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12:45 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.
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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  —  How on earth do you try to disrupt the search space?  —  Search requires not only a big software system, but also a massive set of relevance data to help the algorithms make sense of the billions of pages on the web.  —  Bing and Google have hundreds …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:   Start-Up Aims at Google
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  —  Operating systems don't age well.  Some have better genes than others or they have more competent caretakers, but sooner or later they are stricken by a cancer of bug fixes upon bug fixes, upgrades upon upgrades.  I know, I lived inside two OS sausage factories …
Economist:
End of the silicon honeymoon  —  The love affair that technology firms had with America's president is fading fast  —  PASSING through California on a mid-term campaign swing, Barack Obama made a point of stopping off to see Steve Jobs, the boss of Apple.  He also hob-nobbed with executives …
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
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Anti-cyberbullying 101: soon required at your public school?  —  Online Pugsleys everywhere be forewarned: a major government program designed to help schools upgrade their Internet connectivity will soon require them to teach kids how to stop “cyberbullying” and “act responsibly on social networking sites like Facebook.”
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Beats Google Checkout To The Local Payments Market But Will It Work?  (TCTV)  —  In conjunction with the company's developer conference, PayPal announced a slew of news and product releases this week, including a new micropayments product and an apps platform for businesses.
Thanks:rawmeet
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Who's suing whom: Apple vs. Motorola edition  —  The social graph of telecom litigants just got a little more convoluted  —  With thanks and apologies to InformationIsBeautiful.net, whose lovely graphic we've updated to put Apple's (AAPL) countersuit against Motorola (MOT) late Friday into context.
Discussion: Open Source Blog
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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Joshua Brustein / New York Times:
Nation's Political Pulse, Taken Using Net Chatter
Wall Street Journal:
EBay Attempts to Clean Up the Clutter
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Vs. D'Angelo, ‘Before They Were Stars’ And ‘Where Are They Now?’
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Making it up in volume?  How to view unit profitability vs. volume in handsets
Discussion: Fortune
 Earlier Items: 
Doc Searls Weblog:
The Data Bubble II
Discussion: Weblogsky, Thanks:kevinmarks
Ryan Pollock / Google Mobile Blog:
Find your polling place and follow the US Election on the go
Randall Stross / New York Times:
When the Assembly Line Moves Online
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are You A Pirate?  —  I read blog posts by Don Dodge …