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11:30 AM ET, November 11, 2010

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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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab hitting AT&T on November 21st for a $649 premium?  —  It's not official but that image above sure as hell looks like an official AT&T training document.  AT&T already announced that it would carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab but has been coy with details about launch date, pricing, and custom apps.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale now at Verizon for $599.99
Discussion: Erictric and Delimiter
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.
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
Amazon Kills One Pedophilia Book — but Keeps Another  —  Amazon (AMZN) has been caught up in another hurricane of consumer outrage.  This time the reason was a Kindle book on how to make pedophilia safer for both child victims and pedophiles.  But Amazon's protestations that it supports absolute freedom …
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
Chris / cdixon.org:
The interoperability of social networks  —  Google recently added a caustic warning message when users attempt to export their Google Contacts to Facebook: … Facebook allows users to download their personal information (photos, profile info, etc) but has been fiercely protective of the social graph (you can't download friends, etc).
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is My Email Address My Identity?
Discussion: Computerworld, GeekSugar and Neowin.net
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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New York Times:
Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping  —  By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER  —  For years, Wal-Mart has used its clout as the nation's largest retailer to squeeze competitors with rock-bottom prices in its stores.  Now it is trying to throw a holiday knockout punch online.
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.
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.
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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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's New F1 Add-on Aims to Streamline Share into a Single Button
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Will Launch Mobile Chat
Discussion: Business Wire and Internet2Go
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: Electronista, 9 to 5 Mac and Go Rumors
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).
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 …
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.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
HP pays millions to settle school bribery charges  —  Hewlett Packard has agreed to fork over $16.25 million to settle charges that the computer maker “lavished” gifts on two Texas school districts in order to win government contracts to provide computer equipment.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Photo Sharing on the Go Is the Latest Hot Investment Niche in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, the three words on the tips of everyone's tongues are mobile, social and local.  —  Add a fourth word and venture capitalists get excited: photos.
Jsullivan / The Mozilla Blog:
Fasten Your Seatbelts - Firefox 4 Beta adds new JavaScript power and faster graphics  —  A new release of Firefox 4 Beta is now ready for you to download and test!  This release boosts performance in some important ways: it adds the JägerMonkey just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Patent lawsuit: “majority” of Seagate, WD drives infringing  —  Rembrandt IP Management is “focused on attaining fair value for infringed patents,” and it thinks it has two winning patents on its hands that could affect the entire US hard drive industry.  Rembrandt today filed suit …
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fuze Meeting Bets On Android Tablets For Web Conferencing Software
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NHL Makes Like Baseball, Befriending Boxes
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Motorola Strikes Back, Sues Microsoft For Infringement Of 16 Patents
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ICO sent ‘non-technical’ staff to investigate Google data breach
Discussion: The Register, Ars Technica and V3.co.uk
 Earlier Items: 
Alyson Shontell / SAI:
Airbnb Raises $7.2MM Series A Round and Releases iPhone App
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Foursquare's Crowley Can Feel Foursquare Fatigue, Has Plans To Fix It
Discussion: The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
FCC Investigating Google Data Collection