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3:15 PM ET, November 7, 2010

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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Cloud Fiasco of 2010: Drop.io  —  Drop.io 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 …
Discussion: CloudAve
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.
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.
Discussion: Shoutpedia, Redmond Pie and MacStories
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Use Blekko to Rock at Your Job  —  The author of the web's first worm-virus, teamed with a man who dresses as a medieval warrior and goes to battle on the weekends and a woman who follows World of Warcraft, acupuncture and ballet, have raised $24 million dollars to storm the gates of the Google Castle.
 
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like Everyone Else, Amazon Is Testing A Like Button
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
Election 2010: A refresh for Gov 2.0?  —  Sweeping election gains …
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason Companies Do Facebook “Deals” And Buy iAds
Discussion: GigaOM and Fast Company
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple's example Mac app prices land around $15-20
Discussion: everythingiCafe and Download Squad