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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
Discussion: Pulse2
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google “Nexus Two” Hardware Issue Delays Launch  —  Google is working with Samsung on a new Android phone that will have a “clean install” of Android, and the release was at least initially planned to coincide with the launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  —  The fact that the device …
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.
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
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.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Bank of America, Citigroup Said to Test Apple IPhone  —  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 …
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
On iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, New MIDI Support, via Wires, Wireless  —  Over 25 years later, portions of MIDI introduced early on in the spec remain relevant.  And if you want to connect your MIDI-equipped gear to Apple's iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad mobiles, you will soon have an array of choices.
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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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 …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Caterina Fake Leaving Hunch  —  Hunch cofounder Caterina Fake has signed an agreement to leave the company before the end of the year, we've learned from sources.  —  Technically, Fake will remain involved with the company as an “advisor.”  But that'll just be PR.
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.
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 …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Post's Election Twitter Experiment Work?  —  On election night, the Washington Post bought one of Twitter's “promoted trends.”  When users clicked the trend, #Election, Post content got top billing.  It marked the first time that a media company had purchased a promoted trend …
Discussion: Twitter Media and SAI
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Skyfire browser back in the App Store, but in limited quantities  —  This just in: the Skyfire browser, which was released earlier this week and then quickly pulled when the company's servers were overwhelmed, is being released back into the App Store.  But before you do what I did and rush …
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Sam Sheffer / Engadget:
Skyfire for iPhone hands-on (video)
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Does Away With “Sponsored Links” Label, Now Ads Are Labeled “Ads”  —  A month ago, Google began testing labeling the AdWords ads as “ads”.  Prior, Google labeled those AdWords ads as “sponsored links,” which is how they have been named for as long as I can remember.
Discussion: The Register and The Next Web
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Dell CFO: Going private still an option  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Once the top personal computer maker, Dell has fallen behind some of its chief rivals and gradually has lost much of the luster that it had a decade ago.  —  Now, Dell is attempting to re-brand its business as a solutions provider …
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Cooks Source Editor Finally Responds... Makes Things Worse [Updated]  —  from the maybe-copy-a-recipe-for-humble- pie dept  —  Yesterday, we wrote about how Cooks Source magazine had been caught pulling a story off the internet and republishing it, without permission.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
North Korea gets a PDA befitting its Dear Leader  —  The DPRK's not exactly the world's healthiest economy.  So it's with some surprise that we're now presenting you with North Korea's newest (only?) touchscreen slab.  Apparently, it's available “in all the computer shops” …
Discussion: The Register and PC World
 
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
His Brand Burnished, Naval Ravikant Plans New Fund with Babak Nivi
Discussion: StartupDigest
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Adobe intros cloud-based file sharing, PDF creation tools
Discussion: VentureBeat and Acrobat Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe Photoshop for tablets looms nearer
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The WordPress Twitter Blackbird Pie Tool Brings Back The Old School Retweet!
Ian Paul / PC World:
Google Instant For Mobile: First Impressions
Discussion: internetnews.com and AppScout
Royal Pingdom:
Modern web browser adoption better than expected: 71% run latest version
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Web Browsers
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
WP7 copy & paste “...available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011)”
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Nukes Diapers.com In Price War — May Force Diapers' Founders To Sell Out
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It's a smart world
Josh Taylor / CNET News:
Wi-Fi, meet the TV antenna
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Developers don't rush to new platforms