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8:40 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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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 …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: The future of notebooks: Ars reviews the 11" MacBook Air  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is no stranger to superlatives.  Every product Apple makes is “insanely great,” “amazing,” or even “magical.”  So when he unveiled the latest MacBook Air models, declaring them to be the “future of notebooks …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Dropping Adobe Flash boosts Apple's MacBook Air battery life by 2 hours  —  Apple has stopped bundling Adobe Flash on new Macs, ostensibly so users could obtain the latest, secure version themselves, but vastly increased battery life seems to be another leading reason.
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Microsoft Kinect Teardown  —  The Kinect is a horizontal bar of sensors connected to a small base with a motorized pivot, and is designed to be positioned lengthwise below the video display.  We picked up and tore down our Kinect on launch day — November 4, 2010.
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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Consumer Reports debunks the ‘racist’ Kinect  —  Is Kinect “Racist”?  —  Video: Consumer Reports  —  Shortly after the first Microsoft Kinect for Xbox reviews starting appearing in the wee hours last night, another Kinect story cropped up.  It seems some testers encountered difficulty …
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
Video Kinect brings Messenger video chat to the Xbox 360
David Pogue / New York Times:
Kinect Pushes Users Into a Sweaty New Dimension
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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: Fast Company and Fortune, Thanks:jstatad
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hey Gmail, 1994 Called, It Wants Its Dial-Up Level Performance Back  —  Something is rotten in the state of Gmail.  At least for some of us.  —  I thought it was maybe just me when I tweeted a couple days ago about awful Gmail performance recently.  But it's not just me.
Discussion: GeekSugar
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
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.
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Susan Panico / PlayStation Blog:
Hulu Plus Soon Available to All PS3 Users
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Big Cable Is Bleeding: 500K+ Subscribers Lost In Q3  —  There's now even more evidence that subscribers are cutting the cord and opting out of paying for cable: By adding up subscriber losses from four of the top five cable companies, we found that more than half a million users have ditched their cable companies.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle  —  The saga continues.  After informing us in September that the IAC-owned Bloglines was to be shut down permanently, Ask.com (the IAC property that operates Bloglines) has resurrected the troubled RSS feeder, the company tells TechCrunch exclusively.
Discussion: The Ask.com Blog
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Pulse2 and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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 …
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
How one company games Google News  —  Note the second cluster of stories produced by a Google News search for “iTunes” yesterday afternoon.  All of those Red Label News stories were basically the same: spammy SEO-keywords alongside Web ads.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET)
Discussion: Techdirt, TeleRead and parislemon
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.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo CIO Kirwan Bids Adieu
Discussion: ITworld.com
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Patent database up and running
Owen Williams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft opens WP7 app submission for all
Discussion: The Next Web
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Facebook Backlash Inundates Food Magazine Over Content Theft
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iAds Begin to Go Worldwide as iPad Compatibility Comes in iOS 4.2
Discussion: AppleInsider, RazorianFly and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Nielsen Admits Undercounting Web Traffic
Discussion: MediaPost
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Does Forbes' First Sponsored Blog Look Too Much Like Editorial?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IMDb Goes Global With New iPad and iPhone Apps
Discussion: TUAW and MacStories
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com pays $1.5M to settle U.S. Postal Service investigation
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Redesigns Search Interface
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Now Has A D.C. Presence; Hires Adam Sharp As Government Liaison