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2:20 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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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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mac Pro Server quietly introduced as Xserve heads for the grave, starts at $3,000  —  Sneaky Apple... real sneaky.  Just as the company announced that it would be axing its rack-mountable Xserve come January 31st, in flies an all-new Mac Pro to effectively take its place.
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 and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Developers don't rush to new platforms  —  A common fallacy is assuming that any new platform in an exciting market — recently, smartphones and tablet computers — will be flooded with developers as soon as it's released, as if developers are just waiting outside the gates, hungrily waiting to storm in.
Discussion: Mobile Media and MacStories
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
What Your Phone Says About You [Graphic]  —  Sometimes the guys in our office like to get in stupid fights about phones.  Yeah I know they do it on the blog, but they also do it in private as well times 1000.  It is essentially the song that never ends, with Mike Arrington and Jason Kincaid erring …
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Windows Phone apps are more expensive than iPhone apps  —  The Windows Marketplace for Mobile now has about 1,400 apps spread across 16 categories.  In this short post I'll provide some basic statistics* and compare it with the grandaddy of app stores - the U.S. iTunes store.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Ars Technica and Geek.com
Steve Kanefsky / The Official Google Blog:
The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket  —  Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type.  This saves valuable time on a desktop browser, but wouldn't it be great to have Google Instant on mobile devices …
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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.
 
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