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12:05 PM ET, November 5, 2010

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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Protectionism Begins In Earnest  —  Our post earlier tonight about Google shutting down Facebook's access to Gmail data exports makes me think two things.  First, I'm not sure there's much data that Facebook doesn't already have with it's 600 million users (although 1.3 billion people visit Google sites …
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.
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.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mac Pro Server quietly introduced as Xserve heads for the grave, starts at $3,000  —  Sneaky Apple... real sneaky.  Just as the company announced that it would be axing its rack-mountable Xserve come January 31st, in flies an all-new Mac Pro to effectively take its place.
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 …
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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.
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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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Bank of America, Citigroup Said to Test IPhone for Mobile E-Mail  —  Steve Jobs may soon bag a pair of the biggest U.S. banks as iPhone supporters.  —  Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are considering whether to let employees use the Apple Inc. phone as an alternative to Research …
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
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 …
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: GottaBeMobile and asymco
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps
Economist:
It's a smart world  —  The real and the digital worlds are converging, bringing much greater efficiency and lots of new opportunities, says Ludwig Siegele.  But is it what people want?  —  WHAT if there were two worlds, the real one and its digital reflection?
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)
Marco Arment / 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.
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 …
Laurie Voss / Seldo.Com:
Why I really, really hate Instagram  —  I love data, so I really hate Instagram.  —  I suppose it would be more accurate to say I really hate the users of Instagram, for what they do to their photos; Instagram is merely the enabler.  The behaviour I take issue with isn't even the default behaviour of the app.
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.
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 …
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Windows Phone apps are more expensive than iPhone apps  —  The Windows Marketplace for Mobile now has about 1,400 apps spread across 16 categories.  In this short post I'll provide some basic statistics* and compare it with the grandaddy of app stores - the U.S. iTunes store.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Geek.com
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 …
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Nukes Diapers.com In Price War — May Force Diapers' Founders To Sell Out  —  Amazon has launched a price war against Diapers.com that may have Quidsi, Diapers' parent company, looking for an exit.  —  Diapers.com has built a huge business — more than $100 million in revenue …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Discussion: CloudAve and GeekSugar
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / All Facebook:
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Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
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