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12:30 PM ET, November 8, 2010

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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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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How Microsoft Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on Windows Phone  —  Corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore, holds his prototype Samsung device running Windows Phone 7 on campus at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.  Photo: Mike Kane/Wired.com
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:gadgetlab
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.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and dailywireless.org, Thanks:niub
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Inside AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Launch
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, BetaNews and The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox Live Extras features go live on Windows Phone 7
Discussion: BGR
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 …
Sundar Pichai / The Official Google Blog:
Happy holidays from Google Chrome: free holiday Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet  —  Not too long ago, flying home for the holidays meant disconnecting for several hours until you touched down at your destination.  Today, Wi-Fi technologies allow us to stay connected even at 30,000 feet above the ground …
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 …
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 …
Philip Constantinou / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for Android takes a huge leap forward with Version 2.0  —  We're really psyched to see the tremendous growth of the Android platform.  We love the capabilities available in the new OS, as well as the variety of great new hardware-phones, tablets, netbooks, and more.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One Getting Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” Update In “The Next Few Days”?  —  Google had originally wanted to launch the Nexus Two device alongside Android 2.3, the next release of their mobile operating system, also known as “Gingerbread”.  That's not going to happen.  The Nexus Two has been delayed.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia taking over Symbian development, Foundation responsible for licensing  —  So it seems the Symbian Foundation isn't necessarily going away, but it's transitioning its role in a big, big way.  They're undertaking a “strategic change” that will involve the Foundation moving to a new role …
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Tim Ocock / TechCrunch Europe:
Guest post: Symbian OS - one of the most successful failures in tech history
Thanks:sohear
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-Yahoo Hookup, Not So Much Right Now (But Bankers Spinning?  Much!)  —  While a merger of AOL and Yahoo is a fervent dream of bankers looking for fees, the reality is a little more-shall we say-premature.  —  In fact, it's likely it was just those dealmakers, looking to gin up some activity …
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Reuters:
AOL hires advisers for options, eyes Yahoo: report
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Arn / MacRumors:
Toshiba Introduces MacBook Air ‘Blade-Type’ SSDs to Mass Market  —  Toshiba announced today the introduction of a “new form factor” in high capacity solid-state storage called the “Blade X-gale” series.  MacRumors readers will recognize the small SSD sticks as the same product that is used in Apple's new MacBook Air.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: SB Nation Raises $10.5 Million in Khosla Ventures-Led Series C Round  —  SB Nation, the Washington, D.C.-based sports blog and news start-up, has just completed a $10.5 million Series C round, which is being led by Khosla Ventures, according to sources.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Confirmed: ZTE Peel launching on Sprint November 14th; $79.99, $30 month-to-month plan  —  On Friday, we told you about a rumor we were hearing surrounding the release-date and pricing for Sprint's ZTE Peel; the iPod touch case that provides 3G internet access.  Today, we've got cold hard evidence to confirm our previous scoop.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Amazon Spends $545 Million On Diapers.com Parent Quidsi  —  Amazon.com has just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Quidsi, which operates ecommerce sites Diapers.com, Soap.com and BeautyBar.com.  The acquisition news first broke over the weekend by Fortune's Dan Primack …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
comScore: Facebook Now Accounts For Nearly 1 In 4 Display Ads In The U.S.
Discussion: All Facebook and comScore, Inc.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon gets official with DROID Pro; $179.99, November 18th
Bloomberg:
Google, Dell Likely to Keep Technology Acquisition Spree Alive
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple's 11-inch Upgraded MacBook Air: Do 1.6GHz and 4GB Make a Difference?
Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
The Conflict Between a “Right to Be Forgotten” & Speech / Press Freedoms
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse:
Republican victory in US election dooms ‘net neutrality’
Slashdot:
USPTO Decides To Lower Obviousness Standards
Discussion: End Software Patents
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google's growth online reflected by expansion in Mountain View
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
iPhone Fail Becomes iPhone Win At ‘Damn You Auto Correct!’
Thanks:adnys
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Pentagon's Cyber Command seeks authority to expand its battlefield
Discussion: Security Week
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Gap Promo Shows Location Deals Need Work
Discussion: All Facebook and FM Blog
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Extendergate: What an obscure hardware glitch says about Microsoft's future
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget