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6:10 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”  —  All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission.  By a vote of 5-, the FCC formally agreed to open up the “white spaces” spectrum — the unused airwaves between …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google Wins Big at FCC Today  —  UPDATED: Today the Federal Communications Commission opened up the wireless communications market with its approval of a plan to allow independent devices to operate in the spectrum between digital TV channels.  It also approved the merger of spectrum between Sprint …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
F.C.C. to Open Radio Spectrum
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:   FCC Vote Results - We The People Won
Mark Ward / BBC:
The end of an era - Windows 3.x  —  An application has expectedly quit.  —  Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life.  —  On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.  —  The various versions of Windows 3.x …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forget The Magic Wall.  CNN Now Has Holograms  —  CNN is cool.  In addition to the huge touchscreen “Magic Wall” (which was originally military technology), CNN's Wolf Blitzer gets to play with Holograms today during their coverage of the presidential elections.
Discussion: Valleywag, paidContent.org and Beet.TV
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Jeremy Bradley / CNN:
The inventor behind CNN's election ‘Magic Wall’
Discussion: Gizmodo and VentureBeat
David Pogue / New York Times:
Shazam!  A Projector Is Shrunk  —  Come on, admit it: is there anything more awesome than miniaturization?  —  The Walkman put a stereo system in your pocket and changed the game forever.  A modern digital watch has the computing power of a roomful of 1950s computer gear.
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV and Engadget
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Profy and TechCrunch
Ehsan Akhgari / Ehsan Akhgari's blog:
Don't leave a trace: Private Browsing in Firefox  —  Today, a major feature was added to the pre-release versions of Firefox 3.1, called Private Browsing.  I've been working for quite some time on this, so I thought it may be a good time to write about what this feature is and how to use it.
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
New Firefox privacy mode released to testers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Reaches 20% Market Share for First Time Ever  —  The good folks at Mozilla are trumpeting a new report by global analytics service Net Applications that documented a 20% global market share for two out of four weeks in October.  It's a new high bar of popularity for the 2nd most popular browser in the world.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair.  Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Ex-Facebook exec withdrew candidacy for MySpace Music job  —  Two months ago, MySpace Music appeared ready to fill its CEO position.  The new music service had whittled down the candidates to Owen Van Natta, the former Facebook executive, and Andy Schuon, a longtime music industry insider.
Discussion: Valleywag
Associated Press:
FCC approves Verizon Wireless' purchase of Alltel  —  WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are signing off on Verizon Wireless' planned $28 billion purchase of Alltel Corp. The deal will create the nation's largest wireless carrier.  —  With partial dissents by the two Democrats on the five-member panel …
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Mr. Benioff, Tear Down That Wall  —  Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, talks about how Salesforce is all for sweetness and love and openness and all the good things.  As VentureBeat reports: … Now, where do I begin?  As I have recounted elsewhere, our dalliance with Salesforce began …
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Juice Makes You Smarter, Faster (If You're on Firefox 3)  —  We've all been there.  You started reading something on the Web, saw something interesting in the article, searched for it, wound up somewhere else, and after about 12 hops you've forgotten exactly what it was you were looking for.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Two Year's Later, Google Still Can't Deliver YouTube Without Stuttering & Buffering  —  It's been just over two year's now since Google acquired YouTube and while the debate rages on in the industry about how YouTube will make money, few people are discussing the quality problem Google continues to have with delivering YouTube videos.
Adobe:
Security Update available for Adobe Reader 8 and Acrobat 8  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB08-19  —  CVE number: CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4817, CVE-2008-4816, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4815  —  Critical vulnerabilities have been identified …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Yammer goes down, companies all over go silent  —  Back in the heady, sunlit uplands of Summer 2007 we used to complain when Twitter went down, so useful had it become.  Even Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis once decided Twitter was so crucial to his business that he would pay $100 a year for a premium account.
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
BBC:
Games ‘to outsell’ music and video  —  UK sales of games will outstrip music and video for the first time in 2008, says a report from Verdict Research.  —  A huge shift in consumer attitudes has turned video games into the UK's most popular form of entertainment, say the retail analysts.
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Salesforce 2.0 Adds Voice, IM With Ribbit  —  The CRM software add-on provides voice mail transcriptions and integration of Google Talk and Skype.  —  The Web phone company Ribbit said it has improved its communication services with the launch of Ribbit for Salesforce 2.0.
BBC:
New MP3 logo gets online support  —  Seven of Britain's largest music download sites have got together to promote a new “MP3 compatible” logo.  —  It aims to raise the profile of the open MP3 music format and show people what they can do with their downloads.
Discussion: Electronista and Slashdot
Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Top searches on Election Day (part 1)  —  The long, long election campaign season culminates today as people make their choices on hundreds of statewide and local contests as well as the race for the next U.S. president.  Throughout the day, we're keeping an eye on Google Hot Trends to decipher …
 
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Yahoo-Google deal may flounder, analyst says
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Twitter holds up under election surge, for the most part
Discussion: Bits
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
FCC OKs Clearwire/Sprint WiMax Deal; Both Stocks Soar
Discussion: Associated Press and TechFlash
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Causes Holds Largest Online Rally Ever To Get You To The Polls
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Google Distracts Microsoft
Discussion: Fast Company and Beyond Search
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fired? Don't delete your company's Exchange database
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
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Windows 7: Find and Organize Part 2 - Building Federated Search applications
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Blames Economy, Slows Down Payments To Publishers
Royal Pingdom:
Apple fumbles with me.com
Discussion: TUAW
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Weapon
Discussion: MacRumors