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3:45 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 …
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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com To Focus On Q&A Search, End Web Crawling
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:   Free Speech on Facebook an Employee Right, Federal Agency Says
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: SiliconANGLE, Pulse2 and SAI
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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.
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
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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
YouTube Topics: A Better Way to Explore Web Video?  —  YouTube will begin testing a new feature Wednesday evening that gives users the ability to explore broad topics and search terms through suggested searches.  —  YouTube Topics, which will be available in TestTube, is essentially …
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Kuan Yong / YouTube Blog:
Control YouTube on the desktop, or the TV... with the YouTube …
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
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 …
Matt Mullenweg:
1.0 Is the Loneliest Number  —  Many entrepreneurs idolize Steve Jobs.  He's such a perfectionist, they say.  Nothing leaves the doors of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino without a polish and finish that makes geeks everywhere drool.  No compromise!  —  I like Apple for the opposite reason …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Now Processing Millions Of Dollars In Mobile Transactions Every Week  —  After ten months of a private pilot limited to only 50,000 users, Square has finally opened its doors to the public.  The brainchild of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square was unveiled last December …
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC World
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: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Throw your business phone away, Google Voice is now enterprise  —  Google Voice for Enterprise customers could usher in a whole new era of telephony services for business.  —  Google Voice is a pretty incredible, free service for routing telephone calls to different services and devices.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:llsethj
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.
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.
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Dell Venue Pro plagued by Wi-Fi bug [Update: other phones affected?]  —  The Dell Venue Pro, which became available on Monday, may be affected by a troublesome bug.  According to several BGR readers, the new Windows Phone 7 handset from Dell is unable to connect to protected Wi-Fi networks.
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 …
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:
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft sues Motorola over Xbox patent issue  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp stepped up its legal battle with Motorola Inc on Tuesday, as the software company accused the phone maker of charging excessive royalties on network technology used in Microsoft's Xbox game system.
Discussion: SlashGear and Android Phone Fans
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, Geek.com and TechCrunch
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Infinite Scroll Web Results?  —  Update: It seems like this was caused by a Chrome extension named FastestChrome.  So Google is not testing infinite scroll in the web results.  —  Matt Beck, a reader, emailed me a video of Google testing a form of infinite scroll in the search results.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and The Next Web
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.
 
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Harumi Ozawa / Agence France Presse:
Tokyo ‘seizes Google user records’ over video leak
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Tape
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Google Sued Over Claims Toolbar Software Reveals Personal Data
Discussion: DailyFinance, Thanks:michaelkroker
Liz Shannon Miller / GigaOM:
Movieclips Gains $3M for Clip Curation
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Amazon.com's secret retail empire
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Barton alleges Google ‘Wi-Spy’ breach was intentional
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Economics of Servers Could Soon Change
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Khosla Wins the Bidding War for GroupMe, New York's Start-Up of the Moment
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Pivotal Pivot
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Shhh... Opera holds the web's most valuable secret
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