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10:00 AM ET, November 8, 2010

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RockMelt blog:
World, Meet RockMelt  —  Hello Interwebs!  The rumors are true... starting today, we're offering access to an early version of RockMelt, a new browser designed around you and how you use the Web.  —  RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages.  It makes it easy for you to do the things …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does RockMelt (a new social browser coming tomorrow) have the right startup philosophy?  —  CEO Eric Vishria and CTO Tim Howes of RockMelt invited me over on Friday to see a new browser.  Who is behind this?  Marc Andreessen.  The guy who started Netscape.  He, and a bunch of other interesting people are investors in this company.
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
First Look at RockMelt, a Browser Built For Facebook Freaks
Discussion: Guardian, I4U News, Gadgetell and BlogsDNA
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Color Comes to E Ink Screens  —  E-book readers are lightweight and use little power, but most have a distinct disadvantage to colorful tablet computers: their black-and-white displays.  —  But on Tuesday at the FPD International 2010 trade show in Tokyo, a Chinese company will announce …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 now on sale in the US  —  Check it Microsofties, it's time to get back into the game.  While some phones have already launched in Europe and beyond, today is the first day that you can put down cash in the US for a Windows Phone 7 device all your own.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What Silicon Valley should learn from Windows Phone 7 app developers (First looks at Zagat and Loopt's apps!)  —  So, if you haven't heard about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 yet, you are either living under a rock or Amish or something like that.  Microsoft is spending a billion in advertising the new system.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:   Inside AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Launch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-Yahoo Hookup, Not So Much Right Now (But Bankers Spinning?  Much!)  —  While a merger of AOL and Yahoo is a fervent dream of bankers looking for fees, the reality is a little more-shall we say-premature.  —  In fact, it's likely it was just those dealmakers, looking to gin up some activity …
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Reuters:
AOL hires advisers for options, eyes Yahoo: report  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.
Financial Times:
HTC to target online app store  —  HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker, is hiring staff to prepare for the possible launch of an online store that would sell e-books and applications, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  HTC is the latest electronics hardware maker …
Arn / MacRumors:
Toshiba Introduces MacBook Air ‘Blade-Type’ SSDs to Mass Market  —  Toshiba announced today the introduction of a “new form factor” in high capacity solid-state storage called the “Blade X-gale” series.  MacRumors readers will recognize the small SSD sticks as the same product that is used in Apple's new MacBook Air.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Amazon Spends $545 Million On Diapers.com Parent Quidsi  —  Amazon.com has just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Quidsi, which operates ecommerce sites Diapers.com, Soap.com and BeautyBar.com.  The acquisition news first broke over the weekend by Fortune's Dan Primack …
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Philip Constantinou / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for Android takes a huge leap forward with Version 2.0  —  We're really psyched to see the tremendous growth of the Android platform.  We love the capabilities available in the new OS, as well as the variety of great new hardware-phones, tablets, netbooks, and more.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple's 11-inch Upgraded MacBook Air: Do 1.6GHz and 4GB Make a Difference?  —  Last month we looked at Apple's new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.  I concluded the 11-inch was the pinnacle of portability, delivering the weight and form factor of a netbook but without the drive-you-crazy performance of an Atom.
Discussion: Engadget
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek Funding That May Value It at $3 Billion  —  Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — Groupon Inc., owner of a daily coupon website with 20 million subscribers, is seeking venture funding that may value the company at about $3 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Tremor-Scanscout Merger Creates Web Video Ad Player on Par With Hulu's  —  Wave of Consolidation in Space Driven by Advertiser Demands for Reach  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Lots of advertisers want to buy online video — they just don't want to buy it in dribs and drabs from a bunch of different places.
Discussion: SAI, Beet.TV and paidContent
Bloomberg:
Google, Dell Likely to Keep Technology Acquisition Spree Alive  —  Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. and Dell Inc. plan to push ahead with more acquisitions, helping maintain a takeover spree that's boosted the value of U.S. technology mergers to more than $60 billion this year.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One Getting Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” Update In “The Next Few Days”?
Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
The Conflict Between a “Right to Be Forgotten” & Speech / Press Freedoms
Discussion: Techdirt
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
Republican victory in US election dooms ‘net neutrality’
Slashdot:
USPTO Decides To Lower Obviousness Standards
Discussion: End Software Patents
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Google's growth online reflected by expansion in Mountain View
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Extendergate: What an obscure hardware glitch says about Microsoft's future
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Will the New US Congress Act on Privacy Legislation?
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Did Jammie Thomas case backfire on file sharers?
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft gives F# an Apache 2.0 boost with code drop
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