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9:10 AM ET, November 2, 2010

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to debut Chrome-featured smartbooks later in November  —  Global brand vendors are expected to launch their new generation smartbooks featuring the Google Chrome operating system (OS) later this month (November), while Google also plans to launch its own-brand Chrome notebook …
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Component Makers Whisper That Chrome OS Will Ship In November
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and SlashGear
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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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Brings AirPlay Back To Youtube App With 4.2 GM [Update: Back In Every App]  —  Great news: AirPlay is back to the official Youtube app for iPhone and iPad, and AirPlay even got specific controls in the multitasking bar.  —  When iOS 4.2 Beta 3 came out, we first reported that Apple removed …
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 …
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.
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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Skrentablog:   Anatomy of blekko's press launch
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.
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
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).
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Oracle Buys eCommerce Software Giant ATG For $1 Billion  —  ATG, provider of eCommerce software and related on-demand commerce optimization applications, this morning announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Oracle for $6 per share in cash, or approximately $1 billion.
Discussion: Business Wire, ZDNet and Reuters
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.
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
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's $52 Billion Piggybank Disappoints Investors  —  Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s piggybank, stuffed with $51 billion in cash and investments, is earning a lower return than a typical U.S. savings account.  Some investors say Steve Jobs should put that money to better use.
Discussion: TechEye
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Tippr Launches White Label Group-Buying Platform  —  When it comes to group-buying, Groupon is clearly the market's Goliath, with 20 million subscribers, over $160-million in venture financing and a market value of more than $1 billion.  So how do you compete with that kind of presence?
Discussion: TechFlash
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Buzz Sounds More Like Crickets, Does Google Need To Be More Patient?  —  As we first reported late last week, Lars Rasmussen, the father of both Google Maps and Google Wave, has left Google is heading to Facebook.  As we suspected, part of the reason is that Google pulled the plug on Wave barely a year into its existence.
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.
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer  —  Marco Arment started Instapaper, because he wanted to be able to read the Web pages he'd saved during the day on his train ride home.  “A lot of people think that if you're in a big city, you have [mobile connectivity] all the time,” he laughs.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rebellious Coders Home In on Apple TV Hacks, App Store  —  Apple calls the Apple TV a “hobby” because it isn't a big seller.  But for a bustling community of hackers, jailbreaking and tinkering with the set-top box is the real hobby.  —  The recent release of the second-generation Apple TV …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Will the Mac App Store run iPad apps?  —  Last night during the iPad Live podcast, while Georgia and I were discussing the rumor about Apple holding a secret iOS developer session, she conjectured that Apple might be showing developers a way to quickly make their iPad apps run on the Mac.  —  Crazy?
Discussion: Scripting News
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: MediaPost, Mediaweek and FM Blog
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple slashes Mac mini prices (in Europe, US follows?)
Discussion: MacRumors, Engadget and Geek.com
Andrew McGlinchey / Google LatLong:
Google Places now more widely available in Asia
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Street View Debuts In Germany, Blurry Houses Included
Discussion: CNET News, Softpedia 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: Green Tech and Yahoo! News, Thanks:editorialiste
 Earlier Items: 
Drew / Fark Blog:
Jon Stewart to Reddit: you don't matter
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
88 High-Risk Defects Found in Android Kernel
Discussion: The Register and internetnews.com
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Target to Carry iPhone Beginning November 7th
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Google Books Algorithm
Discussion: The Next Web and Switched
Google Online Security Blog:
Rewarding web application security research
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sues The US Government For Only Considering Microsoft Solutions