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2:05 PM ET, November 9, 2010

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Raj Krishnan / The Official Google Blog:
Beyond Instant results: Instant Previews  —  With Google Instant you get results as fast as you type, but your search doesn't stop there.  Once you get results back, you choose a site to visit based on the information in each result—like the title, a snippet of text and the URL.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Instant Previews  —  At last, Google has finally gained a page preview feature.  Called “Instant Previews,” this is a way for you to see what's on a page that's listed in Google's search results without having to leave Google.  —  The new feature seems promising …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finds A New Way To Liberate Your Gmail Contact Data  —  That huge sucking sound you hear is Facebook, piling data from third parties into its mouth as fast as it can while it remains stubbornly greedy about releasing its own data to anyone it doesn't like.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Response To Facebook's Response To Google's Facebook API Ban  —  Yesterday Facebook released a clever way to continue to download Google user data, despite Google banning Facebook from using their APIs.  It looks to me like they aren't going to try to stop Facebook from using this more manual approach.
Discussion: Pulse2
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Wi-Gear to build stereo Bluetooth headphones  —  A source tells 9to5Mac that Apple scooped up a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.  The company, called Wi-Gear, made three generations of A2DP stereo headphones called iMuffs …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Glassgate Hits Case Makers As Apple Suspends Sales of iPhone 4 Slide-Ons [Exclusive]  —  Mophie's Juice Pack Air is certified by Apple, but Apple won't currently sell the slide-on battery pack in its retail stores because of “Glassgate.”  Photo by Kokkie76.  Used with permission. http://bit.ly/aZD7on
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post  —  In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kno Prices Its Student Tablets at $599 and $899 to Ship by End of the Year  —  Kno, the high-profile Silicon Valley start-up trying to jump-start a market for tablets focused on students, announced tonight that it will have a limited number available by the end of the year for sale at prices of $599 and $899.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Samsung hits 3 million Galaxy S U.S. shipments  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Monday that three million out of its seven million global Galaxy S smartphones shipments were made to the United States since it launched the phone here in July.  —  Sales were brisk at all four …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook Testing New ‘Mention’ Feature On News Feeds  —  Facebook appears to be testing a new ‘mention’ feature — for lack of an official term — on some users' news feeds that increases the visibility of public Pages.  —  If two (or possibly more) of your friends write about or share …
Discussion: All Facebook
CNET News:
Chalking up the Windows Phone 7 launch  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If Microsoft hopes to get back in the smartphone game, it had better hope that Windows Phone 7 makes a bigger impact than it appeared to be having at one AT&T store here.  —  As of midday Monday, the store had sold less than half of its supply of 20 devices.
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Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 - in the Marketplace now
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Speedy Messaging App Kik Goes Viral, But Is It Cool With Apple's TOS?  —  Kik Messenger is a once in a lifetime startup success story, going from 0 to 1.5 million users in 18 days.  Aside from being free, the app is available multi-platform and is insanely fast, in fact its speed is what sets …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Tech Report
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Next-Gen iPhone Displays May Support Touch with Gloves On  —  Today's projection-type capacitive touch-panels are becoming increasingly popular with their adoption in devices like Apple's iPhone.  Compared to resistive films, however, projection-type designs have been limited in terms of the range of objects that they could sense.
Tris Hussey / The Next Web:
iOS Allows Skype Calls Without Asking Permission  —  If you've had an iPhone (or any iOS device I guess) long enough you've probably been prompted if you'd like to place a call.  Something like this:  —  This is because iOS has special URL handlers so when it encounters this:
Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces 70-Percent Revenue Share Terms Now Available for Kindle Magazine and Newspaper Publishers  —  Starting today, publishers can use the new Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool to more easily add content to the Kindle Periodicals Store  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) …
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Amazon Opens The Door For An Apple Newspaper Store
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Behold Opera Mobile For Android: Speedy, Pinch-To-Zoom, Geolocation And More  —  Opera Software has released its (second) free mobile browser product for the Android platform.  Grab the app, dubbed Opera Mobile 10.1 beta, now in Android Market or here.  —  Yes, Opera was already available for Android, in a fairly limited way.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Khosla Wins the Bidding War for GroupMe, New York's Start-Up of the Moment  —  GroupMe, a New York start-up that lets users send group text messages on their cellphones, didn't exist in April.  Now it's worth about $35 million.  —  Co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci have raised …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 2 Global now available at Verizon for $199  —  Never mind that November 11 rumor, the Droid 2 Global is available to buy from Verizon right now.  The dual-mode CDMA/GSM handset from Moto — equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, don't forget — is ready to be yours today for $199.99 …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption  —  Beginning today, Hotmail is providing you with the option to enhance the security of your entire Hotmail session with HTTPS data encryption (via secure socket layers, or SSL), which is currently used to help secure your Hotmail sign-in.
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Tony Hoffman / PC Magazine:
U.S. Bans Large Printer Ink, Toner Cartridges on Inbound Flights  —  In a predictable move, as part of a United States Homeland Security directive after the discovery of bombs hidden in laser toner cartridges aboard two airplanes in late October, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) …
Discussion: Switched, TechCrunch and Geek.com
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Amazon.com's secret retail empire  —  Jeff Bezos has a loud laugh.  But Amazon.com's founder and CEO is keeping quiet about his expansion efforts, which now include sites as varied as BuyVIP.com, Zappos, and as of Monday, Diapers.com.  —  With its many acquisitions, Amazon.com is turning itself into a multibrand retailer.
Discussion: Go Rumors
Bloomberg:
IAC's Barry Diller Surrenders to Google, Ends Ask.com's Search Effort  —  Ask.com, the Internet search engine that media mogul Barry Diller acquired for $1.85 billion to compete with Google Inc., is cutting 130 engineering jobs and conceding much of its search business to competitors.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Video: Verizon's Brand New iPad Commercial  —  Was just watching some prime time television (yes, we actually do that from time to time) and we saw the pretty impressive iPad commercial from Verizon below.  It certainly does two things we haven't really seen in an iPad commercial before …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle Enlists Process Servers, Not PIs, to Find HP CEO  —  Oracle is still on the hunt for former SAP chief and current HP CEO Léo Apotheker, but it hasn't enlisted private investigators to track him down.  —  Sources in a position to know tell me that the PIs rumored to be searching …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Google Sued Over Claims Toolbar Software Reveals Personal Data  —  Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular search engine, was accused in a lawsuit of violating users' privacy rights because its Toolbar software allegedly transmits their Internet activity to the company.
Zee / The Next Web:
Meet Twezr.  Possible the only Social Networking iPhone App you'll need.  —  Twezr for the iPhone calls itself a “personal organizer - the best way to stay in sync with your close friends and co-workers”.  And you know what, for once, this company might actually be on the mark.
 
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George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
Perspective on Zuckerberg  —  Quickly: Mark Zuckerberg's skills as a CEO are overrated.
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