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4:40 AM ET, November 2, 2010

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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
iPhone 5 Will Enable Ambitious Remote Computing Program - Source [Exclusive]  —  We've received a tip about an unexpected application for the NFC chip Apple is expected to build into the iPhone 5.  —  Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn …
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:   Rumor: iPhone 5 To Turn Any Mac Into Your Own Using NFC
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Gold Master To Developers [Update: See What's New!]  —  Good news folks, Apple just released the pre-final version of iOS 4.2 to members of the Apple developer program. iOS 4.2 Gold Master, or GM as it's called, should be the exact version that Apple will be shipping very soon (hopefully) to the public.
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Sorry, Blekko Is Doomed  —  A new search-engine called Blekko just launched.  It's the latest in a long line of companies to try to leapfrog Google by providing “better” search results.  —  Specifically, in Blekko's case, the company is using human input into algorithmic results to screen …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab review  —  The story of the Galaxy Tab has been quite a saga, to say the least.  In fact, it was actually back in May that we first heard rumblings of Samsung's plans to unleash a 7-inch Android tablet much like its Galaxy S phones, but it was only after months of painful teasing …
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Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Carries $205 Bill of Materials, iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU  —  Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we've heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing.
Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
Promoted Tweets: Testing in the Timeline  —  When we launched Promoted Tweets in April, we outlined our plan for gradually rolling them out in all of the places people experience Twitter: first in search on Twitter.com, later in search through our partners, and eventually in the user timeline.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Component Makers Whisper That Chrome OS Will Ship In November  —  We've been expecting Chrome OS for a long, long time.  We've heard that it would launch this fall, most vocally from Acer, which has made various promises about Chrome OS devices being on the way.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and SlashGear
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to debut Chrome-featured smartbooks later in November
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Cade Metz / The Register:
First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft  —  Memo to Redmond: CSS ain't HTML  —  The Worldwide Web Consortium has released the results of its first HTML5 conformance tests, and according to this initial rundown, the browser that most closely adheres to the latest set of web standards is...Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
You Can Now Follow The World Series #SFRiot On Twitter, Ustream And Foursquare  —  The San Francisco Giants won the World Series earlier this evening and of course the celebration in San Francisco has at this point devolved into multiple riots, which you can now follow on Twitter through the hashtags #SFRiot and #SFScanner.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Huffington Post
Ricky / Digitizor:
And So The Exodus Begins - 33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org  —  We all knew that it would come to this and it has finally happened - 33 developers have left OpenOffice.org to join The Document Foundation, with more expected to leave in the next few days.  —  The History
Bob Muglia / The Silverlight Blog:
PDC and Silverlight  —  [This blog post is from Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft]  —  Last week, we held our PDC conference on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. We also streamed it online using Silverlight (with both live and on-demand sessions).
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Apple Increases Tablet Share to 95 Percent as Android Slips  —  Apple Inc. increased its market share in tablet computers to 95 percent in the third quarter, while Google Inc.'s Android operating system slipped, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.  —  Global tablet sales rose 26 percent …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang!  Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”  —  Bigger really is better!  —  So say Web publishers who have been running super-sized, don't-you-dare-look-away-from- me ads for the past year.  —  Even better, the ad-sellers insist — they have scientific proof to back up their claim.
Discussion: FM Blog, Mediaweek and MediaPost
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Instagram, The Photo App For The Cool Kids, Is Taking Off  —  Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are — today, at least — living the startup dream.  —  Their simple iPhone photo shooting-and-sharing app is growing about as fast as we've seen anything grow …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sues The US Government For Only Considering Microsoft Solutions  —  Eric Goldman alerts us to the interesting bit of news that Google has sued the US government — specifically the Department of the Interior, for not seriously considering Google Apps when it put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to handle its messaging needs.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Election Badges, Vote by Check-In and Twitter Bubbles  —  It may not be quite as big a deal as the presidential elections in 2008, when Barack Obama's campaign team used social media and social networks to mobilize supporters and win the White House, but the mid-term state elections happening tomorrow …
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James Temple / SFGate:
Salesforce.com planning huge Mission Bay headquarters  —  Salesforce.com, one of San Francisco's largest and fastest growing technology companies, plans to announce today that it will build an enormous new headquarters at Mission Bay.  —  The online sales software company …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SCVNGR Goes Global and Becomes the First Service to Use Google's Places API  —  SCVNGR is a location-based service with apps for the iPhone and Android that wants to add a “game layer on top of the world.”  Starting today, the company is getting closer to this goal, as it is going international and expanding to about 80 new countries.
Discussion: TechCrunch and BoomTown
Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google APIs Console and our latest API updates  —  After a busy year of creating, curating, and re-organizing our APIs, we're pleased to share that: We're announcing the Google APIs console, a new tool to help you use our APIs in your applications and on your websites.
Blake Stimac / IntoMobile:
Meet 8pen, another Android keyboard with a steep learning curve  —  There are many keyboard replacements available for Android these days, most of which are much better than the stock Android keyboard.  We now have a new entrant to add to the mix, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before.
Drew / Fark Blog:
Jon Stewart to Reddit: you don't matter  —  Backstory: Reddit has been pushing support for the Stewart/Colbert rally since its inception, possibly since before its inception.  —  At the Rally For Sanity press conference on Saturday, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit …
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Updated Xbox and WinPhone7 Get Updated Netflix, ESPN, and More  —  Xbox 360's long-awaited dashboard update is here, bringing a slew of new features, including a nice bonus from Netflix: a genuine UI for search on the Xbox and support for streaming on Windows Phone 7.  —  Let's take the Xbox first.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Walmart integrates Vudu movie streaming with DVD purchases
Discussion: Vudu Blog, paidContent and Engadget
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rebellious Coders Home In on Apple TV Hacks, App Store
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Street View Debuts In Germany, Blurry Houses Included
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mattmcgee
Reuters:
Skype IPO to take stage in 2011: sources
Discussion: The Next Web
Larry Dignan / SmartPlanet:
GM's Volt: 10 million lines of code
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Green Tech, Thanks:editorialiste
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Showing Related Brands, Stores & Types In Results
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
88 High-Risk Defects Found in Android Kernel
Discussion: internetnews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Google Books Algorithm
Discussion: The Next Web and Switched
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's AdMob Integration Is “Just Not Going Great”
Discussion: MediaPost and Pulse2
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Amazon Slashes AWS S3 Prices Up To 19%
Canalys:
Apple takes the lead in the US smart phone market with a 26% share