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11:40 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 …
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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 …
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.
Thanks:scobleizer
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
First Look at RockMelt, a Browser Built For Facebook Freaks
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  —  Amazon.com is expected to announce tomorrow the acquisition of the parent company of Diapers.com, according to media reports.  —  The deal for privately held Quidsi, which also operates personal care products site Soap.com, is worth about $540 million …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Gap Promo Shows Location Deals Need Work  —  We wrote recently about a Pew Research Center report that showed how location-sharing “check in” services such as Foursquare still have a ways to go before they become anything close to mainstream, and a recent offer from The Gap that used Facebook Places …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
iPhone Fail Becomes iPhone Win At ‘Damn You Auto Correct!’  —  It ducking sucks when you're texting really fast, all excited about the Giants winning NLCS game 6, and your iPhone's spelling auto correct turns homerun hitter Juan Uribe's last name into “urine.”  We've all been there.
Thanks:adnys
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 …
 
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