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6:25 AM ET, November 10, 2010

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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?  —  According to reports, Google is offering its employees a 10% pay increase for 2011 and $1000 holiday bonuses company wide.  Digg layoff refugees are met with open arms by enthusiastic HR vultures.  Companies in existence for two months are getting acquired for their teams.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To Bonus/Raise Story, Cites Importance Of “Competitive Compensation”  —  Earlier this evening, Henry Blodget of Business Insider reported that a “loyal reader” told them that Google was giving all employees a $1,000 holiday cash bonus and a 10 percent raise starting on January 1, 2011.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Rumor: Apple Has Cancelled Support for AirPrint Through Mac and Windows  —  When Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, they also officially announced AirPrint, the wireless printing system that would work with specific HP printers and shared printers on Macs and PCs:
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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 …
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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Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Mixed picture for Windows Phone 7 after first day of sales
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Flashes A Nice Big Middle Finger At Android's Fragmentation  —  A month ago, in my initial piece about Windows Phone 7, I was cautiously optimistic about the platform but had some questions about Microsoft's ultimate intentions. … I'm happy to report that at least initially, it looks like it will be the former.
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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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
RIM to Sell Tablet for Less Than $500 to Take on IPad  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, said it will begin selling a tablet computer in North America in the first quarter for “under” $500 as it takes on Apple Inc.'s iPad.
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook: You've No Right To Export Email Addresses (Unless It's …
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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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.
Joab Jackson / ITworld.com:
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 …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Repeat After Me: Investors Are Never the Story  —  Earlier this week, RockMelt, a Facebook browser launched to massive press coverage from most major publications including GigaOM.  —  I was as fascinated by the story of RockMelt cofounders Eric Vishria and Tim Howes as I was by their belief …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 Deemed Most Reliable, Least Rugged Among Popular Smartphones  —  Last month, warranty company SquareTrade shared the results of a study of warranty claims showing a higher accidental damage rate for the iPhone 4 than the iPhone 3GS, with the iPhone 4 having a particular propensity …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon patents bad gift defense system: “gift conversions”  —  Do you dread getting fruitcake or socks from a certain relative every Christmas?  Amazon.com may be working on a solution.  The online retailer just received a patent for a bad gift defense system that intercepts gifts …
Eddie Codel / jibber jabber:
The Current State of Live Video Streaming  —  As I've got some time on my hands since being laid off from Ustream, I thought I'd take a look at the current state of live video streaming on the web.  I will concentrate on the three most popular free services, Ustream, Livestream and Justin.tv.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With A Nice Website Update, Foursquare Did Just Get More Fun With Friends  —  Foursquare has always been one of those apps that was mobile-first, with the website existing as an after-thought.  Sure, they've made their website significantly nicer over the past year, but the mobile apps are still the key.
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twilio Raises $12 Million For Powerful Telephony API  —  Startup Twilio has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and including Union Square Ventures, 500 Startups, and several prominent angel investors.  Twilio previously raised $4 million in Series A and seed funding.
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and GigaOM
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 …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why don't Americans want broadband?
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New York Times:
Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
We7 Repositions, Saying Users Prefer Radio To On-Demand
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Boku To Be Added as Option to Facebook Credits …
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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: Neowin.net, Slyck and Techdirt
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome could preload pages for ‘wicked-fast’ Web
Discussion: PC World
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Throw your business phone away, Google Voice is now enterprise
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web, Thanks:llsethj
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