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2:25 PM 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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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.
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.
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: Fast Company
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Googler Accuses Twitter Engineer Of Sexual Assault, Trial By Twitter Commences  —  Google technical writer Noirin Shirley wrote a post on her personal blog earlier this evening entitled “A hell of a time,” describing her experiences last night at ApacheCon in Atlanta.
Discussion: blog.nerdchic.net
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: Download Squad and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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: Softpedia News and Download Squad
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
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Denis Campbell / Guardian:
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Wall Street Journal:
Security Fears Kill Huawei Bid in U.S.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Going Flash-Free on Mac OS X, and How to Cheat When You Need It
Discussion: Lifehacker and Boing Boing
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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Discussion: The Register and Reuters