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5:15 AM ET, November 1, 2010

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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Why I quit Google to join Facebook: Lars Rasmussen  —  Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney-based co-founder of Google Maps has spoken publicly for the first time about why he quit his job and joined the growing band of high profile Googlers who have switched allegiances to Facebook.
Discussion: The Next Web, Neowin.net and Delimiter, Thanks:mathewi
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Real Problem - GTD?  —  Google has made it a habit of making news for the wrong reasons!  Days after it reported a blockbuster quarter, the company's chief executive made some childish remarks about privacy.  —  And in past week or so, the company saw three well-known executives leave the company.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   On Google Growing Up, Losing Employees & Being The New “California”
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko, The “Slashtag” Search Engine, Goes Live  —  Blekko, the long anticipated search engine founded by Rich Skrenta, has finally opened to the public.  The service offers an interesting way to “slash” or create specialty search engines for any topic, along with new features the company hopes will improve relevancy.
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Skrentablog:
Crowdsourcing search relevance
Discussion: Computerworld, Epicenter and Ubergizmo
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Aims at Google
Discussion: Mashable! and Marksonland
Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up  —  During the “Back to the Mac” event two weeks ago, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark as he unveiled the MacBook Air, one that made the audience chuckle in laughter: … There is always a strategic intent with the things …
Discussion: TechCrunch and RazorianFly
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:   Apple's Next Macintosh OS
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
How to Take Down Facebook — Hint: It Ain't Twitter.  (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)  —  I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.  It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something “wrong” with Facebook …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Grants Rare Access to Start-Up  —  Chip Giant Will Manufacture Achronix's Semiconductors Using Most Advanced Production Process  —  Intel Corp. has agreed to make chips for a semiconductor start-up, the first time the Silicon Valley giant has given another company access to its most advanced production processes.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
EBay Attempts to Clean Up the Clutter  —  Redesign This Week Uses Technological Overhaul to Organize Thousands of Listings  —  As eBay Inc. prepares for a critical holiday shopping season, the company this week plans to unveil new elements of an overhaul in how shoppers find and buy products on its Web site.
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
EBay social-network, e-mail plan aims to ease group gifts  —  EBay will launch an online group gift-buying service today designed to make it easier for several people to pitch in, buy and pay for gifts using their social-network and e-mail contacts.  —  EBay North America Vice President Christopher Payne …
Emily B. Hager / New York Times:
IPad Opens World to a Disabled Boy  —  OWEN CAIN depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements — he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy.  —  Owen, 7, does not have the strength to maneuver a computer mouse, but when a nurse propped …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Vs. D'Angelo, ‘Before They Were Stars’ And ‘Where Are They Now?’ … Above is the Team page for Synapse, the Pandora-like music recommendation plugin Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebook engineer and Quora founder Adam D'Angelo built in 2002, while they were in high school together.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
LimeWire Alternatives See Huge Increase in Downloads  —  A few days after LimeWire shut down nearly all alternative file-sharing applications report a massive increase in downloads, most likely from LimeWire refugees.  On the one hand the developers of LimeWire's competitors are pleased …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Techie Buzz
Ryan Spoon:
Must Read Quora Threads for Startups  —  For entrepreneurs, Quora has become the new Hacker News: the go-to-place to glean great, rich information related to startups - culture, technology, product, design, history, financing, etc.  It's all there and much of it is outstanding.
Thanks:ryanspoon
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Special Purpose Investment Vehicles Snap Up Facebook Shares  —  A new type of player is emerging in the market for Facebook shares.  —  Investors are banding together and creating a growing number of entities that exist solely to buy stock in the company.  While investors have been able …
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
409A Valuations  —  Don Dodge wrote about a very dry …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Anti-cyberbullying 101: soon required at your public school?
Discussion: Switched and The Huffington Post
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Beats Google Checkout To The Local Payments Market But Will It Work?
Thanks:rawmeet
Joshua Brustein / New York Times:
Nation's Political Pulse, Taken Using Net Chatter
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Who's suing whom: Apple vs. Motorola edition
Discussion: Open Source Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Making it up in volume?  How to view unit profitability vs. volume in handsets
Economist:
End of the silicon honeymoon
Doc Searls Weblog:
The Data Bubble II
Discussion: FM Blog and Weblogsky, Thanks:kevinmarks