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2:45 PM ET, November 8, 2010

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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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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How Microsoft Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on Windows Phone  —  Corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore, holds his prototype Samsung device running Windows Phone 7 on campus at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.  Photo: Mike Kane/Wired.com
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:gadgetlab
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox Live Extras features go live on Windows Phone 7
Discussion: Gadget Lab, SiliconANGLE and BGR
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What Silicon Valley should learn from Windows Phone 7 app developers …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and dailywireless.org, Thanks:niub
Sundar Pichai / The Official Google Blog:
Happy holidays from Google Chrome: free holiday Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet  —  Not too long ago, flying home for the holidays meant disconnecting for several hours until you touched down at your destination.  Today, Wi-Fi technologies allow us to stay connected even at 30,000 feet above the ground …
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Tiffany Hsu / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google offering free holiday Wi-Fi with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America
Discussion: BGR, IntoMobile and Gearlog
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 …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Confirmed: ZTE Peel launching on Sprint November 14th; $79.99, $30 month-to-month plan  —  On Friday, we told you about a rumor we were hearing surrounding the release-date and pricing for Sprint's ZTE Peel; the iPod touch case that provides 3G internet access.  Today, we've got cold hard evidence to confirm our previous scoop.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Adobe CTO on MacBook Air, HTML5: Flash Battery Problems a “False Argument”  —  Last week, critics hammered Adobe over a report showing that Flash drained the new MacBook Air's battery life by several hours.  It's not the first time Adobe has been in fisticuffs with Apple …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here's a Better Name for RockMelt: The FaceBrowser (Plus BoomTown's Two-Dude Video)  —  At the end of this video interview with BoomTown about RockMelt-a new social browser that debuted in beta last night via yet another broken news embargo (thus, I have just joined the army …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does RockMelt (a new social browser coming tomorrow) have the …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Bidding War Breaks Out Over GroupMe  —  Thanks to a frantic bidding war between East Coast and West Coast venture capitalists, New York startup GroupMe is raising a round that will put its valuation close to a whopping $30 million, multiple sources tell us.  —  GroupMe is the service that lets …
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia taking over Symbian development, Foundation responsible for licensing  —  So it seems the Symbian Foundation isn't necessarily going away, but it's transitioning its role in a big, big way.  They're undertaking a “strategic change” that will involve the Foundation moving to a new role …
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Tim Ocock / TechCrunch Europe:
Guest post: Symbian OS - one of the most successful failures in tech history
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:sohear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One Getting Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” Update In “The Next Few Days”?  —  Google had originally wanted to launch the Nexus Two device alongside Android 2.3, the next release of their mobile operating system, also known as “Gingerbread”.  That's not going to happen.  The Nexus Two has been delayed.
Chris / KreCi:
Android Developer Income Report  —  A lot of people says that there is no real money in the Android development.  They say that if you want to make money you should write for iPhone, iPad and all other iThings... This is not true!  I am not a one of guys that is making thousands of dollars …
Discussion: Geek.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: SB Nation Raises $10.5 Million in Khosla Ventures-Led Series C Round  —  SB Nation, the Washington, D.C.-based sports blog and news start-up, has just completed a $10.5 million Series C round, which is being led by Khosla Ventures, according to 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 …
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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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle's Ellison accuses SAP of $4 billion theft  —  (Reuters) - Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp's outspoken chief, charged that German arch-rival SAP AG stole billions of dollars of his company's copyrighted software.  —  Ellison made the allegation as the star witness in the U.S. software …
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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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Will Diapers.com buy prove taxing for Amazon.com?
Discussion: alarm:clock
 
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James McQuivey / Forrester Blogs:
eBooks Ready To Climb Past $1 Billion
Discussion: VatorNews, Epicenter and ReadWriteWeb
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Co-Founders To Appear On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’
Discussion: AdAge, L.A. Times Tech Blog and Digits
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iSwifter app launches Flash content on the iPad, with Apple's approval
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPad is Getting Its First Major Software Update: Here's What's New in iOS 4.2
Discussion: Macworld and Product Reviews Net
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee Goes Hunting for Big Bucks
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Russian Facebook-Backer DST Interested In Huge Twitter Investment
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