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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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple loses Fadell, its iPod chief, possible Jobs successor  —  Tony Fadell, Apple's senior vice president of the company's iPod division is leaving the company, reports The Wall Street Journal.  The motivation for his departure is said to be “personal reasons.”  This is potentially a big blow to Apple.
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 …
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Harvard Bails Out On Google Book Scanning Deal; Disagrees With Settlement Terms  —  from the and-here-come-the-problems dept  —  I'm on the record as being opposed to Google's decision to cave in to authors and publishers with its book scanning project.  Many people I normally agree …
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: Jobwire and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com on Microsoft: “They hate everybody”  —  Salesforce.com's strategy can be boiled down to one word, according to chief executive Marc Benioff — love.  Of course, Benioff was being a little tongue-in-cheek as he answered questions from analysts and reporters at today's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
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Nokia:
Nokia continues its change and renews some of its activities  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has today announced plans for changes in some parts of its organization.  The planned organizational changes include the following:  — As a follow-up to Nokia's reorganization in the beginning of 2008 …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Engadget
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch Election Day Live Online  —  Been refreshing Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight.com six times a day for the last two years?  Then you'll need to know how to feed your election news habit during office hours and later Tuesday.  —  Here's how to get the whole picture, live:
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 Equipped With Integrated, App Launching Mini-Touchscreen  —  The picture pretty much says it all, but the coolest part about the Lifebook N7010 is the 4-inch, 480x272 pixel touchscreen integrated into the keyboard area.  Its most notable function is that it works as an app launcher …
Discussion: eWeek and Crave
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 and Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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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, techeblog.com and 9 to 5 Mac
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Very Expensive Myth of Long Distance  —  A showdown over the billions of dollars traded in the dark underside of the telephone system was postponed on Monday.  Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, had proposed a complex plan to restructure …
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Olympus announces midrange E-30 dSLR  —  Olympus' E-30 fills the hole in its dSLR lineup.  —  (Credit: Olympus America)  —  With a price gap of about $900 between the Olympus E-52 and the E-3, Olympus has long had a pretty big hole in its dSLR lineup—a hole populated by extremely popular competitors …
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
AndroidBoy brings Game Boy emulation to Android Market
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
About Those Rumors That the New York Times Would Sell About.com
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
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: Techdirt and Hardware 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada
Discussion: DSLreports, Ars Technica and Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
115 People Lose Their Jobs At Spot Runner, Weblistic Acquisition Is Washed Out
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Airwaves Battle Pits Dolly Parton Against Google