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5:05 PM ET, November 8, 2010

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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: asymco, displayblog and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:gadgetlab
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Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 - in the Marketplace now  —  Searching with Google on your Windows Phone 7 device just got easier.  The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox Live Extras features go live on Windows Phone 7
Discussion: Gadget Lab, SiliconANGLE and BGR
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Inside AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Launch
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
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Adobe's Next Flash Excuse: If You Want To Save Power, Don't Turn On Your Machine
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Exclusive: Oracle enlists private eyes to find HP CEO  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp has hired private investigators to track down Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker, believing testimony by the former SAP chief will help its efforts to claim about $4 billion in damages for software theft …
Discussion: SAI and Reuters
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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Brandee “No Comment” Barker Finally Comments-Longtime PR Honcho Is Leaving Facebook  —  BoomTown usually does not get all weepy over the departure of public relations folks at Internet companies, in that cynical I've-seen-em-come-and-I've-seen-em- go kind of way.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPad is Getting Its First Major Software Update: Here's What's New in iOS 4.2  —  Since its launch in early April, the iPad has only received minor bugfix updates while the iPhone and iPad touch got a major update with iOS 4 in June.  Apple promised to bring the iPad up to par …
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: MediaPost
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
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.
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 …
Julien Sobrier / Zscaler Research:
BlackSheep - A Tool to Detect Firesheep  —  UPDATE: see the requirements for the extension at the end of the post  —  You've probably all heard of Firesheep by now, a Firefox add-on which lets anyone hijack a user's session to various popular web applications when they're using an open wireless network.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee Goes Hunting for Big Bucks  —  Boxee, which makes software that makes it easy to watch Web video on your TV, celebrates a big milestone this week, when the first Boxee-branded hardware starts shipping to consumers.  The start-up is celebrating with an event at New York's Irving Plaza.
Discussion: GigaOM and NYConvergence.com
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft teams with six server vendors to offer certified private-cloud stacks  —  Microsoft is teaming with a handful of server vendors to provide validated private-cloud stacks, consisting of a variety of hardware, plus Microsoft virtualization and management software.
Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM, Softpedia News and CNET News
 
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Twitter Co-Founders To Appear On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iSwifter app launches Flash content on the iPad, with Apple's approval
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Russian Facebook-Backer DST Interested In Huge Twitter Investment
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Now Letting Brands Claim Community Pages
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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon gets official with DROID Pro; $179.99, November 18th
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Exclusive: SB Nation Raises $10.5 Million in Khosla Ventures-Led Series C Round
 

 
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