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3:52 AM ET, November 3, 2010

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The big tech pedigree doesn't help: Whitman and Fiorina go down in flames  —  Perhaps tonight's elections in California should be a lesson for technology executives at big tech companies.  The pedigree of being an executive at a major tech company isn't necessarily a winning background for California politics.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Just When You Needed To Know Whether Prop.  19 Will Pass, CA.gov Results Page Goes Down  —  Man, it looks like Silicon Valley is getting its butt kicked at the Califonia polls, with forecasted losses from former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and the heavily tech industry …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Extend iTunes Song Previews to 90 Seconds in U.S.  —  According to Symphonic Distribution, Apple has informed music labels that it is preparing to extend the length of iTunes Store song previews in the United States to 90 seconds for songs that are at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   New iTunes Preview Rules: 90 Seconds For Songs Over 150 Seconds.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Emails All U.S. Gmail Users About The Buzz Settlement — And To Say They're Not Getting A Dime  —  By now you may have heard that Google today settled a privacy lawsuit filed by a group of Buzz users.  What's sort of odd though is that Google actually emailed all U.S.-based Gmail users …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Idea of iPad Apps Running on Mac OS X  —  Dave Winer speculates: … Rene Ritchie even wonders if that's what's going on this week at the private iOS developer meeting in Cupertino.  (It's not — that event is a Game Center summit.)  —  There's no doubt that iOS is where the developer mojo is.
Discussion: MacStories and Scripting News
Liam Cassidy / GigaOM:
iOS 4.2 Beta: Indicator of a Future All-Cloud Apple?  —  In an article today on AppleInsider, Josh Ong details changes in the upcoming iOS 4.2 software update.  One small detail caught my eye: There's an option to enter an Apple ID username and password in the MobileMe setting.
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Aircraft bomb finds may spell end for in-flight Wi-Fi  —  The long-awaited ability to use a cellphone or Wi-Fi connection on an aircraft might become a casualty of the latest aviation security threat.  —  It was revealed on 29 October that parcels containing a powdered explosive packed …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Andreessen Horowitz Doubles Down, Raises $650 Million Fund  —  The fundraising crunch doesn't seem to be hitting venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which announced today that it has raised $650 million for a second fund, more than doubling the $300 million it raised 16 months ago.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:oryankim
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter CEO: Here's Why We're Testing Ads On HootSuite, Not Twitter.com  —  Twitter is starting to test running ads in users' tweet streams.  —  But, instead of testing the ads on Twitter.com or an official Twitter mobile app, HootSuite will be the first company to get a crack at sending ads out to users.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
Google's Biggest Mistakes According to Marissa Mayer  —  Google's Marissa Mayer has been with Google since 1999 and is one of its first twenty five employees.  Needless to say she's one smart cookie and in another life, could quite easily slot in neatly as a politician or press liaison.
Jamie / Signal vs. Noise:
Introducing Chalk: A fun little browser-based app for iPad inspired by our new office  —  My favorite thing about the 37signals office are the 4 team rooms.  Team rooms are where people can work together uninterrupted without disturbing anyone else.  These team rooms are equipped with big chalkboards.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Federated Media targets moms with its first big acquisition  —  Online advertising and marketing company Federated Media just announced its first full startup acquisition — BigTent, a company offering social networking tools to help parents build communities on the Web.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Test your website before you build it!  (First look at Zurb's Verify)  —  Eric Ries once told me a story of something he screwed up.  He told me he built a website, which took six months of his life, and no one ever visited it.  Taught him a valuable lesson: test your ideas to see if anyone …
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Facebook's Initial Crew Moving On  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the most successful start-up of the last decade, is only six years old, and an initial public offering is still a way off.  —  But a number of Facebook's early employees are giving up their stable jobs, free food and laundry service to build their own businesses.
Thanks:rawmeet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tests Smaller Font In News Feed, Users Retaliate On Twitter  —  We noticed a small change tonight on Facebook's news feed: the font seems to have become smaller.  It's unclear how much the size was adjusted but it looks like the change is significant enough that it drew user attention as soon as the font was tweaked.
Discussion: All Facebook
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
IE9 Leads Pack in HTML5 Support?  Not Exactly  —  Internet Explorer 9 Beta on the Windows 7 desktop.  —  The standards body that oversees HTML5 has released the results of its first tests designed to measure the level of HTML5 support in web browsers.  The results, surprisingly …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Nokia N8 review  —  Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Nokia's latest and greatest Symbian handset, the N8.  The N8 got a bit of a late start in life, with production and shipping delays a plenty, but the handset is now starting to propagate itself the world over.
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 …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Watch Election Results Tonight Online  —  After all the voting wraps up this evening, the real fun begins - watching the results come in.  Whether you want to sit around and watch an auto-refreshing, interactive map of election results or feel the buzz of a live, television broadcast …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile roasts AT&T in debut of ‘Largest 4G Network’ campaign  —  T-Mobile USA tonight is launching a new slogan — and a new attitude — with an advertising campaign that lays claim to “America's Largest 4G Network” while poking fun at the notorious network problems experienced by iPhone users on the competing AT&T network.
Discussion: ITworld.com, Thanks:johnhcook
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
The Worst Android Fragmentation is Yet to Come  —  At the Android developers website, Google has some ostensibly encouraging statistics: More than three quarters of Android users are now running version 2.1 or higher.  —  The stats are based on how many people have accessed the Android Market …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
The 58-inch Multitouch Table For iPhone Is Real [Video]  —  We covered the Table Connect for iPhone (a 58-inch surface that mirrors your iPhone screen) a few days ago, and now the developers posted a video of the “device” in action: as you can see in the video above, the table requires …
Tom Warren / winrumors:
Microsoft shifts Bing Maps Bird's Eye Silverlight feature to AJAX, looks to HTML5  —  Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will discontinue investment in the Bing Maps 3D control plug-in.  —  The Bing Maps 3D control plug-in allows users to see Microsoft's “Bird's eye” …
Discussion: Bing, MSDN Blogs, CNET News and The Next Web, Thanks:lylesback2
 
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre 2 preorders beginning November 8th? [Updated]
Discussion: BGR and Gadgetell
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hot Shot Vets From Google, Mozilla, Yahoo Cooking Up Stealth Treats At Tasty Labs
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Is Facebook About To Kill Twitpic?
Discussion: The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Casual Games Start-Up OMGPOP Raising a Serious Funding Round
Discussion: VentureBeat and Blog.games.com
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Zuckerberg Really, Really Wanted to Work With Sam Lessin
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
RichardC / Symbian Blog:
Euromillions for the Symbian ecosystem: €22M committed …
Nielsen Wire:
Mobile Snapshot: Smartphones Now 28% of U.S. Cellphone Market