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6:55 AM ET, November 4, 2008

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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Key Apple Executive to Depart  —  Apple Inc. is losing one of its key technology executives.  —  Tony Fadell, a senior executive who was instrumental in the development of the iPod, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, people familiar with the matter said.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Report: Tony Fadell, iPod chief, to leave Apple  —  One of the fathers of the iPod, Tony Fadell, is leaving Apple after seven years spent inside the division that changed the company's fortunes.  —  Fadell is to be replaced by former IBM executive Mark Papermaster, according to a report Monday night by The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Reuters and The Open Road
Keith Thornhill / Y! Live Blog:
Stopping our broadcast...  Our mission here on the Brickhouse team is to quickly develop product ideas that can add value to Yahoo! as a whole.  To do this effectively we constantly evaluate our early-stage products and sometimes have to make the hard decision to move on …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Live gestates for 9 months, won't survive delivery
Discussion: next.yahoo and Podcasting News
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple: No new products before the holidays  —  Despite Internet rumors of forthcoming product releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays.  —  “Our holiday line-up is set,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The Apple analyst who couldn't shoot straight  —  What is it with Craig Berger and Apple?  —  The FBR Capital Markets analyst made headlines Monday with a report that Apple had slashed iPhone production for this quarter — down as much as 40% from the September quarter (fiscal Q4) …
Discussion: PC World
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro  —  Here we are sitting in the PC Magazine Labs, and it occurs to us: We've got a shiny new Macbook Pro and an early build of Windows 7 on disc, so why not attempt to use one to run the other?  —  Check out photos, video, and a run down of the process, after the jump.
Discussion: InfoWorld, 9 to 5 Mac and techeblog.com
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
Block this way  —  When we notice a spike in readers who are interested in a specific topic, we like to address it as soon as we can.  There's been some interest in filtering ads from publisher pages, so here's a quick refresher on the filtering tools we offer:  —  Competitive Ad Filter
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: Soon to Be a Mobile Gaming Force  —  Watch out, Sony and Nintendo; overnight, the maker of the iPhone is making a mark on the handheld gaming industry  —  I didn't expect much from games on the iPhone.  I had visions of casual games, perhaps a fancy take on solitaire or a version …
Sean / Seeking to Understand:
Emailed Steve Jobs, Apple Called Back!  —  I mostly love my new MacBook Pro - but one thing that has been driving me slightly insane is that the trackpad misses clicks sometimes.  You hear and feel the click - it just doesn't register the click.  I've read through the Apple discussion forums …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple rep: We're “looking into” MacBook Pro trackpad issues
Discussion: TechSpot
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Three's a Cloud for Salesforce.com, Facebook and Amazon.com  —  The clouds are aligning: Salesforce.com Monday unveiled plans to make its “cloud” work with Facebook's and Amazon's.  —  “Cloud computing” is the hottest tech buzzterm since “Web 2..” It's come to mean more or less anything having …
John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
Spam surges as Google's CAPTCHA falters  —  Techworld.com) The spread of CAPTCHA-breaking tools has resulted in a sudden surge in the use of blogging sites such as Google's Blogspot to host spam adverts, security vendor MessageLabs has reported.  —  The company's latest Intelligence report …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
The Laptop Celebrates 40 Years  —  Laptops today vary greatly in size, weight and purpose, but they all have one common origin: Alan Kay's Dynabook.  —  Kay, a former Xerox PARC computer scientist, drew up the idea of a portable computer in 1968, when computers still weighed over 100 pounds and ate punch cards.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Brains behind Hulu leaves NBC  —  George Kliavkoff, the man who helped draw up the blueprint for a string of successful digital media services—from Hulu to Major League Baseball Advance Media—is leaving NBC Universal at the end of the year, CNET News has learned.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Facebook moves into micropayments for gifts  —  Since its launch in early February of last year, Facebook's online gift store has run off of standard U.S. dollars, letting users purchase gifts one at a time, or in bundles at a slight discount.  However, starting Monday the popular social network …
Gamasutra:
Breaking: THQ Closes Multiple Studios  —  Publisher THQ is making significant staff cuts to its internal development studios, according to information obtained by Gamasutra and another media site, with Paradigm Entertainment reportedly being closed and Juice Games seeing a workforce reduction of about a third.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
About Those Rumors That the New York Times Would Sell About.com  —  We've heard the chatter about the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) possibly selling About.com ... let's start by admitting that what makes sense to me and what makes sense to the people running the New York Times Company doesn't always dovetail.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Personal note: A job change for yours truly  —  As many people who have been reading this blog for awhile probably know, I work for the Globe and Mail, a daily newspaper based in Toronto, where I've been working since 1994 or so.  I've written about the stock market, the rise of the Internet …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip Takes A $3.5 Million Financing To Continue Data Unclogging Efforts  —  I know this back end plumbing stuff is boring to most of you, but Gnip is worth the trouble to understand.  The company, which helps ease the transportation of social content between services (like getting Twitter data to Plaxo …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
AltSearchEngines and last100 Go Indie  —  Admin announcement: ReadWriteWeb has made a strategic decision to disband our network, meaning that our two separately branded network blogs AltSearchEngines and last100 are going independent.  —  The reason ReadWriteWeb has made this decision …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?  —  Interesting developments on the Blu-ray front: it seems that it may have been hacked.  That at least is the interpretation that seems (if you look at it sideways and narrow your eyes a bit) to emerge from the discussion on the Doom9 forum …
Discussion: Techdirt and Hardware 2.0
Will Park / IntoMobile:
AndroidBoy brings Game Boy emulation to Android Market  —  We're still getting acquainted with our T-Mobile G1, discovering all the little nuances that the Android OS has to offer.  But, there's just something missing from the Android platform... what could it be?  —  A GameBoy emulator!
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Herman Miller Embody Review: The Best Chair We've Ever Sat On  —  As anyone who's worked in an office would know, Herman Miller's Aeron is the chair to have at your desk for both comfort and status.  As a guy who's worked at his share of Silicon Valley startups the net boom and bust …
Discussion: The Tech Report and techeblog.com
John Cook / TechFlash:
Urbanspoon gets plug in iPhone ad  —  Seattle's Urbanspoon, whose online restaurant locator has quickly become one of the most popular iPhone applications, gets a huge plug in Apple's latest ad campaign.  —  The ad shows Urbanspoon's slot-machine-style restaurant locator in action …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In Landslide, John McCain Is The President Of AOL.com  —  The Wall Street Journal may have essentially called the Presidential election for Democrat Barack Obama this morning, but wait a tick.  AOL.com's homepage political poll results are in, and the site's calling a landslide for Republican John McCain.
Discussion: CNET News and Datamation
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Getting Out Of Used DVD Sales (NFLX)  —  Smart move by Netflix: It's getting out of the used DVD business.  —  No surprise: As a revenue stream, selling used DVDs on its Web site was at best a side show compared to its core business of renting DVDs by mail.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcastic P4P trial shows 80% speed boost for P2P downloads
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Tax website shut down as memory stick with secret personal data …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada
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Nick Cooper / Google Enterprise Blog:
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Discussion: Joi Ito's Web
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot