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4:55 PM ET, November 11, 2010

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Kevin Thau / Twitter Blog:
Twitter + Ping = Discovering More Music  —  Every day, millions of people use Twitter to follow and share what they care about.  Twitter users now send over 95 million Tweets a day, many of which are about the music they're listening to.  —  Starting today Ping, iTunes' new social network for music …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Plus iTunes Ping is a Non-Starter  —  Twitter announced a partnership with Apple this morning that amounts to this: you can now post links to song previews on Twitter from inside iTunes Ping.  —  Most of Twitter's other partnerships are very interesting.
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
[Update] Best Buy: The Nexus S is Real, Would've Been Headed for T-Mobile First  —  Say what you want about the swing and miss regarding recent rumors of Samsung and Google bringing out a “Nexus S” to trump the current Nexus, but we've heard a lot of stories from a lot of sources suggesting it's real.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab hitting AT&T on November 21st for a $649 premium?  —  It's not official but that image above sure as hell looks like an official AT&T training document.  AT&T already announced that it would carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab but has been coy with details about launch date, pricing, and custom apps.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Is iPad's First Real Rival
David Pogue / New York Times:
It's a Tablet. It's Gorgeous. It's Costly.
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Seattle iPad developer gets a call from Steve Jobs  —  Frustrated by Apple's rejection of his iPad app, Seattle developer Ram Arumugam e-mailed Chief Executive Steve Jobs.  Two hours later, he picked up a phone call and heard: “Ram, this is Steve.”  Jobs was on the other end.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Gossip explodes over photo app Instagram  —  There's a lot of chatter right now about Instagram, an iPhone app for adding artsy filters to photos and sharing them across various social-media networks, which has taken the early-adopter crowd by storm and courted heavy investor interest in the mobile photo-sharing niche.
Discussion: TechCrunch, paidContent and SAI
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Photo Sharing on the Go Is the Latest Hot Investment Niche in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, the three words on the tips of everyone's tongues are mobile, social and local.  —  Add a fourth word and venture capitalists get excited: photos.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
JACK IS BACK: Twitter Inventor Jack Dorsey Is Working For Twitter Again  —  Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey is back working at the company on a once-a-week-or-so basis, three industry sources tell us.  —  Dorsey was Twitter CEO until the company's chairman and top investor, Ev Williams …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Amazon Kills One Pedophilia Book — but Keeps Another  —  Amazon (AMZN) has been caught up in another hurricane of consumer outrage.  This time the reason was a Kindle book on how to make pedophilia safer for both child victims and pedophiles.  But Amazon's protestations that it supports absolute freedom …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Why Did Amazon Just Pull A Top-Selling Book? …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Adds Editors to Break News Faster  —  One of the issues Digg has always struggled with is that it can take quite a while before a breaking news story hits the front page.  Waiting for enough users to vote a story up can sometimes take a few hours and in this age of real-time breaking news …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Digg's ‘Breaking News’ Feature Is Another Win For Human Editors
New York Times:
Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping  —  By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER  —  For years, Wal-Mart has used its clout as the nation's largest retailer to squeeze competitors with rock-bottom prices in its stores.  Now it is trying to throw a holiday knockout punch online.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Judge Orders ConnectU To Pay Its Former Lawyers $13 Million In Facebook Case  —  A New York state judge has upheld law firm Quinn Emanuel's $13 million payout for representing ConnectU in intellectual property litigation against Facebook, denying the former client's attempts to stay the award …
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Annie Chang / The Daily Northwestern:   Tech spec: The other side of the Facebook Frenzy
Jorge Cino / All Facebook:
Teens Find Innovative Ways to Control Their Facebook Presence  —  Ever heard of “Super-logoff” or “whitewalling”?  They are ways to designate what some teens have been doing in order to have total control over who posts what (and when) on their Facebook page.
Discussion: danah boyd and MediaPost
Wall Street Journal:
Valuing Facebook's Ads  —  The Site Commands 24% of Online Display Ads, but the Dollars Don't Match  —  Facebook Inc. is attracting more advertising, but marketers are still trying to figure out the value of those ads.  —  New data from comScore Inc. show that in September 24% …
Discussion: MediaPost and SAI
Chris / cdixon.org:
The interoperability of social networks  —  Google recently added a caustic warning message when users attempt to export their Google Contacts to Facebook: … Facebook allows users to download their personal information (photos, profile info, etc) but has been fiercely protective of the social graph (you can't download friends, etc).
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and SAI
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is My Email Address My Identity?
Discussion: Softpedia News and Computerworld
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Joojoo, we hardly knew ye; Fusion Garage's tablet is discontinued  —  First it was called the CrunchPad, then it was called joojoo... now it's just called dead.  Fusion Garage founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan confirmed to e27 on Thursday that the company's virgin tablet offering has been discontinued.
Discussion: e27, Engadget, Gearlog, Geek.com and Electronista
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
One Third of Top-Grossing iPhone Apps Are Free  —  When Apple began allowing free apps to include in-app purchases a little over a year ago, it opened the door for freemium models to flourish.  And they are doing just that, with about a third of the top-grossing iPhone apps using a freemium model.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Dell responds to complaints of a Venue Pro Wi-Fi bug  —  Earlier this week, BGR exclusively broke news concerning a bug plaguing several owners of the new Dell Venue Pro smartphone.  Users reported an inability to connect their devices to secured Wi-Fi networks.
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box by D-Link launches, good news re Netflix and Hulu  —  The Boxee Box by D-Link is launching today in 33 countries with a brand new version of the software.  You can order yours here.  —  If you have been spending more and more time watching videos on your computer and would like to be able …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Open Kinect Contest: $2000 in prizes  —  I'm starting a contest for people that do cool things with a Kinect.  See the details below.  —  Before I joined Google, I was a grad student interested in topics like computer vision, motion self-tracking, laser scanners-basically any neat or unusual sensing device.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Plans North Carolina Data Center  —  An image of the planned Facebook data center in Rutherford County, North Carolina.  —  Facebook will invest $450 million in a large new data center facility in North Carolina, the company said today.  The data center near Forest City …
Jenn K. Lee / Streak Smart:
Rumor: Dell Opus One is next-gen Dell Streak with dual-core CPU  —  You didn't think more Streak colors were the only thing that came out of Dell's private presentation, did you?  —  According to someone who was at that presentation, Dell has plans to release a second-gen Streak in May 2011.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jimmy Fallon, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Twitter History 101  —  Jimmy Fallon has embraced technology in general, and Twitter specifically, since his late-night show launched last year.  So it's about time he had the Twitter dudes on to chat.  Here's his chat with Ev Williams and Biz Stone, which aired late last night:
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google And Microsoft Take Their Mobile War To The Ad Section Of Twitter
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Movie rentals, purchases come to Japanese iTunes Store
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Xbox used for games only 60 percent of the time
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Founders Check-In To Gap's Holiday “Want” Ads
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Apple now selling iBooks Gift Cards
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