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3:20 PM ET, November 5, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Facebook: You Can't Import Our User Data Without Reciprocity  —  The war between Google and Facebook is heating up: Google just made one small tweak to its Terms of Service that will have a big impact on the world's biggest social network.  From now on, any service …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nice Move, Google — What Took You So Long?  —  In a move that is being interpreted by many as a cannon shot across Facebook's bow, Google has changed the terms of service on its contacts API — the programming interface that allows developers to automatically pull your contacts from Gmail and other services.
Discussion: Silicon Republic
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Protectionism Begins In Earnest  —  Our post earlier tonight about Google shutting down Facebook's access to Gmail data exports makes me think two things.  First, I'm not sure there's much data that Facebook doesn't already have with its 600 million users (although 1.3 billion people visit Google sites …
Discussion: Pulse2
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Ditch 25,000 BlackBerrys in Bid to Promote Own Service  —  In a direct shot at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., Dell Inc. plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones and then aggressively market a service to help other companies do the same.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Dell to switch 25,000 employees from BlackBerrys to its own handsets
Discussion: Reuters, IntoMobile and InformationWeek
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
How Apple Almost Got Microsoft's Kinect Game Controller  —  In June 2008, on a flight home from Europe to San Francisco, I was given a fascinating demo of some jaw-dropping technology.  —  I was sitting next Inon Beracha, CEO of Israeli company PrimeSense, which had developed a low-cost chip and software to do 3D machine vision.
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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Consumer Reports debunks the ‘racist’ Kinect
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Watch Free, Live, Broadcast TV, On Your iPad, Right Now  —  The broadcast networks only put their stuff on the Web under very specific conditions.  So this is exactly what they don't want: Free, live streams of their stuff, delivered to your iPad, via the browser.
Discussion: SAI, 9 to 5 Mac and mobiputing
Electronista:
Apple to drop Xserve after January 31  —  Apple today sent notice that it was phasing out the Xserve.  The rackmount server will be discontinued as of January 31, 2011, and the currently available 160GB, 1TB and 2TB Apple Drive Modules will ship through the end of 2011 or until stock runs out.
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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Bank of America, Citigroup Said to Test IPhone for Mobile E-Mail  —  Steve Jobs may soon bag a pair of the biggest U.S. banks as iPhone supporters.  —  Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are considering whether to let employees use the Apple Inc. phone as an alternative to Research …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Why is T-Mobile selling an iPhone cable?  —  T-Mobile USA has been an oft-rumored darkhorse to help kill off AT&T's iPhone exclusivity in the country — and for the life of us, we can't think of a good reason that the carrier's corporate stores would be carrying iPhone charge / sync cables now other than in preparation for a launch.
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Rumor: Gingerbread to finish cooking and come out of the Android oven November 11th  —  A trusted source has tipped us to the potential launch date for Gingerbread, the 2.3 version of Android.  According to our source, the SDK for this upcoming revision will debut on November 11th.
Laurie Voss / Seldo.Com:
Why I really, really hate Instagram  —  I love data, so I really hate Instagram.  —  I suppose it would be more accurate to say I really hate the users of Instagram, for what they do to their photos; Instagram is merely the enabler.  The behaviour I take issue with isn't even the default behaviour of the app.
Discussion: SAI
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement.  Wait, What?  —  Here's a head scratcher, at first glance at least: Lamebook, a hilarious advertising-supported site that lets Facebook users submit funny status updates, pictures and “other gems” originating from the social network …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
300,000 Apple apps?  That depends.  —  For the second time in three weeks, an analytics firm jumps the gun  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Distimo  —  “Apple's App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps,” reads the headline posted Thursday on the website ReadWriteWeb and picked up by SlashGear and GottaBeMobile.
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Update Shopping Service  —  Web Giant Seeks to Make Searches for Products on Its Site Easier for Users  —  Google Inc. is upgrading its shopping site as it steps up efforts to compete in Web comparison shopping, a move to become a key player in a market dominated by sites like Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc.
Discussion: Digits, Google Watch and Digital Trends
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
WP7 copy & paste “...available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011)”  —  While we knew that copy and paste is coming to Windows Phone in the first half of 2011, no other specific time frame was given although there is a rumor of a January update, which now seems to be accurate.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Google Instant For Mobile: First Impressions  —  Google recently launched a beta version of Instant, the company's search solution that displays results as you type, for Android and Apple iOS 4 mobile devices.  For now, the beta test is available only to users in the U.S. and you can access …
Discussion: internetnews.com and AppScout
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Zee / The Next Web:
Google Instant mobile arrives on iPhone, iPod Touch and Android 2.2
Robin Kwong / Financial Times:
Arm set to swallow more of tablet PC market  —  Warren East, chief executive of Arm, said the market for tablet PCs could grow to as much as 60m unit sales next year as he brushed aside concerns that Intel would pose a major competitive threat to the UK chip company in the fast-growing market.
Facebook Data Team:
How voters turned out on Facebook  —  When Facebook users in the United States logged into Facebook on Election Day this year, they were greeted by a message alerting them of voting activity on Facebook.  Users could click a button to announce to their friends that they had already voted …
Discussion: All Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Brings Back The Old School Retweet With The Blackbird Pie Tool!  —  While doing the post about WordPress implementing Twitter's Blackbird Pie tool, I noticed something interesting.  The tool brings back something Twitter had long since left for dead: the old school Retweet!
Discussion: WordPress.com News
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Nukes Diapers.com In Price War — May Force Diapers' Founders To Sell Out  —  Amazon has launched a price war against Diapers.com that may have Quidsi, Diapers' parent company, looking for an exit.  —  Diapers.com has built a huge business — more than $100 million in revenue …
Royal Pingdom:
Modern web browser adoption better than expected: 71% run latest version  —  Web developers fight a constant struggle: They want to use modern web browser features, but they also need to take browser adoption into consideration.  If a large portion of their users run older versions of browsers …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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David Goldman / CNNMoney:
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