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7:55 PM ET, November 7, 2010

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Behold RockMelt, Browser For The Social Set  —  Does the world need yet another browser?  Tim Howes and Eric Vishria think that it does, and that is one of the reasons why two years ago they started Mountain View, Calif.-based RockMelt, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Andreessen Horowitz …
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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 …
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
First Look at RockMelt, a Browser Built For Facebook Freaks  —  The rumor mill has been buzzing for months about the imminent arrival of a new “Facebook browser” called RockMelt.  —  Well, it really does exist, and it's here.  RockMelt is being released as a limited public beta Sunday.
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Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Kinect Hacked?  Already?!  —  Adafruit's $2,000 bounty for an open source Kinect driver hack was only offered up late last week and already someone has allegedly delivered, said Adafruit's Phillip Torrone in an email to us just now.  This was inevitable.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Extendergate: What an obscure hardware glitch says about Microsoft's future  —  A few days ago, some Windows Media Center enthusiasts got a rude shock, as Linksys DMA2100 and DMA2200 extender devices suddenly stopped working.  I read initial reports of this issue on Friday and confirmed earlier today …
David / TmoNews:
Dell Venue Pro To Launch Through Microsoft November 8th, Through Dell November 15th  —  Updated: Updated the post to include the internal image verifying the release dates!  —  The Dell Venue Pro will be available from Microsoft on November 8th and from Dell on November 15th according …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Gap Promo Shows Location Deals Need Work  —  We wrote recently about a Pew Research Center report that showed how location-sharing “check in” services such as Foursquare still have a ways to go before they become anything close to mainstream, and a recent offer from The Gap that used Facebook Places …
Discussion: Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog and SAI
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
iOS 4.2 on iPhone 3G: Is the performance any better? [video]  —  How does the 2008 iPhone 3G work with the soon-to-debut iOS 4.2?  When iOS 4 first came out back in June it was laggy and non-responsive and generally not a good experience for many iPhone 3G users.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan Founder Is Not a Fan of ‘Chubbies’  —  This week, 4chan's 22-year-old founder, Christopher Poole (AKA “Moot"), held an extensive Q&A with users of 4chan's /b/ message board.  The discussion ranged from technical details, to the rewards of fame, to sex.  Lots of sex.
New York Times:
The Facebook Skeletons Come Out  —  AMONG the many firsts in the 2010 elections, it is safe to assume that the following words had never before been uttered about a future member of Congress, “This is a candidate who is probably best known for getting drunk and having sex on television.”
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Pentagon's Cyber Command seeks authority to expand its battlefield  —  The Pentagon's new Cyber Command is seeking authority to carry out computer network attacks around the globe to protect U.S. interests, drawing objections from administration lawyers uncertain about the legality of offensive operations.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Did Jammie Thomas case backfire on file sharers?  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset was supposed to lead the major labels into a trap.  —  Proponents of less restrictive copyright laws predicted that the decision by the four biggest record labels to drag a single mother of modest means into court …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Will the New US Congress Act on Privacy Legislation?  —  A string of Facebook privacy issues in the last year or so have gotten Congress' attention, including terms of service changes that required users to make their personal information more public, security breaches, exaggerated press coverage of those topics.
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google Chief Schmidt May Be Called Before Congress, Barton Says
 
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft gives F# an Apache 2.0 boost with code drop
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle cooks up free and premium JVMs
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Jonathan Weber / New York Times:
In Whitman and Fiorina, Candidacies That Did Not Compute
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Katla McGlynn / The Huffington Post:
National Unfriend Day: Jimmy Kimmel Announces New Holiday …
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Amazon to buy Diapers.com for $540 million
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