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3:01 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 35 Percent in Third Quarter 2010; Smartphone Sales Increased 96 Percent  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009, according to Gartner …
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Bloomberg:
RIM to Sell Tablet for Less Than $500 to Take On IPad  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., moving into the tablet-computer market for the first time, said it will begin selling its BlackBerry PlayBook for less than $500, suggesting RIM may try to undercut Apple Inc.'s iPad.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM's Playbook: Pricing under $500 and a big bet on Flash
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, BGR and Gearlog
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Google Gives All Employees Surprise $1,000 Cash Bonus And 10% Raise  —  Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash “holiday bonuses” and 2011 salary increases of at least 10%, a loyal reader tells us.  —  The 10% company-wide raise will take effect on January 1, 2011.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Is The Silicon Valley Talent Shortage Getting Worse?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To Bonus/Raise Story, Cites Importance Of “Competitive Compensation”
Discussion: SAI and NBC Bay Area
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Rumor: Apple Has Cancelled Support for AirPrint Through Mac and Windows  —  Update: Unlike many other blogs that linked to this post claim, the rumor isn't about AirPrint being cancelled.  It's about AirPrint through shared printers on Macs and PCs.  —  When Apple released the first beta …
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Scott Moritz / The Street:
Microsoft Sells 40K Windows 7 Phones  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — As big-splash debuts go, Microsoft's(MSFT_) Windows Phone 7 launch at AT&T(T_) and T-Mobile didn't exactly make waves Monday.  Even with a glitzy media intro last month hosted by champion inside-seller and company chief Steve Ballmer …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Windows Phone 7 Success Tied to a Million in Sales
Discussion: FierceWireless
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: A Pocketable Train Wreck  —  This is it.  The Galaxy Tab is the first Android tablet meant for humans.  But is it actually fit for humans?  —  Put simply, the Galaxy Tab is the first post-iPad tablet that matters, because it's the first tablet that's trying to be legitimate competition.
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OLED-DISPLAY.NET:
First picture of 7 inch Super-Amoled from Samsung Mobile Display
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
FarmVille is Still the Most Popular Facebook App - But #2 is a Surprise  —  Over 16 million people watered their FarmVille crops yesterday.  While AppData's Facebook app top 10 is mostly populated by games like Zynga's popular farming game, Texas HoldEm Poker, FrontierVille and Café World …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft is in the driver's seat for Windows Phone updates  —  One of the biggest criticisms of Windows Mobile and Android devices is that device manufacturers get control over who gets updated versions of the OS.  That leads to awkward situations where someone pays big bucks …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Flashes A Nice Big Middle Finger At Android's Fragmentation
Discussion: IntoMobile
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
MacBook Air Rises to Top of Consumer Reports Ratings  —  More good press for the MacBook Air.  Consumer Reports updated its computer ratings earlier this week to include the machine, and while it had some criticisms, it ranked the 11-inch Air and its 13-inch sibling at the top …
Joab Jackson / ITworld:
Apache declares war on Oracle over Java  —  The Apache Software Foundation threatens to ditch Java if Oracle doesn't relent on use restrictions  —  I like it!  —  Charging that Oracle has willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology, the Apache Software Foundation …
New York Times:
Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy  —  WASHINGTON — After “do not call” lists became popular, more than 90 percent of people who signed up reported fewer annoying telemarketing calls.  Now, privacy advocates are pushing for a similar “do not track” feature that would let Internet users tell Web sites …
Inside AdSense:
Introducing the new AdSense interface, now available globally  —  Last November we announced that we were starting to test a new interface with a limited group of publishers.  Since then, we've been focused on adding new features and incorporating feedback from our testers.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Warns Facebook Users of “Trap” Before Data Export  —  If you hadn't yet heard, there's been a bit of a kerfuffle this past week over your data by two Internet giants - Facebook and Google.  It started when Google began blocking other services from importing its data without reciprocity, a move aimed directly at Facebook.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Fanboy Fascination: Is Andreessen Horowitz Overhyped?  —  Social psychologist Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School recently produced some interesting research suggesting that people are highly likely to see someone as competent if they've demonstrated expertise in just one area, even if they later display incompetence elsewhere.
James Verini / New York Times:
The Great Cyberheist  —  One night in July 2003, a little before midnight, a plainclothes N.Y.P.D. detective, investigating a series of car thefts in upper Manhattan, followed a suspicious-looking young man with long, stringy hair and a nose ring into the A.T.M. lobby of a bank.
Apple:
Apple & The Dentsu Group Bring iAds to Japan  —  Apple® and The Dentsu Group today announced a partnership to expand Apple's iAd℠ mobile advertising network to Japan in early 2011.  Dentsu will be responsible for the selling and creative execution of iAds in Japan, and Apple will host …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Give Us Our Data, Facebook  —  I usually give Facebook the benefit of the doubt in its various wars with the press and users, particularly around privacy issues.  Mostly because user expectations around privacy are changing in real time.  Things that were reprehensible just a couple …
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and Softpedia News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Hulu CEO: We'll make $240M in 2010  —  Hulu chief executive Jason Kilar shared some numbers today to show where the online TV service stood at the end of October.  —  The service launched its beta test almost exactly three years ago, so while the service is relatively early, Kilar said …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire Pulls In Nearly $1 Million In Its First Weekend On The App Store  —  Just about every time I write about SkyFire, the cross-platform (and generally free) smartphone browser capable of churning through most Flash videos, someone always says: “Great!  But uh, how are they going to make money?”
Discussion: App Advice and IntoMobile
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Yahoo's Informal Offer To Buy Groupon: $3 Billion To $4 Billion  —  Yahoo made it known to Groupon executives and backers that it was willing to pay as much as $3 billion to $4 billion to acquire the company, a source close to Groupon investors tells us.  —  That number may seem high, but our source is reliable.
Discussion: GMSV and Bloomberg
 
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Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Creating the Facebook of Stuff
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Joe White / App Advice:
iTunes Connect Will Close For The Holidays: December 23-28
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Sony Ericsson X12 “Anzu” Has 4.3 Inch Display, to Run Gingerbread Android
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Livestream For Facebook Lets You DIY Live Stream Video On Fan Pages
Discussion: jibber jabber
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sprint ZTE Peel officially announced, adds a little 3G to your iPod touch
Discussion: SAI, BetaNews, 9 to 5 Mac and BGR
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: AdAge, SAI, paidContent, SiliconANGLE and ClickZ
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Blackberry Users Finally Get Facebook Places
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Apple Suppliers Squeezed as Taiwan Dollar Climbs Most
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Most homes have high-definition TVs, but few are watching HD programming
Clint Boulton / Google Watch:
Blekko Goes Gaga with 1M Daily Queries, 30K Slashtags
Discussion: Epicenter
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jimmy Wales makes Wikia stickier with a social revamp
Discussion: The Next Web, ReadWriteWeb and BBC
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why don't Americans want broadband?
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
We7 Repositions, Saying Users Prefer Radio To On-Demand
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Palm Pre 2 hits UK 12 November
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
E Ink shows off Triton color ePaper, touts faster performance …