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8:25 PM ET, November 6, 2010


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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Amazon to buy for $540 million  —  A Zappos like purchase for the e-commerce giant.  —  “What Amazon fears most: Diapers” declared the cover of BusinessWeek earlier this fall.  Now it's clear that Amazon didn't fear diapers, it just wanted them for itself.
Discussion: SAI, MediaMemo and The Next Web
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft's War Room  —  AS the sun rose over the mountains circling Los Reyes, a town in the Mexican state of Michoacán, one morning in March 2009, a caravan of more than 300 heavily armed law enforcement agents set out on a raid.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Sandoval / Crave: The gadget blog:
Reports show HP was right to dump Hurd  —  commentary Mark Hurd is now a Silicon Valley symbol for self-destructive behavior.  —  On Friday, The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine published detailed reports on what prompted the HP board to ask then-CEO Hurd to resign in August.
Discussion: Fortune
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Glitch will make iPhone alarms late Monday  —  (CNN) — Not forgetting Sunday morning's time change is hard enough.  —  But Apple iPhone users in the United States must also remember to delete and then reset their phone's alarm clock — otherwise they may be an hour late for work on Monday morning.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Ballmer saved $100 million in taxes selling $2B in MSFT stock  —  Reuters is reporting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is selling 75 million shares of his Microsoft holdings netting $2 Billion.  By selling the stock before the end of the year Ballmer saves $100 million in capital gains taxes.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Googler Accuses Twitter Engineer of Sexual Assault on Her Blog  —  Google technical writer Noirin Shirley wrote a post on her personal blog yesterday describing a debauched night at a tech conference.  But she claims the fun ended when she was sexually assaulted by Twitter engineer Florian Leibert.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason Companies Do Facebook “Deals” And Buy iAds  —  Why did Gap do a big deal with Facebook today, giving away 10,000 pairs jeans and 40%-off discounts to Facebook users?  —  Depending on whom you ask, you may hear answers like “brand lift,” “lead generation,” “getting people in the store …
Discussion: GigaOM and Fast Company
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Cloud Fiasco of 2010:  — gets bought and dropped by Facebook, and we're left with dead links.  —  This is nothing new to me.  A company shows up with a good idea.  It encourages people to use its services.  The service is good, and the company says it has premium services …
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple's example Mac app prices land around $15-20  —  Reader Shane did a little zoom and enhance on Apple's promo image for the Mac App Store, and divined some potential prices for Apple's official apps.  These same apps are the ones that set the pricing bar on the iPad, and so if these are real …
Discussion: everythingiCafe and Download Squad
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like Everyone Else, Amazon Is Testing A Like Button  —  “Like” buttons have been around on the Internet for a while now.  But most people didn't pay too much attention to them until Facebook came along with their one-like-button-to-rule-them- all.  Now it seems as if every site on the Internet needs a Like button.
Wall Street Journal:
WikiLeaks Faces New Competition  —  WikiLeaks, the document-leaking website that has come under intense pressure after publishing classified U.S. military documents, is facing a new challenge: competition.  —  A group that includes former WikiLeaks staffers who left the organization …
Discussion: Techdirt, SAI, Ars Technica and
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
ZTE Peel hitting Sprint November 14th; $30/month, no contract?  —  We've just heard from a Sprint source that the ZTE Peel — the iPod touch case designed to bring cellular data to your otherwise non-cellular device — will go on sale November 14th.  We don't have any details …
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Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Election 2010: A refresh for Gov 2.0?  —  Sweeping election gains …
Discussion: techPresident
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Rival calls foul over Microsoft's delivering Security Essentials via Windows Update
Discussion: Examiner and Download Squad
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps: Uncle Sam's To Blame For That Costa Rica-Nicaragua Border Error
Discussion: Gawker, Google LatLong and The Map Room
Denis Campbell / Guardian:
Mobile phone kits to diagnose STDs
Discussion: Examiner
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests Call Recording
Discussion: Softpedia News and Download Squad