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9:40 AM ET, November 4, 2010

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David Pogue / New York Times:
Kinect Pushes Users Into a Sweaty New Dimension  —  With the money Microsoft has spent on failed efforts to design hardware, you could finance a trip to Mars.  —  Its failures make up quite a flop parade: WebTV.  Spot Watch.  Ultimate TV.  Ultra Mobile PC.  Tablet PC.  Smart Display.
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Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Kinect has problems recognizing dark-skinned users?
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:   How Motion Detection Works in Xbox Kinect
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft boosts Kinect sales estimate to 5M units for holidays
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft marks launch of Kinect motion-control system with dance …
Discussion: VG247
Rob Jackson / Phandroid:
How Facebook is Pulling an Android... and Why  —  If you think Facebook's announcements of Single Sign-On, Places API and Deals Platform were a disappointment, you and I disagree, and I'll tell you why.  Grab a few Red Bulls, blast some Ronald Jenkees, and turn off your phone - I can't be interrupted and I have some explaining to do.
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Erick Tseng / Facebook Blog:
Making Mobile More Social  —  Life happens in real time, and so should sharing.  Today's mobile phones allow people to connect on the go and to share interesting moments as they happen all around them.  —  Earlier this week, when the Giants won the World Series, revelling baseball fans took to the streets of San Francisco.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook Deals: Bargains are enticing to those who've resisted …
Discussion: Fast Company and VentureBeat
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Local Deal Service for Places
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Great interview: candid, disruptive Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:yarinhochman
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Finally, someone at Microsoft says tablets are cannibalizing netbooks  —  I finally got someone at Microsoft to admit that tablets are cannibalizing netbooks, something research and financial firms have been starting to report in recent months.  On Monday I spoke to Gavriella Schuster …
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android: Update available  —  Today we're releasing an updated version of Twitter for Android, which includes some awesome enhancements and introduces a more consistent experience across our mobile clients.  — Tweet details page.  We changed the layout of the timeline …
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter for Android: Faster, cleaner and now with pull-to-refresh
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel Light Peak tech coming—will Apple follow?  —  A technology developed by Intel and backed by Apple is expected to appear earlier than previously thought, paving the way for very-high-speed connections on both PCs and Macs.  —  Light Peak is now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011 …
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Location Services Have Not Caught On, Report Says  —  Checking in at Monique's Chocolates in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  Tech companies, venture capitalists and retailers have expressed no small amount of enthusiasm for location-based Web services, which allow users to “check into” locations …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit: Apple turned iPhone 3Gs into “iBricks” to boost iPhone 4  —  We all saw this one coming a mile away: Apple is finally being taken to task over iOS 4 performance on the iPhone 3G.  In a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California for San Diego, plaintiff Biana Wofford alleges …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kik Messenger sees explosive start — a mobile chat better than SMS?  —  Kik, a new chat application for smartphones that is quicker and more social than SMS, is showing impressive viral uptake.  The company says it has registered 450,000 downloads in the first 10 days since going live.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
UK government plans East London tech cluster, Startup Visa, review of IP law, £200 million in finance.  What?  —  The British Prime Minister is expected to announce today that the East of London, which in the last three years has seen a 700% growth in tech companies starting up there …
Stewart Mitchell / PC Pro:
Microsoft details Windows Phone 7 kill switch  —  Microsoft has outlined how it might use the little publicised “kill switch” in Windows Phone 7 handsets.  —  A kill switch is a tool that allows software controllers to remove certain apps or software from handsets if they pose a security or privacy risk …
Erica Swallow / Mashable!:
A Glimpse at the Future of Foursquare  —  Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley spoke on how the location-based service plans to dominate “what happens after the checkin” at Wednesday's ad:tech conference.  Crowley delivered his remarks on the same day Facebook made several major announcements about its Places product.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Nudge an E-Mail to Come Back Later  —  Do you ever feel as if there are e-mails in your inbox that are just staring at you?  Taunting you as you click on newer messages?  If they could speak, they would probably rudely say, “Hey buddy, look at me, you haven't responded to me yet!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S first smartphone to be Wi-Fi Direct certified  —  Samsung has generally been on the cutting edge when it comes to giving its smartphones the latest and greatest in terms of compatibility, with the Omnia being the first DivX certified handset in America this month two years ago.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
The 4G forgery  —  T-Mobile does not have a 4G network.  Sprint, which first launched WiMAX in June of 2009, does not have a 4G network.  Verizon Wireless will flip the switch on LTE later this year and when it does, it will not have a 4G network.  AT&T is taking its time with LTE and it won't fire anything up until next year.
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Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:   Wireless Carriers Sow ‘4G’ Confusion
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple confirms MacBook Air bugs internally  —  The sleek new MacBook Air models unveiled late last month are the slimmest computers Apple has ever produced — but the manufacturer still managed to find the space to pack in a few troublesome bugs.  Early MacBook Air adopters have taken …
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?
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
The New New Andreessen
Discussion: SAI
 
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga's First Android Title Will be Texas Hold'em
New York Times:
YouTube Withdraws Cleric's Videos
Discussion: Techdirt
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
StumbleUpon Takes Aim at Android App Discovery
Discussion: Engadget, VentureBeat and Androidos.in
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Chatbot Wears Down Proponents of Anti-Science Nonsense
Discussion: Mashable!
Cory Bohon / Mac|Life:
Apple is Now Accepting Mac App Store Submissions from Developers
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and everythingiCafe
Network World:
Microsoft warns of new Zero-day attack affecting Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8
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Anonymous DDoS Takes Down The United States Copyright Office
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Dish Exec: Hulu Is Destroying the TV Industry
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's dead pixel policy revealed
Discussion: MacRumors and RazorianFly
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle to HP CEO: Chicken!
Discussion: The Register
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 4.2 Game Center apps already being approved