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3:55 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Here's The Cloud Computing Company Dell Is Buying: Boomi  —  Dell has just announced it has agreed to acquire Software-as-a-Service integration company Boomi.  Boomi offers an application integration platform that aims to reduce cost and complexity out of integrating applications …
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Dell's Boomi Buy: Here's What It Means
Discussion: SAI and The Diversity Blog
John D. Sutter / CNN:
The modern tech CEO: Barefoot and 21  —  Cambridge, Massachusetts (CNN) — Walk into Seth Priebatsch's corner office and you have to step over a racecar mat — the kind little kids use to race toy cars and crash them together.  —  The obstacle is no accident.
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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.
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 …
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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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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Alexander Howard / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Social Voting Increase Real-World Participation?  Foursquare Founder Says Yes
Discussion: Fast Company, A VC and techPresident
David Zax / Fast Company:
Why Did Google Get My Polling Place Wrong? [Update]
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Zuckerberg Really, Really Wanted to Work With Sam Lessin  —  Facebook's acquisition of online storage start-up Drop.io last week looks like the standard-issue “acqhire”: Big company buys a small company because it wants its employees, but doesn't really care about the business they've built.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Look: Where The Workers Who Made Your iPhone Sleep At Night  —  Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China, is home to about half of its 420,000 workers.  They make many of our gadgets and computers, then walk to dormitories on the 2.1-kilometer-square campus.  I got to look inside.
Paul Yiu / Bing:
Bing's new social search features arrive today  —  Today we are completing our deployment of our new social features that we built in partnership with Facebook.  We're really excited to get these features in the hands of all our US users.  —  As with all the work we do at Bing …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Neowin.net
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Coming Soon in Google Docs: Third Party Apps, Cloud Printing and Sync  —  Google Docs' source code includes a message that reveals some important upcoming features: “Coming soon: Third party applications, cloud printers, and sync devices”.  —  Cloud printing is a project that will enable applications on any device to print documents.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad satisfaction hits 95% in October ChangeWave survey, up 4 pts. from May  —  Apple's “magical” device the first choice of 80% of respondents who plan to buy a tablet  —  The iPad, which scored a 91% satisfaction rating in ChangeWave's May survey, inched up another four points in results released Tuesday.
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Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Apple Increases Tablet Share to 95 Percent as Android Slips
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
AdWords And Google Voice Hook Up To Form “AdWords Call Metrics”  —  What if AdWords and Google Voice had a love child?  That child would probably be named “AdWords Call Metrics,” which is what Google is introducing today.  Google is combining the functionality behind Google Voice with AdWords.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Following Zynga's Footsteps, EA Signs Five Year Deal With Facebook To Use Credits  —  Following in the footsteps of Zynga, Electronic Arts has just announced that it has entered into a five-year strategic relationship with Facebook.  Similar to the Zynga deal, Facebook Credits will become …
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Some MacBook Airs exhibiting screen issues  —  Some of Apple's newly released MacBook Air models may have display problems, according to both Internet reports and first-hand accounts.  —  First reported by Cult of Mac over the weekend, some users have reported odd kernel panics …
RichardC / Symbian Blog:
Euromillions for the Symbian ecosystem: €22M committed to next generation technologies for Symbian  —  Under an initiative sponsored by the European Commission (EC), the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified …
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.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Gold Master To Developers [Update: See What's New!]
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
SAP willing to pay Oracle $120M for attorney's fees  —  IDG News Service - SAP would pay Oracle $120 million for “past and future reasonable attorneys fees and costs” under the terms of a joint stipulation filed Monday in connection with the companies' ongoing intellectual-property lawsuit.
Discussion: The Register, Digital Daily and eWeek
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?
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Times claims 105,000 online ‘sales’  —  After weeks of speculation come some hard figures for online subscribers to the The Times and the Sunday Times.  —  News International announced this morning that it has secured 105,000 sales from people who have paid to access either the papers' websites and/or its iPad and Kindle apps.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shortages Could Hurt Windows Phone 7 Launch In U.S.  —  European mobile phone operator Orange is facing shortages of Windows Phone 7 handsets, and is offering vouchers to disappointed customers.  The shortages could bode problems for the phone's U.S. launch later this month.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Allows You To Send Gift Cards To Friends On Facebook
Discussion: TechFlash, Business Wire and Mashable!
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
The Worst Android Fragmentation is Yet to Come
Discussion: Gizmodo, Download Squad and Gearlog, Thanks:rawmeet
cellular-news:
European Specialists to Define Security Standards for Smartphones
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
There's another new Windows Server in the Microsoft pipeline
Discussion: Bink.nu and Softpedia News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony confirms PlayStation Phone, sort of
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's $52 Billion Piggybank Disappoints Investors
Discussion: TechEye
Lydia Dishman / Fast Company:
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Thanks:chirag_mehta
Skrentablog:
Anatomy of blekko's press launch
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Carries $205 Bill of Materials, iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Instagram, The Photo App For The Cool Kids, Is Taking Off
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bang! Publishers Say Giant Web Ads Have “Stopping Power”
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rebellious Coders Home In on Apple TV Hacks, App Store