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5:15 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 35 Percent in Third Quarter 2010; Smartphone Sales Increased 96 Percent  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009, according to Gartner …
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Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
One in Five Mobiles Sold Are Smartphones (One in Four Run Android)  —  Year-over-year smartphone sales are up 98% worldwide.  Over 80 million of the over 400 million handsets sold in the third quarter were smartphones.  —  The sheer growth of the global market and the meteoric rise …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: A Pocketable Train Wreck  —  This is it.  The Galaxy Tab is the first Android tablet meant for humans.  But is it actually fit for humans?  —  Put simply, the Galaxy Tab is the first post-iPad tablet that matters, because it's the first tablet that's trying to be legitimate competition.
Discussion: SAI, CNN, OS X Daily and SlashGear
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Bloomberg:
RIM to Sell Tablet for Less Than $500 to Take On IPad  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., moving into the tablet-computer market for the first time, said it will begin selling its BlackBerry PlayBook for less than $500, suggesting RIM may try to undercut Apple Inc.'s iPad.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM's Playbook: Pricing under $500 and a big bet on Flash
Scott Moritz / The Street:
Microsoft Sells 40K Windows 7 Phones  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — As big-splash debuts go, Microsoft's(MSFT_) Windows Phone 7 launch at AT&T(T_) and T-Mobile didn't exactly make waves Monday.  Even with a glitzy media intro last month hosted by champion inside-seller and company chief Steve Ballmer …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Windows Phone 7 Success Tied to a Million in Sales  —  Critics are already debating whether Windows Phone 7 is a flop, but the phone's true measure of success will be in how long it takes to sell one million units.  It all started after reports that Microsoft's new handset platform sold …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Wall Street Journal:
FCC Investigating Google Data Collection  —  The Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether Google Inc. broke federal laws when its street-mapping service collected consumers' personal information, joining a lengthy list of regulators probing what Google says was inadvertent harvesting …
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Watchdog wants probe of Google's ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
FarmVille is Still the Most Popular Facebook App - But #2 is a Surprise  —  Over 16 million people watered their FarmVille crops yesterday.  While AppData's Facebook app top 10 is mostly populated by games like Zynga's popular farming game, Texas HoldEm Poker, FrontierVille and Café World …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Rumor: Apple Has Cancelled Support for AirPrint Through Mac and Windows  —  Update: Unlike many other blogs that linked to this post claim, the rumor isn't about AirPrint being cancelled.  It's about AirPrint through shared printers on Macs and PCs.  —  When Apple released the first beta …
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Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
iOS 4.2 to launch Friday?
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Google Gives All Employees Surprise $1,000 Cash Bonus And 10% Raise  —  Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash “holiday bonuses” and 2011 salary increases of at least 10%, a loyal reader tells us.  —  The 10% company-wide raise will take effect on January 1, 2011.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: The Results of Silicon Valley's Talent War
Discussion: CNET News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Is The Silicon Valley Talent Shortage Getting Worse?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire Pulls In Nearly $1 Million In Its First Weekend On The App Store  —  Just about every time I write about SkyFire, the cross-platform (and generally free) smartphone browser capable of churning through most Flash videos, someone always says: “Great!  But uh, how are they going to make money?”
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
MacBook Air Rises to Top of Consumer Reports Ratings  —  More good press for the MacBook Air.  Consumer Reports updated its computer ratings earlier this week to include the machine, and while it had some criticisms, it ranked the 11-inch Air and its 13-inch sibling at the top …
Inside AdSense:
Introducing the new AdSense interface, now available globally  —  Last November we announced that we were starting to test a new interface with a limited group of publishers.  Since then, we've been focused on adding new features and incorporating feedback from our testers.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ellison to Self: Damn, Damn.  I Knew I Should Have Said $4.5 Billion  —  Whatever damages Oracle is awarded in its suit against SAP, they'll be $500 million lighter, thanks to an order by the judge presiding over the case.  Judge Phyllis Hamilton has prevented Oracle from including …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5  —  Moments ago, Apple released its Mac OS X 10.6.5 update to its customer-base.  Fixes in the point-upgrade include:  —  • improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers  —  • address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Fanboy Fascination: Is Andreessen Horowitz Overhyped?  —  Social psychologist Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School recently produced some interesting research suggesting that people are highly likely to see someone as competent if they've demonstrated expertise in just one area, even if they later display incompetence elsewhere.
James Verini / New York Times:
The Great Cyberheist  —  One night in July 2003, a little before midnight, a plainclothes N.Y.P.D. detective, investigating a series of car thefts in upper Manhattan, followed a suspicious-looking young man with long, stringy hair and a nose ring into the A.T.M. lobby of a bank.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Did Not Actually Buy Wi-Gear, It Turns Out  —  Remember that story yesterday which said that Apple (AAPL) had acquired a Bluetooth wireless headphone maker called Wi-Gear?  —  Well, turns out it wasn't true.  —  “The rumor is false,” Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack said via e-mail in response to an inquiry from Tech Trader Daily.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Warns Facebook Users of “Trap” Before Data Export  —  If you hadn't yet heard, there's been a bit of a kerfuffle this past week over your data by two Internet giants - Facebook and Google.  It started when Google began blocking other services from importing its data without reciprocity, a move aimed directly at Facebook.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Hulu CEO: We'll make $240M in 2010  —  Hulu chief executive Jason Kilar shared some numbers today to show where the online TV service stood at the end of October.  —  The service launched its beta test almost exactly three years ago, so while the service is relatively early, Kilar said …
Joab Jackson / ITworld:
Apache declares war on Oracle over Java  —  The Apache Software Foundation threatens to ditch Java if Oracle doesn't relent on use restrictions  —  I like it!  —  Charging that Oracle has willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology, the Apache Software Foundation …
New York Times:
Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy  —  WASHINGTON — After “do not call” lists became popular, more than 90 percent of people who signed up reported fewer annoying telemarketing calls.  Now, privacy advocates are pushing for a similar “do not track” feature that would let Internet users tell Web sites …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why don't Americans want broadband?  —  Hard as it might be for Webheads to believe, a significant fraction of the US population doesn't use the Internet at home.  In fact, 23 percent of all US households report that no one in the home uses the Internet anywhere.  Why not?
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Zulu and Afrikaans: Google Brings Voice Search to Underrepresented Languages
Discussion: Google Research Blog and Erictric
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Flush With Fresh Funding, Evernote Hits 5 Million Users
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Dish selling Logitech Revue at discounted $179
Discussion: Engadget and WebProNews
Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
SugarSync ups free storage to 5 GB, now allows any number of connected devices
Discussion: Computerworld and Technologizer
Antony Van Couvering / Minds + Machines:
The Wall between Registries and Registrars Comes Tumbling Down
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Creating the Facebook of Stuff
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TechCrunch
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Sony Ericsson X12 “Anzu” Has 4.3 Inch Display, to Run Gingerbread Android
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Livestream For Facebook Lets You DIY Live Stream Video On Fan Pages
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Yahoo's Informal Offer To Buy Groupon: $3 Billion To $4 Billion
Discussion: Bloomberg and GMSV
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Most homes have high-definition TVs, but few are watching HD programming
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Give Us Our Data, Facebook
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