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Raj Krishnan / The Official Google Blog:
Beyond Instant results: Instant Previews  —  With Google Instant you get results as fast as you type, but your search doesn't stop there.  Once you get results back, you choose a site to visit based on the information in each result—like the title, a snippet of text and the URL.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Instant Previews  —  At last, Google has finally gained a page preview feature.  Called “Instant Previews,” this is a way for you to see what's on a page that's listed in Google's search results without having to leave Google.  —  The new feature seems promising …
Bloomberg:
IAC's Barry Diller Surrenders to Google, Ends Ask.com's Search Effort  —  Ask.com, the Internet search engine that media mogul Barry Diller acquired for $1.85 billion to compete with Google Inc., is cutting 130 engineering jobs and conceding much of its search business to competitors.
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post  —  In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page.
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Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Speech on Facebook an Employee Right, Federal Agency Says  —  In an epoch of global privacy intrusion and free speech limitations, a court case by a U.S. federal agency borders on miraculous.  The National Labor Relations Board has filed a federal complaint on behalf of a worker …
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook/Google Slap Fight: “Openness Doesn't Mean Being Open When It's Convenient”  —  Get your popcorn.  I lost track of who's turn it is, but Facebook just slapped Google right back.  —  Background:  — Google To Facebook: You Can't Import Our User Data Without Reciprocity
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Response To Facebook's Response To Google's Facebook API Ban
Kuan Yong / YouTube Blog:
Control YouTube on the desktop, or the TV... with the YouTube Remote app for your phone  —  If you're like me, you love watching YouTube on your smartphone.  My phone is always with me, which means my favorite YouTube videos are never more than a few taps away.
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
YouTube Topics: A Better Way to Explore Web Video?
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Glassgate Hits Case Makers As Apple Suspends Sales of iPhone 4 Slide-Ons [Exclusive]  —  Mophie's Juice Pack Air is certified by Apple, but Apple won't currently sell the slide-on battery pack in its retail stores because of “Glassgate.”  Photo by Kokkie76.  Used with permission. http://bit.ly/aZD7on
Matt Mullenweg:
1.0 Is the Loneliest Number  —  Many entrepreneurs idolize Steve Jobs.  He's such a perfectionist, they say.  Nothing leaves the doors of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino without a polish and finish that makes geeks everywhere drool.  No compromise!  —  I like Apple for the opposite reason …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Pricing Advantage  —  Earlier this week I linked to this piece by Larry Dignan on tablet pricing.  Dignan wrote: … Linking to it, I wrote: … This is not the case with Macs vs. Windows PCs.  The switch to Intel processors has largely made the Mac price competitive with PCs …
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:justin_horn
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Dell Venue Pro plagued by Wi-Fi bug [Update: other phones affected?]  —  The Dell Venue Pro, which became available on Monday, may be affected by a troublesome bug.  According to several BGR readers, the new Windows Phone 7 handset from Dell is unable to connect to protected Wi-Fi networks.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iTunes 10.1 and OS X 10.6.5 Coming Tomorrow, iOS 4.2 On Friday at 10 AM PST  —  An inside source at AT&T told MacStories that Apple is planning to release iOS 4.2, a major OS update for iPhones, iPods and iPads, on Friday November 12th at 10 AM PST.  We also learned that updates to iTunes …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple amends internal iPod water damage policy  —  Apple has made changes to its internal screening process pertaining to iPod liquid damage, a source told BGR.  Apple builds a series of Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) into its iPod line of devices.  When these LCIs come in contact with moisture, they become activated.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Samsung hits 3 million Galaxy S U.S. shipments  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Monday that three million out of its seven million global Galaxy S smartphones shipments were made to the United States since it launched the phone here in July.  —  Sales were brisk at all four …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Is Quora Mass Creating Twitter Accounts On Mechanical Turk?  —  Amazon's Mechanical Turk is, among other things, a great place to get cheap labor to perform simple tasks that help black hat SEO efforts and general social network spamming.  The problem is growing so large that it's becoming …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Now Processing Millions Of Dollars In Mobile Transactions Every Week  —  After ten months of a private pilot limited to only 50,000 users, Square has finally opened its doors to the public.  The brainchild of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square was unveiled last December …
Discussion: Macworld and IntoMobile
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft sues Motorola over Xbox patent issue  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp stepped up its legal battle with Motorola Inc on Tuesday, as the software company accused the phone maker of charging excessive royalties on network technology used in Microsoft's Xbox game system.
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption  —  Beginning today, Hotmail is providing you with the option to enhance the security of your entire Hotmail session with HTTPS data encryption (via secure socket layers, or SSL), which is currently used to help secure your Hotmail sign-in.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Throw your business phone away, Google Voice is now enterprise  —  Google Voice for Enterprise customers could usher in a whole new era of telephony services for business. … Google Voice is a pretty incredible, free service for routing telephone calls to different services and devices.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web, Thanks:llsethj
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Boku To Be Added as Option to Facebook Credits, Setting Up Face-Off With Rival Zong  —  For the past 18 months, mobile payment start-up Zong has had the enviable prime spot on Facebook Credits, as its sole option for users wanting to use their cell phone number to buy virtual goods for gaming and other services.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Next-Gen iPhone Displays May Support Touch with Gloves On  —  Today's projection-type capacitive touch-panels are becoming increasingly popular with their adoption in devices like Apple's iPhone.  Compared to resistive films, however, projection-type designs have been limited in terms of the range of objects that they could sense.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook Testing New ‘Mention’ Feature On News Feeds  —  UPDATE: Facebook has confirmed the new feature saying it's currently being tested on a small group of users.  A Facebook spokesperson writes, “This feature looks for certain phrases in the text of feed stories and combines them into one story if it finds matches.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Whoa, The iPad Is About To Become A Video Game Console Controlled By The iPhone  —  A few weeks ago, Big Bucket Software unveiled an amazing update to their excellent iPhone/iPad game, The Incident.  Version 1.2 allowed you to use your iPhone as a wireless controller to control the action on the larger-screen iPad.
Discussion: MacStories and The Tape
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Speedy Messaging App Kik Goes Viral, But Is It Cool With Apple's TOS?  —  Kik Messenger is a once in a lifetime startup success story, going from 0 to 1.5 million users in 18 days.  Aside from being free, the app is available multi-platform and is insanely fast, in fact its speed is what sets …
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
isoHunt Revives Full Search After U.S. Traffic Tanks  —  BitTorrent search engine isoHunt has reversed the change it made earlier this year, where all US visitors were redirected to a ‘lite’ version of the site to prevent it from being shut down.  With this move, isoHunt founder Gary Fung hopes …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome could preload pages for ‘wicked-fast’ Web  —  Google has begun work on a feature to let Chrome load pages before they're needed, the latest instance of the company's relentless focus on Web performance.  —  The work, described briefly in the Chrome issue tracker, said the project to …
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twilio Raises $12 Million For Powerful Telephony API
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon patents bad gift defense system: “gift conversions”
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Groupon Founders Invest in Start-Ups to Manage Social Web
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
FBI probes 4chan's ‘Anonymous’ DDoS attacks
Discussion: Techdirt
Pat Coleman / Google Wave Blog:
Exporting your waves  —  We're dedicated to giving you better access …
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD ships its first Fusion microprocessor-graphics combo chips
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Harumi Ozawa / Agence France Presse:
Tokyo ‘seizes Google user records’ over video leak
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Tape
Tony Hoffman / PC Magazine:
U.S. Bans Large Printer Ink, Toner Cartridges on Inbound Flights
Discussion: Switched
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Google User Sues Over Claim Toolbar Software Violates Privacy
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Amazon.com's secret retail empire
Discussion: Go Rumors
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kno Prices Its Student Tablets at $599 and $899 to Ship by End of the Year
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Wi-Gear to build stereo Bluetooth headphones