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6:05 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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Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
One in Five Mobiles Sold Are Smartphones (One in Four Run Android)  —  Year-over-year smartphone sales are up 98% worldwide.  Over 80 million of the over 400 million handsets sold in the third quarter were smartphones.  —  The sheer growth of the global market and the meteoric rise …
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.
Discussion: CNN, SAI, Computerworld, SlashGear and OS X Daily
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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 …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Windows Phone 7 Success Tied to a Million in Sales  —  Critics are already debating whether Windows Phone 7 is a flop, but the phone's true measure of success will be in how long it takes to sell one million units.  It all started after reports that Microsoft's new handset platform sold …
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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 …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5  —  Moments ago, Apple released its Mac OS X 10.6.5 update to its customer-base.  Fixes in the point-upgrade include:  —  • improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers  —  • address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
Wall Street Journal:
FCC Investigating Google Data Collection  —  The Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether Google Inc. broke federal laws when its street-mapping service collected consumers' personal information, joining a lengthy list of regulators probing what Google says was inadvertent harvesting …
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Watchdog wants probe of Google's ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: The Results of Silicon Valley's Talent War  —  We've covered the war for talent among startups and larger tech firms in Silicon Valley, but after Google issued employees a $1,000 bonus and 10 percent raise, Glassdoor took a look at how well people at Google were paid, and specifically …
Discussion: CNET News
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is The Silicon Valley Talent Shortage Getting Worse?
Discussion: SAI and Wall Street Journal
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 …
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?”
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Did Not Actually Buy Wi-Gear, It Turns Out  —  Remember that story yesterday which said that Apple (AAPL) had acquired a Bluetooth wireless headphone maker called Wi-Gear?  —  Well, turns out it wasn't true.  —  “The rumor is false,” Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack said via e-mail in response to an inquiry from Tech Trader Daily.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Mozilla launches the F1 share button, as in “one to rule them all”  —  Mozilla just announced that it is launching a new toolbar button called F1, and it could be huge.  —  Saying, “Have you noticed how more and more pages on the web have 3, 6, or sometimes 12 little icons on a page encouraging …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mozilla Labs
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ellison to Self: Damn, Damn.  I Knew I Should Have Said $4.5 Billion  —  Whatever damages Oracle is awarded in its suit against SAP, they'll be $500 million lighter, thanks to an order by the judge presiding over the case.  Judge Phyllis Hamilton has prevented Oracle from including …
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.
Joe White / App Advice:
iTunes Connect Will Close For The Holidays: December 23-28  —  Apple has recently told iOS developers that iTunes Connect will close for the holidays.  As MacStories reports, the service will close on December 23, and will reopen on December 28.  Here's how Apple announced it:
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Dish selling Logitech Revue at discounted $179  —  Starting today, Dish Network customers can buy the Logitech Revue set-top box for $179.  —  The discounted price is available to Dish customers who subscribe to the DVR integration service, which costs $4 per month.
Discussion: WebProNews and Engadget
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 …
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Google Places: Selective Reviews Now Being Removed  —  Google appears to be actively removing some reviews from Places listings.  —  Some of the recent problems of reviews being lost are clearly algo based and reports of lost reviews continue to pile up in the forums.
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Plus TV Creates “Social Viewing”
Discussion: Mashable! and Rob Hof's Blog
David Huynh / Google Open Source Blog:
Announcing Google Refine 2.0, a power tool for data wranglers
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Flush With Fresh Funding, Evernote Hits 5 Million Users
Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
SugarSync ups free storage to 5 GB, now allows any number of connected devices
Discussion: Computerworld and Technologizer
Antony Van Couvering / Minds + Machines:
The Wall between Registries and Registrars Comes Tumbling Down
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Creating the Facebook of Stuff
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TechCrunch
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
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Yahoo's Informal Offer To Buy Groupon: $3 Billion To $4 Billion
Discussion: Bloomberg and GMSV
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Most homes have high-definition TVs, but few are watching HD programming
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why don't Americans want broadband?