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12:40 AM ET, November 5, 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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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 …
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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 …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Dropping Adobe Flash boosts Apple's MacBook Air battery life by 2 hours
Discussion: Podcasting News
ifixit:
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Facebook: You Can't Import Our User Data Without Reciprocity  —  The war between Google and Facebook is heating up: Google just made one small tweak to its Terms of Service that will have a big impact on the world's biggest social network.  From now on, any service …
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)
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.
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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AppleInsider:
Android edges Apple iPad as second-most-popular mobile development platform
Discussion: GeekSmack
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
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: The Microsoft Blog, Fast Company and Fortune, Thanks:jstatad
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Forrester's McQuivey: Microsoft Could be “Dominant Player in the TV Business Overnight”  —  LOS ANGELES — While the television industry is abuzz in anticipation over Google TV, the big story in the convergence of television and the Web could be the Xbox, says Forrester's James McQuivey, a top industry analyst.
Discussion: Faster Forward and SAI
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Ex-Sun boss gives Ellison open source wedgie  —  'You're a great capitalist, Larry'  —  Pg West 2010 Former Sun Microsystems chief and co-founder Scott McNealy has re-appeared to champion open source and rough up billionaire Larry Ellison, the man who bought his baby.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.6  —  In a rather unusual move, Apple today seeded the first developer version of Mac OS X 10.6.6, known as Build 10J521, even before the company has publicly released Mac OS X 10.6.5.  —  As 9 to 5 Mac notes, there are no documented known issues …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, AppleInsider and MacStories
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo CIO Kirwan Bids Adieu  —  As part of BoomTown's duty as internal jobs board for Yahoo, here's another departure: CIO Michael Kirwan (pictured here).  —  A terse email went out yesterday about Kirwan's leaving.  —  According to his Yahoo bio, he had “global responsibility for Yahoo! …
Discussion: Computerworld
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Patent database up and running  —  Just one year ago, I posted a piece on O'Reilly Radar about an unlikely group working happily together to vastly increase the amount of U.S. Patent information available at no charge on the Internet.  I've done no heavy lifting whatsoever on this project …
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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Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Ditch 25,000 BlackBerrys in Bid to Promote Own Service
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps
Discussion: SlashGear
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Rocket Ninja Appears With Funding, Publishing Plan for Facebook Games
Ben Rooney / Wall Street Journal:
Techies Embrace U.K. Hub Plans
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle
Discussion: The Ask.com Blog
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iAds Begin to Go Worldwide as iPad Compatibility Comes in iOS 4.2
Discussion: AppleInsider, RazorianFly and TUAW
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Nielsen Admits Undercounting Web Traffic
Discussion: MediaPost
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com pays $1.5M to settle U.S. Postal Service investigation
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Hulu Plus Opens to All, No Invite Needed
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel Light Peak tech coming—will Apple follow?