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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Is iPad's First Real Rival  —  After seven months of unchallenged prominence, Apple's hot-selling iPad now has its first credible competitor in the nascent market for multitouch consumer tablet computers: the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
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David Pogue / New York Times:
It's a Tablet.  It's Gorgeous.  It's Costly.  —  Every time there's some new hot, heavily hyped gadget from Apple, it takes only a few months for the copycats to crop up.  IPod?  Zune!  IPhone?  Android!  —  The iPad?  Well, it came out in March, and the iPad alternatives are just landing in stores now.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale now at Verizon for $599.99
Discussion: Delimiter and BGR
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Why Did Amazon Just Pull A Top-Selling Book?  Oh, That's Right, It's A Pedophilia How-To  —  Less than an hour after it hit the Amazon Bestsellers list and the controversial topic of its existence made the Dr. Phil show as well as other mainstream media, it looks like Amazon has taken down the infamous pedofile how-to book.
Discussion: This Just In and Virtualeconomics
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Defends Sale Of Pedophile How-To Guide  —  Earlier today we reported that Amazon is selling a book titled The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure.  The book itself is a disgrace - a how-to guide for pedophiles.  It includes, among other things, tips on how to get away …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
When Good News Is Bad News: Google Reportedly Fires Raise Leaker  —  Some corporate memos are confidential.  —  And some memos are “confidential"-meaning there's no real expectation that they'll stay within the family.  —  You'd assume that Eric Schmidt's memo to “Googlers” announcing big raises falls in the latter category.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Stat Shot: The Results of Silicon Valley's Talent War
Discussion: CNET News, ZDNet and SAI
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Great Scott!  Over 35 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute to YouTube  —  Remember in March when we shared with you that more than 24 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute?  Well, you continue to amaze us: you've increased the amount of video uploaded to YouTube to 35 hours per minute.
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box by D-Link starts shipping, new Boxee version, Netflix and Hulu Plus, too  —  The Boxee Box by D-Link is launching today in 33 countries with a brand new version of the software.  You can order yours here.  —  If you have been spending more and more time watching videos on your computer …
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Mozilla Labs:
Mozilla Labs: F1  —  So many buttons just to share!  —  Have you noticed how more and more pages on the web have 3, 6, or sometimes 12 little icons on a page encouraging you to share the link to that page with your friends?  Why is that?  Publishers want to make it easy for their readers …
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Mozilla launches the F1 share button, as in “one to rule them all”
Discussion: Download Squad
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
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AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5 with no mention of AirPrint
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Yet Another Event Next Monday In San Francisco.  Inbox Related?  —  After a Summer spent in “Lockdown”, Facebook apparently got quite a bit of work done.  They've already had a number of events just in the past few weeks.  And now they're having another one.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Why Facebook Will Launch Mobile Chat
Tyler Cunningham / GTVHub.com:
Fox.com now blocking Google TV devices  —  Another one bites the dust.  A couple of weeks ago, Fox.com was atop our list of Websites that could still be accessed on Google TV to stream full episodes of content.  Well, you can go ahead and cross Fox off that list, as they are now blocking Google TV devices (see the photo above).
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
One Third of Top-Grossing iPhone Apps Are Free  —  When Apple began allowing free apps to include in-app purchases a little over a year ago, it opened the door for freemium models to flourish.  And they are doing just that, with about a third of the top-grossing iPhone apps using a freemium model.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Next Web, Thanks:oryankim
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is There A Secret Reason That Apple TV Is Being Kept Off Of Amazon's Best-Selling Gadgets List?  —  How's Apple TV selling?  Apple hasn't said since announcing 250,000 units sold in mid-October.  And our old technique — looking at Amazon's sales rankings for clues — isn't working for some strange reason.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Go Rumors
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 …
David Huynh / Google Open Source Blog:
Announcing Google Refine 2.0, a power tool for data wranglers  —  Our acquisition of Metaweb back in July also brought along Freebase Gridworks, an open source software project for cleaning and enhancing entire data sets.  Today we're announcing that the project has been renamed to Google Refine and version 2.0 is now available.
Brian Solis:
Who are All of These Tweeple?  —  Twitter is not a social network.  While Facebook is the digital equivalent to your online residence, Twitter is your window to relevance, a network where individuals connect through fleeting interactions yet rooted in context and interaction.
Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Twitter Clarifies Usage Rules, but AFP Still Claims Unbridled Right to Use Content Posted to “Twitter/TwitPic”  —  Twitter recently issued new guidelines regarding use of the “Twitter” and “Tweet” marks, and use of the underlying tweets by users and third parties as well: “Guidelines for Use of the Twitter Trademark.”
Jorge Cino / All Facebook:
Teens Find Innovative Ways to Control Their Facebook Presence  —  Ever heard of “Super-logoff” or “whitewalling”?  They are ways to designate what some teens have been doing in order to have total control over who posts what (and when) on their Facebook page.
Discussion: danah boyd and O'Reilly Radar
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 7 updates: can carriers block them?  —  Throughout Windows Phone 7's development process, Microsoft was clear about how updates would work.  Microsoft would deliver them according to Microsoft's own timetable, with a mix of small updates, delivered over-the-air …
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?”
 
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Chris / cdixon.org:
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Jared Newman / Technologizer:
NHL Makes Like Baseball, Befriending Boxes
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
LimeWire Disavows New ‘Pirate Edition’
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Times Will Rank E-Book Best Sellers
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Plus TV Creates “Social Viewing”
Vlad Bobleanta / Download Squad:
SugarSync ups free storage to 5 GB, now allows any number of connected devices
James Verini / New York Times:
The Great Cyberheist  —  One night in July 2003, a little …
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