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6:55 PM ET, November 6, 2010

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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.
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.
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   That's Ballmer With A “B” — For “Billions”
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Amazon to buy Diapers.com 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.
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.
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
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
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.
Thanks:bobcaswell
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.
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 …
Denis Campbell / Guardian:
Mobile phone kits to diagnose STDs  —  • Plan aims to cut UK's rate of infection among young  —  • Many with symptoms ‘too embarrassed to go to GP’  —  Mobile phones and computers will soon be able to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases under innovative plans to cut …
Discussion: Examiner
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Rival calls foul over Microsoft's delivering Security Essentials via Windows Update  —  Trend Micro says Microsoft's offer of free antivirus software in update service may be unfair competition  —  Computerworld - Microsoft this week began offering U.S. customers its free antivirus program via Windows' built …
Discussion: Examiner and Download Squad
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.”
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