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3:55 AM ET, November 9, 2010

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CNET News:
Chalking up the Windows Phone 7 launch  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If Microsoft hopes to get back in the smartphone game, it had better hope that Windows Phone 7 makes a bigger impact than it appeared to be having at one AT&T store here.  —  As of midday Monday, the store had sold less than half of its supply of 20 devices.
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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
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 - in the Marketplace now  —  Searching with Google on your Windows Phone 7 device just got easier.  The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more.
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Amazon Opens The Door For An Apple Newspaper Store
Discussion: Kindle Review
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finds A New Way To Liberate Your Gmail Contact Data  —  That huge sucking sound you hear is Facebook, piling data from third parties into its mouth as fast as it can while it remains stubbornly greedy about releasing its own data to anyone it doesn't like.
Discussion: Fast Company
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Bill Campbell on Coaching RockMelt and Google vs. Apple  —  In Silicon Valley, where even mid-level executives seem to be escorted by public relations handlers, Bill Campbell is a bit of an exception.  An elder statesman of the tech industry, he prefers to remain out of the limelight.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands on: RockMelt, a Chromium-based browser for social Web addicts
Discussion: Digits, ZDNet and InformationWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here's a Better Name for RockMelt: The FaceBrowser (Plus BoomTown's Two-Dude Video)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Pivotal Pivot  —  By all measurements, the new picture sharing service, Instagram, is exploding.  A week after their launch, they had 100,000 users.  A week later: 200,000.  A week after that: 300,000.  And then they were made Apple's App of the Week in the App Store.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Brandee “No Comment” Barker Finally Comments-Longtime PR Honcho Is Leaving Facebook  —  BoomTown usually does not get all weepy over the departure of public relations folks at Internet companies, in that cynical I've-seen-'em-come-and-I've-seen-'em- go kind of way.
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Adobe CTO on MacBook Air, HTML5: Flash Battery Problems a “False Argument”  —  Last week, critics hammered Adobe over a report showing that Flash drained the new MacBook Air's battery life by several hours.  It's not the first time Adobe has been in fisticuffs with Apple …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kno Prices Its Student Tablets at $599 and $899 to Ship By End of the Year  —  Kno, the high-profile Silicon Valley start-up trying to jumpstart a market for tablets focused on students, announced tonight that it will have a limited number available by the end of the year for sale at prices of $599 and $899.
Discussion: Bits, TechCrunch, I4U News, TeleRead and Engadget
George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
Perspective on Zuckerberg  —  Quickly: Mark Zuckerberg's skills as a CEO are overrated.  —  Content: What can Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, teach other CEOs?  Not very much.  To date he is a one-trick pony — a leader that has expertly refined and polished one very, very big idea …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Shhh... Opera holds the web's most valuable secret  —  Eric Schmidt's nightmare  —  Without anybody noticing, Opera has amassed one of the world's most valuable commercial resources.  And the funny thing is, it isn't going to do anything evil with it.  Marketing, new media and technology pundits …
Thanks:rawmeet
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Wi-Gear to build stereo Bluetooth headphones  —  A source tells 9to5Mac that Apple scooped up a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.  The company, called Wi-Gear, made three generations of A2DP stereo headphones called iMuffs …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Steve Ballmer Went Twitter Crazy In Kiev The Other Day — Yes, He's On Twitter  —  A few days ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a talk at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine.  During the talk, he mentioned Twitter a few times.  When a question from the audience asked Ballmer …
Discussion: I'm Just Being Manan and Winrumors
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Hasbro to Launch $30 ‘My3D’ Accessory for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  The Associated Press reports that toy company Hasbro is set to unveil a new device called “My3D” that will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to view 3-D content on their devices. … According to the report …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Video: Verizon's Brand New iPad Commercial  —  Was just watching some prime time television (yes, we actually do that from time to time) and we saw the pretty impressive iPad commercial from Verizon below.  It certainly does two things we haven't really seen in an iPad commercial before …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and MacStories, Thanks:chadcat
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung confirms Continuum dual-display Android handset for Verizon  —  After a rather large complement of leaks, Samsung has finally confirmed its Continuum phone for Verizon, via Twitter of all places.  The phone will ship on November 11th.  Samsung is billing it as the …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Khosla Wins the Bidding War for GroupMe, New York's Startup of the Moment  —  GroupMe, a New York startup that lets users send group text messages to to their cell phones, didn't exist in April.  Now it's worth about $35 million.  —  Co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci have raised …
Discussion: SAI and Pulse2
Oliver Chiang / Forbes:
Mark Zuckerberg Enlists Facebook's Help To Plan China Trip  —  Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife  —  There are signs that the Facebook chief is planning a trip to China soon, though whether he will be going for business or pleasure — or both — is unclear.
Discussion: The Next Web
AppleInsider:
Apple's iWork '11 suite tracking for release alongside Mac App Store  —  The next major revamp of Apple's iWork productivity suite is finished and ready to go, but the company may hold back the release until it gets around to launching the Mac App Store early next year, AppleInsider has been told.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team  —  Last month, the Gnutella-based file-sharing client LimeWire was effectively outlawed after a U.S. federal judge granted a request from the RIAA to shut the software down.  Now, not even a month later, LimeWire is back as good as new.
Discussion: Erictric
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Exclusive: Oracle enlists private eyes to find HP CEO  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp has hired private investigators to track down Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker, believing testimony by the former SAP chief will help its efforts to claim about $4 billion in damages for software theft …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google News spammer has new site, same trick  —  The same company that was spamming Google news last week is back with a new site using the same techniques.  —  It didn't take very long for 70 Holdings—and a similar site tied to a Los Angeles search-engine optimization company—to start spamming Google News again.
China Real Time Report:
Microsoft a Winner in China Internet Gang War? … The public battle between Chinese Internet giant Tencent and antivirus software company Qihoo 360, referred to by some as “small gang” (Qihoo 360) vs. “mafia” (Tencent), has led to a spike in new users for other firms, including one of Tencent's chief rivals, Microsoft.
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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