: Update available  —  Today we're releasing an updated version of Twitter for Android, which includes some awesome enhancements and introduces a more consistent experience across our mobile clients.  — Tweet details page.  We changed the layout of the timeline …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Updates Their Android App — To Be Almost Exactly Like Their iPhone App
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit: Apple turned iPhone 3Gs into “iBricks” to boost iPhone 4  —  We all saw this one coming a mile away: Apple is finally being taken to task over iOS 4 performance on the iPhone 3G.  In a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California for San Diego, plaintiff Biana Wofford alleges …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Promoted Tweets Come To Google  —  In a first ever move, Google is now carrying ads from someone else's ad network — Twitter's, as Google integrates Twitter's new Promoted Tweets into Google Realtime Search.  —  It's quite a coup for Twitter.  Not only did the company get Google …
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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's dead pixel policy revealed  —  Apple's internal policy on acceptable numbers of pixel anomalies was recently updated, a source told BGR.  The policy is used as a guideline for Mac Geniuses addressing customer issues that involve Apple displays.  It essentially allows them to quickly …
Discussion: MacRumors, SAI, everythingiCafe and iPodNN
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Just Raised $650,000,000 … Andreessen Horowitz just raised $650,000,000 for our second fund.  Through the process, people asked us three questions consistently and I will answer them here.  —  Why raise $650M?  —  Isn't smaller better?
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Brad Stone / Business Week:   The New New Andreessen
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dish Exec: Hulu Is Destroying the TV Industry  —  Hulu users would wait a lot longer to catch up on their favorite shows, if Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen had his way.  “If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don't have to pay a pay TV service …
Discussion: DSLreports and Rob Hof's Blog
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric:
SkyFire Browser Gets Pulled From App Store Due to Overwhelming Demand  —  Just hours after the SkyFire web browser for iOS made its official debut on the Apple App Store, the application has been pulled.  No, it's not one of Apple's evil shenanigans.  Instead, the browser was pulled by its developers due to extremely high demand.
Discussion: Skyfire and Technologizer
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
BREAKING: Skyfire for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Now Available for Download !
Discussion: BGR, SAI, MobileCrunch and Geek.com, Thanks:taimurasad
Zach Epstein / BGR:
The 4G forgery  —  T-Mobile does not have a 4G network.  Sprint, which first launched WiMAX in June of 2009, does not have a 4G network.  Verizon Wireless will flip the switch on LTE later this year and when it does, it will not have a 4G network.  AT&T is taking its time with LTE and it won't fire anything up until next year.
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 …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Tablets With 7-Inch Super AMOLED Screens Likely Coming Next Year From Samsung  —  See that tablet weeping into its ports?  Yeh, that's the Galaxy Tab, suddenly threatened after Mommy Samsung announced production of 7-inch AMOLED screens today, for their own products but other companies' wares, too.
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Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Galaxy Tab will receive the Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
PayPal Races To Fix IPhone App Security Flaw  —  Internet-payment provider PayPal said its iPhone application contained a security flaw that could allow a hacker to access users' accounts and has rushed out an update to correct the problem.  —  The hole stems from the app's failure to confirm …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft boosts Kinect sales estimate to 5M units for holidays  —  Less than a day before Microsoft's launch of the Kinect motion-based control system for Xbox 360, the company is apparently feeling bullish about the demand for the devices, and its ability to supply them.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp's Carey: MySpace's Ongoing Losses ‘Not Acceptable Or Sustainable’  —  Continued MySpace (NSDQ: NWS) declines pulled down News Corp.'s digital media group earnings again in its first quarter, meaning operating losses in the company's Other segment grew by $30 million from last year, to $156 million.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 4.2 Game Center apps already being approved  —  We're hearing from developers that Apple is already approving some iOS 4.2 Apps that take advantage of Apple's Game Center platform.  For instance, Big Bad Sudoku Book is already available for download with iPad Game Center compatibility.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SurveyMonkey Lands Massive $100 Million Debt Financing  —  One of the unsung heroes among Web startups is SurveyMonkey, the company that offers online surveys.  Today, it is announcing a very large round of senior debt financing: $100 million from a syndicate led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymous DDoS Takes Down The United States Copyright Office  —  As part of its ongoing punishment of any institute or company that defends copyright, Anonymous has now taken down the website of The United States Copyright Office.  The group managed to take copyright.gov offline for half an hour.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Slyck
Jason Elbaum / Google Open Source Blog:
Test your app from right to left  —  Can you spot the error in the following webpage?  —  Unless you are one of the 56 million Internet users who read Arabic, the answer is probably no. But BidiChecker, a tool for checking webpages for errors in handling of bidirectional text, can find it:  —  Oops!
 
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Reuters:
SAP agrees to pay $120 million to Oracle -sources
Discussion: Bits, Financial Times and DailyFinance
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
The “Bury” Button Returns to Digg
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Will the Verizon iPhone Cripple Verizon?
Discussion: eWeek
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Following In Foursquare's Footsteps, Yelp Rolls Out Check-In Offers
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook defends privacy practices to Congress
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sent Users to Wrong Polls? Nope, Board of Elections Did
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