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5:15 PM ET, November 6, 2010

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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”
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
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and blog.nerdchic.net
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
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 …
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Election 2010: A refresh for Gov 2.0?  —  Sweeping election gains for Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections will shape how Gov 2.0 initiatives and open government move ahead in the next two years at the state and federal level.  —  At the state level, limited resources will mean …
Discussion: techPresident
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: PC World and Download Squad
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 THINQ.co.uk
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 …
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps: Uncle Sam's To Blame For That Costa Rica-Nicaragua Border Error
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Going Flash-Free on Mac OS X, and How to Cheat When You Need It
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Gmail Speed Issue, Says It's Now Fixed
Discussion: Silicon Republic
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell XPS 14 review
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Alex Rogers / Financial Times:
Letter: Vivek Ramaswamy calls for BuzzFeed to axe staff, focus on video, and hire new voices, like Tucker Carlson, after raising his stake in BuzzFeed to 8.3%

Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore: Memorial Day weekend box office grossed an estimated $128.3M, a 29-year low, excluding 2020 and 2021, and down ~37% YoY; Furiosa led with just $32M

Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
How a struggling actor duped friends and investors in a $690M+ Hollywood Ponzi scheme, claiming to buy cheap movie rights and sell them to major streamers

 
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