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7:55 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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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
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.
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: The Register, Neowin.net and Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
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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.
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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
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 …
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
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
Electronista:
Meizu to launch iPhone clone Nov. 30th  —  Meizu's shadow to the iPhone, the M8, should be available in at least a limited form before the end of the month, according to a post by company head J. Wong.  While already tentatively slated for November, the touchscreen phone should be launched …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
Nokia:
Nokia completes OZ Communications acquisition  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that it has completed its acquisition of OZ Communications Inc, a privately held company with approximately 220 employees and headquartered in Montreal, Canada.  The deal was initially announced on September 30, 2008.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC  —  Todd Bishop's TechFlash site has a worthwhile read up on the unhappy response of Tablet PC enthusiasts to Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's description of the Tablet PC as a “niche” product at last week's PDC event.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Election 08: Homepages of Major News Sites, Right After the News  —  I tried to capture the homepages of most major online news site after Obama's election, and have uploaded them here on Flickr.  Sites include CNN.com, MSNBC.com, NYTimes.com, Washingtonpost.com, WSJ.com, Yahoo News, Time …
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
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.
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
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
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.
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.
 
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Yahoo-Google deal may flounder, analyst says
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Salesforce 2.0 Adds Voice, IM With Ribbit
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Yammer goes down, companies all over go silent
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan / Channel 9:
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
Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Top searches on Election Day (part 1)