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11:35 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
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.
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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  —  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 the AirPlay feature in the built-in Youtube app.
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.
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple slashes Mac mini prices (in Europe, US follows?)  —  Apple has cut €100 off of the European price of the Mac mini — the price cut is trans-European, it is also available at the UK store.  —  The Mac mini — now equipped with an HDMI port among other delightful features …
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
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Skyfire iOS browser approved by Apple, converts Flash video to HTML5  —  A new Apple-approved iPhone and iPad mobile browser from a startup company, set to launch this week, converts video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, though it won't work with Hulu.  —  The new Skyfire browser will be available …
Skrentablog:
Anatomy of blekko's press launch … After the Wall Street Journal broke our press embargo 5 hours early, someone on Hacker News asked why we were launching the site on a Sunday afternoon.  —  But if you want to be in the Monday morning press, a writer's story needs to be done and ready by Sunday.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Sorry, Blekko Is Doomed
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
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.
Nielsen Wire:
Mobile Snapshot: Smartphones Now 28% of U.S. Cellphone Market  —  The Nielsen Company today reported that as of the third quarter of 2010, 28 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers now have smartphones, cellphones with operating systems resembling those of computers.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms PlayStation Phone, sort of  —  In a maddeningly vague pair of conference calls with analysts, Sony executives seemingly acknowledged last Friday that they were working on products that will address the “light gamer” segment of the mobile gaming market.
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.
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang!  Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”  —  Bigger really is better!  —  So say Web publishers who have been running supersized, 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.
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).
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
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Carries $205 Bill of Materials, iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  With its new Galaxy Tab GT-P1000, Samsung Electronics has developed a product with features and component costs that position it as a large-scale smart phone, rather than as a true competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPad, according to iSuppli Corp.
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
Will the Mac App Store run iPad apps?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Andrew McGlinchey / Google LatLong:
Google Places now more widely available in Asia
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Instagram, The Photo App For The Cool Kids, Is Taking Off
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GM's Volt: 10 million lines of code
Discussion: Green Tech, Thanks:editorialiste
Drew / Fark Blog:
Jon Stewart to Reddit: you don't matter
Google Online Security Blog:
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Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
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