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8:45 AM ET, November 8, 2010

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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 …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does RockMelt (a new social browser coming tomorrow) have the right startup philosophy?  —  CEO Eric Vishria and CTO Tim Howes of RockMelt invited me over on Friday to see a new browser.  Who is behind this?  Marc Andreessen.  The guy who started Netscape.  He, and a bunch of other interesting people are investors in this company.
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 …
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
First Look at RockMelt, a Browser Built For Facebook Freaks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 now on sale in the US  —  Check it Microsofties, it's time to get back into the game.  While some phones have already launched in Europe and beyond, today is the first day that you can put down cash in the US for a Windows Phone 7 device all your own.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What Silicon Valley should learn from Windows Phone 7 app developers (First looks at Zagat and Loopt's apps!)  —  So, if you haven't heard about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 yet, you are either living under a rock or Amish or something like that.  Microsoft is spending a billion in advertising the new system.
Thanks:niub
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:   Inside AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Launch
David / TmoNews:
Dell Venue Pro To Launch Through Microsoft November 8th, Through Dell November 15th
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Color Comes to E Ink Screens  —  E-book readers are lightweight and use little power, but most have a distinct disadvantage to colorful tablet computers: their black-and-white displays.  —  But on Tuesday at the FPD International 2010 trade show in Tokyo, a Chinese company will announce …
Reuters:
AOL hires advisers for options, eyes Yahoo: report  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Go Rumors
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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple's 11-inch Upgraded MacBook Air: Do 1.6GHz and 4GB Make a Difference?  —  Last month we looked at Apple's new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.  I concluded the 11-inch was the pinnacle of portability, delivering the weight and form factor of a netbook but without the drive-you-crazy performance of an Atom.
Discussion: Engadget
Financial Times:
HTC to target online app store  —  HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker, is hiring staff to prepare for the possible launch of an online store that would sell e-books and applications, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  HTC is the latest electronics hardware maker …
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Will Diapers.com buy prove taxing for Amazon.com?  —  Amazon.com is reportedly poised to buy household-goods retailer Quidsi, the parent of Diapers.com, on Monday for $540 million in cash and debt.  —  In so doing, the giant online retailer looks set to fend off its most convincing challenger in years.
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Reports: Amazon to buy Diapers.com
Slashdot:
USPTO Decides To Lower Obviousness Standards  —  Anyone who feels that patent quality is just far too high nowadays will be glad to hear that the USPTO has decided to ditch four of their seven tests for obviousness.  Whereas the 2007 guidelines said that an idea is considered obvious if it consisted of ' …
Discussion: End Software Patents
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek Funding That May Value It at $3 Billion  —  Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — Groupon Inc., owner of a daily coupon website with 20 million subscribers, is seeking venture funding that may value the company at about $3 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Next Web
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Extendergate: What an obscure hardware glitch says about Microsoft's future  —  A few days ago, some Windows Media Center enthusiasts got a rude shock, as Linksys DMA2100 and DMA2200 extender devices suddenly stopped working.  I read initial reports of this issue on Friday and confirmed earlier today …
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