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9:35 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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Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Ditch 25,000 BlackBerrys in Bid to Promote Own Service  —  In a direct shot at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., Dell Inc. plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones and then aggressively market a service to help other companies do the same.
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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 …
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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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Dropping Adobe Flash boosts Apple's MacBook Air battery life by 2 hours
Discussion: Podcasting News and Ars Technica
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)
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
300,000 Apple apps?  That depends.  —  For the second time in three weeks, an analytics firm jumps the gun  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Distimo  —  “Apple's App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps,” reads the headline posted Thursday on the website ReadWriteWeb and picked up by SlashGear and GottaBeMobile.
Discussion: asymco and GottaBeMobile
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
What Your Phone Says About You [Graphic]  —  Sometimes the guys in our office like to get in stupid fights about phones.  Yeah I know they do it on the blog, but they also do it in private as well times 1000.  It is essentially the song that never ends, with Mike Arrington and Jason Kincaid erring …
Josh Taylor / CNET News:
Wi-Fi, meet the TV antenna  —  The first half of CSIRO's Ngara rural wireless broadband technology allows several users to upload material at the same time without compromising the data rate of 12 megabits per second each.  —  Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research …
Dennis Fisher:
Attackers Now Using Honeypots to Trap Researchers  —  Attackers are constantly changing their tactics and adapting to what the security community and researchers are doing, and it's not unusual for the bad guys to adopt techniques used by their adversaries.  The latest example of this is a malware gang …
Discussion: Inquirer and SC Magazine US
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 …
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.
Marco.org:
Developers don't rush to new platforms  —  A common fallacy is assuming that any new platform in an exciting market — recently, smartphones and tablet computers — will be flooded with developers as soon as it's released, as if developers are just waiting outside the gates, hungrily waiting to storm in.
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: IntoMobile and 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: CloudAve and GeekSugar
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.
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 …
Electronista:
Apple to drop Xserve after January 31  —  Apple today sent notice that it was phasing out the Xserve.  The rackmount server will be discontinued as of January 31, 2011, and the currently available 160GB, 1TB and 2TB Apple Drive Modules will ship through the end of 2011 or until stock runs out.
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: Fast Company and Computerworld
Sam Sheffer / Engadget:
Skyfire for iPhone hands-on (video)  —  Although Skyfire for iPhone is almost exactly like its Android counterpart, it's still not available for download in the App Store due to server issues, so we thought you might want to see how it works.  We've seen improvements on the Flash …
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.
 
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Zoran Basich / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Amid Roaring Successes, Zillow And Yelp CEOs Reflect On Stumbles (FASTech)
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Business Week:
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Rush to Fix Security Flaws in Wireless Apps
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.6
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and AppleInsider
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Forrester's McQuivey: Microsoft Could be “Dominant Player …
Discussion: Mercury News, SAI, Faster Forward and GigaOM
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Ex-Sun boss gives Ellison open source wedgie
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Patent database up and running
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Discussion: The Ask.com Blog
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
Facebook Backlash Inundates Food Magazine Over Content Theft
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Nielsen Admits Undercounting Web Traffic
Discussion: FM Blog and MediaPost
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: WBD weighs splitting off its streaming and studio businesses from its legacy TV networks including CNN, leaving most of its debt with the TV networks

Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Adam Crafton / New York Times:
CBS Sports secures a four-year deal to air at least 250 English Football League matches per season, starting in August 2024

 
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