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4:21 AM ET, November 6, 2010

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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft's Ballmer sells 12 percent stake in company  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sold $1.3 billion worth of shares in the company, cutting his stake by about 12 percent, but said his first stock sale in seven years should not be taken as a lack …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
That's Ballmer With A “B” — For “Billions”  —  Well, Steve Ballmer certainly had a productive week.  —  Over the past three days, the Microsoft CEO has sold 49.3 million shares of his company stock, Reuters reports.  With the share price hovering around $27, the sale has made him about $1.3 billion.
Fortune:
What really happened between HP ex-CEO Mark Hurd and Jodie Fisher?  —  To this day, only two people know the full truth.  But one thing is certain: The deeper you dig, the weirder it gets.  —  Mark Hurd and Jodie Fisher  —  Mark Hurd was miffed.  It was 2007, two years into his tenure …
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Wall Street Journal:
Accuser Said Hurd Leaked an H-P Deal  —  CEO Lost Out as Board Lost Faith  —  “Dear Mr. Hurd,” began the note that Mark Hurd read on June 29 in his office at Hewlett-Packard Co. “Please be advised that we represent Ms. Jodie Fisher regarding her claims... against Hewlett-Packard ('HP') and you, Mr. Mark Hurd, as an individual.”
Zach Epstein / BGR:
T-Mobile: iPhone cables are for unlocked handsets and phones roaming from Europe  —  T-Mobile has cleared the air in response to reports Friday that questioned why the carrier might be stocking connector cables for use with Apple's iPhone and iPod lines.  T-Mobile, of course, does not currently sell any Apple products.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Why is T-Mobile selling an iPhone cable?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google “Nexus Two” Hardware Issue Delays Launch  —  Google is working with Samsung on a new Android phone that will have a “clean install” of Android, and the release was at least initially planned to coincide with the launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  —  The fact that the device …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Watch Free, Live Broadcast TV on Your iPad, Right Now  —  The broadcast networks only put their stuff on the Web under very specific conditions.  So this is exactly what they don't want: Free, live streams of their stuff delivered to your iPad, via the browser.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Does Away With “Sponsored Links” Label, Now Ads Are Labeled “Ads”  —  A month ago, Google began testing labeling the AdWords ads as “ads”.  Prior, Google labeled those AdWords ads as “sponsored links,” which is how they have been named for as long as I can remember.
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
On iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, New MIDI Support, via Wires, Wireless  —  Over 25 years later, portions of MIDI introduced early on in the spec remain relevant.  And if you want to connect your MIDI-equipped gear to Apple's iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad mobiles, you will soon have an array of choices.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
How Apple Almost Got Microsoft's Kinect Game Controller  —  In June 2008, on a flight home from Europe to San Francisco, I was given a fascinating demo of some jaw-dropping technology.  —  I was sitting next Inon Beracha, CEO of Israeli company PrimeSense, which had developed a low-cost chip and software to do 3D machine vision.
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Rumor: Gingerbread to finish cooking and come out of the Android oven November 11th  —  A trusted source has tipped us to the potential launch date for Gingerbread, the 2.3 version of Android.  According to our source, the SDK for this upcoming revision will debut on November 11th.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests Call Recording  —  Andrew Banchich spotted a new Gmail feature that lets you record calls.  I don't see the call record button in my account, so it's probably an experimental feature that's not yet widely available.  —  It's similar to the call recording feature from Google Voice.
Discussion: Download Squad
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Caterina Fake Leaving Hunch  —  Hunch cofounder Caterina Fake has signed an agreement to leave the company before the end of the year, we've learned from sources.  —  Technically, Fake will remain involved with the company as an “advisor.”  But that'll just be PR.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Gmail Speed Issue, Says It's Now Fixed  —  Yesterday, we posted about horrible latency issues many Gmail users have been experiencing over the past couple of weeks.  When I reached out to Google about the issue a few days ago, they told me that they weren't aware of anything wrong, but would look into it.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Googler Accuses Twitter Engineer Of Sexual Assault, Trial By Twitter Commences  —  @flyosity  —  Twitter engineer @flo sexually assaults female geek @noirins at Apache Con?  Wow.  Not good. http://cl.ly/389H  —  about 2 hours ago via webRetweet  —  Google technical writer Noirin Shirley wrote …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Going Flash-Free on Mac OS X, and How to Cheat When You Need It  —  Last week I mentioned that, following Steven Frank's lead, I'd completely disabled Flash Player on my Mac.  But I have a cheat, for web pages with Flash content with no non-Flash workaround.  I'm really happy with this setup, so I thought I'd document it here.
Wall Street Journal:
Security Fears Kill Huawei Bid in U.S.  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is excluding Chinese telecommunications-equipment makers Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp. from a contract worth billions of dollars largely because of national security concerns in Washington, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Computerworld and FierceWireless
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell XPS 14 review  —  When Dell told us of its plans to revive its tried and true XPS laptop line we were pretty darn excited.  With so much brand dilution in the past few years — there's been the Adamo XPS and the Studio XPS — the products have noticeably strayed from providing …
Discussion: displayblog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Adobe intros cloud-based file sharing, PDF creation tools  —  Adobe has introduced two new services that it hopes will get the masses using its products again: one that converts and processes PDFs on the Web, and another that allows users to easily send large files to one another.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement.  Wait, What?  —  Here's a head scratcher, at first glance at least: Lamebook, a hilarious advertising-supported site that lets Facebook users submit funny status updates, pictures and “other gems” originating from the social network …
Facebook Data Team:
How voters turned out on Facebook  —  When Facebook users in the United States logged into Facebook on Election Day this year, they were greeted by a message alerting them of voting activity on Facebook.  Users could click a button to announce to their friends that they had already voted …
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Dell CFO: Going private still an option  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Once the top personal computer maker, Dell has fallen behind some of its chief rivals and gradually has lost much of the luster that it had a decade ago.  —  Now, Dell is attempting to re-brand its business as a solutions provider …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, SAI and VentureBeat
 
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
German Street View Error Lets IPhone Users See Hidden Images
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
His Brand Burnished, Naval Ravikant Plans New Fund with Babak Nivi
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
North Korea gets a PDA befitting its Dear Leader
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Post's Election Twitter Experiment Work?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Cooks Source Editor Finally Responds... Makes Things Worse [Updated]
Royal Pingdom:
Modern web browser adoption better than expected: 71% run latest version
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Web Browsers
 Earlier Items: 
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Update Shopping Service
Discussion: Digital Trends, Google Watch and Digits
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
WP7 copy & paste “...available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011)”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nice Move, Google — What Took You So Long?
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Nukes Diapers.com In Price War — May Force Diapers' Founders To Sell Out
Laurie Voss / Seldo.Com:
Why I really, really hate Instagram  —  I love data, so I really hate Instagram.
Discussion: SAI
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Bank of America, Citigroup Said to Test Apple IPhone