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5:05 PM ET, November 7, 2010


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Behold RockMelt, Browser For The Social Set  —  Does the world need yet another browser?  —  Tim Howes and Eric Vishria, think that it does and that is one of the reasons why two-years ago they started Mountain View, Calif.-based RockMelt, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Andreessen Horowitz …
RockMelt blog:
World, Meet RockMelt  —  Hello Interwebs!  The rumors are true... starting today, we're offering access to an early version of RockMelt, a new browser designed around you and how you use the Web.  —  RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages.  It makes it easy for you to do the things …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
New browser RockMelt oozes into beta  —  A look at social sharing on the new RockMelt browser.  —  Little has been known about stealth start-up RockMelt except that it's a browser, specifically (and yet ambiguously) a “Facebook browser,” and it's backed by browser godfather Marc Andreessen.
Discussion: New York Times and Mercury News
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Kinect Hacked?  Already?!  —  Adafruit's $2,000 bounty for an open source Kinect driver hack was only offered up late last week and already someone has allegedly delivered, said Adafruit's Phillip Torrone in an email to us just now.  This was inevitable.
New York Times:
The Facebook Skeletons Come Out  —  AMONG the many firsts in the 2010 elections, it is safe to assume that the following words had never before been uttered about a future member of Congress, “This is a candidate who is probably best known for getting drunk and having sex on television.”
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.
David / TmoNews:
Dell Venue Pro To Launch Through Microsoft November 8th, Through Dell November 15th  —  Updated: Updated the post to include the internal image verifying the release dates!  —  The Dell Venue Pro will be available from Microsoft on November 8th and from Dell on November 15th according …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan Founder Is Not a Fan of ‘Chubbies’  —  This week, 4chan's 22-year-old founder, Christopher Poole (AKA “Moot"), held an extensive Q&A with users of 4chan's /b/ message board.  The discussion ranged from technical details, to the rewards of fame, to sex.  Lots of sex.
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
iOS 4.2 on iPhone 3G: Is the performance any better? [video]  —  How does the 2008 iPhone 3G work with the soon-to-debut iOS 4.2?  When iOS 4 first came out back in June it was laggy and non-responsive and generally not a good experience for many iPhone 3G users.
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.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle cooks up free and premium JVMs  —  Don't sweat the price.  You'll pay in other ways  —  QCon San Francisco 2010 Oracle will deliver two Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) based on the OpenJDK project - one free and the other paid.  —  That's according to Tweets pouring thick and fast …
Discussion: Pulse2
Jonathan Weber / New York Times:
In Whitman and Fiorina, Candidacies That Did Not Compute  —  Jonathan Weber writes a column for The Bay Citizen.  —  The candidates from Silicon Valley lost big in the California elections Tuesday.  Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive, was trounced in the gubernatorial race despite spending …
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Did Jammie Thomas case backfire on file sharers?
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft gives F# an Apache 2.0 boost with code drop
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and Computerworld
Katla McGlynn / The Huffington Post:
National Unfriend Day: Jimmy Kimmel Announces New Holiday …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google Chief Schmidt May Be Called Before Congress, Barton Says
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How to Use Blekko to Rock at Your Job
 Earlier Items: 
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Cloud Fiasco of 2010:
Discussion: CloudAve
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like Everyone Else, Amazon Is Testing A Like Button
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Steve Ballmer saved $100 million in taxes selling $2B in MSFT stock
Discussion:, and Pulse2