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5:30 PM ET, November 4, 2010

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Steve Kanefsky / The Official Google Blog:
The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket  —  Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type.  This saves valuable time on a desktop browser, but wouldn't it be great to have Google Instant on mobile devices …
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Pew Internet:
4% of online Americans use location-based services  —  In its first report on the use of “geosocial” or location-based services, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life project finds that 4% of online adults use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share …
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Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Location Services Have Not Caught On, Report Says
Discussion: eWeek and Venture Capital Dispatch
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 …
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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Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Video Kinect brings Messenger video chat to the Xbox 360
Discussion: The Next Web
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
How Motion Detection Works in Xbox Kinect
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Introducing the new Skype for Mac, now available in Beta  —  It was worth the wait - the new Skype 5.0 is now available for Mac today in beta, introducing a revamped look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more Mac-like experience.  For example, the Skype app has been brought together …
John Abd-El-Malek / Google Chrome Blog:
PDF goodness in Chrome  —  With every Google Chrome release, we hope to bring new features and improvements that will make your life on the web speedier, simpler, and more secure.  Today, we're excited to introduce the integrated PDF viewer to the beta channel.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
State of the App Industry 2010 (Report)  —  Mobile advertising firm Millennial Media has just released its comprehensive report on the state of the mobile application industry, which includes a look at growth trends, platform diversification, platform popularity, 2011 trends and more.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Windows Phone 7 Attracts Interest As Development Platform
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 …
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 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Nielsen Admits Undercounting Web Traffic  —  Computer Glitch Caused System to Under Count Time Spent By 22%  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Nielsen Company disclosed Thursday it has been undercounting traffic to web sites — for at least the last three months — due to a flaw in its system …
Discussion: SAI and MediaPost
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps  —  An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America.  —  A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica.
Discussion: Fortune, Thanks:jstatad
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Building A New NYC Office For iAd Team  —  Apple is building a new office in Manhattan for its iAd mobile ads sales team, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  We've heard Apple is going to set up shop near Union Square, which happens to be three blocks from the Business Insider world headquarters.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?  —  American broadband capacity might not be able to keep up with everyone who wants to stream movies.  —  On Sept. 22, Netflix began offering its streaming movie service in Canada.  This was Netflix's first venture outside of the United States …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Hulu Plus Opens to All, No Invite Needed  —  Hulu Plus, the premium version of online video hub Hulu, has now opened its doors to all interested users, according to a post this morning on the company's corporate blog.  —  Says Rob Wong, Director of Product for Hulu, users no longer need an invitation to sign up for Hulu Plus.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Droid Incredible getting V CAST Apps next week, whether you like it or not  —  Verizon has just announced that its lovely HTC Droid Incredible will be getting a fresh software update pushed over-the-air starting next week, and among the “software enhancements” will be the automatic installation of the carrier's V CAST Apps app store.
James Joaquin / Xmarks Blog:
Xmarks: Alive and Kicking … I'm pleased to announced that we're in the final stages of completing a sale of Xmarks to a new owner who is 100% committed to keep our great browser sync service running smoothly.  —  The Xmarks service will evolve to have both a free component and a premium component …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Samsung Galaxy unseats iPhone as No.1 in Japan  —  Apple's taken a bit of a bump in Japan, where Samsung's recently-introduced Galaxy S Android-powered smartphone has outsold the iPhone — the first time in 18+ weeks iPhone's been kicked off of the number one slot.  —  Admittedly the figures only reflect one week's sales.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com pays $1.5M to settle U.S. Postal Service investigation  —  Amazon.com recently disclosed that it had settled a mysterious investigation by the U.S. Postal Service for a “nominal amount.”  Amazon never revealed what the investigation was about, and didn't specify the terms of the settlement.
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta for Mobile is Now Faster and Sleeker  —  We are happy to bring you the latest release of Firefox 4 Beta for mobile.  The beta is now available for download in 10 languages on your Android or Maemo device.  —  We received a lot of great feedback on the previous beta and addressed …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon pricing Droid Pro at $179, Samsung Continuum at $199?  —  Well, here's some good news — we just received an internal Verizon pricelist confirming that the Droid Pro will sell for $179 when it hits on November 9th, a far sight lower than the $299 we'd originally heard.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Redesigns Search Interface  —  Facebook has upgraded their search interface, releasing a new version this morning which is more streamlined and includes calls to action to like Pages and add people as friends.  —  The new design is more consistent with the recent products …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Apple Tries To Patent Interactive Gaming with Smartphones
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kik Messenger sees explosive start — a mobile chat better than SMS?