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2:20 PM ET, November 3, 2010

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Big Deal: Facebook Emerges As Major Player In Mobile And Location-Based Services  —  The world of location-based services changed dramatically today.  And the changes that Facebook announced place the company firmly in the center of that very dynamic universe and ecosystem.
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Live Blog: Facebook Mobile Event  —  The tech press have been invited to Facebook HQ today for the second time in as many months.  Today's invitation reads “Mobile Event,” and there are a number of speculations about what Facebook will unveil.  —  Perhaps it's an expansion of Facebook Places …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Revamps The Mobile Log-In Process With Single Sign-On  —  Today at Facebook's event in Palo Alto, CA the company wanted to talk about mobile.  First, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a few updates to both Facebook's Android and iPhone apps.  But the real key to all of this is the platform, he said.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Facebook has 200 million active mobile users, improves iOS and Android applications
Discussion: SAI
Erick Tseng / Facebook Blog:   Making Mobile More Social
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Facebook Gives Developers Access To Full Set Of Places APIs
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Support of ITC Staff in Apple Smartphone Trial  —  Nokia Oyj shouldn't be found liable of infringing Apple Inc.'s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission said as a trial started.  —  “The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
At My Wit's End: Jason Calacanis Threatens To Sue Us  —  Jason Calacanis, our former partner on our TechCrunch50 events, is threatening to sue us.  His demand letter and draft complaint are embedded below.  In a nutshell, he wants part of the proceeds from our sale to AOL.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Just Raised $650,000,000 … Andreessen Horowitz just raised $650,000,000 for our second fund.  Through the process, people asked us three questions consistently and I will answer them here.  —  Why raise $650M?  —  Isn't smaller better?
Discussion: RCR Wireless News
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Pad coming in Q1 2011, with Android Honeycomb, dual-core Tegra 2, and 8.9-inch screen  —  Want some specificity about LG's super-duper tablet roadmap?  Last we heard from the Korean tech giant, it was canning plans for a Froyo slate and looking forward to a more suitable iteration of Android …
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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Obsession With Speed Comes to the Web Server  —  Google has been obsessed with speeding up the web for quite a while now.  The company's most recent efforts towards this goal include Google Instant for speeding up search, the Page Speed tool for developers and webmasters …
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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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Ministry of Sound Forced To Suspend File-Sharing Shakedown  —  World famous nightclub and independent music label Ministry of Sound have been forced to suspend their planned shakedown of tens of thousands of alleged file-sharers.  The company had planned to send 25,000 letters demanding hundreds …
Discussion: Guardian, Slyck, TechEye and PlagiarismToday
Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Galaxy Tab will receive the Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates  —  Not a surprise but if you're looking for some official confirmation, Samsung India at an event yesterday confirmed that Galaxy Tab will be blessed with Android's future updates.  Samsung will release Gingerbread (Android 2.3) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Continues To Close In On Apple, RIM  —  comScore has released its monthly smartphone mobile report today and like last month's data, Android is continuing its assault on Apple and RIM's share of users.  The data, which measured smartphone usage from June until September of this year …
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.
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.
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Google Tool May Have Had Wrong Polling Place Locations for Hundreds of Thousands of Voters  —  Political technology and info company Aristotle says flaws in Google's poll finder tool are widespread.  —  After a Fast Company editor got a wrong address from Google's polling place locator this morning …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeting Your iPhone Angst?  AT&T is Listening... on Twitter  —  AT&T is tracking Twitter updates to aid in its understanding of network failures and glitches, according to a new report from MIT's Technology Review this morning.  Using software developed internally by its own researchers …
Quentin Hardy / At Your Servers:
HP's Move on IBM  —  The competition for the world's biggest tech contracts just kicked in harder.  —  Hewlett Packard is announcing a comprehensive reconfiguration of how it sells large, complex computing systems to its biggest clients.  The program, the first big move by HP chief Leo Apotheker …
Discussion: TechEye and SiliconANGLE
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Earnings Beat Expectations For The First Time In A Long Time  —  AOL just released earnings.  —  Total revenue was $563.5 million, which is better than analyst expectations of $557.04 million.  —  That means Tim Armstrong has delivered a beat for the first time at AOL.  (He missed the last two quarters.)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Urban Airship Closes $5.4 Million Funding Round To Help Power Mobile Apps  —  Urban Airship, a startup that makes it easier for mobile app developers to offer push notifications, in-app purchases, and other key features, has closed a new $5.4 million funding round.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Support Acknowledges iOS 4.1 Daylight Saving Time Bug  —  Apple today posted a new support document acknowledging the daylight saving time bug being experienced by iPhone and iPod touch users on iOS 4.1 in a number of countries.  —  In some regions, shortly before or after the daylight saving time …
 
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Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Groupon Releases A Mobile App For Merchants To Handle Redemptions
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Idea of iPad Apps Running on Mac OS X
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Zee / The Next Web:
Google's Biggest Mistakes According to Marissa Mayer
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Huffington Post