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11:50 PM ET, November 5, 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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and LaptopMemo
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Why is T-Mobile selling an iPhone cable?
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.
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.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Bank of America, Citigroup Said to Test Apple IPhone  —  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 …
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nice Move, Google — What Took You So Long?  —  In a move that is being interpreted by many as a cannon shot across Facebook's bow, Google has changed the terms of service on its contacts API — the programming interface that allows developers to automatically pull your contacts from Gmail and other services.
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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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Discussion: StartupDigest
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
North Korea gets a PDA befitting its Dear Leader
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Post's Election Twitter Experiment Work?
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Google Instant For Mobile: First Impressions
Discussion: AppScout and internetnews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Royal Pingdom:
Modern web browser adoption better than expected: 71% run latest version
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Web Browsers
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Dell CFO: Going private still an option
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, SAI and VentureBeat
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)”
Laurie Voss / Seldo.Com:
Why I really, really hate Instagram  —  I love data, so I really hate Instagram.
Discussion: SAI
Josh Taylor / CNET News:
Wi-Fi, meet the TV antenna
Discussion: ClickZ and Sydney Morning Herald